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6. Honda Civic
Throughout the years Honda has built quite a reputation of reliability and fuel savings with its affordable compact sedan and coupe. In the past the Civic struggled with safety issues, particularly with the head restraints, but Honda has more than solved the problems. Now the Civic has earned a Top Safety Pick+ after acing its tests, meaning it is now the model of safety for small cars. The best part is that there is a huge lineup of Civic models to choose from, which are sure to fit a range of budgets and satisfy desires for alternative powertrain configurations.