Small cars are in one of the market segments I try to pay the most attention to, and I hadn't done a series of back-to-back economy sedan drives since my very first Examiner.com comparison back in 2008. Since then, nearly everything has been redesigned, so I drove nearly everything -- 10 cars in all.
All that's missing from the class as generally defined is the Mitsubishi Lancer (it came in distant last even in my 2008 writeup), the Subaru Impreza (redesign is on the way) and the Suzuki SX4 (I went with the Kizashi instead, which is more in line with the latest compacts' price, size and feel; the SX4 lines up more with the likes of the Hyundai Accent).
The link to the introduction is below, which shows the cars selected for the comparison and includes links to past write-ups:
The ranking order and explanations are coming tomorrow -- hopefully early tomorrow. I imagine you'll be as surprised as I was with some of the results, which did not match what I was predicting going in. My top three were cars I was guessing would be in the bottom half, two of which possibly as last-place contenders. The full reviews and photo galleries, which take significant time to assemble and persuade the Examiner.com software to publish, will come later.