22 Best Compact Cars for the Money in 2019

2019 Kia Soul
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Here’s the Ranking From the U.S. News Best Compact Car for the Money Award

All buyers are after a good deal, but is it really a good deal if you sacrifice quality? There are plenty of cars on the market that offer the perfect combination of quality and value – you just have to know what to look for.

Our Best Compact Car for the Money award is designed to recognize just that – the best combination of quality and value. We determine quality based on our rankings, which factor in expert reviews from the automotive press, as well as safety and predicted reliability data. Value is determined using the TrueCar average transaction prices and Vincentric five-year total cost of ownership data.

One note this year: Electric cars did especially badly in these rankings. However, we expect their placement to improve over the next few years as EV costs come down.

Read on to determine which compact car will make your dollar stretch the furthest.

(Keep in mind that our scores and rankings are updated frequently. Therefore, the scores mentioned in this slideshow may not match the scores in our reviews.)

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