Best Subcompact Cars for the Money in 2021

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Check Out the Contenders for the U.S. News Best Subcompact Car for the Money Award

The best subcompact cars are affordable to buy or lease, and kind to your wallet down the road. That's because the most impressive subcompact cars deliver strong fuel economy, along with solid predicted reliability. This means an inexpensive car bought today won't turn into a pricey headache after a few short years.

At U.S. News, we've compiled every subcompact sedan and hatchback presently on sale and, once everything was tabulated, found one that ranks as the best and smartest choice. How did we choose a winner? In the following slides, you'll see each vehicle is listed in terms of value and quality.

To measure vehicle value, we employed TrueCar average transaction prices, EPA-estimated fuel economy figures, and Vincentric's five-year total cost of ownership data. This includes depreciation, maintenance costs, insurance, repair costs, and more.

When it comes to quality, the U.S. News scores and rankings help weed out the best vehicles. This is determined by safety scores and predicted reliability, plus opinions from the automotive press. Keep in mind that our rankings are often updated, so the scores mentioned here might not always perfectly match scores in our reviews.

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