Best Subcompact Cars for the Money in 2018

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Here Are the Top Contenders for the U.S. News Best Subcompact Car for the Money Award

Subcompacts have wide appeal. These small and generally inexpensive cars are ideal for customers ranging from recent grads and young adults just starting out to empty nesters needing dependable and economical transportation. In between, there are auto buyers on a budget, those concerned with fuel economy, and people who like small cars for their handling and maneuverability in tight quarters. These are all savvy buyers, out to get the most car for the money.

To help you find a new vehicle that is not only a great performer, but also a great value, U.S. News analyzed vehicles in 14 different automotive classes, including subcompacts. Our goal is to find the vehicles that offer both exceptional quality and outstanding value. In addition to considering performance, features, and comfort, we also take purchase price, fuel economy, and the cost of maintenance and repairs into consideration when we search for the best vehicles for the money.

For insight into pricing, we review data from TrueCar, a company that tracks real-time transaction prices for new vehicles. Then, to determine the cost of ownership over a five-year period, we utilize research from Vincentric. With this information in hand, combined with our expert rankings, we determine which cars and trucks represent the best buys for the money. What follows are the winner and top finishers in our search for The Best Subcompact for the Money in 2018. See the photo gallery of the winner and top finishers on the following slides.

Keep in mind that the scores on our site are updated constantly as new expert reviews and data become available. Therefore, the scores mentioned in this slideshow may not match the scores in our reviews.

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