The 12 Best Subcompact Cars for the Money in 2020

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Here’s the Ranking From the U.S. News Best Subcompact Cars for the Money Award

Known for top-notch fuel efficiency at a low starting price, subcompact cars suit drivers on a budget. Most models on the market today provide a compelling mix of quality and value at an affordable price. With a glut of subcompact nameplates at dealerships today, how do you know what to look for?

We can help you narrow your search with this list of the contenders for our Best Subcompact Car for the Money award. The award and this ranking are based on each model’s quality and overall value. 

To measure vehicle value, we use TrueCar average transaction prices and Vincentric five-year total cost of ownership data. Our quality assessment comes from U.S. News scores and rankings, which are derived from a combination of expert reviews from the automotive press, as well as safety and reliability data. Note that our scores and rankings are updated frequently, so the scores mentioned in this slideshow may not match the scores in our reviews.

Check out our list to learn which subcompact car can make the most of your money.

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