Best Subcompact Cars for the Money in 2018

2018 Ford Fiesta
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6) 2018 Ford Fiesta

$14,115 | U.S. News Score: 8.2/10

Value: The Ford Fiesta’s base MSRP is the lowest on this list, but its average retail price is the third highest. It also ranks third highest for its total cost to own, which means you’ll pay more than most subcompacts throughout the Fiesta’s lifetime. The Fiesta will cost you more in repairs than any other subcompact, and it has higher-than-average insurance costs. Fortunately, it depreciates little for the class, so you might save a few bucks when you resell it.

Quality: The 2018 Ford Fiesta shows that subcompacts can be fun to drive. Handling is athletic, and the steering offers pinpoint accuracy. The cabin is narrow, which encroaches on comfort, and the back seat is tight, even for the subcompact car class. Still, for drivers who enjoy driving, the Fiesta, especially in the ST trim, could be the perfect choice.

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