12 cars RANKING LIST | SORT BY SCORES
8.6
$28,595 - $37,295
24 City / 32 Hwy
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8.5
$19,850 - $28,950
N/A
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2020 Kia Forte

Best Cars for the Money

The 2020 Kia Forte has plenty of standard features, ample trunk space, good fuel economy, and a great predicted reliability rating. For these reasons ... Read full review »

8.5
$17,790 - $22,890
31 City / 41 Hwy
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8.5
$21,500 - $28,900
26 City / 35 Hwy
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8.2
$18,600 - $28,150
25 City / 33 Hwy
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2020 Toyota Corolla

The 2020 Toyota Corolla finishes in the middle third of our compact car rankings. It earns the highest predicted reliability rating possible, but when ... Read full review »

8.2
$19,600 - $25,550
30 City / 38 Hwy
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8.1
$18,950 - $23,800
30 City / 40 Hwy
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8.0
$23,195 - $23,995
N/A
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7.6
$18,695 - $26,295
28 City / 36 Hwy
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7.6
$18,895 - $30,745
30 (2019) City / 40 (2019) Hwy
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7.3
$27,495 - $41,695
18 City / 24 Hwy
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6.9
$17,890 - $25,940
29 City / 37 Hwy
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More on Compact Cars

As their class name suggests, compact cars are best for those who don't need much seating or trunk space. Most compact cars have four-cylinder engines, and while they generate decent power for driving around the city, some can struggle to get up to highway speeds. Compact cars’ small size makes them great for parking in small cities and getting in and out of parking spots.

Most compact cars earn great fuel economy estimates, though there are also a number of hybrid and alternative fuel models available in the class. If you’re looking for the smallest cars available, view our rankings of the best subcompact cars.

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.

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