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#1 Kia Soul Image View Photos
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2018 Kia Soul

Best Cars for the Money

Thanks in part to its upscale cabin, abundance of cargo space, and outstanding predicted reliability rating, the 2018 Kia Soul earns a spot near ... Read full review »

9.1
$16,200 - $35,950
25 City / 30 Hwy
9.1
$16,200 - $35,950
25 City / 30 Hwy
#2 Volkswagen GTI Image View Photos
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2018 Volkswagen GTI

Spirited performance and appealing technology help make the 2018 Volkswagen GTI one of the best compact cars on the market. It also boasts plenty ... Read full review »

8.9
$26,415 - $36,170
24 City / 32 Hwy
8.9
$26,415 - $36,170
24 City / 32 Hwy
#3 Honda Civic Image View Photos
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2018 Honda Civic

The 2018 Honda Civic features great safety scores, deft handling, and a lineup of engines that offer plenty of power. These attributes help make ... Read full review »

8.8
$18,940 - $34,700
31 City / 40 Hwy
8.8
$18,940 - $34,700
31 City / 40 Hwy
#4 Ford Focus Image View Photos
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2018 Ford Focus

The 2018 Ford Focus is fun to drive and offers a comfortable ride. It also has a solid safety score and an above-average predicted ... Read full review »

8.7
$17,950 - $41,120
25 City / 34 Hwy
8.7
$17,950 - $41,120
25 City / 34 Hwy
#5 Volkswagen Golf Image View Photos
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2018 Volkswagen Golf

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf finishes in the top third of our compact car rankings. It's more fun to drive than many other cars in ... Read full review »

8.6
$20,910 - $40,885
24 City / 33 Hwy
8.6
$20,910 - $40,885
24 City / 33 Hwy
#5 Hyundai Veloster Image View Photos
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2019 Hyundai Veloster

The 2019 Hyundai Veloster joins the automotive market fresh off a redesign. It offers strong performance and a lot to like inside, which is ... Read full review »

8.6
$18,500 - $28,150
N/A
8.6
$18,500 - $28,150
N/A
#5 Chevrolet Bolt Image View Photos
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2018 Chevrolet Bolt

Though the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt boasts an exceptional range, this small EV is about more than just all-electric driving. The highly ranked Bolt has ... Read full review »

8.6
$36,620 - $40,905
N/A
8.6
$36,620 - $40,905
N/A
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#8 Chevrolet Cruze Image View Photos
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2019 Chevrolet Cruze

The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze ranks in the top half of its class. It has a long list of standard features, and its roomy seats ... Read full review »

8.5
$17,995 - $26,120
29 (2018) City / 40 (2018) Hwy
8.5
$17,995 - $26,120
29 (2018) City / 40 (2018) Hwy
#8 Kia Forte Image View Photos
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2018 Kia Forte

The 2018 Kia Forte has one of the best interiors in the class, and despite the Forte's middling performance, it ranks in the top ... Read full review »

8.5
$16,800 - $26,100
29 City / 37 Hwy
8.5
$16,800 - $26,100
29 City / 37 Hwy
#8 Mazda Mazda3 Image View Photos
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2018 Mazda Mazda3

The 2018 Mazda3 boasts fantastic handling and a high-quality interior. However, in this very competitive class, the Mazda3 earns a midpack ranking due to ... Read full review »

8.5
$18,095 - $24,945
28 (Est) City / 37 (Est) Hwy
8.5
$18,095 - $24,945
28 (Est) City / 37 (Est) Hwy
#8 Toyota Prius Image View Photos
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2018 Toyota Prius

The well-rounded, fuel-efficient 2018 Toyota Prius earns a spot in the top third of our compact car rankings. It has a large cargo hold ... Read full review »

8.5
$23,475 - $30,565
54 City / 50 Hwy
8.5
$23,475 - $30,565
54 City / 50 Hwy
#12 Subaru WRX Image View Photos
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2018 Subaru WRX

The 2018 Subaru WRX has awesome overall performance, but it ranks midpack because its interior quality and overall practicality can't match many class rivals. Read full review »

8.4
$26,995 - $40,895
21 City / 27 Hwy
8.4
$26,995 - $40,895
21 City / 27 Hwy
#12 Hyundai Ioniq Image View Photos
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2018 Hyundai Ioniq

The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq finishes in the middle of our compact car rankings. It has high safety scores, but it doesn't do enough, well ... Read full review »

8.4
$22,200 - $28,300
57 City / 59 Hwy
8.4
$22,200 - $28,300
57 City / 59 Hwy
#12 Chevrolet Volt Image View Photos
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2018 Chevrolet Volt

The 2018 Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid that has great fuel economy, excellent crash test scores, and lots of features. However, many class ... Read full review »

8.4
$33,220 - $37,570
43 (2016) City / 42 (2016) Hwy
8.4
$33,220 - $37,570
43 (2016) City / 42 (2016) Hwy
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#15 Hyundai Elantra Image View Photos
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2018 Hyundai Elantra

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra sits midpack in our compact car rankings. It has a high-quality interior and a great predicted reliability score, but it ... Read full review »

8.3
$16,950 - $24,350
29 City / 38 Hwy
8.3
$16,950 - $24,350
29 City / 38 Hwy
#15 Toyota Corolla Image View Photos
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2018 Toyota Corolla

The 2018 Toyota Corolla has a great predicted reliability rating and high fuel efficiency, but it's not as refined or fun to drive as ... Read full review »

8.3
$18,600 - $22,780
28 City / 36 Hwy
8.3
$18,600 - $22,780
28 City / 36 Hwy
#15 Toyota Prius Prime Image View Photos
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2018 Toyota Prius Prime

The 2018 Toyota Prius Prime's outstanding fuel economy, fantastic safety scores, and smooth powertrain make it an appealing compact car. However, issues like sluggish ... Read full review »

8.3
$27,300 - $33,300
N/A
8.3
$27,300 - $33,300
N/A
#18 Volkswagen Jetta Image View Photos
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2019 Volkswagen Jetta

The Volkswagen Jetta gets a complete redesign for the 2019 model year. This VW provides a comfortable interior and a smooth ride, but it ... Read full review »

8.2
$18,545 - $26,945
30 City / 40 Hwy
8.2
$18,545 - $26,945
30 City / 40 Hwy
#19 Subaru Impreza Image View Photos
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2018 Subaru Impreza

The 2018 Subaru Impreza ranks in the lower half of the extremely competitive compact car class. The Impreza is spacious and practical, but it ... Read full review »

8.1
$18,495 - $24,695
28 City / 37 Hwy
8.1
$18,495 - $24,695
28 City / 37 Hwy
#19 Honda Insight Image View Photos
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2019 Honda Insight

The all-new 2019 Honda Insight is a hybrid that gets breathtaking fuel economy and offers solid performance and a nice interior. Still, the Insight ... Read full review »

8.1
$22,830 - $28,090
51 City / 45 Hwy
8.1
$22,830 - $28,090
51 City / 45 Hwy
#21 Toyota Corolla iM Image View Photos
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2018 Toyota Corolla iM

The 2018 Toyota Corolla iM is relegated to the bottom tier of our compact car rankings; many competitors have more athletic road manners and ... Read full review »

7.8
$18,850 - $19,590
28 City / 36 Hwy
7.8
$18,850 - $19,590
28 City / 36 Hwy
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#22 Nissan Leaf Image View Photos
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2018 Nissan Leaf

The fully-redesigned all-electric 2018 Nissan Leaf adds horsepower, new technology, and an extended range that make it more attractive than the previous generation. However, ... Read full review »

7.7
$29,990 - $36,200
N/A
7.7
$29,990 - $36,200
N/A
#23 Nissan Sentra Image View Photos
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2018 Nissan Sentra

The 2018 Nissan Sentra resides near the bottom of our compact car rankings. While it has one of the most spacious interiors in the ... Read full review »

7.6
$16,990 - $25,790
29 City / 37 Hwy
7.6
$16,990 - $25,790
29 City / 37 Hwy

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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