23 cars RANKING LIST | SORT BY SCORES
#1 Kia Forte Image View Photos
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2019 Kia Forte

The fully redesigned 2019 Kia Forte ranks near the top of the class because of its spacious interior and cargo room, user-friendly tech features, ... Read full review »

8.9
$17,690 - $21,990
31 City / 41 Hwy
8.9
$17,690 - $21,990
31 City / 41 Hwy
#2 Kia Soul Image View Photos
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2019 Kia Soul

The 2019 Kia Soul’s expansive passenger and cargo area, as well as its potent available turbocharged engine, help make it one of our highest-ranking ... Read full review »

8.8
$16,490 - $35,950
26 City / 31 Hwy
8.8
$16,490 - $35,950
26 City / 31 Hwy
#3 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
#3 Honda Civic Image View Photos
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2019 Honda Civic

The 2019 Honda Civic is a great all-around vehicle that ranks near the top of the compact car class. It offers great performance, a ... Read full review »

8.7
$19,450 - $27,300
30 (Est) City / 38 (Est) Hwy
8.7
$19,450 - $27,300
30 (Est) City / 38 (Est) Hwy
#3 Volkswagen GTI Image View Photos
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2019 Volkswagen GTI

The 2019 Volkswagen GTI is one of our highest-ranking compact cars. Athletic driving dynamics, appealing technology, and a luxury-like cabin are among its standout ... Read full review »

8.7
$27,595 - $37,095
25 City / 31 Hwy
8.7
$27,595 - $37,095
25 City / 31 Hwy
#6 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
#6 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
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#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
#10 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 »

8.4
$17,995 - $26,120
28 City / 38 Hwy
8.4
$17,995 - $26,120
28 City / 38 Hwy
#11 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
#11 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
#13 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
#13 Subaru WRX Image View Photos
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2019 Subaru WRX

The 2019 Subaru WRX finishes in the bottom half of our compact car rankings. It's one of the most athletic cars in the class, ... Read full review »

8.2
$27,195 - $41,395
21 City / 27 Hwy
8.2
$27,195 - $41,395
21 City / 27 Hwy
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#13 Hyundai Ioniq Image View Photos
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2019 Hyundai Ioniq

The Hyundai Ioniq ranks in the middle of the compact car class because of its limited rear-seat space and a disconnected ride and handling. ... Read full review »

8.2
$22,400 - $36,315
57 (Est) City / 59 (Est) Hwy
8.2
$22,400 - $36,315
57 (Est) City / 59 (Est) Hwy
#13 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 »

8.2
$22,830 - $28,090
51 City / 45 Hwy
8.2
$22,830 - $28,090
51 City / 45 Hwy
#13 Chevrolet Volt Image View Photos
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2019 Chevrolet Volt

The 2019 Chevrolet Volt's great all-electric driving range, swift acceleration, solid handling, and generous list of features make it an attractive choice. However, its ... Read full review »

8.2
$33,520 - $38,120
42 (2018) City / 42 (2018) Hwy
8.2
$33,520 - $38,120
42 (2018) City / 42 (2018) Hwy
#13 Chevrolet Bolt Image View Photos
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2019 Chevrolet Bolt

The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt is a lively electric vehicle with a spacious cabin and a generous helping of standard features. It also has a ... Read full review »

8.2
$36,620 - $41,020
N/A
8.2
$36,620 - $41,020
N/A
#19 Subaru Impreza Image View Photos
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2019 Subaru Impreza

The 2019 Subaru Impreza ranks in the bottom third of the compact car class. It has a spacious interior and an intuitive infotainment system, ... Read full review »

8.1
$18,595 - $25,690
28 City / 38 Hwy
8.1
$18,595 - $25,690
28 City / 38 Hwy
#20 Toyota Corolla Image View Photos
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2019 Toyota Corolla

For 2019, the sedan version of the Toyota Corolla carries over unchanged. It's a solid car that's packed with lots of goodies, but the ... Read full review »

7.9
$18,700 - $24,090
28 City / 36 Hwy
7.9
$18,700 - $24,090
28 City / 36 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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2019 Nissan Sentra

The 2019 Nissan Sentra sits near the bottom of our compact car rankings. It's comfortable and spacious, but most competitors bring a lot more ... Read full review »

7.6
$17,790 - $25,840
29 City / 37 Hwy
7.6
$17,790 - $25,840
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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