21 cars RANKING LIST | SORT BY SCORES
#1 Mazda Mazda3 Image View Photos
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2019 Mazda Mazda3

The 2019 Mazda3 earns a top spot among compact cars because of its well-rounded performance, upscale interior, and user-friendly technology. Read full review »

9.1
$21,000 - $28,900
26 (Est) City / 35 (Est) Hwy
9.1
$21,000 - $28,900
26 (Est) City / 35 (Est) Hwy
#2 Kia Forte Image View Photos
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2019 Kia Forte

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

8.8
$17,790 - $21,990
31 City / 41 Hwy
8.8
$17,790 - $21,990
31 City / 41 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
#4 Honda Civic Image View Photos
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2019 Honda Civic

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

8.6
$19,450 - $35,700
30 City / 38 Hwy
8.6
$19,450 - $35,700
30 City / 38 Hwy
#4 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
#6 Toyota Prius Image View Photos
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2019 Toyota Prius

It may not offer a lot of driving excitement, but the 2019 Toyota Prius is a well-rounded hybrid car that’s now available with all-wheel ... Read full review »

8.4
$23,770 - $32,200
54 City / 50 Hwy
8.4
$23,770 - $32,200
54 City / 50 Hwy
#6 Chevrolet Cruze Image View Photos
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2019 Chevrolet Cruze

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

8.4
$17,995 - $26,120
28 City / 38 Hwy
8.4
$17,995 - $26,120
28 City / 38 Hwy
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#8 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 »

8.3
$36,620 - $41,020
N/A
8.3
$36,620 - $41,020
N/A
#8 Hyundai Elantra Image View Photos
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2019 Hyundai Elantra

The 2019 Hyundai Elantra finishes in the top half of our compact car rankings. This is not a car for driving enthusiasts, but it ... Read full review »

8.3
$17,200 - $24,400
26 City / 36 Hwy
8.3
$17,200 - $24,400
26 City / 36 Hwy
#8 Toyota Corolla Image View Photos
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2020 Toyota Corolla

The 2020 Toyota Corolla has an outstanding predicted reliability rating, but it's average in most other areas. As a result, it lands in the ... Read full review »

8.3
$19,500 - $25,450
30 City / 38 Hwy
8.3
$19,500 - $25,450
30 City / 38 Hwy
#11 Volkswagen Golf Image View Photos
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2019 Volkswagen Golf

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf finishes in the middle of our compact car rankings. It's a good, fun-to-drive car with ample passenger and cargo space, ... Read full review »

8.2
$21,845 - $41,495
29 City / 37 Hwy
8.2
$21,845 - $41,495
29 City / 37 Hwy
#11 Hyundai Ioniq Image View Photos
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2019 Hyundai Ioniq

The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq ranks near the middle of the compact car class because of its limited rear-seat space and numb steering. Still, it has ... Read full review »

8.2
$22,400 - $36,815
57 City / 59 Hwy
8.2
$22,400 - $36,815
57 City / 59 Hwy
#11 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
#14 Subaru Impreza Image View Photos
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2019 Subaru Impreza

The 2019 Subaru Impreza ranks in the bottom half 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
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#14 Subaru WRX Image View Photos
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2019 Subaru WRX

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

8.1
$27,195 - $41,395
21 City / 27 Hwy
8.1
$27,195 - $41,395
21 City / 27 Hwy
#14 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Image View Photos
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2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

The all-new 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid ranks in the bottom half of the compact car class, largely because it can’t compete with the refined ... Read full review »

8.1
$22,950
53 City / 52 Hwy
8.1
$22,950
53 City / 52 Hwy
#14 Toyota Prius Prime Image View Photos
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2019 Toyota Prius Prime

The 2019 Toyota Prius Prime ranks in the middle of the compact car class. While it has fantastic fuel economy and lots of standard ... Read full review »

8.1
$27,350 - $33,350
N/A
8.1
$27,350 - $33,350
N/A
#18 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 »

8.0
$33,520 - $38,120
43 City / 42 Hwy
8.0
$33,520 - $38,120
43 City / 42 Hwy
#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 »

8.0
$18,745 - $27,195
30 City / 40 Hwy
8.0
$18,745 - $27,195
30 City / 40 Hwy
#20 Nissan Leaf Image View Photos
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2019 Nissan Leaf

The 2019 Nissan Leaf is an appealing all-electric car that offers lots of cargo space and a good driving range. However, its bland, plastic-filled ... Read full review »

7.7
$29,990 - $36,200
N/A
7.7
$29,990 - $36,200
N/A
#21 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 »

7.4
$17,790 - $25,840
29 City / 37 Hwy
7.4
$17,790 - $25,840
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.

Learn more about our rankings »

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