13 cars RANKING LIST | SORT BY SCORES

2019 Kia Forte

Following a complete redesign, the 2019 Kia Forte earns a spot near the top of our compact car rankings. This small sedan brings a ... Read full review »

8.4
$17,790 - $21,990
31 City / 41 Hwy
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2019 Mazda Mazda3

The redesigned 2019 Mazda3 ranks near the top of our compact car rankings. This little car delivers better performance than almost all of its ... Read full review »

8.4
$21,000 - $28,900
26 City / 35 Hwy
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8.4
$27,595 - $37,095
25 City / 31 Hwy
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2019 Honda Civic

The 2019 Honda Civic finishes near the top of our compact car rankings. It delivers better performance than most class rivals, and it boasts ... Read full review »

8.3
$19,550 - $36,300
30 City / 38 Hwy
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8.2
$17,995 - $26,120
28 City / 38 Hwy
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2020 Toyota Corolla

The 2020 Toyota Corolla finishes in the middle third of our compact car rankings. It receives 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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8.0
$18,950 - $23,800
30 City / 40 Hwy
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2019 Volkswagen Golf

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf is more athletic than several of its classmates, and it has a spacious interior constructed with quality materials. However, it ... Read full review »

7.9
$21,845 - $41,495
29 City / 37 Hwy
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7.8
$18,600 - $28,150
25 City / 33 Hwy
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7.7
$18,595 - $25,690
28 City / 38 Hwy
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7.7
$18,745 - $29,995
30 City / 40 Hwy
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2019 Subaru WRX

The 2019 Subaru WRX is significantly more athletic than the average compact car, but that's about all it has going for it. Most class ... Read full review »

7.4
$27,195 - $41,395
21 City / 27 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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