13 cars RANKING LIST | SORT BY SCORES
Rank/Car Overall Performance Interior Safety Reliability MSRP MPG

#1 2020 Volkswagen GTI Volkswagen GTI Image

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8.6

VERY GOOD

8.6 8.5 N/A 3.0
$28,595
$32,995
City: 25 (2019)
Hwy: 31 (2019)

#2 2020 Honda Civic Honda Civic Image

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8.4

VERY GOOD

8.7 7.7 9.7 3.0
$19,750
$28,850
City: 30
Hwy: 38

#2 2019 Kia Forte Kia Forte Image

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8.4

VERY GOOD

7.1 7.7 9.5 4.0
$17,790
$21,990
City: 31
Hwy: 41

#2 2019 Mazda Mazda3 Mazda Mazda3 Image

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8.4

VERY GOOD

8.5 7.9 9.4 3.0
$21,000
$28,900
City: 26
Hwy: 35

#5 2020 Toyota Corolla Toyota Corolla Image

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8.2

VERY GOOD

7.1 7.0 9.8 5.0
$19,600
$25,550
City: 30
Hwy: 38

#5 2020 Hyundai Veloster Hyundai Veloster Image

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8.2

VERY GOOD

8.1 7.8 N/A N/A
$18,600
$28,150
City: 25
Hwy: 33

#5 2019 Chevrolet Cruze Chevrolet Cruze Image

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8.2

VERY GOOD

7.4 7.8 8.7 4.5
$17,995
$26,120
City: 28
Hwy: 38

#8 2020 Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra Image

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8.0

VERY GOOD

7.2 7.8 N/A 4.0
$18,950
$23,800
City: 30
Hwy: 40

#9 2019 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen Golf Image

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7.9

GOOD

8.3 8.4 8.9 2.0
$21,845
$41,495
City: 29
Hwy: 37

#10 2019 Subaru Impreza Subaru Impreza Image

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7.7

GOOD

6.9 8.0 9.5 2.5
$18,595
$25,690
City: 28
Hwy: 38

#11 2020 Volkswagen Jetta Volkswagen Jetta Image

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7.6

GOOD

7.4 7.3 N/A 3.5
$18,895
$30,745
City: 30 (2019)
Hwy: 40 (2019)

#12 2020 Subaru WRX Subaru WRX Image

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7.3

GOOD

7.7 6.2 N/A 2.0
$27,495
$41,695
City: 18
Hwy: 24

#13 2019 Nissan Sentra Nissan Sentra Image

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6.9

MEDIOCRE

5.6 7.0 9.0 3.0
$17,890
$25,940
City: 29
Hwy: 37

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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