34 cars RANKING LIST | SORT BY SCORES
8.6
$28,595 - $37,295
24 City / 32 Hwy
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2020 Kia Forte

The 2020 Kia Forte has plenty of standard features, ample trunk space, good fuel economy, and a great predicted reliability rating. For these reasons ... Read full review »

8.5
$17,790 - $22,890
31 City / 41 Hwy
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8.5
$21,500 - $28,900
26 City / 35 Hwy
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8.4
$19,750 - $28,850
30 City / 38 Hwy
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2019 Honda Fit

Best Cars for the Money

A handsome and roomy cabin with a practical, configurable rear seat helps vault the 2019 Honda Fit to a spot near the top of ... Read full review »

8.4
$16,190 - $21,520
33 City / 40 Hwy
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2020 Toyota Prius

The 2020 Toyota Prius finishes in the top third of our hybrid and electric car rankings. It gets outstanding gas mileage and provides plenty ... Read full review »

8.2
$24,325 - $32,500
58 City / 53 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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2019 MINI Cooper

With an exceptional predicted reliability rating, a premium and unique interior, potent engine options, and dynamic handling, it's little wonder that the 2019 Mini ... Read full review »

8.2
$21,900 - $36,900
28 City / 38 Hwy
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8.2
$18,600 - $28,150
25 City / 33 Hwy
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8.2
$17,995 - $26,120
28 City / 38 Hwy
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8.1
$22,930 - $28,340
55 City / 49 Hwy
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8.1
$18,950 - $23,800
30 City / 40 Hwy
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8.1
$23,100
53 City / 52 Hwy
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8.0
$23,195 - $23,995
29 (2019) City / 37 (2019) Hwy
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8.0
$15,600 - $18,700
32 City / 40 Hwy
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2019 Kia Rio

Lively handling, a handsome interior, and some of the highest safety scores in the class help the 2019 Kia Rio place near the top ... Read full review »

8.0
$15,390 - $16,490
28 City / 37 Hwy
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8.0
$22,400 - $36,815
57 City / 59 Hwy
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8.0
$16,720 - $21,520
26 City / 34 Hwy
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8.0
$36,620 - $41,020
N/A
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2020 Nissan Versa

The fully redesigned 2020 Nissan Versa sits in the middle of our subcompact car rankings. It has an excellent predicted reliability rating and a ... Read full review »

7.9
$14,730 - $18,240
32 City / 40 Hwy
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7.8
$27,750 - $33,650
N/A
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7.7
$15,195 - $19,300
33 City / 41 Hwy
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7.6
$18,895 - $30,745
30 (2019) City / 40 (2019) Hwy
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7.6
$18,695 - $26,295
28 City / 36 Hwy
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7.4
$14,260 - $21,340
27 City / 35 Hwy
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7.3
$27,495 - $41,695
18 City / 24 Hwy
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2019 Toyota Prius c

The 2019 Toyota Prius c has great fuel efficiency, a large amount of standard tech features, and a superb predicted reliability rating. However, its ... Read full review »

7.3
$21,530 - $22,955
48 City / 43 Hwy
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7.1
$20,895 - $29,995
26 City / 33 Hwy
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6.9
$17,890 - $25,940
29 City / 37 Hwy
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2019 FIAT 500

The 2019 Fiat 500 is a good daily driver with easy maneuverability. However, its cramped, low-grade cabin pushes it near the bottom of our ... Read full review »

6.3
$16,495 - $33,210
28 City / 33 Hwy
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2019 Mitsubishi Mirage

The 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage ranks near the bottom of the subcompact car class. Although it’s affordable, the Mirage's snooze-worthy acceleration, harsh ride quality, and subpar predicted ... Read full review »

5.0
$13,795 - $16,995
36 City / 43 Hwy
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Not Yet Ranked

$13,220 - $17,720
30 City / 38 Hwy
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Not Yet Ranked

$24,900 - $35,900
24 City / 33 Hwy
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2019 Nissan Leaf

The 2019 Nissan Leaf impresses with its all-electric driving range and roomy cargo space, though its rather cheap interior leaves something to be desired. ... Read full review »

Not Yet Ranked

$29,990 - $42,550
N/A
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More on Small Cars

Affordable small cars include compact and subcompact cars, typically sedans, coupes, and hatchbacks.  At its heart, this class is about small, inexpensive cars, though performance models can be more than $30,000 with options. Because of their light weight, many small cars offer nimble handling and great fuel economy. Their size also makes them great city cars that are easy to park and maneuver in tight spaces.

The best small cars also distinguish themselves on the inside. They may be small on the outside, but critics look for those with competitive cargo room and enough rear-seat space for adults.

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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