37 cars RANKING LIST | SORT BY SCORES
#1 Honda Fit Image View Photos
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2019 Honda Fit

The 2019 Honda Fit ranks near the top of the subcompact car class. Its cabin is upscale, roomy, and practical, and its configurable rear ... Read full review »

8.9
$16,190 - $21,520
33 City / 40 Hwy
8.9
$16,190 - $21,520
33 City / 40 Hwy
#1 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 »

8.9
$16,490 - $35,950
- TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy
8.9
$16,490 - $35,950
- TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy
#1 Volkswagen GTI Image View Photos
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2018 Volkswagen GTI

Spirited performance and appealing technology help make the 2018 Volkswagen GTI one of the best compact cars on the market. It also boasts plenty ... Read full review »

8.9
$26,415 - $36,170
24 City / 32 Hwy
8.9
$26,415 - $36,170
24 City / 32 Hwy
#4 Honda Civic Image View Photos
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2018 Honda Civic

The 2018 Honda Civic features great safety scores, deft handling, and a lineup of engines that offer plenty of power. These attributes help make ... Read full review »

8.8
$18,940 - $34,700
31 City / 40 Hwy
8.8
$18,940 - $34,700
31 City / 40 Hwy
#4 Kia Rio Image View Photos
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2018 Kia Rio

The pint-sized 2018 Kia Rio owes its high ranking in the subcompact car class to its sporty driving dynamics and user-friendly interior. It also ... Read full review »

8.8
$13,900 - $18,700
- TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy
8.8
$13,900 - $18,700
- TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy
#6 Chevrolet Sonic Image View Photos
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2018 Chevrolet Sonic

The 2018 Chevrolet Sonic sits near the top of our subcompact car rankings, thanks to its energetic performance and comfortable cabin. Other things to ... Read full review »

8.7
$15,295 - $21,320
25 City / 34 Hwy
8.7
$15,295 - $21,320
25 City / 34 Hwy
#6 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
- TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy
8.7
$17,950 - $41,120
- TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy
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#6 Toyota Yaris iA Image View Photos
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2018 Toyota Yaris iA

With superb safety scores, agile handling, a near-perfect predicted reliability rating, and a feature-filled cabin, the 2018 Toyota Yaris iA earns a spot near ... Read full review »

8.7
$15,950 - $17,050
- TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy
8.7
$15,950 - $17,050
- TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy
#9 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
#9 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
#9 Chevrolet Bolt Image View Photos
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2018 Chevrolet Bolt

Though the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt boasts an exceptional range, this small EV is about more than just all-electric driving. The highly ranked Bolt has ... Read full review »

8.6
$36,620 - $40,905
N/A
8.6
$36,620 - $40,905
N/A
#12 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 »

8.5
$17,995 - $26,120
29 (2018) City / 40 (2018) Hwy
8.5
$17,995 - $26,120
29 (2018) City / 40 (2018) Hwy
#12 Kia Forte Image View Photos
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2018 Kia Forte

The 2018 Kia Forte has one of the best interiors in the class, and despite the Forte's middling performance, it ranks in the top ... Read full review »

8.5
$16,800 - $26,100
29 City / 37 Hwy
8.5
$16,800 - $26,100
29 City / 37 Hwy
#12 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
- TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy
8.5
$18,095 - $24,945
- TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy
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#12 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
- TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy
8.5
$23,475 - $30,565
- TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy
#16 Subaru WRX Image View Photos
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2018 Subaru WRX

The 2018 Subaru WRX has awesome overall performance, but it ranks midpack because its interior quality and overall practicality can't match many class rivals. Read full review »

8.4
$26,995 - $40,895
21 City / 27 Hwy
8.4
$26,995 - $40,895
21 City / 27 Hwy
#16 Hyundai Ioniq Image View Photos
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2018 Hyundai Ioniq

The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq finishes in the middle of our compact car rankings. It has high safety scores, but it doesn't do enough, well ... Read full review »

8.4
$22,200 - $28,300
57 City / 59 Hwy
8.4
$22,200 - $28,300
57 City / 59 Hwy
#16 Ford Fiesta Image View Photos
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2018 Ford Fiesta

The 2018 Ford Fiesta is a fun-to-drive car (particularly the ST trim) with a nice interior and user-friendly technology. The Fiesta sits in the ... Read full review »

8.4
$14,205 - $21,285
27 City / 35 Hwy
8.4
$14,205 - $21,285
27 City / 35 Hwy
#19 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
#19 Toyota Corolla Image View Photos
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2018 Toyota Corolla

The 2018 Toyota Corolla has a great predicted reliability rating and high fuel efficiency, but it's not as refined or fun to drive as ... Read full review »

8.3
$18,600 - $22,780
- TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy
8.3
$18,600 - $22,780
- TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy
#19 MINI Cooper Image View Photos
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2018 MINI Cooper

The 2018 Mini Cooper is a jaunty little car, with playful styling and spirited performance. Its go-kart handling is a "love it" or "leave ... Read full review »

8.3
$21,600 - $36,600
28 City / 38 Hwy
8.3
$21,600 - $36,600
28 City / 38 Hwy
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#19 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
#23 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
#24 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 »

8.1
$22,830 - $28,090
51 City / 45 Hwy
8.1
$22,830 - $28,090
51 City / 45 Hwy
#24 Subaru Impreza Image View Photos
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2018 Subaru Impreza

The 2018 Subaru Impreza ranks in the lower half of the extremely competitive compact car class. The Impreza is spacious and practical, but it ... Read full review »

8.1
$18,495 - $24,695
- TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy
8.1
$18,495 - $24,695
- TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy
#26 Hyundai Accent Image View Photos
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2018 Hyundai Accent

The 2018 Hyundai Accent is fully redesigned and finishes in the top half of our subcompact car rankings. It brings a lot to the ... Read full review »

8.0
$14,995 - $18,895
- TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy
8.0
$14,995 - $18,895
- TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy
#27 MINI Cooper Clubman Image View Photos
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2019 MINI Cooper Clubman

The 2019 Mini Clubman finishes in the middle of our subcompact car rankings. It's fun to drive and features a nice interior, but it ... Read full review »

7.9
$24,900 - $35,900
24 City / 33 Hwy
7.9
$24,900 - $35,900
24 City / 33 Hwy
#28 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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#29 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
#29 Chevrolet Spark Image View Photos
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2019 Chevrolet Spark

The 2019 Chevrolet Spark ranks low among subcompact cars because of its unimpressive acceleration, tight rear seat, and subpar cargo volume. Read full review »

7.7
$13,220 - $17,720
30 City / 38 Hwy
7.7
$13,220 - $17,720
30 City / 38 Hwy
#31 Nissan Sentra Image View Photos
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2018 Nissan Sentra

The 2018 Nissan Sentra resides near the bottom of our compact car rankings. While it has one of the most spacious interiors in the ... Read full review »

7.6
$16,990 - $25,790
29 City / 37 Hwy
7.6
$16,990 - $25,790
29 City / 37 Hwy
#31 Volkswagen Beetle Image View Photos
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2018 Volkswagen Beetle

The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle ranks in the bottom half of the subcompact car class. It trails the competition in seating space, driving dynamics, features, ... Read full review »

7.6
$20,220 - $32,090
26 City / 33 Hwy
7.6
$20,220 - $32,090
26 City / 33 Hwy
#33 Toyota Prius c Image View Photos
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2018 Toyota Prius c

The 2018 Toyota Prius c hybrid boasts outstanding fuel efficiency and deft maneuverability in tight city environments. However, the Prius c is held back ... Read full review »

7.5
$20,630 - $24,965
48 City / 43 Hwy
7.5
$20,630 - $24,965
48 City / 43 Hwy
#34 Toyota Yaris Image View Photos
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2018 Toyota Yaris

The 2018 Toyota Yaris ranks near the bottom of its class due in part to its sluggish acceleration, unrefined transmission, and cramped back seat. Read full review »

7.4
$15,635 - $19,060
- TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy
7.4
$15,635 - $19,060
- TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy
#35 FIAT 500 Image View Photos
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2018 FIAT 500

With three mix-n-match trims, the 2018 Fiat 500 draws praise for its personality and perky city driving. However, a lack of available safety features, ... Read full review »

7.2
$16,245 - $20,495
28 City / 33 Hwy
7.2
$16,245 - $20,495
28 City / 33 Hwy
#36 Nissan Versa Image View Photos
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2018 Nissan Versa

The Nissan Versa has a few redeeming qualities – namely, its low base price, ample cargo room, and spacious seating – but that's not ... Read full review »

6.7
$12,110 - $18,100
- TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy
6.7
$12,110 - $18,100
- TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy
#37 Mitsubishi Mirage Image View Photos
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2018 Mitsubishi Mirage

Like the desert image it’s named after, the Mitsubishi Mirage is appealing from a distance but disappointing up close. Its excellent fuel economy, long ... Read full review »

5.7
$13,395 - $17,095
- TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy
5.7
$13,395 - $17,095
- TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy

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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