34 cars RANKING LIST | SORT BY SCORES

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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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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8.3
$23,770 - $32,200
54 City / 50 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
$36,620 - $41,020
N/A
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8.1
$23,100
53 City / 52 Hwy
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8.0
$15,600 - $18,700
32 City / 40 Hwy
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8.0
$27,350 - $33,350
N/A
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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
$18,950 - $23,800
30 City / 40 Hwy
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8.0
$22,930 - $28,340
55 City / 49 Hwy
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8.0
$16,720 - $21,520
26 City / 34 Hwy
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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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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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7.7
$18,745 - $29,995
30 City / 40 Hwy
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7.7
$18,595 - $25,690
28 City / 38 Hwy
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7.7
$15,195 - $19,300
33 City / 41 Hwy
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7.6
$24,900 - $35,900
24 City / 33 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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7.4
$14,260 - $21,340
27 City / 35 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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7.2
$13,220 - $17,720
30 City / 38 Hwy
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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 »

7.1
$29,990 - $42,550
N/A
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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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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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