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#1 Honda Fit Image View Photos
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2019 Honda Fit

Best Cars for the Money

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 Forte Image View Photos
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2019 Kia Forte

The fully redesigned 2019 Kia Forte ranks near the top of the class because of its spacious interior and cargo room, user-friendly tech features, ... Read full review »

8.9
$17,790 - $21,990
31 City / 41 Hwy
8.9
$17,790 - $21,990
31 City / 41 Hwy
#3 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
25 City / 34 Hwy
8.7
$17,950 - $41,120
25 City / 34 Hwy
#3 Honda Civic Image View Photos
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2019 Honda Civic

The 2019 Honda Civic is a great all-around vehicle that ranks near the top of the compact car class. It offers great performance, a ... Read full review »

8.7
$19,450 - $27,300
30 City / 38 Hwy
8.7
$19,450 - $27,300
30 City / 38 Hwy
#3 Kia Rio Image View Photos
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2019 Kia Rio

Lively handling and a handsome interior help the 2019 Kia Rio place near the top of our subcompact car rankings. Although the Rio has ... Read full review »

8.7
$15,390 - $16,490
28 City / 37 Hwy
8.7
$15,390 - $16,490
28 City / 37 Hwy
#3 Volkswagen GTI Image View Photos
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2019 Volkswagen GTI

The 2019 Volkswagen GTI is one of our highest-ranking compact cars. Athletic driving dynamics, appealing technology, and a luxury-like cabin are among its standout ... Read full review »

8.7
$27,595 - $37,095
25 City / 31 Hwy
8.7
$27,595 - $37,095
25 City / 31 Hwy
#3 Volvo S60 Image View Photos
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2019 Volvo S60

The 2019 Volvo S60 ranks in the top half of the luxury small car class. It has a strong engine lineup and an upscale, ... Read full review »

8.7
$35,800 - $55,400
24 City / 36 Hwy
8.7
$35,800 - $55,400
24 City / 36 Hwy
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#8 Toyota Yaris Image View Photos
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2019 Toyota Yaris

The 2019 Toyota Yaris sits near the top of our subcompact cars rankings thanks to a long list of standard features and a stylish ... Read full review »

8.6
$15,450 - $18,550
32 City / 40 Hwy
8.6
$15,450 - $18,550
32 City / 40 Hwy
#8 Kia Soul Image View Photos
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2019 Kia Soul

Best Cars for the Money

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 »

8.6
$16,490 - $35,950
26 City / 31 Hwy
8.6
$16,490 - $35,950
26 City / 31 Hwy
#8 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
#8 Chevrolet Sonic Image View Photos
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2019 Chevrolet Sonic

The 2019 Chevrolet Sonic's responsive handling and roomy interior help place it near the top of the subcompact car segment. The engine can feel ... Read full review »

8.6
$15,420 - $21,520
26 City / 34 Hwy
8.6
$15,420 - $21,520
26 City / 34 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
28 (Est) City / 37 (Est) Hwy
8.5
$18,095 - $24,945
28 (Est) City / 37 (Est) Hwy
#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
54 City / 50 Hwy
8.5
$23,475 - $30,565
54 City / 50 Hwy
#14 Volkswagen Golf Image View Photos
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2019 Volkswagen Golf

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf ranks in the top half of the compact car class. It's fun to drive, and it has ample space, making ... Read full review »

8.4
$21,845 - $41,495
29 City / 37 Hwy
8.4
$21,845 - $41,495
29 City / 37 Hwy
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#14 MINI Cooper Image View Photos
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2019 MINI Cooper

The 2019 Mini Cooper has a distinctive, premium interior, potent engines, and spirited handling, all of which help it rank in the top third ... Read full review »

8.4
$21,900 - $36,900
28 City / 38 Hwy
8.4
$21,900 - $36,900
28 City / 38 Hwy
#14 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 »

8.4
$17,995 - $26,120
28 City / 38 Hwy
8.4
$17,995 - $26,120
28 City / 38 Hwy
#17 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
#18 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
$18,745 - $27,195
30 City / 40 Hwy
8.2
$18,745 - $27,195
30 City / 40 Hwy
#18 Subaru WRX Image View Photos
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2019 Subaru WRX

The 2019 Subaru WRX finishes in the bottom half of our compact car rankings. It's one of the most athletic cars in the class, ... Read full review »

8.2
$27,195 - $41,395
21 City / 27 Hwy
8.2
$27,195 - $41,395
21 City / 27 Hwy
#18 Hyundai Ioniq Image View Photos
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2019 Hyundai Ioniq

The Hyundai Ioniq ranks in the middle of the compact car class because of its limited rear-seat space and a disconnected ride and handling. ... Read full review »

8.2
$22,400 - $36,315
57 (Est) City / 59 (Est) Hwy
8.2
$22,400 - $36,315
57 (Est) City / 59 (Est) Hwy
#18 Hyundai Elantra Image View Photos
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2019 Hyundai Elantra

The 2019 Hyundai Elantra finishes in the middle of our compact car rankings. This is not a car for driving enthusiasts, but it has ... Read full review »

8.2
$17,100 - $24,400
26 City / 36 Hwy
8.2
$17,100 - $24,400
26 City / 36 Hwy
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#18 Hyundai Accent Image View Photos
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2019 Hyundai Accent

The 2019 Hyundai Accent finishes in the middle of our subcompact car rankings. It has a nice interior and decent performance, making it a ... Read full review »

8.2
$14,995 - $19,080
28 City / 38 Hwy
8.2
$14,995 - $19,080
28 City / 38 Hwy
#18 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 »

8.2
$22,830 - $28,090
51 City / 45 Hwy
8.2
$22,830 - $28,090
51 City / 45 Hwy
#18 Chevrolet Bolt Image View Photos
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2019 Chevrolet Bolt

The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt is a lively electric vehicle with a spacious cabin and a generous helping of standard features. It also has a ... Read full review »

8.2
$36,620 - $41,020
N/A
8.2
$36,620 - $41,020
N/A
#25 Ford Fiesta Image View Photos
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2019 Ford Fiesta

The 2019 Ford Fiesta places in the middle of our subcompact car rankings. It is a top choice in the class for driving enjoyment, ... Read full review »

8.1
$14,260 - $21,340
27 City / 35 Hwy
8.1
$14,260 - $21,340
27 City / 35 Hwy
#25 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 »

8.1
$24,900 - $35,900
24 City / 33 Hwy
8.1
$24,900 - $35,900
24 City / 33 Hwy
#25 Subaru Impreza Image View Photos
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2019 Subaru Impreza

The 2019 Subaru Impreza ranks in the bottom third of the compact car class. It has a spacious interior and an intuitive infotainment system, ... Read full review »

8.1
$18,595 - $25,690
28 City / 38 Hwy
8.1
$18,595 - $25,690
28 City / 38 Hwy
#28 Nissan Leaf Image View Photos
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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, a cabin that ... Read full review »

7.9
$29,990 - $36,200
N/A
7.9
$29,990 - $36,200
N/A
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#29 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
#30 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 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
#32 Nissan Sentra Image View Photos
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2019 Nissan Sentra

The 2019 Nissan Sentra sits near the bottom of our compact car rankings. It's comfortable and spacious, but most competitors bring a lot more ... Read full review »

7.4
$17,790 - $25,840
29 City / 37 Hwy
7.4
$17,790 - $25,840
29 City / 37 Hwy
#33 Toyota Prius c Image View Photos
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2019 Toyota Prius c

The 2019 Toyota Prius c has great fuel efficiency and a large amount of standard tech features, but it sits near the bottom of ... Read full review »

7.3
$21,530 - $22,955
48 City / 43 Hwy
7.3
$21,530 - $22,955
48 City / 43 Hwy
#34 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
#35 Nissan Versa Image View Photos
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2019 Nissan Versa

The affordable 2019 Nissan Versa has decent cargo and passenger room for a subcompact car. However, it ranks near the bottom of its class ... Read full review »

7.1
$12,360 - $18,360
31 City / 39 Hwy
7.1
$12,360 - $18,360
31 City / 39 Hwy
#36 Mitsubishi Mirage Image View Photos
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2019 Mitsubishi Mirage

The 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage ranks near the bottom of the subcompact car class. While it’s affordable, the Mirage’s glacial acceleration, poor ride quality, cheap ... Read full review »

5.6
$13,795 - $16,995
36 City / 43 Hwy
5.6
$13,795 - $16,995
36 City / 43 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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