34 cars RANKING LIST | SORT BY SCORES
#1 Mazda Mazda3 Image View Photos
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2019 Mazda Mazda3

The 2019 Mazda3 earns a top spot among compact cars because of its well-rounded performance, upscale interior, and user-friendly technology. Read full review »

9.1
$21,000 - $28,900
26 (Est) City / 35 (Est) Hwy
9.1
$21,000 - $28,900
26 (Est) City / 35 (Est) Hwy
#2 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 »

8.8
$16,190 - $21,520
33 City / 40 Hwy
8.8
$16,190 - $21,520
33 City / 40 Hwy
#2 Kia Forte Image View Photos
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2019 Kia Forte

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

8.8
$17,790 - $21,990
31 City / 41 Hwy
8.8
$17,790 - $21,990
31 City / 41 Hwy
#2 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. These attributes, along with an exceptional predicted reliability rating, help ... Read full review »

8.8
$21,900 - $36,900
28 City / 38 Hwy
8.8
$21,900 - $36,900
28 City / 38 Hwy
#5 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
#6 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
#6 Honda Civic Image View Photos
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2019 Honda Civic

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

8.6
$19,450 - $35,700
30 City / 38 Hwy
8.6
$19,450 - $35,700
30 City / 38 Hwy
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#8 Hyundai Accent Image View Photos
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2019 Hyundai Accent

The 2019 Hyundai Accent finishes among the top entries in our subcompact car rankings. It has a nice interior, decent performance, and an excellent ... Read full review »

8.5
$14,995 - $19,080
28 City / 38 Hwy
8.5
$14,995 - $19,080
28 City / 38 Hwy
#9 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 »

8.4
$15,450 - $18,550
32 City / 40 Hwy
8.4
$15,450 - $18,550
32 City / 40 Hwy
#9 Toyota Prius Image View Photos
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2019 Toyota Prius

It may not offer a lot of driving excitement, but the 2019 Toyota Prius is a well-rounded hybrid car that’s now available with all-wheel ... Read full review »

8.4
$23,770 - $32,200
54 City / 50 Hwy
8.4
$23,770 - $32,200
54 City / 50 Hwy
#9 Kia Rio Image View Photos
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2019 Kia Rio

Lively handling, a handsome interior, and a superb predicted reliability rating help the 2019 Kia Rio place near the top of our subcompact car rankings. ... Read full review »

8.4
$15,390 - $16,490
28 City / 37 Hwy
8.4
$15,390 - $16,490
28 City / 37 Hwy
#9 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 »

8.4
$15,420 - $21,520
26 City / 34 Hwy
8.4
$15,420 - $21,520
26 City / 34 Hwy
#9 Chevrolet Cruze Image View Photos
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2019 Chevrolet Cruze

The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze ranks in the top half of the compact car class. It has a long list of standard features, and its ... Read full review »

8.4
$17,995 - $26,120
28 City / 38 Hwy
8.4
$17,995 - $26,120
28 City / 38 Hwy
#14 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 »

8.3
$36,620 - $41,020
N/A
8.3
$36,620 - $41,020
N/A
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#14 Hyundai Elantra Image View Photos
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2019 Hyundai Elantra

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

8.3
$17,200 - $24,400
26 City / 36 Hwy
8.3
$17,200 - $24,400
26 City / 36 Hwy
#14 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 »

8.3
$24,900 - $35,900
24 City / 33 Hwy
8.3
$24,900 - $35,900
24 City / 33 Hwy
#14 Toyota Corolla Image View Photos
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2020 Toyota Corolla

The 2020 Toyota Corolla has an outstanding predicted reliability rating, but it's average in most other areas. As a result, it lands in the ... Read full review »

8.3
$19,500 - $25,450
30 City / 38 Hwy
8.3
$19,500 - $25,450
30 City / 38 Hwy
#18 Volkswagen Golf Image View Photos
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2019 Volkswagen Golf

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf finishes in the middle of our compact car rankings. It's a good, fun-to-drive car with ample passenger and cargo space, ... Read full review »

8.2
$21,845 - $41,495
29 City / 37 Hwy
8.2
$21,845 - $41,495
29 City / 37 Hwy
#18 Hyundai Ioniq Image View Photos
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2019 Hyundai Ioniq

The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq ranks near the middle of the compact car class because of its limited rear-seat space and numb steering. Still, it has ... Read full review »

8.2
$22,400 - $36,815
57 City / 59 Hwy
8.2
$22,400 - $36,815
57 City / 59 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
#21 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
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#21 Subaru Impreza Image View Photos
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2019 Subaru Impreza

The 2019 Subaru Impreza ranks in the bottom half 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
#21 Subaru WRX Image View Photos
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2019 Subaru WRX

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

8.1
$27,195 - $41,395
21 City / 27 Hwy
8.1
$27,195 - $41,395
21 City / 27 Hwy
#21 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Image View Photos
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2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

The all-new 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid ranks in the bottom half of the compact car class, largely because it can’t compete with the refined ... Read full review »

8.1
$22,950
53 City / 52 Hwy
8.1
$22,950
53 City / 52 Hwy
#21 Toyota Prius Prime Image View Photos
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2019 Toyota Prius Prime

The 2019 Toyota Prius Prime ranks in the middle of the compact car class. While it has fantastic fuel economy and lots of standard ... Read full review »

8.1
$27,350 - $33,350
N/A
8.1
$27,350 - $33,350
N/A
#26 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 »

8.0
$18,745 - $27,195
30 City / 40 Hwy
8.0
$18,745 - $27,195
30 City / 40 Hwy
#27 Toyota Prius c Image View Photos
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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, it ... Read full review »

7.7
$21,530 - $22,955
48 City / 43 Hwy
7.7
$21,530 - $22,955
48 City / 43 Hwy
#27 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, its bland, plastic-filled ... Read full review »

7.7
$29,990 - $36,200
N/A
7.7
$29,990 - $36,200
N/A
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#27 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
#30 Volkswagen Beetle Image View Photos
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2019 Volkswagen Beetle

The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle will be the final edition (for now) of this iconic car. Partly because the Beetle isn't as athletic or upscale ... Read full review »

7.6
$20,895 - $29,995
26 City / 33 Hwy
7.6
$20,895 - $29,995
26 City / 33 Hwy
#31 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
#32 Nissan Versa Image View Photos
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2019 Nissan Versa

The affordable 2019 Nissan Versa has decent cargo and passenger space for a subcompact car, as well as a superb predicted reliability rating. However, ... Read full review »

7.3
$12,360 - $18,360
31 City / 39 Hwy
7.3
$12,360 - $18,360
31 City / 39 Hwy
#33 FIAT 500 Image View Photos
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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 »

7.2
$16,245 - $33,210
28 City / 33 Hwy
7.2
$16,245 - $33,210
28 City / 33 Hwy
#34 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 »

5.7
$13,795 - $16,995
36 City / 43 Hwy
5.7
$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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