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#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
#2 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
29 City / 37 Hwy
8.8
$13,900 - $18,700
29 City / 37 Hwy
#3 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
30 City / 39 Hwy
8.7
$15,950 - $17,050
30 City / 39 Hwy
#4 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
#5 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
#6 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 for driving enjoyment, with agile handling ... Read full review »

8.3
$14,260 - $21,340
27 City / 35 Hwy
8.3
$14,260 - $21,340
27 City / 35 Hwy
#7 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
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#8 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
#9 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
#10 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
#11 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
30 City / 35 Hwy
7.4
$15,635 - $19,060
30 City / 35 Hwy
#12 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
#13 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
#14 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 »

6.7
$12,360 - $18,360
31 City / 39 Hwy
6.7
$12,360 - $18,360
31 City / 39 Hwy
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#15 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
37 City / 43 Hwy
5.7
$13,395 - $17,095
37 City / 43 Hwy

More on Subcompact Cars

The small size of subcompact cars makes them great city cars because they can maneuver easily and park in tight spaces. Subcompact cars tend to get great fuel economy, and they can provide excellent cargo space if you opt for a hatchback. Small, light cars also tend to handle better around corners. Many of the cars in this class deliver a sporty driving experience, according to critics, especially when equipped with an upgraded engine and suspension.

Strengths can vary across cars in this class; one top-ranking car's strong suit may be another's weakness. Use our rankings to consider the pros and cons of each car in this class, and decide what matters to you.

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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