11 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 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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8.0
$16,720 - $21,520
26 City / 34 Hwy
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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
$15,600 - $18,700
32 City / 40 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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7.7
$15,195 - $19,300
33 City / 41 Hwy
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7.4
$14,260 - $21,340
27 City / 35 Hwy
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7.1
$20,895 - $29,995
26 City / 33 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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2019 Chevrolet Spark

The 2019 Chevrolet Spark offers a good number of standard features and easy maneuverability, but it suffers from lackluster acceleration on the highway, a ... Read full review »

Not Yet Ranked

$13,220 - $17,720
30 City / 38 Hwy
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Not Yet Ranked

$24,900 - $35,900
24 City / 33 Hwy
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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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