The best subcompact cars are highlighted below. Subcompact cars are the smallest and least expensive vehicles on the market, but their low prices aren't their only appeal.

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Honda Fit Image
  • MSRP: $16,190 - $21,520
  • MPG: 33 City / 40 Hwy

#1
2018 Honda Fit

The 2018 Honda Fit is roomy and versatile, with an innovative back seat that lets you haul a wide variety of cargo. Its sharp ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:8.1
Interior:8.7
Safety:9.4
Reliability: N/A
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Chevrolet Sonic Image
  • MSRP: $15,145 - $21,215
  • MPG: 25 City / 33 Hwy

#2
2017 Chevrolet Sonic

The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic comes loaded with standard features that few other subcompacts have, including a rearview camera and Apple CarPlay. It also has ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:8.1
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 4_0
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Ford Fiesta Image
  • MSRP: $13,660 - $21,140
  • MPG: 27 City / 35 Hwy

#3
2017 Ford Fiesta

The 2017 Ford Fiesta is a good subcompact car if you’re looking for something inexpensive and stylish that also offers features such as smartphone ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.6
Interior:8.0
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 2_5
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MINI Cooper Image
  • MSRP: $21,600 - $36,600
  • MPG: 28 City / 38 Hwy

#3
2018 MINI Cooper

* 2017 pricing; 2018 pricing not available

The 2018 Mini Cooper is a jaunty little car, with playful styling and spirited performance. Its go-kart handling is a "love it" or "leave ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:8.6
Interior:7.7
Safety:8.0
Reliability: N/A
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Toyota Yaris iA Image
  • MSRP: $15,950 - $17,050
  • MPG: 32 City / 40 Hwy

#3
2017 Toyota Yaris iA

The Toyota Yaris iA has pleasant handling, a suave interior, ample standard features, and superb safety ratings. Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.9
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 4_0
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Kia Rio Image
  • MSRP: $14,165 - $20,905
  • MPG: 27 City / 36 Hwy

#6
2017 Kia Rio

The 2017 Kia Rio isn’t your typical subcompact car. It offers spry handling, a powerful engine, and an upscale interior that wouldn’t look out ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.5
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 3_0
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Hyundai Accent Image
  • MSRP: $14,745 - $17,495
  • MPG: 26 City / 36 Hwy

#7
2017 Hyundai Accent

The 2017 Hyundai Accent provides a smooth ride, and hatchback models have excellent cargo space for the class. The Accent is backed by one ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.8
Safety:8.0
Reliability: 3_0
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MINI Cooper Clubman Image
  • MSRP: $24,100 - $35,100
  • MPG: 25 City / 34 Hwy

#7
2017 MINI Cooper Clubman

The 2017 Mini Clubman should appeal to buyers because of its terrific passenger space, above-average cargo space, smooth ride, and athletic driving experience. However, ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:8.5
Interior:7.7
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 2_5
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Toyota Yaris Image
  • MSRP: $15,250 - $18,000
  • MPG: 30 City / 35 Hwy

#9
2017 Toyota Yaris

The 2017 Toyota Yaris has quality cabin materials and a large number of standard driver assistance features for the class. Still, its transmissions are ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:6.4
Interior:7.0
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 4_5
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Chevrolet Spark Image
  • MSRP: $13,000 - $17,425
  • MPG: 31 City / 39 Hwy

#10
2017 Chevrolet Spark

The Chevrolet Spark has an interior that is loaded with technology features and decent materials, and its engine, while not potent, will get you ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.6
Interior:7.6
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 3_0
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Volkswagen Beetle Image
  • MSRP: $19,995 - $32,550
  • MPG: 24 City / 33 Hwy

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2017 Volkswagen Beetle

The chic 2017 Volkswagen Beetle is as nice to look at as it is to drive. But that vintage flair isn’t enough to elevate ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.4
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 3_0
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Toyota Prius c Image
  • MSRP: $20,150 - $24,965
  • MPG: 48 City / 43 Hwy

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2017 Toyota Prius c

The 2017 Toyota Prius c gets excellent fuel economy estimates, but its performance is merely adequate, and its cabin materials are cheap.  Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:6.6
Interior:7.0
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 3_5
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Smart Fortwo Image
  • MSRP: $14,650 - $20,900
  • MPG: 31 City / 38 Hwy

#13
2017 Smart Fortwo

The teeny Smart Fortwo can make commuting and parking in a crowded city look easy, however, its back-of-the-pack ranking and compromises in practicality make ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:7.6
Interior:7.2
Safety:8.9
Reliability: 2_0
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FIAT 500 Image
  • MSRP: $14,995 - $32,995
  • MPG: 31 City / 38 Hwy

#14
2017 FIAT 500

With three mix-n-match trims, the peppy 2017 Fiat 500 is praised for its personality and perky city driving. However, a lack of space and ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.5
Interior:6.6
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 2_0
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Nissan Versa Image
  • MSRP: $11,990 - $18,710
  • MPG: 27 City / 36 Hwy

#15
2017 Nissan Versa

The 2017 Nissan Versa is a no-frills subcompact car designed for those on a tight budget who don't need the amenities found in other vehicles. Though it ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:6.9
Critics' Rating:6.7
Performance:6.3
Interior:7.1
Safety:8.9
Reliability: 3_0
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Mitsubishi Mirage Image
  • MSRP: $13,395 - $17,095
  • MPG: 37 (Est) City / 43 (Est) Hwy

#16
2018 Mitsubishi Mirage

* 2017 pricing; 2018 pricing not available

The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage tries to entice buyers with its value proposition, offering a low starting price, excellent fuel economy, and a long warranty. ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:5.4
Critics' Rating:5.1
Performance:5.4
Interior:5.8
Safety:8.0
Reliability: N/A
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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.

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Our rankings are based on analysis of third party reviews. Sometimes, we are unable to find enough reviews to publish a definitive ranking. Please check back later, as we are constantly updating our reviews.

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.