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Best Subcompact Cars for 2020 & 2021

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. All Rankings »

10 cars

2020 Honda Fit

Best Cars for the Money

The 2020 Honda Fit ranks near the top of the subcompact car class. It boasts a spacious and handsome cabin with a configurable rear … read more »

8.8SCORE

$16,190 - $20,620 MSRP

33 City / 40 Hwy MPG

8.8SCORE

$16,190 - $20,620 MSRP

33 City / 40 Hwy MPG

2020 Kia Rio

The 2020 Kia Rio's engaging ride and strong predicted reliability rating help it place in the top third of our subcompact car rankings. Howe read more »

8.1SCORE

$15,850 - $16,790 MSRP

33 City / 41 Hwy MPG

8.1SCORE

$15,850 - $16,790 MSRP

33 City / 41 Hwy MPG

2020 Chevrolet Sonic

The 2020 Chevrolet Sonic finishes in the top half of our subcompact car rankings. It's sportier than many rivals, and it has a spacious … read more »

8.0SCORE

$16,720 - $21,520 MSRP

26 City / 34 Hwy MPG

8.0SCORE

$16,720 - $21,520 MSRP

26 City / 34 Hwy MPG

2020 Toyota Yaris

The 2020 Toyota Yaris ranks near the top of the subcompact car class. It offers agile handling, a handsome interior, user-friendly features, read more »

7.9SCORE

$15,650 - $18,750 MSRP

32 City / 40 Hwy MPG

7.9SCORE

$15,650 - $18,750 MSRP

32 City / 40 Hwy MPG

2021 Hyundai Accent

The 2021 Hyundai Accent places in the middle of our subcompact car rankings. It has plenty of passenger space and a user-friendly, though ba read more »

7.7SCORE

$15,395 - $19,500 MSRP

33 City / 41 Hwy MPG

7.7SCORE

$15,395 - $19,500 MSRP

33 City / 41 Hwy MPG

2021 MINI Cooper

The 2021 Mini Cooper finishes in the middle of our subcompact car rankings. It's stylish and athletic, with a high predicted reliability rat read more »

7.7SCORE

$22,400 - $44,900 MSRP

- TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy MPG

7.7SCORE

$22,400 - $44,900 MSRP

- TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy MPG

2020 Nissan Versa

The fully redesigned 2020 Nissan Versa sits in the bottom third of our subcompact car rankings. It has a very good safety score and … read more »

7.7SCORE

$14,730 - $18,240 MSRP

32 City / 40 Hwy MPG

7.7SCORE

$14,730 - $18,240 MSRP

32 City / 40 Hwy MPG

2020 Mitsubishi Mirage

The 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage is one of the lowest-rated vehicles in the subcompact car class, or any class really. Its very few attributes are read more »

4.9SCORE

$13,995 - $17,745 MSRP

36 City / 43 Hwy MPG

4.9SCORE

$13,995 - $17,745 MSRP

36 City / 43 Hwy MPG

2021 Chevrolet Spark

The 2021 Chevrolet Spark has some impressive standard features, a low price, and good predicted reliability, but it comes up short on space read more »

Not Yet Ranked

$13,400 - $17,900 MSRP

29 City / 38 Hwy MPG

Not Yet Ranked

$13,400 - $17,900 MSRP

29 City / 38 Hwy MPG

2021 MINI Cooper Clubman

The 2021 Mini Clubman is one of the best performers among subcompact cars. It offers lithe handling and strong engines, and it has plenty … read more »

Not Yet Ranked

$29,900 - $39,500 MSRP

26 City / 34 Hwy MPG

Not Yet Ranked

$29,900 - $39,500 MSRP

26 City / 34 Hwy MPG

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.

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