Roomiest Small Cars in 2021

2020 Volkswagen Jetta
1 of 20

Stretch Out in These Small Cars

A small car isn’t necessarily a penalty box, at least if you shop prudently. If you’re looking for a subcompact or compact car, it’s most likely because you prioritize efficiency or affordability, and so, you’ve probably gotten accustomed to making some compromises. Here’s a word of advice, though – those sacrifices don’t include space. There are plenty of smart designs that comfortably accommodate passengers or cargo, and the following slides will point you in the right direction.

This list includes 16 small cars, selected from our subcompact and compact car rankings, that offer the most cabin space in those two classes. The difference can be a matter of inches, or even less, so when you’re shopping, make sure to consider other factors, such as performance, quality, standard features, and overall value. At the end of the slideshow, you should have a good idea which small cars will meet your needs for space, and we’ll have resources for you to read more about the models that catch your eye. 

Keep in mind as you're reading that our scores are constantly updated as new information becomes available. As a result, the rankings and scores you see in this slideshow may not match those elsewhere on our site.

To get local pricing, enter your zip code: Cancel

Best Price Program

Interested in a New?

Use the U.S. News Best Price Program to find great deals and get upfront pricing on the.