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Cars.com Rates the Best Subcompact Cars

March 22, 2012

If you're shopping for a subcompact vehicle, you should take a look at the recent Cars.com subcompact comparison shootout.

They judged the following seven cars, all priced below $16,000.

  • 2012 Chevrolet Sonic
  • 2012 Ford Fiesta
  • 2012 Honda Fit
  • 2012 Hyundai Accent
  • 2012 Kia Rio
  • 2012 Nissan Versa
  • 2012 Toyota Yaris
The testing took place over three days with 5 expert judges and a regular couple from California.

Here are the overall results of the shootout:

  1. 2012 Honda Fit (761 points)
  2. 2012 Kia Rio (718 points)
  3. 2012 Hyundai Accent (697 points)
  4. 2012 Chevrolet Sonic (654 points)
  5. 2012 Ford Fiesta (641 points)
  6. 2012 Toyota Yaris (585 points)
  7. 2012 Nissan Versa (513 points)

And here are the results of the fuel-economy test, where they drove each car over a 200-mile loop around the Los Angeles area:

RankCarEPA mileageObserved mileage
12012 Nissan Versa 1.6 S30/38 mpg35.9 mpg
22012 Honda Fit base28/35 mpg33.4 mpg
32012 Ford Fiesta SE29/39 mpg32.7 mpg
4(tie)2012 Hyundai Accent GS30/40 mpg32.3 mpg
4(tie)2012 Toyota Yaris L30/35 mpg32.3 mpg
52012 Kia Rio LX30/40 mpg30.1 mpg
62012 Chevrolet Sonic 2LS    25/35 mpg30.0 mpg

Here's a video recap of the shootout:

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