Best Rated Compact Cars
April 3, 2014
If you're looking for a car that's easy to get around town and has some fun options, then a subcompact or compact car may be the right choice for you.
Consumer Reports recently revealed what they consider the best subcompact and compact cars available right now. The subcompact list includes the Kia Rio, Chevrolet Sonic and Honda Fit, while the compact list features the Subaru Impreza, Hyundai Elantra, and Toyota Prius.
Consumer Reports has listed models they suggest avoiding. For subcompacts, that includes the Smart ForTwo and Scion iQ, while for compacts they suggest staying away from the Mitsubishi Lancer and Dodge Dart.
If you're looking to purchase a subcompact or compact vehicle, I recommend you use TrueCar and RydeShopper to get the best deal possible on any of these vehicles.
Best & Worst Subcompact Cars
|Category||Vehicle||Base MSRP Price Range||Overall MPG|
|Best Overall||Kia Rio||$13,900-$18,090||30|
|Best Overall||Chevrolet Sonic||$14,170-$21,610||28|
|Best for Fuel Economy||Mitsubishi i-MiEV||$22,995||111|
|Best for Fuel Economy||Toyota Prius C||$19,080-$23,360||43|
|Best for Fuel Economy||Smart ForTwo||$13,270-$28,000||39|
|Best for Fuel Economy||Honda Insight||$18,725-$23,915||38|
|Best for Fuel Economy||Honda CR-Z||$19,995-$23,990||35|
|Best for Fuel Economy||Scion iQ||$15,665-$17,850||34|
|Best for Fuel Economy||Ford Fiesta||$14,100-$21,400||32-33|
|Best for Fuel Economy||Fiat 500||$16,195-$31,800||33|
|Best for Fuel Economy||Honda Fit||$15,425-$36,625||30-33|
|Best for Fuel Economy||Mazda2||$14,720-$17,050||30-33|
|Best for Fuel Economy||Hyundai Accent||$14,645-$17,395||31-32|
|Best for Fuel Economy||Nissan Versa Sedan||$11,990-$16,890||32-33|
|Best for Fuel Economy||Toyota Yaris||$14,430-$17,340||32|
|Fun to Drive||Ford Fiesta ST||$14,100-$21,400|
|Fun to Drive||Fiat 500 Abarth||$16,195-$31,800|
|Fun to Drive||Mini Cooper||$19,950-$35,700|
|Small Car, Big Footprint||Honda Fit||$15,425-$36,625|
|Small Car, Big Footprint||Nissan Versa Note||$13,990-$15,990|
|Small Car, Big Footprint||Nissan Cube||$16,760-$18,860|
|Models to Avoid||Smart ForTwo||$13,270-$28,000|
|Models to Avoid||Scion iQ||$15,665-$17,850|
|Models to Avoid||Chevrolet Spark||$12,170-$27,010|
Best & Worst Compact Cars
|Category||Vehicle||Base MSRP Price Range|
|Best Overall||Subaru Impreza||$17,895-$23,195|
|Best Overall||Hyundai Elantra||$18,750-$22,700|
|Best Overall||Toyota Prius||$24,200-$34,905|
|Models to Avoid||Scion tC||$19,210-$22,440|
|Models to Avoid||Mitsubishi Lancer||$17,195-$38,195|
|Models to Avoid||Dodge Dart||$16,495-$22,995|
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- Gregg Fidan
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