Cars.com Rates the Best Subcompact Cars
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
Here are the overall results of the shootout:
- 2012 Honda Fit (761 points)
- 2012 Kia Rio (718 points)
- 2012 Hyundai Accent (697 points)
- 2012 Chevrolet Sonic (654 points)
- 2012 Ford Fiesta (641 points)
- 2012 Toyota Yaris (585 points)
- 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:
|Rank||Car||EPA mileage||Observed mileage|
|1||2012 Nissan Versa 1.6 S||30/38 mpg||35.9 mpg|
|2||2012 Honda Fit base||28/35 mpg||33.4 mpg|
|3||2012 Ford Fiesta SE||29/39 mpg||32.7 mpg|
|4(tie)||2012 Hyundai Accent GS||30/40 mpg||32.3 mpg|
|4(tie)||2012 Toyota Yaris L||30/35 mpg||32.3 mpg|
|5||2012 Kia Rio LX||30/40 mpg||30.1 mpg|
|6||2012 Chevrolet Sonic 2LS||25/35 mpg||30.0 mpg|
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