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Top 10 Best-Rated Compact Cars

Despite what some might think, bigger isn't always better. When it comes to cars, there's a lot of great compact vehicles to choose from.

If you're in the market for a smaller car, you'll want to check out Consumer Reports recent ranking of the 10 best compact cars you can purchase right now. These vehicles were selected based on their road test performance, reliability ratings, and safety tests. Vehicles on the list include the Hyundai Elantra, Kia Soul, Subaru Impreza, and Volkswagen Jetta TDI. Below is the full list.

If you're considering adding a compact car to your garage, make sure to use TrueCar No Haggle and CarsDirect to see the lowest prices being offered in your area.

Best Small Vehicles to Consider

VehicleBase MSRP Price Range
Kia Rio$13,990-$18,290
Nissan Versa Note$14,180-$17,960
Kia Soul$15,190-$35,700
Kia Forte$15,890-$21,890
Volkswagen Jetta TDI$16,215-$31,670
Mazda Mazda3$16,945-$26,595
Toyota Corolla$16,950-$22,955
Subaru Impreza$18,195-$23,295
Hyundai Elantra$18,800-$22,600
Toyota Prius$24,200-$34,905

3 Steps Every Car Buyer Needs to Take to Save Maximum Money

The key to getting the best deal is to gather price or lease bids from as many local dealers as possible. Then shop that best price around until no one can beat it. Here are the steps:

Step 1 Get Prices From My Trusted Network

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Step 2 Get Prices From TrueCar / CarsDirect

TrueCar, and CarsDirect are my top 2 online price quote recommendations. These services show you pre-negotiated prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually pretty decent. But remember, you can still negotiate further.

Step 3 Complete my Checklist

Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.
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About The Author

Gregg Fidan Gregg Fidan is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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