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Car Rankings: Affordable Small Cars

View the best small cars generally priced under $20,000. Compare small car reviews, specs and features for your top small cars. Learn more about our rankings.

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Rank Car Overall Performance Interior Safety Reliability MSRP MPG
#1
8.9 Very Good
7.8 8.7 9.4 3.5 $15,650
$20,925
City: 33
Hwy: 41
#2
8.8 Very Good
9.3 7.8 9.7 2.5 $16,945
$26,595
City: 29
Hwy: 41
#2
8.8 Very Good
8.2 8.4 10.0 2.5 $18,995
$29,095
City: 25
Hwy: 36
#4
8.6 Very Good
8.0 7.8 9.3 4.5 $18,290
$24,590
City: 28
Hwy: 36
#4
8.6 Very Good
7.3 8.4 9.7 4.0 $15,100
$35,700
City: 24
Hwy: 30
#6
8.5 Very Good
8.8 7.3 10.0 3.0 $26,295
$38,495
City: 21
Hwy: 28
#7
8.4 Very Good
8.1 8.3 9.2 3.0 $16,170
$25,660
City: 25
Hwy: 36
#7
8.4 Very Good
8.5 7.8 9.5 2.5 $17,170
$24,370
City: 26 (Est)
Hwy: 36 (Est)
#9
8.3 Very Good
7.3 8.4 8.8 3.5 $15,890
$21,890
City: 25
Hwy: 37
#9
8.3 Very Good
7.7 8.3 8.9 3.5 $13,900
$18,240
City: 27
Hwy: 37
#11
8.2 Very Good
7.4 7.9 9.7 3.5 $23,380
$29,215
City: 21
Hwy: 32
#11
8.2 Very Good
8.8 8.5 8.0 2.0 $14,455
$21,435
City: 28
Hwy: 36
#13
8.1 Very Good
7.8 7.8 9.2 3.0 $14,245
$21,945
City: 26
Hwy: 35
#13
8.1 Very Good
8.2 6.5 9.3 3.5 $34,345
$34,345
City: 35
Hwy: 40
#13
8.1 Very Good
7.2 7.0 9.0 3.0 $24,200
$30,005
City: 51
Hwy: 48
#16
8.0 Very Good
7.6 7.8 8.0 3.5 $14,745
$17,495
City: 27
Hwy: 38
#17
7.9 Good
7.6 6.8 9.5 3.0 $26,685
$27,010
City:
Hwy:
#17
7.9 Good
7.3 7.9 9.0 3.0 $17,250
$22,600
City: 27
Hwy: 37
#17
7.9 Good
8.7 7.5 N/A 2.0 $20,700
$35,850
City: 29
Hwy: 40
#17
7.9 Good
7.7 7.8 9.6 2.5 $18,195
$23,295
City: 25
Hwy: 34
#17
7.9 Good
7.9 8.1 9.3 3.0 $16,215
$31,670
City: 25
Hwy: 34
#22
7.7 Good
7.7 7.8 9.4 2.5 $16,495
$23,095
City: 25
Hwy: 36
#22
7.7 Good
7.7 7.7 8.3 3.0 $29,010
$35,120
City: None
Hwy: None
#22
7.7 Good
7.2 7.5 9.4 4.0 $16,900
$22,905
City: 28
Hwy: 37
#25
7.6 Good
7.8 7.9 N/A 2.5 $35,795
$42,335
City: 22
Hwy: 30
#26
7.5 Good
7.5 6.5 8.5 N/A $16,645
$26,395
City: 31
Hwy: 40
#26
7.5 Good
6.5 7.2 9.3 4.5 $24,635
$27,335
City: 44
Hwy: 47
#26
7.5 Good
6.9 7.6 8.7 3.5 $16,970
$17,920
City: 22
Hwy: 28
#26
7.5 Good
6.4 7.0 8.3 3.5 $19,540
$24,475
City: 53
Hwy: 46
#30
7.4 Good
6.6 7.1 9.0 3.0 $12,270
$16,535
City: 31
Hwy: 39
#30
7.4 Good
8.1 7.0 N/A 2.5 $23,550
$35,600
City: 27
Hwy: 34
#32
7.3 Good
7.3 7.3 9.1 3.0 $20,145
$24,140
City: 31
Hwy: 38
#32
7.3 Good
7.2 7.2 8.8 2.5 $20,195
$35,975
City: 24
Hwy: 33
#34
7.2 Good
6.8 7.5 8.5 2.5 $18,000
$23,600
City: 26
Hwy: 35
#34
7.2 Good
7.0 7.6 9.0 2.0 $19,210
$20,360
City: 23
Hwy: 31
#36
7.1 Good
6.2 7.4 8.5 3.0 $15,990
$19,640
City: 27
Hwy: 36
#36
7.1 Good
6.4 7.1 8.8 3.5 $14,845
$17,620
City: 30
Hwy: 37
#38
6.8 Mediocre
6.5 6.7 8.7 2.5 $15,665
$17,850
City: 36
Hwy: 37
#39
6.7 Mediocre
6.3 6.9 7.9 2.5 $11,990
$17,960
City: 27
Hwy: 36
#40
6.6 Mediocre
7.0 6.0 8.8 2.0 $17,395
$38,995
City: 25
Hwy: 34
#41
6.1 Mediocre
6.2 6.2 8.5 3.0 $12,995
$15,395
City: 34
Hwy: 42

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Car Overall Performance Interior Safety Reliability MSRP MPG
NA
N/A N/A N/A N/A $26,670
$27,060
City:
Hwy:
NA
N/A N/A N/A N/A $29,170
$29,170
City: None
Hwy: None
NA
N/A N/A N/A N/A $24,735
$27,435
City: 44
Hwy: 47
NA
N/A N/A N/A N/A $16,480
$20,670
City: 27 (Est)
Hwy: 36 (Est)
NA
N/A N/A N/A N/A $15,665
$15,665
City: 36
Hwy: 37
NA
N/A N/A N/A N/A $17,120
$18,070
City: 22
Hwy: 28
NA
N/A N/A N/A N/A $35,445
$35,445
City: None
Hwy: None

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.