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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
9.0 Excellent
7.8 8.7 9.4 4.0 $15,650
$20,925
City: 33
Hwy: 41
#2
8.9 Very Good
8.2 8.4 10.0 3.0 $19,295
$39,090
City: 25
Hwy: 36
#3
8.8 Very Good
9.3 7.8 9.7 2.5 $16,945
$26,595
City: 29
Hwy: 41
#4
8.6 Very Good
8.0 7.8 9.3 4.5 $18,290
$29,390
City: 28
Hwy: 36
#5
8.5 Very Good
8.8 7.3 10.0 3.0 $26,295
$38,495
City: 21
Hwy: 28
#6
8.4 Very Good
7.4 8.0 9.7 4.0 $23,380
$29,215
City: 21
Hwy: 32
#6
8.4 Very Good
8.0 8.2 9.2 3.0 $16,170
$25,660
City: 25
Hwy: 36
#6
8.4 Very Good
7.3 8.4 9.7 3.5 $15,190
$35,700
City: 24
Hwy: 30
#9
8.3 Very Good
8.5 7.8 9.4 2.0 $17,170
$24,370
City: 26
Hwy: 36
#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 $13,990
$18,290
City: 27
Hwy: 37
#12
8.2 Very Good
8.8 8.4 8.0 2.0 $14,455
$21,435
City: 28
Hwy: 36
#13
8.1 Very Good
7.7 7.7 8.3 4.5 $29,010
$35,120
City: None
Hwy: None
#13
8.1 Very Good
7.2 7.0 9.0 3.0 $24,200
$30,005
City: 51
Hwy: 48
#15
8.0 Very Good
7.8 7.8 9.2 2.5 $14,245
$21,945
City: 26
Hwy: 35
#15
8.0 Very Good
8.2 6.5 9.3 3.0 $34,345
$34,345
City: 35 (Est)
Hwy: 40 (Est)
#15
8.0 Very Good
7.6 7.8 8.0 3.5 $14,745
$17,495
City: 27
Hwy: 38
#15
8.0 Very Good
8.7 7.5 7.9 2.5 $20,700
$35,850
City: 29
Hwy: 40
#19
7.9 Good
7.3 7.9 9.0 3.0 $17,250
$22,600
City: 27
Hwy: 37
#19
7.9 Good
7.9 8.1 9.3 3.0 $16,215
$31,670
City: 25
Hwy: 34
#21
7.8 Good
7.7 7.8 9.6 2.0 $18,195
$23,295
City: 25
Hwy: 34
#21
7.8 Good
7.3 7.6 9.4 4.5 $16,950
$22,955
City: 28
Hwy: 37
#23
7.7 Good
7.7 7.8 9.4 2.5 $16,495
$23,295
City: 25
Hwy: 36
#24
7.6 Good
6.5 7.5 9.3 4.5 $24,735
$27,435
City: 44
Hwy: 47
#24
7.6 Good
7.7 7.9 N/A 2.5 $36,145
$42,745
City: 22
Hwy: 30
#26
7.5 Good
7.8 8.1 N/A 2.0 $29,170
$29,170
City: None
Hwy: None
#26
7.5 Good
7.3 7.3 9.1 3.5 $20,145
$24,140
City: 31
Hwy: 38
#26
7.5 Good
7.1 7.6 9.0 3.0 $19,210
$20,360
City: 23
Hwy: 31
#29
7.4 Good
6.6 7.1 9.0 3.0 $12,270
$27,210
City: 31
Hwy: 39
#29
7.4 Good
6.4 7.7 9.3 3.0 $16,480
$20,670
City: 27
Hwy: 36
#29
7.4 Good
6.7 7.4 8.7 3.5 $17,120
$18,070
City: 22
Hwy: 28
#29
7.4 Good
6.4 6.9 8.3 3.5 $19,540
$24,475
City: 53
Hwy: 46
#29
7.4 Good
7.3 7.2 8.8 2.5 $20,195
$35,975
City: 24
Hwy: 33
#34
7.3 Good
8.1 6.7 N/A 2.5 $23,550
$35,600
City: 27
Hwy: 34
#35
7.2 Good
6.4 7.1 8.8 4.0 $14,845
$17,620
City: 30
Hwy: 37
#36
7.1 Good
7.5 6.5 8.5 2.0 $16,745
$26,595
City: 31
Hwy: 40
#37
7.0 Good
7.0 7.4 8.5 2.0 $18,000
$23,600
City: 26
Hwy: 35
#37
7.0 Good
6.6 6.8 9.2 3.0 $29,990
$34,905
City: None
Hwy: None
#39
6.8 Mediocre
7.0 6.0 8.8 2.5 $17,395
$38,995
City: 25
Hwy: 34
#39
6.8 Mediocre
6.5 6.7 8.7 3.0 $15,665
$15,665
City: 36
Hwy: 37
#41
6.7 Mediocre
6.3 6.9 7.9 2.5 $11,990
$18,660
City: 27
Hwy: 36
#42
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 $0
$0
City: 25 (2015)
Hwy: 36 (2015)
NA
N/A N/A N/A N/A $0
$0
City: 35 (Est)
Hwy: 40 (Est)
NA
N/A N/A N/A N/A $15,790
$21,065
City: 29 (Est)
Hwy: 37 (Est)
NA
N/A N/A N/A N/A $17,250
$21,700
City: 27
Hwy: 37

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