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Chevrolet Bolt Image
  • MSRP: $36,620 - $40,905
  • MPG: N/A

#1
2017 Chevrolet Bolt

The all-new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt rewrites the electric car playbook, providing over 230 miles of driving range per charge and oodles of high-tech convenience ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:9.0
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.9
Interior:8.3
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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Kia Soul Image
  • MSRP: $16,100 - $22,800
  • MPG: 24 City / 30 Hwy

#2
2017 Kia Soul

The 2017 Kia Soul’s distinctive look will help you stand out from the crowded compact class. It’s not just about looks, though. The Soul ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.9
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.0
Interior:8.6
Safety:9.7
Reliability: NA
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Mazda Mazda3 Image
  • MSRP: $17,845 - $24,945
  • MPG: 27 City / 37 Hwy

#2
2017 Mazda Mazda3

The 2017 Mazda3 is one of the best performers among compact cars, according to our analysis of automotive reviews and data. The Mazda3's precise ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.9
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:9.1
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.7
Reliability: NA
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Honda Civic Image
  • MSRP: $18,740 - $26,600
  • MPG: 31 (Est) City / 40 (Est) Hwy

#4
2017 Honda Civic

The Honda Civic sets the standard for the compact car class. It is comfortable, well-equipped, elegantly styled, and has excellent safety ratings. The 2017 ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.7
Interior:8.3
Safety:10.0
Reliability: NA
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Honda Fit Image
  • MSRP: $16,090 - $21,365
  • MPG: 29 City / 36 Hwy

#4
2017 Honda Fit

The 2017 Honda Fit surpasses subcompact car rivals in many categories, according to our analysis of the research and data that drive our rankings. ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.4
Performance:8.0
Interior:8.5
Safety:9.4
Reliability: NA
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Volkswagen GTI Image
  • MSRP: $24,995 - $35,195
  • MPG: 24 City / 34 Hwy

#6
2017 Volkswagen GTI

Blurring the line between small sports car and useful hatchback, the 2017 Volkswagen GTI ranks high on our list of best compact cars. Combining ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:8.8
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.3
Reliability: NA
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Kia Forte Image
  • MSRP: $16,490 - $25,890
  • MPG: 25 City / 34 Hwy

#7
2017 Kia Forte

The 2017 Kia Forte is an appealing and practical choice because of its ample passenger and cargo space, low base price, and long list ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:7.4
Interior:8.5
Safety:9.3
Reliability: NA
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Toyota Prius Image
  • MSRP: $24,685 - $30,015
  • MPG: 54 City / 50 Hwy

#7
2017 Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius ranks highly in the crowded and competitive compact car class. Its phenomenal fuel economy has brought millions of buyers into showrooms ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:7.9
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.3
Reliability: NA
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Volkswagen Golf Image
  • MSRP: $19,895 - $40,475
  • MPG: 25 City / 35 Hwy

#9
2017 Volkswagen Golf

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf's engine is one of the strongest in the very competitive compact car class, delivering plenty of get-up-and-go for bustling highway ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:8.4
Interior:8.5
Safety:9.3
Reliability: NA
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Chevrolet Sonic Image
  • MSRP: $15,145 - $21,215
  • MPG: 25 City / 33 Hwy

#10
2017 Chevrolet Sonic

According to our analysis of automotive reviews and data, the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic offers more value than most other subcompact cars. It comes loaded ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:8.1
Interior:8.0
Safety:9.7
Reliability: NA
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Ford Focus Image
  • MSRP: $16,775 - $36,120
  • MPG: 25 City / 34 Hwy

#10
2017 Ford Focus

The 2017 Ford Focus performs decently in our compact car rankings, but it’s getting on in age as other newer, updated competitors surpass it. ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.5
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.4
Reliability: NA
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Hyundai Elantra Image
  • MSRP: $17,150 - $22,750
  • MPG: 26 City / 36 Hwy

#10
2017 Hyundai Elantra

If you’re in the market for a compact car and the 2017 Hyundai Elantra isn’t on your list, it should be. The Elantra offers ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.3
Reliability: NA
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Chevrolet Volt Image
  • MSRP: $33,170 - $37,520
  • MPG: 43 City / 42 Hwy

#13
2016 Chevrolet Volt

* 2017 pricing; 2016 pricing not available

The redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in extended-range hybrid is light years above its past self. It has a new, remarkably powerful (for a hybrid) ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:8.4
Interior:8.4
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 2_5
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Toyota Prius Prime Image
  • MSRP: $27,100 - $33,100
  • MPG: N/A

#13
2017 Toyota Prius Prime

Toyota is looking to recharge its hybrid fleet with the 2017 Prius Prime. This all-new model builds off the fully redesigned 2016 Prius, with ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.7
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.3
Reliability: NA
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Ford Fiesta Image
  • MSRP: $13,660 - $21,140
  • MPG: 27 City / 35 Hwy

#15
2017 Ford Fiesta

The 2017 Ford Fiesta is a good subcompact car if you’re looking for something inexpensive and stylish but that still offers features such as ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.7
Interior:8.1
Safety:8.8
Reliability: NA
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Kia Rio Image
  • MSRP: $14,165 - $20,905
  • MPG: 27 City / 36 Hwy

#15
2017 Kia Rio

The 2017 Kia Rio is one of the few subcompact cars with both a low base price and highway-ready engine power. Its interior is ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.5
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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MINI Cooper Image
  • MSRP: $20,950 - $35,600
  • MPG: 28 (Est) City / 39 (Est) Hwy

#15
2017 MINI Cooper

The 2017 Mini Cooper is unlike other cars in the subcompact class – it has a relatively high price, impressive performance, and tons of ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:8.8
Interior:7.7
Safety:9.0
Reliability: NA
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Hyundai Accent Image
  • MSRP: $14,745 - $17,495
  • MPG: 27 City / 37 Hwy

#18
2016 Hyundai Accent

* 2017 pricing; 2016 pricing not available

With a good predicted reliability rating, class-leading warranty, and a comfortable ride, the 2016 Hyundai Accent is a respectable choice for a subcompact car. With ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.7
Safety:8.0
Reliability: 4_0
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Chevrolet Spark Image
  • MSRP: $13,000 - $17,425
  • MPG: 31 City / 39 Hwy

#19
2017 Chevrolet Spark

Based on our analysis of professional reviews and data, the 2017 Chevrolet Spark finishes in the middle of the pack in our subcompact car ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:7.9
Interior:8.0
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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Ford C-Max Hybrid Image
  • MSRP: $24,120 - $27,120
  • MPG: 42 City / 38 Hwy

#19
2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid

The 2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid’s strong acceleration and nimble handling combines for better performance than rival hybrids. The C-Max Hybrid's interior is just as ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:8.3
Interior:8.2
Safety:9.0
Reliability: NA
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Subaru Impreza Image
  • MSRP: $18,295 - $23,595
  • MPG: 25 City / 34 Hwy

#19
2016 Subaru Impreza

* 2017 pricing; 2016 pricing not available

The 2016 Subaru Impreza distinguishes itself from rival compact cars with its spacious seats and standard all-wheel drive. Still, its engine is noisy and feels ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:7.6
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.6
Reliability: 2_5
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MINI Cooper Countryman Image
  • MSRP: $22,750 - $35,350
  • MPG: 27 City / 32 Hwy

#22
2016 MINI Cooper Countryman

According to the reviews and data that drive our rankings, the 2016 Mini Cooper Countryman is a solid mid-pack subcompact SUV. A variety of ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:8.3
Interior:7.3
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 3_5
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Scion iM Image
  • MSRP: $18,460 - $19,200
  • MPG: 27 City / 36 Hwy

#22
2016 Scion iM

The new 2016 Scion iM offers a lot of standard features for its price, but critics say it is unremarkable by most other measures, ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.2
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 3_0
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Lexus CT Hybrid Image
  • MSRP: $31,250 - $31,250
  • MPG: 43 City / 40 Hwy

#24
2017 Lexus CT Hybrid

Among small luxury cars, the 2017 Lexus CT Hybrid stands out for its incredible fuel economy. It yields 43 mpg in the city and ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:6.8
Interior:6.9
Safety:10.0
Reliability: NA
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Nissan Leaf Image
  • MSRP: $29,010 - $36,790
  • MPG: N/A

#24
2016 Nissan Leaf

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The all-electric 2016 Nissan Leaf is a must-consider for those shopping alternative fuel vehicles, thanks to its long driving range, spacious cabin, and poised ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.7
Safety:8.2
Reliability: 3_0
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Smart Fortwo Image
  • MSRP: $14,650 - $20,900
  • MPG: 31 City / 38 Hwy

#24
2017 Smart Fortwo

There is nothing on the road quite like the 2017 Smart Fortwo in terms of size and appearance. It could be a sensible purchase ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:7.6
Interior:7.2
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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Honda CR-Z Image
  • MSRP: $20,295 - $25,090
  • MPG: 31 City / 38 Hwy

#27
2016 Honda CR-Z

Reviewers praise the 2016 Honda CR-Z for its nimble handling, but its rear visibility is limited and it gets disappointing fuel economy for a ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.3
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.2
Safety:9.1
Reliability: 4_0
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Nissan Juke Image
  • MSRP: $20,250 - $30,020
  • MPG: 28 City / 32 Hwy

#27
2017 Nissan Juke

The uniquely designed 2017 Nissan Juke is an active and playful driving machine, with performance that ranks among the best in the class. The ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:8.7
Interior:6.6
Safety:8.1
Reliability: NA
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Toyota Prius c Image
  • MSRP: $19,560 - $24,495
  • MPG: 53 (Est) City / 46 (Est) Hwy

#27
2016 Toyota Prius c

With a price tag of $19,560, the 2016 Toyota Prius c is the least expensive hybrid you can buy. It has the second best ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:6.5
Interior:6.8
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 3_5
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Toyota Yaris Image
  • MSRP: $15,250 - $18,000
  • MPG: 30 City / 35 Hwy

#27
2017 Toyota Yaris

The 2017 Toyota Yaris offers standard driver assistance features that you won't find in any other subcompact car. That's particularly impressive considering the Yaris ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:6.4
Interior:7.0
Safety:9.3
Reliability: NA
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Volkswagen Beetle Image
  • MSRP: $19,795 - $36,050
  • MPG: 25 City / 33 Hwy

#27
2016 Volkswagen Beetle

* 2017 pricing; 2016 pricing not available

According to the research and reviews that drive our rankings, the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle sits just below the middle in the class of subcompact ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.3
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 3_0
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Ford C-Max Energi Image
  • MSRP: $27,120 - $30,120
  • MPG: 40 (Est) City / 36 (Est) Hwy

#32
2017 Ford C-Max Energi

The 2017 Ford C-Max Energi is the lone plug-in hybrid wagon available and offers an upscale interior and satisfying performance. It is built with ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:8.1
Interior:7.5
Safety:9.0
Reliability: NA
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MINI Cooper Paceman Image
  • MSRP: $23,550 - $35,600
  • MPG: 27 City / 32 Hwy

#32
2016 MINI Cooper Paceman

The 2016 Mini Cooper Paceman's agile handling makes it fun to drive, critics say, but they add that you'll have to deal with a ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:8.1
Interior:6.7
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 2_5
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Hyundai Veloster Image
  • MSRP: $18,000 - $23,950
  • MPG: 27 City / 35 Hwy

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2016 Hyundai Veloster

With its aggressive and sporty exterior styling, one might expect the 2016 Hyundai Veloster to be a hot hatch ready to tear up the ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.4
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 2_5
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FIAT 500 Image
  • MSRP: $14,995 - $31,800
  • MPG: 31 City / 38 Hwy

#35
2017 FIAT 500

With three mix-n-match trims, the peppy 2017 Fiat 500 is praised for its personality and perky city driving. Still, according to our analysis, a ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:7.6
Interior:6.6
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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FIAT 500L Image
  • MSRP: $20,995 - $23,695
  • MPG: 22 City / 30 Hwy

#36
2017 FIAT 500L

Based on our analysis of professional reviews and data, the 2017 Fiat 500L resides at the bottom of our wagons rankings. Critics think the ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:6.8
Critics' Rating:7.0
Performance:6.6
Interior:7.7
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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  • MSRP: $11,990 - $18,710
  • MPG: 27 City / 36 Hwy

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2017 Nissan Versa

The 2017 Nissan Versa will get you from point A to point B, but it doesn't stand out in the crowded subcompact car field ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:6.8
Critics' Rating:6.7
Performance:6.3
Interior:7.1
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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