The subcompact segment has seen new life over the past several model years, as new models like the Fiesta have been introduced to the U.S.
The Honda Fit is the reigning top performer in this class, with excellent handling, good safety, and a responsive, nimble driving feel.
The Fiesta beats the Honda for cohesive style and design, inside and out, but the Fit has lots more interior space and versatility.
The Nissan Versa was redesigned last year, but it's become more of a traditional economy car.
The Hyundai Accent is another great option, with a comfortable ride and very efficient direct-injection engine; the Kia Rio is closely related to it and will offer start-stop for the first time in 2013.
The Toyota Yaris is another interesting alternative, and while its stylish exterior might pull you in, ir's just not that engaging to drive.
Perhaps the surprise of this segment this past model year has been the Chevrolet Sonic; it's one of the best subcompacts for handling, styling, and safety, even though it's not the most spacious or versatile.
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