The subcompact hatchback field looked like it was dying off a few years ago, but now Honda's hatchback looks like the strong entry, as other models see sales surging for hatchbacks over sedans in models this size.
With the new version of the Fit feeling a little more detached, the Ford Fiesta looks more clearly like the choice for those prioritizing sportiness or fun-to-drive qualities.
But the Fiesta is near the bottom for versatility and cargo space, and its instrument-panel layout is frustrating.
The Chevrolet Sonic also has an odd, gimmicky control layout, but it rides and handles well.
Unfortunately, it's also not very great for cargo versatility.
The Toyota Yaris and Kia Rio are both models that are more pleasant-driving than you might expect, and we like the styling of both; but in both cases they're not all that impressive for comfort or interior space.
The Nissan Versa Note is well packaged, space-efficient, and relatively quiet, but with cheap cabin trim, a sluggish-to-respond CVT, and clumsy handling, it's one of the most unpleasant vehicles we've been in from the driver's seat.
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