If we’re being honest, the best vehicle in this smallest, cheapest class of cars is the Honda Fit.
Although the Fit is more expensive than the rest and it’s only available as a hatchback, it feels sporty and substantial on the road.
With its good safety, responsive performance, and an excellent Magic Seat arrangement in back that trumps ordinary fold-forward arrangements, the Fit has impressed many a reviewer with its total package.
The Chevrolet Aveo is the other pick of the bunch for ride quality, but the Aveo has unimpressive fuel economy and safety.
Toyota’s Yaris has the best fuel economy, at up to 36 mpg highway, but it doesn’t feel as roomy or refined as other offerings.
Meanwhile, Kia's Rio and Rio5 hatchback feel sportier than the rest of the crowd, as does the xD.
The Versa’s roominess is a plus, however, and with more standard safety features for 2010, it’s still a good option.
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|2010 Nissan VersaBrowse Used Listings||2009 Chevrolet AveoBrowse Used Listings||2008 Honda FitBrowse Used Listings||2008 Toyota YarisBrowse Used Listings||2008 Scion xDBrowse Used Listings|
|24 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||29 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy|
|Gas 4-cyl||Gas 4-Cylinder||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Compact||Subcompact||Small Station Wagon||Subcompact||Subcompact|
|4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 1.6 Base||5-Door HB LS||5-Door HB Manual||3-Door HB Manual (GS)||5-Door HB Manual (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||5 Door Hatchback||5-Door Hatchback||3 Door Hatchback||4 Door Wagon|
|Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual||Manual w/OD|