Our favorite vehicle in this class remains the Honda Fit, for many reasons.
The Fit’s a little more fun to drive, handles better, and feels more substantial on the road.
And it has the best layout of all the subcompacts, with a trick Magic Seat arrangement that allows a minivan-like cargo area when needed—and enough space for adults in the back seat.
The Chevrolet Aveo is the other pick of the bunch for ride quality, but the Aveo is in its last year and is thoroughly unimpressive in every other way.
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.
The xD is a little sportier, but it’s an odd package and comes up lacking in interior space, while the new Fiesta feels sporty but isn’t all that roomy, especially compared to the Versa.
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|2011 Nissan VersaBrowse Used Listings||2011 Chevrolet AveoBrowse Used Listings||2011 Ford FiestaBrowse Used Listings||2011 Honda FitBrowse Used Listings||2011 Toyota YarisBrowse Used Listings||2011 Scion xDBrowse Used Listings|
|24 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||29 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas 4-Cylinder||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Compact||Compact||Subcompact||Small Station Wagon||Subcompact||Subcompact Cars|
|4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 1.6 Base||4-Door Sedan LS||4-Door Sedan S||5-Door HB Manual||3-Door Liftback Manual (SE)||5-Door HB Manual (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front-wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan||5 Door Hatchback||3 Door Hatchback||4 Door Wagon|