The Toyota Matrix, although an aging design for 2009, is a good, practical alternative that may have higher resale value.
The Matrix is a bit more expensive though.
Like the Suzuki SX4, the Subaru Impreza comes with standard all-wheel drive.
But the Impreza hatchback starts more than $2,000 higher than the SX4 hatchback.
Arguably, the Impreza feels a little more substantial, but it doesn't have any more usable interior space.
Those torn between the sedan and hatchback might consider the Dodge Caliber, a hatchback with a more sedan-like profile and some useful convenience options.
However, all-wheel drive is only available on the Caliber in the top-of-the-range R/T model.
The Nissan Versa is an especially low-priced model that comes well equipped and has a roomy, comfortable interior.
|2009 Suzuki SX4||2009 Toyota Matrix||2008 Dodge Caliber||2008 Nissan Versa|
|$13,299Browse Used Listings||$16,290Browse Used Listings||$14,965Browse Used Listings||$12,880Browse Used Listings|
|21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas 4-cyl|
|Small station wagon||Small Station Wagon||Mid-size||Compact|
|4-Door Sedan Manual FWD||5-Door Wagon Manual FWD (SE)||4-Door HB SE FWD||4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 1.8 S|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||5 Door Wagon||Hatchback||4 Door Sedan|