If you’re looking for a compact car with a diesel engine, the buck stops here.
But if you’re open to a gas-fueled model, the 2018 Chevy Cruze has some serious competition.
The Honda Civic is our favorite in this segment for its roomy interior, fun-to-drive nature, and great safety record.
The Toyota Corolla remains the top pick for consumers, and while it’s not especially good at anything, it’s not especially bad, either.
The Mazda 3 forces some compromises in its goal to be the choice for enthusiasts, but we’re generally fine with that.
Look to the Hyundai Elantra with its wide array of engines and suspensions to fill just about every shopper’s desires.
And, finally, throw in the often-discounted Ford Focus—especially if you relish driving on a twisty road.
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|2018 Chevrolet CruzeBrowse Used Listings||2018 Ford FocusBrowse Used Listings||2018 Honda CivicBrowse Used Listings||2018 Hyundai ElantraBrowse Used Listings||2018 Mazda MAZDA3Browse Used Listings||2018 Toyota CorollaBrowse Used Listings|
|27 MPG City / 52 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy|
|Turbocharged Gas I4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Midsize Cars||Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Compact Cars||Compact Cars|
|4-Door Sedan 1.4L L w/1SM||S Sedan||LX Manual||SE 2.0L Manual (Ulsan)||Sport Manual||L CVT (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||CVT w/OD|
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|2018 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2018 Ford Focus||2018 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2018 Honda Civic||2018 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2018 Hyundai Elantra||2018 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2018 Mazda MAZDA3||2018 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2018 Toyota Corolla|