Subcompact models used to be unexciting, scaled down versions of larger models--in most cases, with all the best features missing.
But the latest small cars are different, with smart design and clever features, as well as an engaging driving experience.
Perhaps the surprise of this segment has been the Chevrolet Sonic; it's one of the best subcompacts for handling, styling, and safety, even though it's not the most spacious or versatile.
The Hyundai Accent is a good option, with a comfortable ride and a very efficient direct-injection engine.
The Toyota Yaris is another interesting alternative, and while its stylish exterior might pull you in, it's just not that engaging to drive.
Nissan's Versa has also become more of a traditional economy car, with low cost its main goal.
The Honda Fit is the reigning top performer in this class, with excellent handling, good safety, and a responsive, nimble driving feel.
The Fiesta may beat the Honda's love-it-or-hate-it styling for some, but the Fit has lots more interior space and versatility.
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|26 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||29 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded I-4||Gas I4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Gas I4|
|Subcompact Cars||Compact Cars||Small Station Wagon||Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Compact Cars|
|4-Door Sedan S||4-Door Sedan Manual LS||5-Door HB Manual LX||4-Door Sedan Manual SE||4-Door Sedan Manual 1.6 S||4-Door Sedan Manual LS|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual|
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|2016 Ford Fiesta vs. 2016 Chevrolet Sonic||2016 Ford Fiesta vs. 2016 Honda Fit||2016 Ford Fiesta vs. 2016 Hyundai Accent||2016 Ford Fiesta vs. 2016 Nissan Versa||2016 Ford Fiesta vs. 2015 Chevrolet Sonic|