The compact-car segment is readying for another round of major change over the next year or so, as all-new versions of the Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic, and Hyundai Elantra (as well as the Kia Forte) are headed into full redesigns.
The Ford Focus, along with the Mazda 3, are the models that best combine sporty driving attributes with the more sophisticated, upscale interiors, however—and that's definitely put on the pressure for the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic and some of the traditional high-value small car nameplates.
The 2016 Honda Civic gains a new 1.5-liter turbocharged engine option, as well as a far more refined interior and some sportier driving attributes.
Meanwhile the Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte, in their current generations, continue to offer upscale interiors, impressive feature sets for the money, and decent comfort.
The Chevrolet Cruze is the pick for the more comfort-minded compact-car shoppers; its interior is very impressive, as are its ride and handling attributes.
And the Dodge Dart is an interesting rival that's packaged differently than all the rest—more like a smallish mid-size sedan, really, although lacking some of the edginess it teases on the outside.
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