With domestic automakers pulling out of the compact car segment, there are fewer choices but the remaining competitors are all making good cars loaded with standard safety equipment and interiors roomy enough for four adults.
The redesigned Nissan Sentra sedan has grown sleeker, lower and wider, while it hangs on to value.
The Mazda 3 has the best handling of the bunch, even with the switch to the torsion-beam rear axle, and the interior provides an upscale feel, but the hatchback can be cramped in the rear.
The Honda Civic comes as a sedan, hatchback, sport sedan in the Si, and hot hatch in the Type R.
The Civic is prized for its overall value, interior space, and level of customization.
The surprise compact for 2020 is the Toyota Corolla Hybrid, which gets 52 mpg combined and comes well-equipped.
The Volkswagen Jetta sedan doesn’t stand out in any way, but makes good use of available technology and the GLI is a performance-oriented variant on a budget.
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|2020 Hyundai Elantra||2020 Honda Civic||2020 Mazda MAZDA3||2020 Nissan Sentra||2020 Toyota Corolla||2020 Volkswagen Jetta|
|23 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||28 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||28 MPG City / 52 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Midsize Cars||Midsize Cars||Compact Cars||Midsize Cars||Compact Cars||Compact Cars|
|SE IVT||LX Manual||FWD||S CVT||L CVT (GS)||S Manual w/SULEV|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|CVT w/OD||Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD||CVT w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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|2020 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2020 Honda Civic||2020 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2020 Mazda MAZDA3||2020 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2020 Nissan Sentra||2020 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2020 Toyota Corolla||2020 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2020 Volkswagen Jetta|