The compact car ranks have shrunk in recent years, though the remaining offerings are solid.
The Honda Civic was recently updated, and there’s not a bad one in the bunch if you can get past its racy styling.
The Hyundai Elantra has a stylish body and an excellent infotainment system, and it’s a great value.
Toyota has updated its Corolla with bold styling, which mostly works, and its hybrid fuel economy is unmatched.
VW’s Jetta has an Audi-lite feel for the most part and can be had in sporty GLI trim.
If all-wheel drive is a major selling point, no automaker has a longer track record acing wintry weather than Subaru, so check out the refined Impreza and its Crosstrek off-roady sibling.
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|24 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||28 MPG City / 52 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy|
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|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||N/A||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD||CVT w/OD||N/A||CVT w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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