Detroit may have exited the small car game, but European and Asian automakers are still giving it their all.
A new Mazda 3 debuted last year and is more refined than ever, even if its price tag matches the automaker’s aspirations.
The Honda Civic remains a favorite for its broad lineup and zippy feel, though its looks may not be for everyone.
A surprise redesign last year was the Toyota Corolla, which arrived first in hatchback and then in sedan configurations.
It’s worth considering, especially in miserly hybrid guise.
The Subaru Impreza offers all-wheel-drive traction, but the rorty WRXs are really showing their age.
The goldilocks of this bunch might be the Hyundai Elantra with its comfortable ride, optional turbo engine, and satisfying GT hatchback.
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|2020 Volkswagen Golf||2020 Honda CivicGet Your Price||2020 Hyundai Elantra||2020 Mazda MAZDA3||2020 Subaru Impreza||2020 Toyota Corolla|
|24 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||28 MPG City / 52 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||N/A||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Compact Cars||Midsize Cars||Midsize Cars||Compact Cars||N/A||Compact Cars|
|1.4T TSI Manual||LX Manual||SE IVT||FWD||N/A||L CVT (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||N/A||Front Wheel Drive|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||CVT w/OD||Automatic w/OD||N/A||CVT w/OD|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2020 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2020 Honda Civic||2020 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2020 Hyundai Elantra||2020 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2020 Mazda MAZDA3||2020 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2020 Subaru Impreza||2020 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2020 Toyota Corolla|