Best Compact Cars

The EPA defines cars by size classes. By its yardstick, compact cars have between 100 and 109 cubic feet of space for passengers and cargo. Some popular cars that once were compact may not be in the list: the Honda Civic, for example, is technically a mid-size car.
1
2018 Audi A4
2018 Audi A4
MSRP From: $36,000
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8.2
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Audi A4 and Allroad are sophisticated luxury cars with few glaring faults—and lots of commendable features, particularly the high-tech Virtual Cockpit.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
9 / 10
Features
9 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
2
2018 Chevrolet Volt
2018 Chevrolet Volt
MSRP From: $33,220
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7.7
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Chevrolet Volt is an accomplished and refined extended-range electric car that makes an ideal everyday commuter.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
9 / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
3
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
MSRP From: $36,620
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7.4
Expert Rating
“The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV could become the first mainstream electric car, with a 238-mile range and a base price in the high $30,000s before incentives.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
3
2017 Jaguar XE
2017 Jaguar XE V6 S
MSRP From: $34,900
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7.4
Expert Rating
“With the 2017 XE, Jaguar hopes it's built a better 3-Series. In many ways, it has.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
N/A
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
5
2017 Kia Soul EV
2017 Kia Soul EV
MSRP From: $32,250
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7.2
Expert Rating
“The 2017 Kia Soul EV offers more space for people and cargo than many other small battery-electric cars, but you can only buy it in limited regions and it's no longer top of the non-Tesla range list.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
N/A
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
6
2017 Subaru WRX
2017 Subaru WRX
MSRP From: $26,695
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7.0
Expert Rating
“The 2017 Subaru WRX and WRX STI are astonishing all-wheel-drive performers for the price, with good space and all season capability, but their looks and interiors aren't up to the driving engagement.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
9 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
7
2018 Chevrolet Cruze
2018 Chevrolet Cruze
MSRP From: $16,975
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6.8
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Chevy Cruze offers lots of compelling reasons to select it, but we’d like to see more safety tech on its standard equipment roster.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
7
2018 Volvo S60
2018 Volvo S60
MSRP From: $34,100
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6.8
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Volvo S60 is a pleasant car, but rivals and even the rest of Volvo’s lineup have left it in the dust.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
9 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
9
2018 BMW 3-Series
2018 BMW 3-Series
MSRP From: $34,900
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6.7
Expert Rating
“The 2018 BMW 3-Series makes its strongest case in performance for luxury compact buyers’ attentions.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
10
2018 Kia Soul
2018 Kia Soul
MSRP From: $16,100
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6.5
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Kia Soul puts style ahead of safety features and turbo power.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
5 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
10
2018 Toyota Corolla
2018 Toyota Corolla
MSRP From: $18,550
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6.5
Expert Rating
“Perfectly average in every way, the Toyota Corolla is thoroughly competent, but not at all interesting.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
4 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
9 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
10
2017 Volkswagen Golf
2017 Volkswagen Golf
MSRP From: $19,895
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6.5
Expert Rating
“There's a Golf for nearly every taste and need—Golf, Golf GTI, Golf SportWagen— and don't forget about the EV eGolf, which is very balanced and fun to drive.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
8 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
13
2018 Ford Focus
2018 Ford Focus
MSRP From: $17,860
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6.3
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Ford Focus is irony on wheels: it comes in a dizzying range of models, of which the SEL and ST are our picks.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
13
2017 Hyundai Veloster
2017 Hyundai Veloster Turbo
MSRP From: $18,100
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6.3
Expert Rating
“The 2017 Hyundai Veloster is a economy-car cake pop: it sounds like too much, but its hatchback sensibility really does taste better dipped in a layer of quirk.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
5 / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
15
2018 Honda Fit
2018 Honda Fit
MSRP From: $16,190
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6.2
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Honda Fit spaces out when it comes to economy-car goodness.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
8 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
15
2018 Toyota Yaris
2018 Toyota Yaris
MSRP From: $15,635
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6.2
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Toyota Yaris is two cars: a fun-to-drive sedan called the "iA," and a hatchback relic that's hard to recommend. Four doors=four thumbs up.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
4 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
8 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
9 / 10
17
2017 Buick Verano
2016 Buick Verano Turbo
MSRP From: $21,065
5.8
Expert Rating
“The 2017 Buick Verano delivers quiet and comfort but the most appealing engine, the 2.0-liter turbo, doesn't return for the final run. Buyers should look for deals on this lame-duck car.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
18
2017 Lexus CT
2017 Lexus CT 200h
MSRP From: $31,250
5.7
Expert Rating
“The unexpectedly sporty character of the 2017 Lexus CT 200h may attract new buyers in the growing segment of luxury compacts, meaning its high fuel economy isn't its only allure.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
9 / 10
19
2018 Buick Cascada
2018 Buick Cascada
MSRP From: $33,065
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5.6
Expert Rating
“As a sedate, stylish droptop, the Buick Cascada is an excellent choice; it’s also the only choice.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
N/A
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
19
2017 Volkswagen CC
2017 Volkswagen CC
MSRP From: $34,475
5.6
Expert Rating
“The sleek lines of the 2017 Volkswagen CC compromise its four-door sedan usability, making it a specialty choice in the segment.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
N/A
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
21
2018 Toyota Prius C
2018 Toyota Prius C
MSRP From: $20,630
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5.2
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Toyota Prius C is showing its age; it lacks refinement and is no longer top of the pack on fuel economy, while cheap gas makes the $20K price a heavy lift.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
4 / 10
Performance
3 / 10
Safety
N/A
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
9 / 10
21
2017 smart fortwo
2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive - first drive, Miami, Nov 2016   [photo: Jeff Jablansky]
MSRP From: $14,650
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5.2
Expert Rating
“The 2017 Smart ForTwo is the easiest car to park that you can buy, but if you have other needs, four-seat cars can offer more cabin space, equal fuel economy, and more flexibility.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
3 / 10
Safety
N/A
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
9 / 10
23
2017 Hyundai Accent
2017 Hyundai Accent
MSRP From: $14,745
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4.7
Expert Rating
“The 2017 Hyundai Accent has a bargain pricetag and lots of space, but its safety scores aren't competitive.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
1 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
24
2018 FIAT 500L
2018 Fiat 500L
MSRP From: $20,995
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4.4
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Fiat 500L has received a handful of interior and infotainment upgrades, but it's subpar in several aspects and remains among our lowest-rated cars.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
4 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
N/A
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
25
2017 Mitsubishi Lancer
2017 Mitsubishi Lancer
MSRP From: $17,795
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4.3
Expert Rating
“The 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer has a cheap-looking interior, it's noisy on the road, and the gas mileage isn't remotely up to par; it's showing its 11 years of age and will likely appeal only to value-for-money shoppers.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
3 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
4 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
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