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
2019 Mercedes-Benz S Class
2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
MSRP From: $91,250
7.8
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class delivers effortless power, sublime handling, scads of safety features, and the incontrovertible impression of wealth, tastefully applied.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
9 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
4 / 10
2
2020 BMW 3-Series
2020 BMW M340i
MSRP From: $40,750
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7.5
Expert Rating
“The 2020 BMW 3-Series is back on top among compact sport sedans, even as the competition closes in.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
9 / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
3
2019 Volvo S60
2019 Volvo S60
MSRP From: $35,800
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7.3
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Volvo S60 hits a sport-sedan sweet spot, somewhere between nurturing and overbearing.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
8 / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
4
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT
2020 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4-Door Coupe
MSRP From: $99,950
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7.2
Expert Rating
“Powerful, track-ready, and comfortable, the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe can do it all.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
9 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
4 / 10
4
2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class
2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class
MSRP From: $69,950
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7.2
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is graceful and serene with impressive performance available.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
4
2019 Volvo V60
2019 Volvo V60 R-Design
MSRP From: $38,900
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7.2
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Volvo V60 is the rational choice in a market of irrational crossover SUV temptations.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
7
2020 Mercedes-Benz C Class
2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
MSRP From: $41,400
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7.0
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is as gorgeous inside as it is outside, and it has moves to match.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
9 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
4 / 10
7
2019 Audi A4
2019 Audi A4
MSRP From: $37,400
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7.0
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Audi A4 is hiding in plain sight as one of the automaker’s most complete and well-rounded cars.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
9 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
9
2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV
2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV
MSRP From: $36,620
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6.8
Expert Rating
“A few more miles of range and modest upgrades push the 2020 Chevy Bolt EV electric hatchback back at the top for (non-Tesla) range, but there are other more charming urban electric cars.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
9
2020 Honda Insight
2020 Honda Insight
MSRP From: $22,930
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6.8
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Honda Insight is a fuel-efficient compact sedan that has a secret: it’s among the safest cars on the road.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
9 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
9
2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
MSRP From: $36,650
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6.8
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class packs sexy tech in a sexy bod, while it throws bargain pricing under the bus.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
9
2019 Mazda MAZDA3
2019 Mazda 3
MSRP From: $21,000
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6.8
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Mazda 3 keeps the zoom, but all-wheel-drive practicality and a vastly upgraded interior make it much more than that.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
13
2020 Genesis G70
2020 Genesis G70
MSRP From: $35,450
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6.7
Expert Rating
“Don’t tell the 2020 Genesis G70 it’s new to the luxury sedan game, it’s a genuine contender already.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
8 / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
4 / 10
13
2020 Toyota Corolla
2020 Toyota Corolla LE
MSRP From: $19,600
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6.7
Expert Rating
“It’s still among the more mildly flavored mass-market sedans, but the 2020 Toyota Corolla has dropped the bland from its diet.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
9 / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
13
2019 Chevrolet Volt
2019 Chevrolet Volt
MSRP From: $33,520
6.7
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Chevrolet Volt is a solid plug-in hybrid choice thanks to its long overall range and comfortable, high-quality feel.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
9 / 10
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2020 Hyundai Ioniq
2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric
MSRP From: $23,000
6.6
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq hybrids and plug-ins trade on affordability instead of luxury.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
9 / 10
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2020 Mercedes-Benz A Class
2020 Mercedes-Benz A Class
MSRP From: $32,800
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6.6
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan is the most affordable new Mercedes on sale. Its three-pointed star will be the attraction, but there’s plenty to stick around for after.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
18
2020 Honda Civic
2020 Honda Civic
MSRP From: $19,750
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6.5
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Honda Civic sets the pace among affordable compact cars.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
18
2020 Hyundai Veloster
2020 Hyundai Veloster
MSRP From: $18,600
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6.5
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Hyundai Veloster has a polished feel, matched with strong engine options and a dash of practicality.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
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2020 Volkswagen Golf
2020 Volkswagen Golf
MSRP From: $23,195
6.5
Expert Rating
“Even with a pared lineup for a short model year, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf is a solid if stoic choice among compact hatchbacks” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
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2020 Jaguar XE
2020 Jaguar XE
MSRP From: $39,900
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6.4
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Jaguar XE delivers legitimate sport-sedan goodness.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
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2019 BMW 6-Series
2019 BMW M6
MSRP From: $70,300
6.4
Expert Rating
“The 2019 BMW M6 Gran Coupe is a thrilling lame-duck sedan with stunning looks.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
4 / 10
21
2019 Cadillac ATS
2019 Cadillac ATS-V
MSRP From: $38,995
6.4
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Cadillac ATS pares down to only a two-door coupe this year as it heads toward the sunset as Cadillac's sporty compact.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
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2020 BMW 4-Series
2020 BMW 4-Series
MSRP From: $44,750
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6.2
Expert Rating
“The 2020 BMW 4-Series gets the vintage formula correct with good power in a compact shape.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
24
2020 Buick Regal
2020 Buick Regal
MSRP From: $25,370
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6.2
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Buick Regal is offered in a wide lineup, but you’ll need to shop closely for the best value here.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
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2019 Subaru WRX
2019 Subaru WRX and WRX STI Series.Gray
MSRP From: $27,195
6.2
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Subaru WRX and WRX STI trade eye-catching design for breathtaking performance on a variety of road surfaces.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
9 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
4 / 10
27
2020 Lexus IS
2020 Lexus IS F Sport Blackline
MSRP From: $38,560
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6.0
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Lexus IS is polished and poised, but ultimately short on compelling qualities.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
8 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
27
2020 MINI Cooper
2020 Mini Cooper
MSRP From: $23,400
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6.0
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Mini Cooper is a fun and funky small hatchback that trades practicality and value for character and quality.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
5 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
27
2020 Volkswagen Jetta
2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
MSRP From: $18,895
6.0
Expert Rating
“The docile 2020 Volkswagen Jetta is a solid compact sedan choice; for zesty performance, opt into the Jetta GLI.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
30
2020 Chevrolet Camaro
2020 Chevrolet Camaro
MSRP From: $25,000
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5.8
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Chevrolet Camaro remains an engaging sports car in a pony car body.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
9 / 10
Safety
4 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
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2019 Honda Fit
2019 Honda Fit
MSRP From: $16,190
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5.8
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Honda Fit is the spiritual successor to what put Honda on the map: it's small, versatile, and fuel efficient.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
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2020 Nissan Versa
2020 Nissan Versa
MSRP From: $14,730
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5.6
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Nissan Versa isn't the cheapest car anymore–look to the Chevy Spark or Mitsubishi Mirage for that–and that's a good thing.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
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2019 Volkswagen Beetle
2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition
MSRP From: $20,895
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5.6
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle offers a surprising amount of value and a great warranty.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
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2019 Chevrolet Cruze
2019 Chevrolet Cruze
MSRP From: $17,995
5.4
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze gains some good content, but its advanced safety tech should be more accessible.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
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2020 Kia Rio
2020 Kia Rio sedan
MSRP From: $15,750
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5.3
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Kia Rio is a small car with a quality feel.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
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2020 Hyundai Accent
2020 Hyundai Accent
MSRP From: $15,195
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5.2
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Hyundai Accent is about as basic as new cars get, and that’s where its appeal lies.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
3 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
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2019 Nissan Sentra
2019 Nissan Sentra
MSRP From: $17,890
4.8
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Nissan Sentra is a compact sedan that handles the basics and little more.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
4 / 10
Performance
2 / 10
Safety
5 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
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2020 Acura ILX
2020 Acura ILX
MSRP From: $25,900
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4.7
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Acura ILX is still the most affordable car with a luxury badge, but it requires a few concessions.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
4 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
4 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
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2019 FIAT 500
2019 Fiat 500
MSRP From: $16,495
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4.6
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Fiat 500 is appealing for those who value personality above all else, but it sports some glaring flaws.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
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2020 FIAT 500L
2020 Fiat 500L Lounge
MSRP From: $22,500
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3.8
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Fiat 500L has largely been forgotten by American buyers, and for valid reasons.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
3 / 10
Performance
3 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
4 / 10
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