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
2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5
2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5
MSRP From: $43,650
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8.4
Expert Rating
“The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is at the leading edge for mass-market EVs, and it looks the part.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
9 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
2
2022 Nissan Leaf
2022 Nissan Leaf
MSRP From: $27,400
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7.2
Expert Rating
“The 2022 Nissan Leaf is an affordable and refreshingly straightforward electric car, and it’s become a good value.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
8 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
3
2021 Volkswagen ID.4
2021 Volkswagen ID.4
MSRP From: $39,995
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7.0
Expert Rating
“The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 gives families the right formula for saying farewell to tailpipe emissions, but the cabin tech could use some smoothing over.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
4
2022 Honda Civic
2022 Honda Civic
MSRP From: $22,350
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6.8
Expert Rating
“The 2022 Honda Civic remains a go-to economy car, with low-key performance and high-economy powertrains.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
4
2022 Hyundai Elantra
2022 Hyundai Elantra N
MSRP From: $19,950
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6.8
Expert Rating
“The 2022 Hyundai Elantra excites us with its styling and gas mileage, but loses us with interior quality.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
10 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
4
2022 Hyundai Ioniq
2022 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
MSRP From: $23,600
6.8
Expert Rating
“The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq family offers efficiency leadership to rival the Prius family, without the gawky looks.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
9 / 10
Fuel Economy
9 / 10
4
2022 Hyundai Veloster
2022 Hyundai Veloster N
MSRP From: $32,500
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6.8
Expert Rating
“The 2022 Hyundai Veloster N continues to take up rent-free space in the Civic Type R’s head—for now.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
9 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
9 / 10
Fuel Economy
4 / 10
4
2022 Volkswagen Golf
2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI
MSRP From: $29,545
6.8
Expert Rating
“The 2022 VW GTI is a good hot hatch, but the Golf R fully realizes the platform’s potential.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
9 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
4
2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV
2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV
MSRP From: $36,500
6.8
Expert Rating
“The 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV provides a long driving range in a flexible hatchback body for the city—but it comes up short in charm and polish.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
10
2022 Toyota Corolla
2022 Toyota Corolla
MSRP From: $20,175
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6.7
Expert Rating
“With more interesting style, the 2022 Toyota Corolla is a wallflower no more; hybrids have Prius-like fuel economy.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
9 / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
11
2022 Kia Niro EV
2022 Kia Niro EV
MSRP From: $39,990
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6.6
Expert Rating
“The 2022 Kia Niro EV is a pragmatic entry point to all-electric motoring, with a roomy layout and long driving range.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
12
2022 Honda Insight
2022 Honda Insight
MSRP From: $25,760
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6.5
Expert Rating
“With an impressive safety feature set and upscale cabin feel and mileage over 50 mpg, the 2022 Honda Insight is more than a commuter car.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
9 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
12
2022 Subaru Impreza
2022 Subaru Impreza
MSRP From: $18,795
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6.5
Expert Rating
“The 2022 Subaru Impreza pegs the rational meter, with standard all-wheel drive and excellent crash-test performance.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
9 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
14
2022 Subaru WRX
2022 Subaru WRX
6.2
Expert Rating
“Practical and sporty, the 2022 Subaru WRX is a fun car to drive every day.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
9 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
4 / 10
15
2022 Ford Mustang
2022 Ford Mustang Coastal Limited Edition
MSRP From: $27,205
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6.0
Expert Rating
“The 2022 Ford Mustang performs in any guise, but it’s hard to beat a 5.0-liter V-8 and a manual transmission.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
3 / 10
15
2022 Kia Soul
2022 Kia Soul
MSRP From: $19,290
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6.0
Expert Rating
“The 2022 Kia Soul hatchback boasts substance and style in the same sleek package.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
4 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
15
2022 Lexus RC
2022 Lexus RC
MSRP From: $42,470
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6.0
Expert Rating
“The 2022 Lexus RC has big V-8 ambitions of lap times, but the turbo-4s are better at cruising.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
4 / 10
15
2022 Nissan Sentra
2022 Nissan Sentra
MSRP From: $19,510
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6.0
Expert Rating
“The 2022 Nissan Sentra uncovers a cache of refinement in its sleek shape and refined ride.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
15
2022 Nissan Versa
2022 Nissan Versa
MSRP From: $15,080
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6.0
Expert Rating
“The 2022 Nissan Versa doesn’t cost much, and it doesn’t look, drive, or feel cheap.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
8 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
15
2022 Subaru BRZ
2022 Subaru BRZ
MSRP From: $27,995
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6.0
Expert Rating
“Additional power ramps up the fun, and now buyers can opt for a 2022 Subaru BRZ that drifts or sticks to the pavement.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
9 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
4 / 10
15
2022 Toyota 86
2022 Toyota 86
MSRP From: $27,700
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6.0
Expert Rating
“The 2022 Toyota GR86 tops up its power tank, but trackworthy handling still earns its top marks.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
9 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
4 / 10
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2022 Mazda MAZDA3
2022 Mazda 3
MSRP From: $20,800
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5.8
Expert Rating
“The 2022 Mazda 3 makes a play for upscale compact-car buyers with a rich interior and cut-above handling.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
8 / 10
Features
4 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
22
2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata
5.8
Expert Rating
“The 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata two-seat roadster looks and feels like no other car on the road.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
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2022 Kia Niro
2022 Kia Niro
MSRP From: $24,690
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5.7
Expert Rating
“The 2022 Kia Niro is a frugal choice that brims with practicality and, in many configurations, value.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
3 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
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2021 Volkswagen Jetta
2021 Volkswagen Jetta
MSRP From: $18,995
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5.7
Expert Rating
“The 2021 Volkswagen Jetta is a no-frills compact with good value. Saving money never goes out of style.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
4 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
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2021 Toyota C-HR
2021 Toyota C-HR
MSRP From: $21,695
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5.5
Expert Rating
“The 2021 Toyota C-HR needs to be seen to be believed; the driving’s forgettable.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
27
2022 Kia Rio
2022 Kia Rio
MSRP From: $16,250
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5.2
Expert Rating
“The 2022 Kia Rio lacks some standard features, but fuel economy and value aren’t among them.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
5 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
28
2022 Hyundai Accent
2022 Hyundai Accent
MSRP From: $16,645
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5.0
Expert Rating
“The 2022 Hyundai Accent cheaps out on safety, but otherwise spreads good economy-car cheer.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
3 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
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2022 Acura ILX
2022 Acura ILX
MSRP From: $27,300
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4.7
Expert Rating
“The 2022 Acura ILX doesn’t offer many advantages to less expensive compact cars, despite the premium badge.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
4 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
4 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
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2022 Chevrolet Spark
2022 Chevrolet Spark
MSRP From: $13,600
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4.0
Expert Rating
“The 2022 Chevrolet Spark is basic transportation with few frills and fewer thrills.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
3 / 10
Performance
3 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
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2022 Mitsubishi Mirage
2022 Mitsubishi Mirage
MSRP From: $14,645
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3.8
Expert Rating
“The 2022 Mitsubishi Mirage is no longer a decent value. Look at the competition.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
3 / 10
Performance
1 / 10
Safety
4 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
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