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 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
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2019 BMW 3-Series
2019 BMW 3-Series (330i M Sport)
MSRP From: $40,250
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7.0
Expert Rating
“The 2019 BMW 330i moves back toward the sweet spot in sport-sedan greatness, with M Sport and M editions still to come.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
1
2019 Honda Insight
2019 Honda Insight
MSRP From: $22,930
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7.0
Expert Rating
“Forget the other Hondas to wear the Insight name, the 2019 Honda Insight is what “normal” will look like for small cars in the near future.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
9 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
4
2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV
2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV
MSRP From: $36,620
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6.8
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Chevy Bolt EV electric hatchback started a trend that others are only now catching up to.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
5
2019 Chevrolet Volt
2019 Chevrolet Volt
MSRP From: $33,520
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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
6
2019 Kia Soul
2019 Kia Soul
MSRP From: $16,490
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6.5
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Kia Soul splits its priorities three ways: sporty at the top end, safety in the middle, bargain-priced at the bottom end.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
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2019 Volkswagen Golf
2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
MSRP From: $21,845
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6.5
Expert Rating
“The practical 2019 VW Golf is a smart choice whether as a frugal hatchback or a zippy GTI.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
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2019 Honda Civic
2019 Honda Civic
MSRP From: $19,450
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6.4
Expert Rating
“Safety upgrades this year make the 2019 Honda Civic as compelling as ever.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
9
2019 Genesis G70
2019 Genesis G70
MSRP From: $34,900
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6.2
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Genesis G70 is a performance bargain that improves upon the dynamics of ts Kia Stinger cousin but lacks its space.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
4 / 10
9
2019 Hyundai Veloster
2019 Hyundai Veloster N
MSRP From: $18,500
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6.2
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo spends all its second-generation capital on feel-good features–and it works.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
9
2019 Subaru WRX
2019 Subaru WRX and WRX STI Series.Gray
MSRP From: $27,195
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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
12
2019 Lexus IS
2019 Lexus IS
MSRP From: $38,410
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6.0
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Lexus IS has sports sedan intentions, but it needs more underhood muscle and fresher styling to keep pace with German rivals.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
8 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
13
2019 Chevrolet Camaro
2019 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE first drive
MSRP From: $25,000
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5.8
Expert Rating
“It may look like a muscle car, but the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro is a sports car that can outperform rivals that cost much more.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
9 / 10
Safety
4 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
4 / 10
13
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
13
2019 Jaguar XE
2019 Jaguar XE
MSRP From: $36,995
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5.8
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Jaguar XE compact luxury sedan reminds us of the halcyon days of small four-door luxury cars.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
13
2019 Volkswagen Jetta
2019 Volkswagen Jetta
MSRP From: $18,745
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5.8
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is a mild-mannered, well-equipped compact sedan.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
7 / 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
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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
19
2019 Toyota Corolla
2019 Toyota Corolla hatch
MSRP From: $18,700
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5.3
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Toyota Corolla is a fun choice as a hatchback, but we’d skip the sedan in favor of its competitors.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
4 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
8 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
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2019 Hyundai Accent
2019 Hyundai Accent
MSRP From: $14,995
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5.2
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Hyundai Accent pleasantly reminds us that four-door sedans used to rule the economy-car roost—and did so for a reason.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
3 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
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2019 Kia Rio
2019 Kia Rio
MSRP From: $15,390
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5.2
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Kia Rio gives used cars a run for their money with its great warranty, good ride, safety tech, and spacious interior.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
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2019 Buick Cascada
2019 Buick Cascada
MSRP From: $33,070
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4.8
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Buick Cascada convertible means retirement like a gold watch. It’s stylish, small, and reasonably priced, but not very spacious.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
5 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
4 / 10
22
2019 Nissan Sentra
2019 Nissan Sentra
MSRP From: $17,790
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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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2019 Acura ILX
2019 Acura ILX
MSRP From: $25,900
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4.7
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Acura ILX delivers some luxury car goods, but we’d spend our money on a loaded-up Honda Civic instead.” 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: $16,245
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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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2019 FIAT 500L
2019 Fiat 500L
MSRP From: $21,910
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4.2
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Fiat 500L is a tall-riding family hatchback that struggles with style and comfort in the name of affordability.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
3 / 10
Performance
3 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
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2019 Nissan Versa
2019 Nissan Versa
MSRP From: $12,360
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3.5
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Nissan Versa is the cheapest way to get new-car smell and a full warranty, but rivals deliver plenty for not much more.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
3 / 10
Performance
3 / 10
Safety
2 / 10
Features
4 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
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