Best Small Cars

Small cars can be hatchbacks, sedans, coupes or convertibles. The common link: adult-sized seating for two in front, with additional spaces for up to three small passengers in back (or none, in the case of some pickups, convertibles, and other body styles).
1
2021 Nissan Leaf
2021 Nissan Leaf
MSRP From: $31,670
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7.2
Expert Rating
“The 2021 Nissan Leaf has matured from its awkward early years into a useful, efficient, mainstream electric hatchback.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
8 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
2
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
3
2022 Honda Civic
2022 Honda Civic
MSRP From: $21,700
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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
3
2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV
2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV
MSRP From: $36,500
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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
5
2021 Hyundai Elantra
2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line
MSRP From: $19,650
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6.7
Expert Rating
“The 2021 Hyundai Elantra has big style, big available tech, and big range from a hybrid powertrain.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
10 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
5
2021 Hyundai Veloster
2021 Hyundai Veloster
MSRP From: $18,900
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6.7
Expert Rating
“Fun always comes at a price. Thankfully for the 2021 Hyundai Veloster, fun won’t break the bank.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
9 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
5
2021 Mazda MAZDA3
2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo
MSRP From: $20,650
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6.7
Expert Rating
“The 2021 Mazda 3 straddles the mainstream and upscale markets with a quality cabin, power that ranges from pedestrian to plentiful, and available all-wheel drive.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
9 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
5
2021 Toyota Corolla
2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Edition
MSRP From: $20,025
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6.7
Expert Rating
“With the 2021 Corolla, Toyota has almost excised all 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
5
2021 Volkswagen Golf
2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI
MSRP From: $23,195
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6.7
Expert Rating
“The 2021 VW Golf TSI compels shoppers for its overall value, but the GTI is a hole in one.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
10
2021 Hyundai Ioniq
2021 Hyundai Ioniq Electric
MSRP From: $33,245
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6.6
Expert Rating
“The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq steps up the efficiency game with hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric editions.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
9 / 10
10
2021 Kia Niro EV
2021 Kia Niro EV
MSRP From: $39,090
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6.6
Expert Rating
“The 2021 Niro EV offers a roomy layout and a long driving range, but it might not add up to the stunning value elsewhere in the Kia lineup.” 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: $25,210
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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
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
2021 Subaru WRX
2021 Subaru WRX
MSRP From: $27,495
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6.3
Expert Rating
“The 2021 Subaru WRX and WRX STI pitch drivers on heady performance without the usual styling excess.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
9 / 10
Safety
9 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
4 / 10
15
2021 Nissan Versa
2021 Nissan Versa
MSRP From: $14,980
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6.2
Expert Rating
“The 2021 Nissan Versa doesn’t claim the cheapest-car title anymore—and it doesn’t look, feel, or drive like it anymore, either.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
8 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
16
2022 Kia Soul
2022 Kia Soul
MSRP From: $19,190
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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
16
2021 Ford Mustang
2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1
MSRP From: $27,205
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6.0
Expert Rating
“The 2021 Ford Mustang flips its own blue-collar script with natural agility and searing V-8 performance.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
3 / 10
16
2021 Nissan Sentra
2021 Nissan Sentra
MSRP From: $19,460
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6.0
Expert Rating
“The 2021 Nissan Sentra has a sleek shape and a more refined ride, which makes it a better value than in the past.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
19
2021 Chevrolet Camaro
2021 Chevrolet Camaro LS and LT
MSRP From: $25,000
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5.8
Expert Rating
“Wrapped in a cool pony car body, the 2021 Chevy Camaro has sports car moves.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
9 / 10
Safety
4 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
19
2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata
MSRP From: $26,830
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5.8
Expert Rating
“Stripped to its lightweight essentials, the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata makes driving fun.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
21
2021 Kia Niro
2021 Kia Niro
MSRP From: $24,690
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5.7
Expert Rating
“The 2021 Kia Niro is a thrifty choice for those who don’t want polarizing Prius looks.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
3 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
21
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
23
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
24
2021 Kia Rio
2021 Kia Rio
MSRP From: $16,050
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5.3
Expert Rating
“The 2021 Kia Rio feels bigger than its subcompact size, but skips some big-boy features.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
25
2021 Hyundai Accent
2021 Hyundai Accent
MSRP From: $15,395
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5.0
Expert Rating
“The 2021 Hyundai Accent is cheap and cheerful, but chintzy on safety.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
3 / 10
Safety
4 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
26
2021 Acura ILX
2021 Acura ILX
MSRP From: $26,100
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4.7
Expert Rating
“The 2021 Acura ILX is cheap for a luxury badge, but it’s not especially luxurious.” 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
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
28
2021 Mitsubishi Mirage
2021 Mitsubishi Mirage
MSRP From: $14,295
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3.7
Expert Rating
“The 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage is a cheap car that looks, drives, and feels like one.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
3 / 10
Performance
1 / 10
Safety
4 / 10
Features
4 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
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