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
2020 Nissan Leaf
2020 Nissan Leaf
MSRP From: $31,600
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7.0
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Nissan Leaf has outgrown its nerdy, commuter-car phase and steers now toward mainstream.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
2
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
3
2021 Honda Civic
2021 Honda Civic
MSRP From: $22,000
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6.7
Expert Rating
“The 2021 Honda Civic doesn’t let social responsibility get in the way of a good time.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
8 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
3
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
3
2021 Toyota Corolla
2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Edition
MSRP From: $19,925
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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
3
2020 Mazda MAZDA3
2020 Mazda MAZDA3
MSRP From: $21,500
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6.7
Expert Rating
“The Mazda 3 punches above its weight class with an upmarket interior, good handling, and optional all-wheel drive.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
8 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
3
2020 Volkswagen Golf
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI
MSRP From: $23,195
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6.7
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
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
8
2021 Hyundai Ioniq
2021 Hyundai Ioniq Electric
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
8
2020 Kia Niro EV
2020 Kia Niro EV
MSRP From: $39,090
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6.6
Expert Rating
“The Kia Niro EV gets more screen space for 2020, and it remains one of the roomiest of the affordable long-range electric vehicles.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
10
2021 Honda Insight
2021 Honda Insight
MSRP From: $22,930
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6.5
Expert Rating
“The 2021 Honda Insight is a remarkable hybrid commuter with impressive safety features for a low price.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
9 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
11
2020 Subaru Impreza
2020 Subaru Impreza
MSRP From: $18,695
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6.3
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Subaru Impreza is a rational choice among compact cars, especially for those who need foul-weather traction.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
8 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
11
2020 Subaru WRX
2020 Subaru WRX
MSRP From: $27,495
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6.3
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Subaru WRX and WRX STI are willing companions that prioritize accessible performance over edgy good looks and high-tech cabins.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
9 / 10
Safety
8 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
4 / 10
13
2021 Kia Soul
2021 Kia Soul
MSRP From: $17,490
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6.2
Expert Rating
“The 2021 Kia Soul hatchback has style and substance in the same package; few cars can boast the same.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
4 / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
13
2020 Audi TT
2020 Audi TT
MSRP From: $45,500
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6.2
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Audi TT delivers performance on a minimalist scale, with a minimalist look.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
13
2020 Ford Mustang
2020 Ford Mustang 2.3 High Performance Package
MSRP From: $26,670
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6.2
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Ford Mustang has natural agility, but new choices bring performance to every price point.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
9 / 10
Safety
5 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
16
2020 Kia Niro
2020 Kia Niro Hybrid
MSRP From: $24,590
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6.0
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Kia Niro is a compelling eco-friendly car for those opposed to Prius-like looks.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
16
2020 Lexus RC
2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition
MSRP From: $41,295
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6.0
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Lexus RC is a stylish, sporty coupe that makes a worthwhile rival to German stalwarts.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
4 / 10
16
2020 Nissan Sentra
2020 Nissan Sentra
MSRP From: $19,310
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6.0
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Nissan Sentra is sportier and better equipped but is still a value.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
19
2020 Hyundai Elantra
2020 Hyundai Elantra
MSRP From: $19,300
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5.8
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Hyundai Elantra is a well-equipped value.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
19
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata
MSRP From: $26,580
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5.8
Expert Rating
“Affordable fun remains the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata’s calling card, and we can’t get enough of it.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
19
2020 Nissan Versa
2020 Nissan Versa, 2019 New York International Auto Show
MSRP From: $14,830
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5.8
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
7 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
19
2020 Subaru BRZ
2020 Subaru BRZ
MSRP From: $28,845
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5.8
Expert Rating
“Like a featherweight champion, the 2020 Subaru BRZ proves lighter and smaller can sometimes be superior.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
4 / 10
19
2020 Toyota 86
2020 Toyota 86 Hakone Edition
MSRP From: $27,060
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5.8
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Toyota 86 has its flaws, but it's still a fun small sports coupe.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
4 / 10
24
2021 Volkswagen Jetta
2021 Volkswagen Jetta
MSRP From: $18,995
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
24
2020 Chevrolet Camaro
2020 Chevrolet Camaro
MSRP From: $25,000
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5.7
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
4 / 10
26
2020 FIAT 124 Spider
2020 Fiat 124 Spider
MSRP From: $25,390
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5.6
Expert Rating
“It’s fun and it’s flawed, but we still love the 2020 Fiat 124 Spider’s Italian looks and Japanese build quality.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
4 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
27
2021 Toyota C-HR
2021 Toyota C-HR
MSRP From: $21,445
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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
28
2020 Kia Rio
2020 Kia Rio 5-Door hatchback
MSRP From: $15,850
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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
28
2020 Toyota Yaris
2020 Toyota Yaris
MSRP From: $15,650
5.3
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Toyota Yaris hatchback returns as a complement to the subcompact sedan.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
4 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
30
2021 Hyundai Accent
2021 Hyundai Accent
MSRP From: $15,395
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5.2
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
N/A / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
30
2020 Honda Fit
2020 Honda Fit
MSRP From: $16,190
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5.2
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Honda Fit is a versatile and relatively fun hatchback with impressive features and capability.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
5 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
32
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
32
2020 Chevrolet Sonic
2020 Chevrolet Sonic
MSRP From: $16,720
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4.7
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Chevrolet Sonic looks and drives younger than its age, and still offers value and a pinch of fun.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
4 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
5 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
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2020 Nissan 370Z
2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition
MSRP From: $30,090
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4.6
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Nissan 370Z is an old-school sports car that handles and accelerates well but feels like the dated design that it is.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
3 / 10
Fuel Economy
4 / 10
35
2021 Chevrolet Spark
2021 Chevrolet Spark
MSRP From: $13,400
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4.0
Expert Rating
“The 2021 Chevrolet Spark is one of the cheapest ways to get a new-car warranty, though it’s simple and uninspired.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
3 / 10
Performance
3 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
36
2020 FIAT 500L
2020 Fiat 500L Trekking
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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2020 Mitsubishi Mirage
2020 Mitsubishi Mirage
MSRP From: $13,995
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3.3
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage ranks near the bottom of our ratings, but gets excellent gas mileage.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
3 / 10
Performance
1 / 10
Safety
2 / 10
Features
4 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
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