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).
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2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5
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8.4
Expert Rating
“The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a cutting-edge electric car with a clever sense of style and excellent performance.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
9 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
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2022 Kia EV6
2022 Kia EV6
MSRP From: $41,400
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8.2
Expert Rating
“The 2022 EV6 flexes all the strengths of electric vehicles in a package that’s as thrilling to drive as it is to look at.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
3
2022 Volkswagen ID.4
2022 Volkswagen ID.4
MSRP From: $41,230
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7.7
Expert Rating
“The 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 makes for an easy transition to fully electric, at a strong value for the money, but some of its interior interfaces backfire.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
9 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
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2022 Nissan Leaf
2022 Nissan Leaf
MSRP From: $27,400
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
5
2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV
2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV
MSRP From: $25,600
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7.0
Expert Rating
“The inexpensive Bolt is a great gateway to the EV world, though it doesn’t charge as quickly or look as cool as some rivals.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
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2022 Honda Civic
2022 Honda Civic Hatchback
MSRP From: $22,550
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7.0
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
8 / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
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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
7
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
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2022 Volkswagen Golf
2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI
MSRP From: $29,880
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
7 / 10
Features
9 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
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2022 Toyota Corolla
2022 Toyota Corolla
MSRP From: $20,425
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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
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2022 Kia Niro EV
2022 Kia Niro EV
MSRP From: $39,090
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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
2023 Hyundai Elantra
2023 Hyundai Elantra
MSRP From: $20,500
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6.5
Expert Rating
“The 2023 Hyundai Elantra earns its styling stripes and soaring hybrid fuel economy, then lets us down with a drab cabin.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
10 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 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: $19,295
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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
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2022 Subaru WRX
2022 Subaru WRX
MSRP From: $29,605
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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
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2023 Kia Soul
2023 Kia Soul
MSRP From: $19,790
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6.0
Expert Rating
“The 2022 Kia Soul loses more of its urge, but little of its character.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
5 / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
4 / 10
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2022 Ford Mustang
2022 Ford Mustang Coastal Limited Edition
MSRP From: $27,470
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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
16
2022 Lexus RC
2022 Lexus RC
MSRP From: $42,820
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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
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2022 Nissan Sentra
2022 Nissan Sentra
MSRP From: $19,950
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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
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2022 Nissan Versa
2022 Nissan Versa
MSRP From: $15,580
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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
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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
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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 Volkswagen Jetta
2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
MSRP From: $20,365
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6.0
Expert Rating
“The 2022 Volkswagen Jetta packs more standard features for a better compact car value.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
4 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
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2023 Nissan Z
2023 Nissan Z Performance
5.8
Expert Rating
“Nissan blends the old and familiar with the new and more powerful in its beloved Z sport coupe.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
9 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
2 / 10
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2022 Mazda MAZDA3
2022 Mazda 3
MSRP From: $21,150
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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
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2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata
MSRP From: $27,650
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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 Chevrolet Camaro
2022 Chevrolet Camaro (ZL1)
MSRP From: $25,000
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5.7
Expert Rating
“The 2022 Chevy Camaro lights enthusiast fires with feral V-8 power and ferocious rear-drive grip.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
9 / 10
Safety
4 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
4 / 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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2022 Toyota C-HR
2022 Toyota C-HR
MSRP From: $24,280
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5.5
Expert Rating
“The 2022 Toyota C-HR demands to be noticed, but its performance leaves us on "read."” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
5 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
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2022 Kia Rio
2022 Kia Rio
MSRP From: $16,450
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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
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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
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
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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