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Best Small Hatchbacks

Small hatchbacks blend in among today's crossovers and wagons. Those vehicles typically have a longer roofline behind the rearmost side door; hatchbacks have little or no roofline behind the rearmost side door.
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 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
2020 Honda Civic
2020 Honda Civic
MSRP From: $20,000
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6.7
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Honda Civic sets the pace among affordable compact cars.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
8 / 10
Features
7 / 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 Toyota Corolla
2020 Toyota Corolla Nightshade Edition
MSRP From: $19,600
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6.7
Expert Rating
“It’s still among the more mildly flavored mass-market sedans, but the 2020 Toyota Corolla has dropped 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 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
2020 Hyundai Ioniq
2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
MSRP From: $33,045
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6.6
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq hybrids and plug-ins trade on affordability instead of luxury.” 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
2020 BMW 4-Series
2020 BMW 4-Series
MSRP From: $44,750
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6.4
Expert Rating
“The 2020 BMW 4-Series gets the vintage formula correct with good power in a compact shape.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
9 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
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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
12
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
12
2020 MINI Cooper
2020 Mini Cooper SE
MSRP From: $23,400
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6.2
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Mini Cooper is a fun and funky small hatchback that trades practicality and value for character and quality.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
5 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
14
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
15
2020 Toyota C-HR
2020 Toyota C-HR
MSRP From: $21,295
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5.5
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Toyota C-HR’s updated styling is less polarizing, and it now includes both Apple and Android smartphone support.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
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2020 Toyota Yaris
2020 Toyota Yaris
MSRP From: $15,650
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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
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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
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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 Chevrolet Spark
2020 Chevrolet Spark
MSRP From: $13,400
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4.0
Expert Rating
“The 2020 Chevrolet Spark is modern basic motoring: simple features and a low price tag.” 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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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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