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
2018 Chevrolet Volt
2018 Chevrolet Volt
MSRP From: $33,220
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7.5
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Chevrolet Volt is an accomplished and refined extended-range electric car that makes an ideal everyday commuter.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
8 / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
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2018 Kia Soul EV
2018 Kia Soul EV
MSRP From: $32,250
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7.4
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Kia Soul EV is the kind of electric vehicle we like to see. It’s fun, capable, and inconspicuous. We just wish it were easier to find at dealers.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
3
2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV
2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV
MSRP From: $36,620
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7.2
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV remains the only affordable, available electric car that offers more than 200 miles of range.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
4
2018 BMW 4-Series
2018 BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe
MSRP From: $43,300
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6.8
Expert Rating
“The 2018 BMW 4-Series is an above-average coupe or convertible with sharp road manners and confident powertrains. The bad news? The 4-Series has personality like business casual.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
4
2018 BMW 6-Series
2018 BMW 6-Series
MSRP From: $70,200
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6.8
Expert Rating
“One of the ultimate grand-tourers, the BMW 6-Series stands ready to eat up miles, buyers' budgets, and premium unleaded.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
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2018 Chevrolet Cruze
2018 Chevrolet Cruze
MSRP From: $16,975
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6.8
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Chevy Cruze offers lots of compelling reasons to select it, but we’d like to see more safety tech on its standard equipment roster.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
4
2018 Kia Soul
2018 Kia Soul
MSRP From: $16,200
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6.8
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Kia Soul puts style ahead of safety features and turbo power.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
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2018 BMW 3-Series
2018 BMW 3-Series
MSRP From: $34,900
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6.7
Expert Rating
“The 2018 BMW 3-Series makes its strongest case in performance for luxury compact buyers’ attentions.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
9
2018 Volkswagen Golf
2018 Volkswagen Golf
MSRP From: $20,910
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6.5
Expert Rating
“There's a VW Golf for everyone, and they're even better for 2018 thanks to a big tech upgrade inside.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
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2017 BMW i3
2017 BMW i3
MSRP From: $42,400
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6.6
Expert Rating
“The BMW i3 is a technological and stylistic tour de force—yet like any technology, it's nearing its sell-by date.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
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2018 Volkswagen Beetle
2018 Volkswagen Beetle
MSRP From: $20,220
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6.5
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle is a competent small car that’s showing its age. The same could be said for every other Beetle on the road and that hasn’t stopped it yet, has it?” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
12
2017 Volkswagen e-Golf
2017 Volkswagen e-Golf
MSRP From: $30,495
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6.4
Expert Rating
“The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is a Golf that happens to run only on electricity, but its range is now sub-par.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
13
2017 Hyundai Veloster
2017 Hyundai Veloster Turbo
MSRP From: $18,100
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6.3
Expert Rating
“The 2017 Hyundai Veloster is a economy-car cake pop: it sounds like too much, but its hatchback sensibility really does taste better dipped in a layer of quirk.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
5 / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
14
2018 Ford Focus
2018 Ford Focus
MSRP From: $17,950
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6.2
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Ford Focus is irony on wheels: it comes in a dizzying range of models, of which the SEL and ST are our picks.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
14
2017 FIAT 500e
2017 Fiat 500e
MSRP From: $32,995
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6.2
Expert Rating
“If you can live with a real-world range of 80 miles, the 2017 Fiat 500e is probably the best 500 minicar.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
4 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
16
2018 Chevrolet Sonic
2018 Chevrolet Sonic
MSRP From: $15,295
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6.0
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Chevrolet Sonic remains a good choice among subcompacts, though it’s now aging and losing some luster.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
4 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
16
2018 Honda Fit
2018 Honda Fit
MSRP From: $16,190
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6.0
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Honda Fit spaces out when it comes to economy-car goodness.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
16
2018 Toyota Yaris
2018 Toyota Yaris
MSRP From: $15,635
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6.0
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Toyota Yaris is two cars: a fun-to-drive sedan called the "iA," and a hatchback relic that's hard to recommend. Four doors=four thumbs up.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
4 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
9 / 10
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2017 Lexus CT
2017 Lexus CT 200h
MSRP From: $31,250
5.7
Expert Rating
“The unexpectedly sporty character of the 2017 Lexus CT 200h may attract new buyers in the growing segment of luxury compacts, meaning its high fuel economy isn't its only allure.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
9 / 10
20
2018 Chevrolet Spark
2018 Chevrolet Spark Activ
MSRP From: $13,050
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5.2
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Chevrolet Spark is a better minicar than competitors, but a larger subcompact or compact simply offers more—at a price that’s likely close.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
3 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
20
2018 Toyota Prius C
2018 Toyota Prius C
MSRP From: $20,630
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5.2
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Toyota Prius C is showing its age; it lacks refinement and is no longer top of the pack on fuel economy, while cheap gas makes the $20K price a heavy lift.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
4 / 10
Performance
3 / 10
Safety
5 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
9 / 10
22
2017 FIAT 500
2017 Fiat 500c
MSRP From: $14,995
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4.7
Expert Rating
“The 2017 Fiat 500, in a simplified lineup of models, is still stylish and distinctive after six years; pick the Abarth for driver excitement or the 500c Cabrio for inexpensive soft-top fun” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
3 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
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2018 FIAT 500L
2018 Fiat 500L
MSRP From: $20,995
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4.4
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Fiat 500L has received a handful of interior and infotainment upgrades, but it's subpar in several aspects and remains among our lowest-rated cars.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
4 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
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2018 Ford Fiesta
2018 Ford Fiesta
MSRP From: $14,205
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4.3
Expert Rating
“The teensy 2018 Ford Fiesta lives its best life as a scintillating turbo-4 ST.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
3 / 10
Features
3 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
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2018 Nissan Versa
2018 Nissan Versa
MSRP From: $12,110
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3.7
Expert Rating
“The Nissan Versa is affordable transportation that has an appealing price—especially for students. It’s not quick but it is spacious, especially in hatchback form.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
2 / 10
Performance
3 / 10
Safety
1 / 10
Features
3 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
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2018 Mitsubishi Mirage
2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4
MSRP From: $13,395
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4.0
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage is the most minimal four-seat car you can buy; with small cars lagging in sales, you can do better for little more money.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
3 / 10
Performance
1 / 10
Safety
4 / 10
Features
4 / 10
Fuel Economy
9 / 10
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2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
MSRP From: $22,995
3.8
Expert Rating
“While the 2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is okay around town and holds four adults, its low price tag doesn't make up for inadequate range, marginal acceleration, and a dated interior.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
1 / 10
Performance
2 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
2 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
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