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
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
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
4
2021 Honda Civic
2021 Honda Civic
MSRP From: $21,250
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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
4
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
4
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
4
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
4
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
9
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
9
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
11
2021 Subaru Impreza
2021 Subaru Impreza
MSRP From: $18,795
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6.5
Expert Rating
“The 2021 Subaru Impreza excels at foul-weather traction and value; it’s an exceedingly rational choice among economy cars.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
9 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
12
2021 Kia Soul
2021 Kia Soul
MSRP From: $17,590
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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
2021 MINI Cooper
2021 Mini Cooper S Convertible Sidewalk Edition
MSRP From: $22,400
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6.2
Expert Rating
“No small city car has as much charm or is as much fun to drive as the 2021 Mini Cooper.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
14
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
15
2021 Toyota C-HR
2021 Toyota C-HR
MSRP From: $21,595
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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
16
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
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2020 Honda Fit
2020 Honda Fit
MSRP From: $16,190
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
18
2020 Chevrolet Sonic
2020 Chevrolet Sonic
MSRP From: $16,720
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
19
2021 Chevrolet Spark
2021 Chevrolet Spark
MSRP From: $13,600
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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
20
2020 FIAT 500L
2020 Fiat 500L Trekking
MSRP From: $22,500
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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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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