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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7.7
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
9 / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
2
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
MSRP From: $36,620
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7.4
Expert Rating
“The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV could become the first mainstream electric car, with a 238-mile range and a base price in the high $30,000s before incentives.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
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2017 Kia Soul EV
2017 Kia Soul EV
MSRP From: $32,250
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7.2
Expert Rating
“The 2017 Kia Soul EV offers more space for people and cargo than many other small battery-electric cars, but you can only buy it in limited regions and it's no longer top of the non-Tesla range list.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
N/A
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
4
2018 BMW 6-Series
2018 BMW 6-Series Gran Turismo
MSRP From: $69,700
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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
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
4
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
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
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2017 BMW 4-Series
2017 BMW 4-Series
MSRP From: $41,950
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6.6
Expert Rating
“With a small dose of added flamboyance, the 2017 BMW 4-Series is the fun-loving sibling to the more pedestrian 3-Series sedan and wagon.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
7
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
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
9
2018 Kia Soul
2018 Kia Soul
MSRP From: $16,100
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6.5
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
5 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
9
2017 Volkswagen Golf
2017 Volkswagen Golf
MSRP From: $19,895
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6.5
Expert Rating
“There's a Golf for nearly every taste and need—Golf, Golf GTI, Golf SportWagen— and don't forget about the EV eGolf, which is very balanced and fun to drive.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
8 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
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2018 Ford Focus
2018 Ford Focus
MSRP From: $17,860
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6.3
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
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
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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
13
2018 Honda Fit
2018 Honda Fit
MSRP From: $16,190
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6.2
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
8 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
13
2018 Toyota Yaris
2018 Toyota Yaris
MSRP From: $15,635
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6.2
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
8 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
9 / 10
13
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
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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
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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
18
2017 Chevrolet Spark
2017 Chevrolet Spark
MSRP From: $13,000
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5.6
Expert Rating
“The 2017 Chevrolet Spark is one of the best tiny cars you can buy in America, with its laudable array of active-safety systems.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
N/A
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
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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
N/A
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
9 / 10
20
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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2017 Hyundai Accent
2017 Hyundai Accent
MSRP From: $14,745
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4.7
Expert Rating
“The 2017 Hyundai Accent has a bargain pricetag and lots of space, but its safety scores aren't competitive.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
1 / 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
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
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2017 Mitsubishi Mirage
2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4
MSRP From: $12,995
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4.2
Expert Rating
“The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage likely won't delight you or impress your passengers all that much, but it's a lot of efficient transportation for the dollar.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
3 / 10
Performance
2 / 10
Safety
3 / 10
Features
4 / 10
Fuel Economy
9 / 10
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2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
MSRP From: $22,995
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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
Features
2 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
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