Best Subcompact Cars

In the EPA's classifications of car sizes, subcompact means a vehicles has less than 100 cubic feet of cargo and passenger space, no matter the price or mission.
1
2018 Audi A5
2018 Audi A5 Sportback
MSRP From: $42,800
See Your Price
7.5
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Audi A5 gets a hatchback body style that adds a measure of utility to go with its sleek and sporty luxury cachet.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
8 / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
2
2018 Audi S3
2018 Audi S3
MSRP From: $43,650
See Your Price
7.2
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Audi S3 is a blast to drive, but it suffers from a tiny rear seat and the Volkswagen Golf R offers the same performance with more room for less.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
9 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
2
2018 INFINITI Q60
2018 Infiniti Q60
MSRP From: $39,950
See Your Price
7.2
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Infiniti Q60 is a luxury coupe with a knockout one-two: devastating shape and savage performance in top trims.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
4
2018 BMW 2-Series
2018 BMW 2-Series
MSRP From: $34,950
See Your Price
6.8
Expert Rating
“The 2018 BMW 2-Series is a competent coupe with plenty of power—even in base trim.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
4
2018 Chevrolet Camaro
2018 Chevrolet Camaro
MSRP From: $25,905
See Your Price
6.8
Expert Rating
“A true sports car in muscle car guise, the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro will go toe-to-toe with any performance rival and usually come out on top.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
9 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
6
2018 BMW i3
2018 BMW i3s
MSRP From: $44,450
See Your Price
6.6
Expert Rating
“The BMW i3 is a wonder of technology, but it's already been surpasses by EVs with longer range.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
6
2018 FIAT 124 Spider
2018 Fiat 124 Spider
MSRP From: $24,995
See Your Price
6.6
Expert Rating
“The Fiat 124 Spider takes the best from the Mazda MX-5 Miata, namely its agile handling and comfortable ride, while adding turbocharged power and Italian flavor. It’s truly a driver's car.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
6
2017 Nissan 370Z
2017 Nissan 370Z
MSRP From: $29,990
6.6
Expert Rating
“The 2017 Nissan 370Z has a classic sports-car shape, excellent sports-car handling, and a tuned Nismo track weapon in its lineup.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
9
2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF
MSRP From: $25,295
See Your Price
6.4
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the quintessential modern sports car.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
4 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
10
2018 Subaru BRZ
2018 Subaru BRZ tS
MSRP From: $25,595
See Your Price
6.3
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Subaru BRZ is a lightweight prizefighter that punches out of its class in handling, but not power.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
5 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
10
2018 Toyota 86
2018 Toyota 86
MSRP From: $26,455
See Your Price
6.3
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Toyota 86 is a thrilling entry sports car at an affordable price. We wholeheartedly appreciate its enthusiasm.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
5 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
12
2018 Lexus RC
2018 Lexus RC 350 F Sport
MSRP From: $40,640
See Your Price
6.2
Expert Rating
“The Lexus RC coupes step gradually from luxury liners to engaging sport coupes.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
13
2019 Ford Mustang
2019 Ford Mustang
MSRP From: $26,120
See Your Price
6.0
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Ford Mustang finally gets it: muscle-car power doesn’t have to come with muscle-car handling compromises.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
13
2018 Chevrolet Sonic
2018 Chevrolet Sonic
MSRP From: $15,295
See Your Price
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
15
2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
MSRP From: $33,100
See Your Price
5.8
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a compact luxury car with finesse. Its low price is justified in its small footprint and interior, but it still looks great.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
15
2018 FIAT 500e
2018 Fiat 500e
MSRP From: $32,995
See Your Price
5.8
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Fiat 500e is a fashionable way to drive an all-electric vehicle, but its comparatively short battery range and limited availability undermines its broader appeal.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
17
2017 smart fortwo
2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive - first drive, Miami, Nov 2016   [photo: Jeff Jablansky]
MSRP From: $14,650
5.2
Expert Rating
“The 2017 Smart ForTwo is the easiest car to park that you can buy, but if you have other needs, four-seat cars can offer more cabin space, equal fuel economy, and more flexibility.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
3 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
9 / 10
18
2018 FIAT 500
2018 Fiat 500
MSRP From: $16,245
See Your Price
4.8
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Fiat 500 packs more punch this year, but it’s still a statement of style over some substance.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
3 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
19
2018 Mitsubishi Mirage
2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4
MSRP From: $13,395
See Your Price
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
20
2019 Chevrolet Spark
2019 Chevrolet Spark
MSRP From: $13,220
See Your Price
3.8
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Chevrolet Spark makes a great urban minicar, but its appeal is limited.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
3 / 10
Performance
2 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
4 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
20
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
22
2019 Ford Fiesta
2019 Ford Fiesta
MSRP From: $14,260
See Your Price
3.7
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Ford Fiesta can deliver thrills, but it shows its age in too many ways for us to recommend.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
4 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
2 / 10
Features
4 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
Compare up to 3 cars

Get FREE Dealer Quotes

From dealers near you
Go!
Find Used Cars
Go!