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 S3
2018 Audi S3
MSRP From: $43,650
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7.5
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
9 / 10
Features
9 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
2
2018 INFINITI Q60
2018 Infiniti Q60
MSRP From: $38,950
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7.4
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
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
3
2017 Ford Mustang
2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
MSRP From: $25,185
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7.3
Expert Rating
“From base to Shelby, the 2017 Ford Mustang reminds us why America loves its pony cars so damn much.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
9 / 10
Safety
8 / 10
Features
9 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
4
2018 BMW 2-Series
2018 BMW 2-Series
MSRP From: $34,800
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7.0
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
8 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
4
2017 Chevrolet Camaro
2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE
MSRP From: $25,905
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7.0
Expert Rating
“The 2017 Chevy Camaro is more than just a muscle car. It is now a true sports car, and the new 1LE and ZL1 performance versions only amp up the fun.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
9 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
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2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF
MSRP From: $24,915
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6.8
Expert Rating
“The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata offers back-to-basics sports car fun in the classic roadster or the new RF body styles.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
N/A
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
7
2017 Lexus RC
2017 Lexus RC 350 F Sport
MSRP From: $40,155
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6.7
Expert Rating
“All Lexus RC models offer engaging dynamics and plenty of style, though this sporty coupe could stand to drop a few pounds and its base engines aren't up to snuff.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
8 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
8
2018 FIAT 124 Spider
2018 Fiat 124 Spider
MSRP From: $24,995
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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
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
8
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
8
2017 Nissan 370Z
2017 Nissan 370Z
MSRP From: $29,990
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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
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
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2017 Subaru BRZ
2017 Subaru BRZ
MSRP From: $25,495
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6.5
Expert Rating
“The 2017 Subaru BRZ is a great-handling sports car with big value for the dollar; it's just not very fast.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
12
2017 Toyota 86
2017 Toyota 86 - 860 Special Edition
MSRP From: $26,255
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6.3
Expert Rating
“The 2017 Toyota 86 isn't about power, but it is about fun, and it has just enough creature comforts to make it livable as a daily driver.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 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
14
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
15
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
16
2017 smart fortwo
2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive - first drive, Miami, Nov 2016   [photo: Jeff Jablansky]
MSRP From: $14,650
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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
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
9 / 10
17
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 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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