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 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 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
2
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
3
2018 Audi S3
2018 Audi S3
MSRP From: $43,650
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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
4
2018 BMW 2-Series
2018 BMW 2-Series
MSRP From: $34,800
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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
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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 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 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
6
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
6
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 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
9
2018 Lexus RC
2018 Lexus RC 350 F Sport
MSRP From: $40,640
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6.5
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
8 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
10
2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata
MSRP From: $25,295
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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
11
2018 Subaru BRZ
2018 Subaru BRZ STI Sport
MSRP From: $25,595
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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
11
2018 Toyota 86
2018 Toyota 86
MSRP From: $26,255
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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
13
2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
MSRP From: $32,700
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6.2
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a gorgeous shape in an impressive package. Equally impressive? Its ability to get expensive, even despite being the most affordable sedan in Mercedes' stable.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 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
15
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
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 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
9 / 10
17
2018 Chevrolet Spark
2018 Chevrolet Spark
MSRP From: $13,050
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5.0
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
18
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
19
2018 Ford Fiesta
2018 Ford Fiesta
MSRP From: $14,115
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4.3
Expert Rating
“The teensy 2018 Ford Fiesta lives its best life as a fuel-sipping turbo-3 hatch or 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 Mitsubishi Mirage
2018 Mitsubishi Mirage GT
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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