Subcompact sedans

Diminutive in stature and light on creature comforts, extra-small sedans are the least expensive vehicles on the market. They don't offer many frills, but some come with advanced safety and infotainment features that used to be unheard of in this class.
2020 Toyota Yaris
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Introduced in 2019

Toyota Yaris

MSRP
$15,650 - $18,750
Edmunds Rating
7.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
34 - 35
2022 Hyundai Accent
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Redesigned in 2018

Hyundai Accent

MSRP
$16,645 - $19,600
Edmunds Rating
7.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
36
2021 Nissan Versa
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Redesigned in 2020

Nissan Versa

MSRP
$14,980 - $18,390
Edmunds Rating
7.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
30 - 35


Subcompact hatchbacks

If you want a tidy, fuel-efficient car that's easy to park and has room for a few friends and all your stuff, it's hard to beat a little hatchback. The diminutive size of these models belies their impressive versatility.
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Introduced in 2019

Toyota Yaris

MSRP
$15,650 - $18,750
Edmunds Rating
7.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
34 - 35

Subcompact luxury crossovers

Extra-small luxury SUVs offer a prestigious badge at an affordable price. They don't always deliver luxury-grade comfort and performance, but a few gems stand out.
1
Introduced in 2020

Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class

MSRP
$38,050 - $49,500
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
23 - 26
2
Redesigned in 2016

BMW X1

MSRP
$35,400 - $37,400
Edmunds Rating
8.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
26 - 27
3
Redesigned in 2021

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

MSRP
$36,230 - $54,500
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
23 - 28


Subcompact crossovers

Extra-small SUVs are the smallest and least expensive crossovers you can buy, pairing an elevated driving position with excellent maneuverability. Cost-cutting is sometimes apparent, but top-trim versions can feel surprisingly upscale.
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Introduced in 2022

Volkswagen Taos

MSRP
$22,995 - $33,045
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
28 - 31
2
Introduced in 2021

Chevrolet Trailblazer

MSRP
$21,600 - $27,200
Edmunds Rating
8.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
28 - 31
3
Introduced in 2020

Mazda CX-30

MSRP
$22,050 - $34,050
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
25 - 28



Edmunds' experts test 200 vehicles per year on our test track. We also test them using a 115-mile real-world test loop of city streets, freeways and winding canyons. The data we gather results in our ratings. They’re based on 30-plus scores that cover performance, comfort, interior, technology, utility and value.


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FAQ

What is the highest-rated subcompact car?

Edmunds' highest-rated subcompact car is the Toyota Yaris. It's actually a rebadged Mazda 2, meaning it's surprisingly entertaining to drive and offers an attractive and upscale interior. Just because a car is small and affordable doesn't mean it has to be cheap and boring. The late-model Hyundai Accent and Nissan Versa rounded out the top three, respectively. Learn more

What is the best used subcompact car?

Choosing a used car depends largely on your budget, but there are a number of cars that are well worth a look. If you need cargo space, we really like the Honda Fit hatchback and its cavernous interior. There's also the Toyota Yaris hatchback, which has all the same pros as the sedan plus additional cargo room. The Mini Cooper is fun and sporty, but it tends to be more expensive and most are somewhat less practical two-door models. Learn more

Are subcompact cars worth it?

Absolutely, especially if you're looking for something affordable and fuel-efficient. Subcompact cars today aren't the bare bones models that automakers used to sell. Many of them come with a wide array of features and driver aids, so you're getting a lot of value in a compact package. Learn more

What is the best small car for 2019?

We think the Honda Civic has been the best small car on sale for the past few years. The Civic is spacious inside despite its small footprint, and it packs a seemingly endless amount of storage. There's even a hatchback version if you want more cargo room. It's fun to drive, too, without having a punishing ride or poor fuel economy. The Kia Forte and Mazda 3 are others to consider if the Honda isn't to your liking. Learn more