Compact Cars With the Roomiest, Most Comfortable Interiors

There's plenty of room for you, your family, and all your stuff in these six models

Interior of a Subaru compact car
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There's no need to buy an SUV just because you like to take a trip, commute, or have to ferry the kids around. A compact sedan can do many of the same things an SUV can do, while returning better fuel economy and with a more comfortable ride, an inviting driver’s seat, and plenty of rear legroom. 

How do we know? Well, we buy every car we test and then spend weeks putting each through a comprehensive series of evaluations. We measure fuel economy ourselves, see how much luggage will fit in the trunk, and have testers of all shapes, sizes, and ages evaluate how comfortable the front and back seats are, along with how easy it is to get in and out of the vehicle. 

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The list below is compiled from the data we collected on all the compact sedans we’ve tested. We tallied up how well they performed in our fuel-economy, access, cargo, and comfort tests. Then we calculated the best of the best to find out which vehicles excel in these measurements. They're all recommended, too, which means you won’t find any cars with poor reliability, low owner satisfaction, or missing safety features

Some of these models include our new Green Choice designation, which highlights the vehicles with the cleanest emissions. You can read more about Green Choice here.

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2021 Nissan Sentra

Price Range: $19,460 - $21,800

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