Popular Compact Cars to Avoid and What to Buy Instead
Consider these reliable small cars that perform well in CR's tests
Small sedans and hatchbacks might have been eclipsed by SUVs in terms of overall popularity, but as you’ll see below, they’re still an attractive option for consumers looking for either inexpensive transportation or a more affordable luxury option.
And you don’t have to give up quality when buying an compact car. Although the main priority for many buyers is price, there are other aspects to consider that will make for a better ownership experience, including fuel economy; interior flexibility; a small, parking-friendly footprint; and just the desire to not own a big car.
Here, we focus on models that are popular in their category (though they might not be the top sellers). Then we present two alternatives.
- A better choice: another vehicle that sells well but has a higher Overall Score.
- An under-the-radar alternative: a better-scoring model that doesn’t sell as well, in case you aren’t concerned with following the crowd.