Big things can come in small packages, as proven by today’s feature-rich subcompact and compact cars. This sector of the automotive landscape—once reserved for budget models targeting first-time car buyers and rental fleets—has blossomed, with many models now offering comfort, convenience, and refinement that was unheard of a decade ago.
Today, numerous excellent small hatchbacks and sedans are well worth considering. Of course, some models should not make it onto your wish list. To accelerate your shopping process, we’ve picked the 10 best small cars based on Consumer Reports’ testing.
Each car here ranks among the best in class for road test performance, has average or better predicted reliability, and performs adequately if included in government or insurance-industry crash tests. Or simply put, these are the best new small cars on the market today and ones we strongly recommend. (Missing are some great cars we have no reliability data for yet, such as the redesigned Volkswagen Golf.)
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