2017 Compact Cars Buyers Guide

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If you’re looking for style, fuel economy and technology at an easy-to-swallow price tag, then the compact car segment is the place to be. Compact cars are no longer the ugly, too-cheap-to-be-seen-in vehicles that they used to be and offer a ton of value for buyers.

What’s New in Compact Cars for 2017?

The Hyundai Elantra is completely new for the 2017 model year and is already available. The compact takes all the technology and features drivers want and packages it all up in a very easy-to-live-with sedan that’s also very competitively priced. Hyundai is also offering a rowdy Elantra Sport model for drivers who want more performance as well.

ALSO SEE: 2017 Hyundai Elantra Review

The all-new 2017 Subaru Impreza is also here with a new look, better driving dynamics, and a much-improved interior. Nissan is also trying to spice things up with its Sentra SR Turbo and NISMO models, which build upon the recently refreshed Sentra. The 2017 Nissan Sentra is much improved with more technology and better driving dynamics.

The Honda Civic Hatchback is finally back in North America for 2017, and now the Civic lineup is nearly complete — the sedan, coupe, and hatchback are all here. The only things we’re anxiously awaiting are the Civic Si and Type R, which should debut sometime in 2017 as production models.

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The 2017 Toyota Corolla has also been refreshed. It has a stylish new look, upgraded interior, and a bunch of new safety and driver assistance features that help make it more competitive. The Chevrolet Cruze is also now available in a hatchback and the popular Mazda3 just got a refresh for 2017 to make it an even better car for drivers. Kia has also refreshed its Forte, packing in even more value into the compact sedan.

What’s Next in Compact Cars?

In the coming year, we can expect the hot hatch segment to heat up even more. With Hyundai’s new N performance brand coming, the Korean automaker is getting ready to debut a new hot hatch based on the i30 compact car. The Honda Civic Si and Type R are coming, and even Toyota will be coming out with a hotter version of its Yaris.

The Volkswagen Golf also got a refresh that brings updated looks, more power, and a better infotainment system, but it won’t arrive in North America until late 2017 as a 2018 model. The Golf R was also updated for Europe, but there are no details yet on U.S.-bound models.

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10 of 34 Compact Cars shown
2017 Nissan Versa Sedan
2017 Nissan Versa Sedan
view 5 trims
$11,990 - $17,280 26/35 mpg
0 reviews
2017 Kia Rio 5-door
2017 Kia Rio 5-door
view 3 trims
$15,495 - $20,905 27/36 mpg
0 reviews
2017 Kia Forte
2017 Kia Forte
view 4 trims
$16,600 - $21,300 25/33 mpg
1 reviews
2017 Chevrolet Cruze
2017 Chevrolet Cruze
view 11 trims
$16,975 - $25,395 28/37 mpg
1 reviews
2017 Nissan Sentra
2017 Nissan Sentra
view 9 trims
$16,990 - $24,990 25/30 mpg
0 reviews
2017 Hyundai Elantra
2017 Hyundai Elantra
view 19 trims
$17,150 - $22,750 22/30 mpg
2 reviews
2017 Mitsubishi Lancer
2017 Mitsubishi Lancer
view 6 trims
$17,795 - $22,095 23/30 mpg
0 reviews
2017 Mazda Mazda3 4-Door
2017 Mazda Mazda3 4-Door
view 6 trims
$17,845 - $24,195 25/34 mpg
0 reviews
2017 Volkswagen Jetta
2017 Volkswagen Jetta
view 9 trims
$17,895 - $28,995 23/33 mpg
1 reviews
2017 Subaru Impreza
2017 Subaru Impreza
view 12 trims
$18,395 - $24,595 22/30 mpg
1 reviews
2017 Toyota Corolla
2017 Toyota Corolla
view 9 trims
$18,500 - $22,680 27/35 mpg
0 reviews
2017 Honda Civic Sedan
2017 Honda Civic Sedan
view 14 trims
$18,740 - $26,600 28/38 mpg
0 reviews
2017 Toyota Corolla iM
2017 Toyota Corolla iM
view 2 trims
$18,750 - $19,490 27/35 mpg
0 reviews
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback
view 10 trims
$19,700 - $28,300 30/36 mpg
0 reviews
2017 Volkswagen Golf
2017 Volkswagen Golf
view 6 trims
$19,895 - $27,995 25/35 mpg
0 reviews
2017 Buick Verano
2017 Buick Verano
view 3 trims
$21,065 - $26,555 21/31 mpg
0 reviews
2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
view 6 trims
$21,580 - $29,970 22/30 mpg
0 reviews
2017 Toyota Prius
2017 Toyota Prius
view 7 trims
$23,475 - $30,015 54/50 mpg
0 reviews
2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI
view 10 trims
$24,995 - $35,195 24/32 mpg
0 reviews
2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
view 5 trims
$25,850 - $32,890 22/30 mpg
0 reviews
2017 MINI Countryman
2017 MINI Countryman
view 4 trims
$26,100 - $31,100 21/31 mpg
0 reviews
2017 Subaru WRX
2017 Subaru WRX
view 8 trims
$26,695 - $39,995 17/23 mpg
0 reviews
2017 Acura ILX
2017 Acura ILX
view 6 trims
$27,990 - $34,980 25/35 mpg
0 reviews
2017 Lexus CT
2017 Lexus CT
view 2 trims
$31,250 43/40 mpg
0 reviews
2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA
2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA
view 3 trims
$32,400 - $49,950 23/30 mpg
1 reviews
2017 Chevrolet Volt
2017 Chevrolet Volt
view 2 trims
$33,220 - $37,570 43/42 mpg
0 reviews
2017 Honda Civic Type R
2017 Honda Civic Type R
view 1 trims
$33,900 22/28 mpg
0 reviews
2017 Volkswagen CC
2017 Volkswagen CC
view 6 trims
$34,475 - $37,820 22/31 mpg
0 reviews
2017 Cadillac ATS Sedan
2017 Cadillac ATS Sedan
view 14 trims
$34,595 - $46,995 19/27 mpg
0 reviews
2017 Jaguar XE
2017 Jaguar XE
view 19 trims
$34,900 - $58,000 20/29 mpg
0 reviews
2017 Volkswagen Golf R
2017 Volkswagen Golf R
view 4 trims
$35,655 - $40,475 22/30 mpg
0 reviews
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
view 2 trims
$36,620 - $40,905 N/A
0 reviews
2017 Lexus IS
2017 Lexus IS
view 8 trims
$37,825 - $43,535 19/26 mpg
0 reviews
2017 Mercedes-Benz B-Class
2017 Mercedes-Benz B-Class
view 1 trims
$39,900 N/A
0 reviews
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