2016 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 2016?

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The biggest news in the compact segment this year is the completely redesigned 2016 Honda Civic. Featuring new style inside and out, the Civic looks poised to once again be a front runner amongst compacts. Beside improved quality and premium materials, the Civic has received a pair of new engines. Base Civics receive a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit while higher-end models get a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine.

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Scion has a new compact this year and unlike the xB before it, it’s a more conventional compact hatchback. Called the iM, the new car looks to pick up where the Toyota Matrix left off a few years ago. Based on the Corolla architecture, the iM is powered by a familiar 1.8-liter engine making 137 hp. With style and a lot of standard equipment, the iM is aimed at budget-minded buyers.

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Earlier this year, Hyundai introduced the 2016 Elantra GT. Refreshed inside and out, the GT signifies this is the five-door hatchback version in the Elantra family. Power comes from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making a healthy 173 hp. The GT can come equipped with a lot of high-end features that are usually not found in a compact car like a panoramic sunroof and a heated steering wheel.

Hyundai also unveiled its new Elantra sedan, which also has a refreshed look and is loaded with premium features and more safety technology. Actually a 2017 model year, car, it arrives at dealerships in January 2016. The Koran automaker also expects the sedan to get a top safety rating.

The Mitsubishi Lancer may be old, but for 2016 it does receive a mild refresh. Most notable at the front end, the revised sheet metal hopes to breathe some new life to the ancient Lancer. Inside, option packages have been shuffled around to offer more value to potential customers.

What’s next in Compact Cars?

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The 2017 model year should be a busy one in the world of compact cars as the Chevrolet Cruze, and Nissan Sentra are expected to be overhauled this year. What exactly they will bring to the table is unknown at this time, but expect efficiency and refinement levels to be pushed higher than in the current models.

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2016 Honda Civic Hatchback
2016 Honda Civic Hatchback
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2016 Smart forfour
2016 Smart forfour
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2016 Kia Forte
2016 Kia Forte
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$15,990 - $19,990 24/35 mpg
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2016 Chevrolet Cruze Limited
2016 Chevrolet Cruze Limited
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$16,120 - $24,370 22/35 mpg
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2016 Chevrolet Cruze
2016 Chevrolet Cruze
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$16,620 - $23,120 N/A
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2016 Nissan Sentra
2016 Nissan Sentra
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$16,780 - $22,170 27/36 mpg
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2016 Dodge Dart
2016 Dodge Dart
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$16,995 - $24,395 22/33 mpg
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2016 Ford Focus
2016 Ford Focus
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$17,225 - $35,730 22/31 mpg
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2016 Hyundai Elantra
2016 Hyundai Elantra
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$17,250 - $21,700 24/34 mpg
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2016 Toyota Corolla
2016 Toyota Corolla
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$17,300 - $23,125 27/36 mpg
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2016 Mitsubishi Lancer
2016 Mitsubishi Lancer
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$17,595 - $23,495 22/31 mpg
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2016 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
2016 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
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$17,680 - $31,120 23/33 mpg
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2016 Mazda Mazda3
2016 Mazda Mazda3
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$17,845 - $26,495 25/35 mpg
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2016 Kia Forte 5-Door
2016 Kia Forte 5-Door
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$18,090 - $21,990 21/29 mpg
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2016 Subaru Impreza Sedan
2016 Subaru Impreza Sedan
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$18,295 - $22,595 25/34 mpg
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2016 Scion iM
2016 Scion iM
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$18,460 - $19,250 27/36 mpg
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2016 Volkswagen Golf
2016 Volkswagen Golf
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$18,495 - $27,425 25/36 mpg
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2016 Honda Civic Sedan
2016 Honda Civic Sedan
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$18,640 - $26,500 27/40 mpg
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2016 Subaru Impreza Wagon
2016 Subaru Impreza Wagon
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$18,795 - $23,595 24/33 mpg
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2016 Buick Verano
2016 Buick Verano
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$21,065 - $28,670 21/30 mpg
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2016 MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door
2016 MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door
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$21,700 - $25,100 23/33 mpg
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2016 Toyota Prius
2016 Toyota Prius
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$24,200 - $30,000 54/50 mpg
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2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI
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$24,995 - $32,730 25/33 mpg
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2016 Subaru WRX
2016 Subaru WRX
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$26,595 - $31,595 18/24 mpg
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2016 Acura ILX
2016 Acura ILX
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$27,900 - $34,890 25/36 mpg
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2016 Volkswagen e-Golf
2016 Volkswagen e-Golf
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$28,995 - $35,595 N/A
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2016 Ford Focus Electric
2016 Ford Focus Electric
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$29,170 N/A
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2016 Audi A3
2016 Audi A3
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$30,900 - $39,600 23/32 mpg
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2016 Lexus CT 200h
2016 Lexus CT 200h
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$31,250 43/40 mpg
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2016 Volkswagen CC
2016 Volkswagen CC
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$31,570 - $37,820 17/25 mpg
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2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA
2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA
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$32,050 - $49,500 23/31 mpg
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2016 Chevrolet Volt
2016 Chevrolet Volt
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$33,170 - $37,520 43/42 mpg
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2016 Cadillac ATS Sedan
2016 Cadillac ATS Sedan
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$33,215 - $49,210 19/28 mpg
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2016 Subaru WRX STI
2016 Subaru WRX STI
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$34,695 - $39,995 17/23 mpg
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2016 Volkswagen Golf R
2016 Volkswagen Golf R
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$35,650 - $38,995 22/30 mpg
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2016 Lexus IS 200t
2016 Lexus IS 200t
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$37,325 22/33 mpg
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2016 Volvo S60 Inscription
2016 Volvo S60 Inscription
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$38,900 - $43,400 20/29 mpg
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2016 Lexus IS 300
2016 Lexus IS 300
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$39,700 19/26 mpg
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