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.
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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.
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.