2015 Compact Car 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?

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Volkswagen was hard at work this year further updating the Jetta with a revised interior, updated suspension tuning and minor exterior tweaks. The big news for Jetta is a new, more efficient 150 HP 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine in TDI models. Not stopping with the Jetta, the all-new Golf is finally available in North America with a variety of flavors ranging from the all-electric e-Golf to the sporty GTI.

2015 Volkswagen Golf Review

Acura has overhauled the ILX this year, ditching the base 2.0-liter engine and manual transmission options. All ILX models now come equipped with a 201 HP 2.4-liter Earth Dreams four-cylinder engine paired to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Styling updates inside and out give the compact Acura a more contemporary look and new technology promise to make it more class competitive.

Hyundai has given the Elantra a thorough update this year including refreshed styling inside and out as well as a new 173 HP 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Available as a sedan or a five-door hatchback, the Elantra now has one of the more powerful entry-level engines in the class.

SEE ALSO: 10 Compacts Cars With the Largest Back Seats

For 2015 Subaru has given the compact Impreza a host of upgrades. Thanks to some engine and transmission tuning, fuel economy numbers for automatic equipped cars goes up this year. As well, minor styling inside and out make the Impreza look more modern and great measures have been take to quiet the cabin of the car. The big news for 2015 is the addition of Eyesight, Subaru’s adaptive cruise control and crash detection system, for the Impreza.

2015 Subaru Impreza Review

Last year MINI introduced an all-new Cooper hardtop and this year the model line expands to include a four-door model. Basically a longer MINI hatchback with four doors, the new car uses the same choice of turbocharged three and four cylinder engine options.

What’s Coming?

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The Nissan Sentra should be overhauled in the near future and a revised Chevrolet Cruze is on the way. The Ford Focus is due for an overhaul and a new Scion will join the compact car fold in the form of the hatchback iM.

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2015 Kia Forte
2015 Kia Forte
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$15,890 - $19,390 25/36 mpg
1 reviews
2015 Chevrolet Cruze
2015 Chevrolet Cruze
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$16,170 - $25,660 22/35 mpg
1 reviews
2015 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
2015 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
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$16,215 - $31,670 23/32 mpg
0 reviews
2015 Nissan Sentra
2015 Nissan Sentra
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$16,480 - $20,670 27/36 mpg
0 reviews
2015 Dodge Dart
2015 Dodge Dart
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$16,495 - $23,295 22/33 mpg
0 reviews
2015 Mazda Mazda3
2015 Mazda Mazda3
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$16,945 - $26,595 25/35 mpg
2 reviews
2015 Toyota Corolla
2015 Toyota Corolla
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$16,950 - $22,955 27/36 mpg
1 reviews
2015 Scion xB
2015 Scion xB
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$17,120 - $18,070 22/28 mpg
0 reviews
2015 Ford Focus
2015 Ford Focus
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$17,170 - $24,370 23/32 mpg
0 reviews
2015 Hyundai Elantra
2015 Hyundai Elantra
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$17,250 - $22,600 24/34 mpg
1 reviews
2015 Mitsubishi Lancer
2015 Mitsubishi Lancer
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$17,395 - $29,495 18/25 mpg
0 reviews
2015 Volkswagen Golf
2015 Volkswagen Golf
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$17,995 - $29,495 25/36 mpg
0 reviews
2015 Subaru Impreza Sedan
2015 Subaru Impreza Sedan
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$18,195 - $22,295 25/34 mpg
0 reviews
2015 Honda Civic Sedan
2015 Honda Civic Sedan
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$18,490 - $29,390 22/31 mpg
1 reviews
2015 Subaru Impreza Wagon
2015 Subaru Impreza Wagon
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$18,695 - $23,295 24/33 mpg
0 reviews
2015 Kia Forte 5-Door
2015 Kia Forte 5-Door
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$19,690 - $21,890 21/29 mpg
0 reviews
2015 MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door
2015 MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door
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$21,700 - $25,100 24/34 mpg
0 reviews
2015 Buick Verano
2015 Buick Verano
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$23,380 - $29,215 21/30 mpg
0 reviews
2015 Toyota Prius
2015 Toyota Prius
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$24,200 - $30,005 51/48 mpg
1 reviews
2015 Honda Civic Hybrid
2015 Honda Civic Hybrid
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$24,735 - $27,435 44/47 mpg
0 reviews
2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI
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$24,785 - $32,640 25/33 mpg
0 reviews
2015 Subaru WRX
2015 Subaru WRX
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$26,295 - $31,195 19/25 mpg
1 reviews
2015 Acura ILX
2015 Acura ILX
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$27,050 - $31,750 22/31 mpg
0 reviews
2015 Ford Focus Electric
2015 Ford Focus Electric
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$29,170 N/A
0 reviews
2015 Audi A3
2015 Audi A3
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$29,900 - $38,600 23/32 mpg
2 reviews
2015 Lexus CT 200h
2015 Lexus CT 200h
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$32,200 43/40 mpg
0 reviews
2015 Cadillac ATS Sedan
2015 Cadillac ATS Sedan
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$33,215 - $48,715 18/26 mpg
0 reviews
2015 Volkswagen e-Golf
2015 Volkswagen e-Golf
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$33,450 - $35,445 N/A
0 reviews
2015 Chevrolet Volt
2015 Chevrolet Volt
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$34,345 35/40 mpg
0 reviews
2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
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$34,495 - $38,995 17/22 mpg
0 reviews
2015 Subaru WRX STI
2015 Subaru WRX STI
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$34,495 - $38,495 17/23 mpg
0 reviews
2015 Volkswagen Golf R
2015 Volkswagen Golf R
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$36,595 - $39,090 N/A
0 reviews
2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe
2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe
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$37,995 - $51,435 18/28 mpg
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Compact Car Reviews

2016 Acura ILX Review

The Acura Integra was a big deal for Acura. Well loved by many, it became synonymous with Acura and elevated the young luxury brand’s image. But the ILX, Acura’s new take on a small premium sedans, has yet to catch on. Lacking an identity of its own, the ILX’s mundane styling, ho-hum powertrain and absence…

2014 Subaru Impreza Second Opinion

2014 Subaru Impreza Second Opinion
The Impreza has gone full mainstream in an attempt to find more buyers and it is working. Does this car appeal to our general consumer tester? We gave her one for a week to find out.

2013 Dodge Dart GT Review

Dodge is back in the small-car segment in a big way with the brand-new Dart. Does this Alfa Romeo-infused sedan make up for the company’s past sins or is it just another Caliber-level disappointment?

2014 Mazda3 Review – Video

The Mazda3 has always been one of the best small cars on the market and it’s just been redesigned for the 2014 model year. Has the company made meaningful improvements to it or have they ruined a great thing?
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