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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2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport
2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport
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2017 Chrysler 100
2017 Chrysler 100
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2017 Nissan Versa Sedan
2017 Nissan Versa Sedan
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$11,990 - $17,280 26/35 mpg
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2017 Kia Rio 5-door
2017 Kia Rio 5-door
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$15,495 - $20,905 27/36 mpg
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2017 Kia Forte
2017 Kia Forte
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$16,490 - $21,200 25/33 mpg
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2017 Chevrolet Cruze
2017 Chevrolet Cruze
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$16,975 - $23,945 28/37 mpg
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2017 Nissan Sentra
2017 Nissan Sentra
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$16,990 - $21,990 26/32 mpg
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2017 Hyundai Elantra
2017 Hyundai Elantra
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$17,150 - $22,750 26/36 mpg
2 reviews
2017 Mitsubishi Lancer
2017 Mitsubishi Lancer
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$17,795 - $22,095 23/30 mpg
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2017 Mazda Mazda3 4-Door
2017 Mazda Mazda3 4-Door
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$17,845 - $24,195 25/34 mpg
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2017 Volkswagen Jetta
2017 Volkswagen Jetta
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$17,895 - $28,995 23/33 mpg
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2017 Subaru Impreza
2017 Subaru Impreza
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$18,395 - $24,595 25/34 mpg
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2017 Toyota Corolla
2017 Toyota Corolla
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$18,500 - $22,680 27/35 mpg
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2017 Honda Civic Sedan
2017 Honda Civic Sedan
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$18,740 - $26,600 28/40 mpg
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2017 Toyota Corolla iM
2017 Toyota Corolla iM
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$18,750 - $19,490 27/35 mpg
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2017 Honda Civic Hatchback
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback
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$19,700 - $25,300 30/36 mpg
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2017 Volkswagen Golf
2017 Volkswagen Golf
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$19,895 - $27,995 25/35 mpg
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2017 Buick Verano
2017 Buick Verano
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$21,065 - $26,555 21/31 mpg
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2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
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$21,580 - $29,970 22/30 mpg
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2017 Toyota Prius
2017 Toyota Prius
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$24,685 - $30,015 54/50 mpg
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2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI
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$24,995 - $35,195 24/32 mpg
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2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
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$25,850 - $32,890 22/30 mpg
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2017 Subaru WRX
2017 Subaru WRX
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$26,695 - $39,995 17/23 mpg
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2017 Acura ILX
2017 Acura ILX
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$27,990 - $34,980 25/35 mpg
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2017 Lexus CT
2017 Lexus CT
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$31,250 43/40 mpg
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2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA
2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA
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$32,400 - $49,950 23/30 mpg
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2017 Chevrolet Volt
2017 Chevrolet Volt
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$33,220 - $37,570 43/42 mpg
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2017 Volkswagen CC
2017 Volkswagen CC
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$34,475 - $37,820 22/31 mpg
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2017 Cadillac ATS Sedan
2017 Cadillac ATS Sedan
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$34,595 - $46,995 19/27 mpg
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2017 Jaguar XE
2017 Jaguar XE
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$34,900 - $58,000 20/29 mpg
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2017 Volkswagen Golf R
2017 Volkswagen Golf R
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$35,655 - $40,475 22/30 mpg
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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
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$36,620 - $40,905 N/A
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2017 Lexus IS
2017 Lexus IS
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$37,825 - $43,535 19/26 mpg
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2017 Mercedes-Benz B-Class
2017 Mercedes-Benz B-Class
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$39,900 N/A
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