2015 Sub-Compact Car Buyers Guide

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Budget conscious transportation has never been better. There are plenty of new cars to choose from in the sub-compact cars segment and even more coming.

sub-compact cars 2015 Honda Fit

What’s New in Sub-Compact Cars?

Honda released a new version of the Fit for 2015 that retains standout features like its dual-action “Magic Seats” that fold two ways to offer an especially versatile cargo storage area. The Fit also gains Honda’s LaneWatch system and smartphone powered navigation.

2015 Honda Fit Review

But the most important change for 2015 is arguably revisions to the body structure that help the Fit perform better in crashes than much of its competition.

It isn’t really new or heavily updated for 2015, but if crash safety is your number one priority, the other car to consider in this segment is the Chevrolet Spark.

VIDEO: 2015 Honda Fit vs 2015 Toyota Yaris

The MINI Cooper line is also worth taking a look at. For 2015 it comes with either a turbocharged three- or four-cylinder engine that promise better fuel efficiency without sacrificing performance.

Then there’s the Yaris. For 2015 it comes with new sheet metal, but the same drivetrains as before. That means it is available with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic, making it one of the least modern vehicles in the segment despite its fresh face.

Nissan is also adding a sportier looking “SR” trim level to the Versa Note that adds revised front and rear fascias, a spoiler, 16-inch alloy wheels, faux suede seat inserts and more.

What’s Coming in Sub-Compact Cars

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If those aren’t small enough to suit your needs, the smart fortwo will arrive in North America for the 2016 model year. Noteworthy changes include a new dual-clutch transmission that will replace the old automated single clutch gearbox being used in current models not to mention totally new styling.

Scion will also debut a new Mazda2-based sedan called the iA. Find out more about it in our first look video below.

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10 of 13 Sub-Compacts shown
2015 Nissan Versa
2015 Nissan Versa
view 6 trims
$11,990 - $17,590 26/35 mpg
0 reviews
2015 Chevrolet Spark
2015 Chevrolet Spark
view 6 trims
$12,270 - $16,535 30/39 mpg
0 reviews
2015 Mitsubishi Mirage
2015 Mitsubishi Mirage
view 4 trims
$12,995 - $15,395 34/42 mpg
1 reviews
2015 Smart fortwo
2015 Smart fortwo
view 3 trims
$13,270 - $17,930 34/38 mpg
0 reviews
2015 Nissan Versa Note
2015 Nissan Versa Note
view 7 trims
$14,180 - $18,660 27/36 mpg
0 reviews
2015 Chevrolet Sonic
2015 Chevrolet Sonic
view 16 trims
$14,245 - $21,945 25/33 mpg
0 reviews
2015 Ford Fiesta
2015 Ford Fiesta
view 7 trims
$14,455 - $21,435 26/35 mpg
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2015 Toyota Yaris
2015 Toyota Yaris
view 7 trims
$14,845 - $17,620 30/36 mpg
1 reviews
2015 Honda Fit
2015 Honda Fit
view 6 trims
$15,650 - $20,925 29/37 mpg
1 reviews
2015 Scion iQ
2015 Scion iQ
view 1 trims
$15,665 36/37 mpg
0 reviews
2015 FIAT 500
2015 FIAT 500
view 7 trims
$16,845 - $22,495 28/34 mpg
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2015 Toyota Prius c
2015 Toyota Prius c
view 4 trims
$19,540 - $24,475 53/46 mpg
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2015 MINI Cooper Hardtop
2015 MINI Cooper Hardtop
view 3 trims
$20,700 - $30,600 24/31 mpg
1 reviews
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Sub-Compact Car Reviews

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2015 Fiat 500 Turbo Review
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2016 Fiat 500X Review

2016 Fiat 500X Review
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2015 Hyundai Accent Review

2015 Hyundai Accent Review
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2015 Toyota Yaris Review

2015 Toyota Yaris Review
The Toyota Yaris is refreshed for 2015, but it still trails the competition in features and technological advancement. Are those downsides enough to take your business elsewhere or is the Yaris still better than its competition?

2014 Nissan Versa Review

2014 Nissan Versa Review
At this year’s New York Auto Show, Nissan announced that the Versa would get a facelift for 2015, but that its starting price of $12,800 will remain unchanged — meaning it will retain its title as the least-expensive car sold in America.

2013 smart electric drive Review

2013 smart electric drive Review
The smart car is arguably one of the automotive industry’s biggest letdowns. It’s a classic example of over promise and under deliver, with Daimler billing the tiny two-door as a fun and funky urban runabout, but instead selling the most miserable form of transportation this side of a rickshaw. But what about the newly available...

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Review
The Mirage is the sort of car we’re predisposed to dislike: Irritatingly slow, excruciatingly loud and unrewarding to drive. And yet we find ourselves regarding the Mirage with respect, if not quite affection. Why? Because it’s an unapologetic budget car that is cheap to buy, laden with value and ridiculously fuel efficient.

2014 Nissan Versa Note Review – Video

After delivering a lukewarm Versa sedan, Nissan pulls out all the stops (or maybe just some of them) in an attempt to create a competitive hatchback for 2014. Can the Versa Note be spacious, refined and efficient, and still a great value?
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Scion iM Concept Production-Bound Next Year
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