2014 Sub-Compact Car Buyers Guide

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Looking for a car that’s small, great on gas and both easy to park and easy on your wallet. Then you’re probably in the market for a sub-compact car.

Historically cramped and targeted at those who want basic transportation, sub-compacts now offer impressive amounts of interior space and even some surprising features.

What's New in Sub-Compacts?

Versa Note Exterior 6-main.jpgThe 2014 Nissan Versa Note is all-new this year and adds a hatchback to the Nissan Versa Sedan. The Note hatchback uses the same 1.6 L four-cylinder engine as the Versa sedan, and is highlighted by a quiet cabin as well as a comfortable ride. Features like around view cameras, push button start and satellite radio are all available in this modern new hatchback. The Versa Note begins at $13,990 for the base S model.

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2014 saw the introduction of a new value leader from Mitsubishi called the Mirage. Powered by a 73 hp three-cylinder engine, the Mirage begins at a price of just $12,995 before destination charges. The Mirage is available with a manual or automatic transmission and features some desirable options like automatic climate control.

The Kia Soul remains a funky looking, boxy vehicle after a restyle this year, but gains even more technological goodies such as an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment display as well as a customizable screen within the gauge cluster. The Soul’s suspension has been smoothened out and a pair of new engines will be found under the hood: a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 130 hp, and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 164 hp.

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For those wanting a little more sport in the subcompact category, there is also a Fiesta ST, packing a 1.6L turbocharged engine making 197 hp. With a starting price of $21,400, the Fiesta ST undercuts the only other super sporty sub-compact, the Fiat 500 Abarth.

If a hybrid is not enough for your green sensibilities, there is now an entire fleet of all-electric city cars available. Chevrolet has entered the electric vehicle market with the Spark EV that is powered by a 140 hp electric motor with a colossal 400 lb-ft of torque. Being the only electric powered four door city car, the Spark EV should be able to travel 82 miles on a single charge.

See Also: Top 10 Cheapest 40 mpg Cars

The most well-known city car, the smart fortwo, is finally available as an electric in North America. With a 74 hp electric motor, the fortwo ED (electric dive) has a range of 68 miles. Fiat has also transformed the three-door 500 into an electric vehicle, dubbed the 500e. The 500e uses a 111 hp electric motor and should be good for 87 miles, but is more expensive than the Spark EV or fortwo ED. In fact, none of the pure electric vehicles are all that cheap with base prices ranging from $25,000 to $31,000. However, there are significant tax credits that help alleviate an electric vehicles steep price point.

What's Coming in Sub-Compacts

The Honda Fit is all-new for 2015Later this year, an all-new 2015 Honda Fit debuts. Powered by a new 130 hp 1.5 liter four-cylinder engine, the Fit promises to be more efficient. It is now larger inside while retaining the clever magic seats. 

As well, an all-new 2015 Mazda2 should surface this year and maybe the much-rumored new coporate twin, the Toyota Yaris. Mazda will be building these cars at the manufacturer's new plant in Salamanca, Mexico where the Mazda3 is also currently built.

 

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2014 Chevrolet Spark
2014 Chevrolet Spark
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$12,170 - $16,385 30/39 mpg
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2014 Mitsubishi Mirage
2014 Mitsubishi Mirage
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$12,995 - $15,195 34/42 mpg
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2014 Smart fortwo
2014 Smart fortwo
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$13,270 - $17,930 34/38 mpg
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2014 Ford Fiesta
2014 Ford Fiesta
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$14,100 - $21,400 26/35 mpg
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2014 Chevrolet Sonic
2014 Chevrolet Sonic
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$14,170 - $21,610 25/33 mpg
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2014 Scion iQ
2014 Scion iQ
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$15,665 - $17,850 36/37 mpg
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2014 Scion xD
2014 Scion xD
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$15,920 - $16,720 27/33 mpg
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2014 FIAT 500
2014 FIAT 500
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$16,195 - $22,195 28/34 mpg
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