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.
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.
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.
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
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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