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 this segment and even more coming.

2015 Honda Fit

What’s New in Sub-Compacts?

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.

What’s Coming in Sub-Compacts

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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.

Later this year Mazda will also launch its new Mazda2. We haven’t had the chance to drive it yet, but if other recent products from the “zoom zoom” brand are any indication, the 2 will probably be a segment leader.

Find Your Next Car

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2015 Nissan Versa
2015 Nissan Versa
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$11,990 - $17,590 26/35 mpg
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2015 Chevrolet Spark
2015 Chevrolet Spark
view 6 trims
$12,270 - $16,535 30/39 mpg
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2015 Mitsubishi Mirage
2015 Mitsubishi Mirage
view 4 trims
$12,995 - $15,395 34/42 mpg
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2015 Smart fortwo
2015 Smart fortwo
view 3 trims
$13,270 - $17,930 34/38 mpg
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2015 Nissan Versa Note
2015 Nissan Versa Note
view 7 trims
$14,180 - $18,660 27/36 mpg
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2015 Chevrolet Sonic
2015 Chevrolet Sonic
view 16 trims
$14,245 - $21,945 25/33 mpg
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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
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$14,845 - $17,620 30/36 mpg
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2015 Honda Fit
2015 Honda Fit
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$15,650 - $20,925 29/37 mpg
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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
$16,645 - $22,395 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 2 trims
$20,700 - $24,100 24/34 mpg
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2014 Nissan Versa Note Review – Video

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