Budget conscious transportation has never been better. There are plenty of new cars to choose from in this segment and even more coming.
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.
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.
What’s Coming in Sub-Compacts
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.