Budget-conscious transportation has never been better. No longer do consumers have to settle for a subcompact car. These tiny vehicles now offer features and amenities that used to be reserved for much larger cars. There are plenty of new choices in the sub-compact car segment and even more coming.
What’s New in Subcompact Cars for 2017?
The Mitsubishi Mirage has been updated for the 2017 model year to bring more convenience features, but it doesn’t do too much to improve the driving experience. A Mirage sedan was also introduced.
The Kio Rio remains a great pick for a subcompact, as an all-new fourth-generation model just debuted with a more mature style and a three-cylinder engine. It’s also bigger than it used to be, so it has more room for cargo and passengers. Some big news is that it is the first car in its class to offer automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.
The Ford Fiesta was unveiled in Europe, and North American specs haven’t been released yet, but the automaker is calling the next-generation hatch as the “world’s most technologically advanced small car.” With a fresh style inside and out, the standout features are the new safety features like automatic emergency braking, active parking assist, and blind spot monitoring.
Chevrolet’s Sonic, which is available as a hatch and a sedan, also gets a refresh that brings a new, more put-together look and some features we’re surprised to see in a budget car like available heated steering wheel, power driver seat, 4G LTE internet connection, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, and keyless entry.
On the green front, the Smart Electric Drive is all-new for 2017, bringing about 99 miles of driving range and faster charging. The BMW i3 has also been updated with 114 miles of range, faster charging, and new color options.
A new class of cars is getting a lot of love this year: Tiny subcompact crossvers. The Chevrolet Spark Activ and the Ford EcoSport will be coming soon looking like lifted hatches.
What’s next in Subcompact Cars?
A Toyota Yaris hot hatch is rumored to be in the works and the Hyundai Accent is due for either a major refresh or an entirely new model very soon. We can also expect more sub-compact crossovers to join the fray.