Decisions, Decisions: The Best Compact Cars for Your Money

/ 01:30 AM February 07, 2019

We live in a day and age where everything is supposed to be bigger and better, after all this is America.  However, in a day and age where this is going on there are still people out there, living in bigger cities or just not needing as large of a car, this article is for you.  There are many benefits of a compact car such as improved fuel economy, better gas mileage than larger vehicles on average, often cost less than larger vehicles, easier to park and maneuver, provide a fun and different driving experience, popularity for resale and compact cars sometimes are more reliable because they are more fundamental and mostly used worldwide.  We’ll look at the best compact cars and the best new small cars.

Best Compact Cars

2019 Honda Civic

2019 Honda Civic

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To start things off, we’ve chosen the 2019 Honda Civic, a sedan like no other as our first of the best compact cars.  With features such as connected audio, some of the best fuel economy in the class rated 38mpg Highway and 28 Mpg city, how could you not choose this car?  It received a best buy from Kelly blue book in 2019, was one of the car and drivers top cars for 2019 and 2019 Edmunds most wanted buyers list. Need I go on more about the reliability and practicality of our first of the best compact cars?

2019 Kia Soul

2019 Kia Soul

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Sometimes Soul comes in different shapes and sizes; this small car has everything you could want and more, second on our list of the best compact cars.  Some of the notable features include a 1.6L I4 GDI engine with 130hp, rated at 24/30/27 mpg. Inside the vehicle has Bluetooth® Wireless Technology and a Rear-Camera Display.  You won’t have to worry about much as it has Auto Light Control. An estimated price of 17,495 for the base model. Kia Soul is one of the best compact cars.

2019 Toyota Corolla

2019 Toyota Corolla

Finally, the 2019 Toyota Corolla, stable secure and reliable, the Corolla wraps up our list on the best compact cars.  With the 2019 Corolla, you give yourself the green light, one of the best cars in its class with prices starting at 18,000.  Indeed a very safe car because it has Standard Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) 38 features a Pre-Collision System 39 with Pedestrian Detection, 33 Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist 40 and more to assist you.  It has an available 7-inch touch screen, having everything you could want in a car this size. This 2019 Corolla has a sporty interior that is fully customizable, so you can get exactly what you’re looking for. Engine specs are a 1.8-Liter 4-Cylinder DOHC 16-Valve with Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i); 132 hp @ 6000 rpm, 128 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm.  One of the best compact cars in the class.

Best Used Compact Cars

2013 Honda Civic

2013 Honda Civic

Similar to the 2019 Honda Civic, it’s a sedan like no other and the first on our list of the best used compact cars.  Excellent fuel economy here with 44 MPG Combined and 44 City / 44 Highway, will save you some on fuel costs! It holds a 4.5 Star Rating from Kelly blue book from their expert rating system and Kelly blue book is always one of the more reliable sources when it comes to deciding which car to buy.  Here’s what they have to say about it, “A unique combination of reliability, affordability and stellar resale value make the 2013 Honda Civic one of the best values in the automotive marketplace”. No doubt about it that it is one of the best used compact cars.

2016 Kia Forte

2016 Kia Forte

Similar to the 2019 Kia Soul is one of the best and most reliable used compact cars on the market.  It received a rating of 4.6 on the Kelly blue book expert review and here’s what they had to say about the car.  “The 2016 Kia Forte offers up sedan, coupe and hatchback models with sporty styling and high-end features throughout.”  The lineup with the Kia Soul is one of the most comprehensive you’ll genuinely see just about anywhere. For the true enthusiast, there are sportier options out there but there’s indeed no doubt that it holds its own when it comes to acceleration and handling.  It has a combined fuel economy of 31mph which is respectable for a car of this size. The Kia Soul is one of our favorite used compact cars.

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Whether you’re going with a Kia Soul, a Honda Civic or the regular Corolla, you can’t go wrong when you choose one of the best compact cars.

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