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Previously Featured Top City Cars

The narrow alleyways and winding one way streets; the congested crosswalks and cramped parallel parking spots; the capricious stop lights, the hidden stop signs, the endless stop-and-go traffic... city driving can be a nightmare if you don't have the right car. However, on our list of the top 10 city cars, you will find a host of great ideas for vehicles that are designed to make your urban driving excursions a little less frustrating and a lot more fun. Compact, fuel-efficient, and fun-to-drive, our favorite city-friendly cars span a wide range, from sporty coupes to luxurious cabriolets. So whatever your personal style — or salary — may be, you're sure to find something among our picks that will keep you smiling as you cruise those crowded city streets.

Best City Cars


A three-quarter rear view of a green 2013 Chevrolet Spark

Chevrolet Spark
Weighing in at a mere 2,337 pounds, this mighty minicar is Chevrolet's smallest car to date, and also one of its most fuel efficient with a combined EPA of 34 mpg.

A three-quarter front view of a red 2013 Mazdaspeed3 Touring
Mazda Mazdaspeed3
Extensively tested at Nürburgring Raceway, this sporty 5-door hot hatch has been crafted for maximum fun potential. Featuring a turbocharged 4-cylinder and a quick-shifting manual transmission, the Mazdaspeed3 is the perfect city runabout for those in a rush.

A three-quarter front view of a 2014 Fiat 500L
Fiat 500L
Dubbed an urban utility vehicle by Fiat, this small station wagon features the same distinctive styling as the original 500 in a slightly larger package that is perfect for young families.

A three-quarter rear view of a red Honda Fit Sport

Honda Fit Sport
While the Honda Fit is a steal at under $15,000, its real value can be found at the pump. Earning an impressive 35 mpg highway, this zippy 5-door hatch allows for more fun with less fuel stops.

A three-quarter front view of a green Mazda 2

Mazda 2
The all-new Mazda 2 translates the Asian automaker's fun, fuel-efficient ethos into a compact five-door package. This stylish hatchback offers deft handling and quick acceleration while still managing to get up to 35 mpg highway, making the Mazda 2 an ideal choice for thrifty thrill-seekers.

A three-quarter rear view of a silver 2012 Kia Rio 5-Door SX
Kia Rio 5-Door SX
The Kia Rio 5-Door continues the Korean brand's commitment to quality cars at an affordable price. This refreshing hatchback offers a much-appreciated respite from run-of-the-mill budget cars with its distinctive styling, capable performance and comfortable interior.

A three-quarter front view of a yellow 2012 Fiat 500 Cabrio
Fiat 500 Cabrio
Perfect for cruising to the beach on a warm day, this diminutive drop-top is all about having fun in the sun. And with 11 body colors, 3 soft top colors and 20 types of badges to choose from, the Fiat 500 Cabrio is fully customizable for a truly one-of-a-kind driving experience.

A three-quarter rear view of a white 2011 Scion iQ

Scion iQ
With a wheelbase of just 78.7 inches, Scion's city-friendly hatchback is one of the smallest four-passenger vehicles available in American showrooms. An advanced safety system including ten airbags is standard on the iQ, ensuring passenger protection and peace of mind.

A three-quarter rear view of a 2010 Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta
Showing off a clean aerodynamic form, this fuel-efficient five-door hatchback includes a five-speed manual transmission and comes with excellent safety features as well as all the audio sophistication and digital wireless communication capability now demanded by young buyers.

A three-quarter front view of a 2010 Volkswagen GTI

Volkswagen GTI
VW's latest edition of their iconic hot hatch features the same elements that made the GTI a hit when it first arrived on American shores nearly 30 years ago—cool looks, lively handling, and fine-tuned German engineering.

A three-quarter front view of a blue 2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman ALL4

Mini Cooper S
Countryman ALL4

Looking like a shrunk-down sport utility vehicle, the four-door Mini Cooper S Countryman ALL4 offers decent cargo room and adequate space for four adults — all within a frame that is still shorter than that of the average hatchback.

A three-quarter rear view of a 2011 Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf
This zero-emissions electric vehicle, powered exclusively by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, is the first of its kind to see a large-scale commercial release in the United States.

A three-quarter front view of a red 2012 Fiat 500
Fiat 500
Featuring an ultra-efficient inline-4 and cool, Mini Cooper-inspired retro styling, this Italian-made 3-door hatchback is sure to cause a splash in the city car segment when it makes the trip stateside in late 2011.

A three-quarter front view of a white 2011 Volvo C30 R-Design

Volvo C30
Volvo's entry into the small car market is sure to catch the eye of younger buyers thanks to its cool, sporty design; however, this hatch offers more than just fun and frivolity. With great fuel economy and impressive safety features, the C30 R-Design is a smart choice for those looking for both performance and practicality.

A side view of a silver 2010 Audi A3

Audi A3
The Audi A3 is a well-equipped hatch for luxury-lovers who enjoy taking the occasional hairpin turn at break-neck speeds. While the starting price is considerably higher than your average compact and enviable options add up fast, the A3 nonetheless succeeds in proving that sporty hatchbacks aren't just for high school kids anymore.

A side view of a 2009 Mini Cooper Hardtop

Mini Cooper Hardtop
This sporty hatchback is a fun-to-drive and chic urban cruiser. Along with its athletic handling, the go-kart-like small car gets great fuel economy and sits four adults comfortably. Its optional features include sport seats, run flat tires and a panoramic sunroof.

A front view of a silver 2010 Scion xD

Scion xD
Featuring sporty exterior styling and a lengthy list of standard features, including cruise control and a digital multi-information display, the Scion xD is truly a budget car with character. Added to the hatchback's already ample amenities are a host of in-car entertainment options, making the xD the epitome of subcompact cool.

A side view of a green 2010 Nissan Cube

Nissan Cube
The boxy five-door Cube is a functional and stylish hatchback, appealing to young drivers and city dwellers with its distinctive round-angled body, roomy interior and low starting price.

A three-quarter front view of the Ford Focus Hatchback

Ford Focus Hatchback
Embraced by auto buyers for its affordability and fun, sporty demeanor, the Ford Focus Hatchback is especially at home in the city, where its small size and sharp handling make manuevering across town easy.


A side view of a 2010 BMW Z4 sDrive30i

BMW Z4 sDrive30i
Whether you're cruising down the coast or driving to your daily grind, this sporty hardtop convertible is sure to put a smile on your face. Featuring extra-responsive handling and a powerful 3.0-liter inline-6 engine, the Z4 allows you to get from point A to B in a hurry; but with a car this fun to drive, why would you want to?

A three-quarter rear view of a silver 2008 BMW 128i Convertible

BMW 128i Convertible
With the option of the sky for a roof, this sporty cabriolet can crank up to 230 horsepower, and reach speeds of 130 mph on the open road. Other features include 28 mpg with extra-urban driving, an interlocking door anchoring system and brake drying.

A three-quarter rear view of a red and silver 2008 smart fortwo passion cabriolet

smart fortwo passion cabriolet
Sharing all the features of the passion coupe, the cabriolet version adds a few more: a soft top with a heated rear glass window, an upgraded sound system and an in-dash six CD changer.


A three-quarter front view of a silver 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo
Volkswagen Beetle Turbo
With the Beetle Turbo, the iconic coupe's stock 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder is replaced by an athletic yet efficient 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4 with direct injection that boosts the well-priced coupe from 0-60 in under 7 seconds.

Hyundai Veloster
The all-new Hyundai Veloster utilizes a unique, asymmetrical three-door design aimed at maximizing passenger comfort. Of course, the best seat in the cabin still belongs to the driver, who will have a blast piloting this peppy yet fuel-efficient sport coupe.

A three-quarter rear view of a red 2012 Mini Cooper S Coupe
Mini Cooper S Coupe
Showcasing race-inspired looks and a quick, turbocharged inline-4 with direct injection to match, the Mini Cooper S Coupe trades in the English badge's trademark cute and quirky image for a sleek, sexy and — dare we say — dangerous new persona.

A three-quarter rear view of a blue 2010 Kia Forte Koup

Kia Forte Koup
Using the same platform as the Kia Forte sedan, this stylish two-door car offers a solid value in a sporty profile. Powering the five-passenger coupe is a 156-horsepower four-cylinder engine, which contributes to its 34 mpg highway fuel economy. Standard features include sport seats, power doors and windows, and Bluetooth connectivity.


A three-quarter front view of a 2013 Nissan Quest 3.5 LE

Nissan Quest 3.5 LE
Redesigned for the 2013 model year, the third-generation Nissan Quest matches a stylish exterior with a luxurious yet comfortable cabin. Decent driving behavior and a good turning radius are nice surprises, and will be especially appreciated by city drivers.


A three-quarter front view of a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid SE

Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid SE
This smart and stylish hybrid sedan balances practicality with performance, earning up to 48 mpg highway while still offering 170 horsepower and a driver-friendly ride.

A three-quarter front view of a red 2013 Dodge Dart Rallye

Dodge Dart Rallye
Combining Alfa Romeo DNA with classic Dodge craftsmanship, the Dart is a quick and hip small sedan that lives up to its name. Featuring a gas-sipping turbocharged 4-cylinder, this compact car offers spirited performance while still earning up to 39 mpg on the highway.

A three-quarter rear view of a 2013 Chevrolet Cruze Eco

Chevrolet Cruze Eco
Built on the same platform as the Chevrolet Volt, this gas-powered sedan may not receive the same hype as its hybrid cousin; however, the Cruze Eco has proven itself worthy of the consideration of fuel-conscious consumers.

A three-quarter front view of a silver 2011 Chrysler 200

Chrysler 200
After going several years without introducing any new models, Chrysler is back in business with the 200 sedan, a mid-size offering that gives similar Asian-made models a run for their money. Boasting decent power from its athletic inline-4 and sleek, luxurious looks, the 200 breathes some much needed life into the Chrysler lineup.


A front view of a 2013 Acura RDX AWD Tech

Acura RDX AWD Tech
Completely redesigned for the 2013 model year, the all-new RDX swaps out its inline-4 in favor of a powerful 3.5-liter V6 that utilizes Acura's fuel-saving Variable Cylinder Management system. A space-maximizing interior and intelligent all-wheel drive make this small SUV perfect for families on the go.

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