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Previously Featured Best Small Cars

It certainly looks like those happy buck-per-gallon days are long gone. Heck, it looks like even the two-bucks-per-gallon days are gone. Subsequently, Americans seem to be changing their car buying habits. In recent years, the sale of vehicles with four-cylinder engines has risen dramatically, while thirsty SUVs and V8-powered cars took a sales dive. This upward spike will surely continue if consumers take to a deluge of new sub-compact cars that are flooding the market. Quality built with high feature content and loads of character, these little wonders prove that economically-friendly small cars are no longer akin to a penalty box.


Best Small Cars



The Acura ILX Hybrid, previously one of GAYOT's Top 10 Small Cars

Acura ILX Hybrid

Audi A3 Sedan

Ford Fiesta SE EcoBoost Hatch

Hyundai Accent 5-Door

Kia Forte EX

Lexus IS350 F Sport

Mazda 2 Touring

Nissan Versa Note SV


A three-quarter rear view of the Chevrolet Sonic, previously one of GAYOT's Top Small Cars

BMW 135i

Chevrolet Sonic

Ford Fiesta Sedan

Lexus IS 250

Hyundai Elantra

Kia Rio

Nissan Versa Sedan

Honda Civic Coupe


Audi A3
Hatchback

Base Price: $27,270
Engines:2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder with direct injection
MPG: 21 city, 30 highway

A side view of the Audi A3


A three-quarter front view of a green 2012 Hyundai Veloster

Hyundai Veloster
Coupe


Base Price: $17,300
Engines: 1.6-liter inline 4-cylinder with direct injection
MPG: 28 city, 40 highway


Volkswagen Eos Executive
Convertible

Base Price: $39,220
Engines:2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine with direct injection
MPG: 22 city, 30 highway

A side view of a 2012 Volkswagen Eos Executive


A three-quarter front view of a silver 2009 Nissan Versa SL

Nissan Versa Hatchback
5-Door Hatchback


Base Price: $14,480
Engines: 1.8-liter 4-cylinder
MPG: 28 city, 34 highway


Scion tC
Coupe


Base Price: $18,995
Engines: 2.5-liter 4-cylinder
MPG: 23 city, 31 highway

A side view of a silver 2009 Scion tC

A side view of a blue 2011 Kia Forte Koup SX

Kia Forte Koup
Coupe


Base Price: $19,395
Engines: 2.4-liter 4-cylinder
MPG: 23 city, 31 highway


Scion xD
5-Door Hatchback

Base Price: $14,800
Engines: 1.8-liter, 128-horsepower 4-cylinder
MPG: 27 city, 33 highway

A front view of a silver 2010 Scion xD

A side view of a white 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit

Volkswagen Rabbit
2-Door Hatchback


Base Price: $16,300
Engines: 2.5-liter DOHC 5-cylinder
MPG: 21 city, 30 highway


Chevrolet Cobalt XFE
4-Door Sedan

Base Price: $15,010
Engines: 2.2-liter, 155-horsepower VVT inline-4
MPG: 25 city, 37 highway

A three-quarter rear view of a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt XFE


A three-quarter front view of a 2007 Hyundai Elantra SE

Hyundai Elantra
4-Door Sedan


Base Price: $13,625
Engines:
2.0-liter 138 hp inline-4
MPG: 25 city, 33 highway



Honda Fit
5-Door Hatchback

Base Price: $13,850
Engines: 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder i-VTEC
MPG: 33 city, 38 highway

A three-quarter front view of a Honda Fit


A three-quarter front view of a 2008 Kia Rio

Kia Rio
4-Door Sedan and 5-Door Hatch

Base Price: $10,890
Engines: 1.6-liter 110 hp inline-4
MPG: 27 city, 32 highway



Nissan Versa
5-Door Hatchback

Base Price: $16,210
Engines: 1.8-liter, 16-valve DOHC 4-cylinder
MPG: 27 city, 33 highway

A front view of a 2007 Nissan Versa SL


A rear view of a red 2008 Chevrolet Aveo

Chevrolet Aveo
4-Door Sedan


Base Price: $12,830
Engine: 1.6-liter 103 hp inline-4
MPG: 24 city, 34 highway



Dodge Caliber
5-Door Hatchback

Base Price: $13,985
Engines:
1.8-liter 148 hp inline-4;
2.0-liter 158 hp inline-4

MPG: 26 city, 30 highway



Hyundai Accent
4-Door Sedan

Base Price: $12,455
Engines:
1.6-liter 110 hp inline-4
MPG: 32 city, 35 highway



Saturn Astra XR
3-Door Coupe

Base Price: $16,495
Engine: 1.8-liter 138 hp inline-4
MPG: 24 city, 32 highway

A three-quarter front view of a red 2008 Saturn Astra XR

A three-quarter rear view of a gray 2008 Scion xB

Scion xB
5-Door Hatchback

Base Price: $16,370
Engines: 2.4-liter 158 hp
MPG: 22 city, 28 highway

Best Small Cars




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