Shopper’s Guide to Popular Compact Cars

When searching for a compact sedan or hatchback, most shoppers are looking for a good value, strong fuel-efficiency and a roomy interior. The four top-selling compacts offer those qualities in spades. The Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sentra and Chevrolet Cruze all come in a variety of trim lines ranging from basic to sporty and luxurious. Today’s compacts can be equipped with the latest infotainment and advanced safety features.

Generally compact cars will have a louder and busier ride and narrower interior than larger and more expensive mid-size counterparts, however compact cars will achieve superior gas mileage and fit more easily into parking spots. When shopping for any vehicle, Third Auto recommends test driving multiple vehicles within the class to find the best fit for your individual needs.

We’ve compiled a comprehensive review of America’s most-popular compact cars below. See the pros, cons, best color combination, safety score and more in our full reviews. Sift through the clutter and make shopping for a compact car simple by using our straightforward reviews as a guide to find the best vehicle for you.

2018 Honda Civic

2018 Honda Civic, priced from  $18,840. Read Third Auto’s Full Review.

2018 Toyota Corolla

2018 Toyota Corolla, priced from  $18,550. Read Third Auto’s Full Review

2018 Nissan Sentra

2018 Nissan Sentra, priced from $16,990, Read Third Auto’s Full Review.

2018 Chevrolet Cruze

2018 Chevrolet Cruze, priced from $16,975, Read Third Auto’s Full Review.

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