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Small in size, big on practicality.

Best Hatchback Cars | CarMax

Are you looking for a car that's small and compact on the outside but spacious and roomy on the inside? Check out the hatchback, it delivers a compact-car driving experience with midsize-car interior space, giving you room to pack extra luggage for that upcoming road trip.

To help you on your search, we've compiled a list of the 10 best hatchback cars for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax vehicle and sales data from August 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020. Please note that some of the vehicles on this list are also available as non-hatchbacks, so make sure to check the specific model years and trim level to ensure that you are getting the version that best suits your needs.

  1. Toyota Prius
    Best Hatchback Cars: Toyota Prius C | CarMax
  2. Subaru Impreza
    Best Hatchback Cars: Subaru Impreza | CarMax
  3. Honda Fit
    Best Hatchback Cars: Honda Fit | CarMax
  4. Mini Cooper
    Best Hatchback Cars: Mini Cooper | CarMax
  5. Chevrolet Volt
    Best Hatchback Cars: Chevrolet Volt | CarMax
  6. Fiat 500
    Best Hatchback Cars: Fiat 500 C | CarMax
  7. Hyundai Veloster
    Best Hatchback Cars: Hyundai Veloster | CarMax
  8. Volkswagen Beetle
    Best Hatchback Cars: Volkswagen Beetle | CarMax
  9. Chevrolet Spark
    Best Hatchback Cars: Chevrolet Spark | CarMax
  10. Nissan Versa Note
    Best Hatchback Cars: Nissan Versa Note | CarMax

This list of the 10 best hatchbacks shows that can get tons of space in a small package. And the variety across these cars is impressive as well, giving you lots of options to choose from.

If you want to have a little fun, take a look at the Mini Cooper, Fiat 500, Hyundai Veloster, and Subaru Impreza. Each can be found in a hot hatchback body style (all model years from 2017) that offers plenty of power and performance in a practical package. And with the Impreza hatchback, you can also expect AWD which is standard across all model years.

If you are looking to go further between fill-ups, the Prius is always a strong contender. For 2019, you can choose from a variety of trim levels, including the recently debuted AWD-e model. The 2019 Eco trim delivers an EPA-estimated 56 mpg combined, and there is even a plug-in hybrid Prius Prime available from model years 2017-2019.1

Speaking of plug-in hybrid options, the Chevrolet Volt is also a great choice if you're looking for something that fits your green-conscious lifestyle.

Practicality and fun don't have to be mutually exclusive when you're driving a hatchback. The roomy trunk and the option to fold seats flat for extra space is a feature that can be found all across our list. So check out these choices and find the hatchback that's right for you.

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1 Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
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