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Best Small & Compact Cars | CarMax

Smaller, compact cars can be a practical option for many buyers, including singles, couples, and even some smaller families. Not only do small cars tend appeal to those looking for less stops at the gas pump, but they have a reputation for easy handling and maneuverability.

Check out our list of the best small and compact cars based on CarMax sales data from January 1, 2018, through April 30, 2018.

  1. Nissan Sentra
    Best Small & Compact Cars: Nissan Sentra | CarMax
  2. Hyundai Elantra
    Best Small & Compact Cars: Hyundai Elantra | CarMax
  3. Toyota Corolla
    Best Small & Compact Cars: Toyota Corolla | CarMax
  4. Honda Civic
    Best Small & Compact Cars: Honda Civic | CarMax
  5. Chevrolet Cruze
    Best Small & Compact Cars: Chevrolet Cruze | CarMax
  6. Nissan Versa
    Best Small & Compact Cars: Nissan Versa | CarMax
  7. Ford Focus
    Best Small & Compact Cars: Ford Focus | CarMax
  8. Kia Soul
    Best Small & Compact Cars: Kia Soul | CarMax
  9. Mazda Mazda3
    Best Small & Compact Cars: Mazda Mazda3 | CarMax
  10. Kia Forte
    Best Small & Compact Cars: Kia Forte | CarMax

This list of best ranked small and compact cars is a great place to begin your next vehicle search. Whether you're looking for something compact and sporty (like the Mazda Mazda3) or something a little more practical (like the Ford Focus or Chevrolet Cruze), there are plenty of options worth checking out.

If you are shopping around for the best used compact cars, you may be surprised by some of the features and amenities available. Some small cars offer goodies like turbocharged engines, rearview cameras, premium sound systems and impressive infotainment technology. You’ll even find that some can still offer you the head room, leg room, and cargo space you need.

Are any of these small cars calling your name for a test drive? We can help.

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