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Best Small & Compact Cars | CarMax

When it comes to buying a used car, bigger doesn't always mean better. Small and compact cars are some of the most popular vehicles on the road. Smaller cars are often easier to drive and are especially accommodating when navigating congested parking lots. Current generations of these cars are packed with standard features that used to be a compact car's dream. No matter what features you're after in a small car, you'll be able to find them in this list of best-selling models.

To help with your search, we've compiled a list of the 10 best small and compact cars for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax vehicle sales data from May 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019.

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

Whether it's the available diesel engine of the Chevrolet Cruze (all model years) or the surprisingly spacious back seat of the Nissan Sentra, there is a compact car for just about every taste and lifestyle. The latest tech has found its way into the cars on this list as well, such as standard Apple CarPlay® on the 2016 and newer Honda Civic.

If you're looking for something compact and sporty (like the Mazda Mazda3) or something a little more practical like the Ford Focus, there are plenty of classic options worth checking out.

Topping our list is the Honda Civic. 2017-2019 Civic models offer standard features like Bluetooth® connectivity, a rearview camera, automatic climate control, and adaptive cruise control. Every car on this list of the 10 best small and compact cars is sure to impress. Check out each one to see which one best fits your needs.

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