Best compact cars of 2010

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Used small cars review:

You can save a motza on a late-model used car, because the first owner has already taken the biggest hit usually percent, in depreciation. Ideally, you want to be the second owner, and hang on to the car for a few years, to maximise the value you get from your motoring dollar.

We’ve picked our top five used small cars under $15, based on reliability, quality, safety, space and low running costs.

You won’t find any Euros on our list. The VW Golf, Peugeot and Holden Astra are sweet to drive, but they can also fall to bits. They’re hideously expensive to fix and to service. Trust us. There is no such thing as a cheap, reliable, European used car.

TOYOTA COROLLA
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A well-maintained Corolla Ascent or Conquest is used car gold, because chances are it will still drive like new and you’ll enjoy many years of trouble-free ownership. The litre engine, still used in the model, is frugal, uses regular unleaded and performance, with the six-speed manual or four speed auto, is reasonable.

It’s very easy to drive and park, with great vision, light, precise controls, comfortable seats and a durable, high quality interior. There’s enough back seat space to accommodate a couple of teenage kids; the sedan also has a huge boot. This Corolla also scored five ANCAP stars when fitted with seven airbags; there’s no traction or stability control on models, though.

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Model: Toyota Corolla Conquest
Engine: 4-cylinder, litre petrol, kW/Nm
Transmission: 6-speed manual or 4-speed auto, front-wheel drive
Thirst: L/km, CO2 g/km
Safety: 5 ANCAP stars
Body: 4-door sedan, 5-door hatch
Dimensions: mm (l), mm (w), mm (h), mm (wheelbase)
Tyres: /55 R16 91V, 16” alloy

Subaru Impreza 
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You’re looking at a R model hatch or a sedan, with a dour kW litre engine that prefers premium. Five-speed manual or four-speed auto transmissions. Impreza R’s standard spec sheet reads like a model: all-wheel drive, six airbags, stability control, cruise control and Data Dot identification.

Impreza sedan is a more practical, spacious kid carrier than the hatch; both were the safest small cars available in , with five star ANCAP scores. If Subarus are scheduled by the book, they’re reliable; if not, they can be temperamental. The engine will probably use a bit of oil. This doesn’t necessarily indicate a problem; Subaru says check it monthly, or every kilometres.

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Model: Subaru Impreza R model hatch
Engine: 4-cylinder, litre petrol, kW/Nm
Transmission: 5-speed manual, 4-speed sports auto, four-wheel drive
Thirst: L/km, CO2 g/km
Safety: 5 ANCAP stars
Body: 5-door hatch, 5 seats
Dimensions: mm (l), mm (w), mm (h), mm (wheelbase)
Tyres: /55 R16 89V, 16” steel

HYUNDAI I30
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Among many good things going for the i30 is the fact that if you pick up a model you’ll still have at least 12 months coverage on the car’s standard five years/unlimited kilometres factory warranty. Chances are you won’t need it, because the i30 is bulletproof, and cheap to run. Pick of the range for economy and performance is the i30 litre turbodiesel, Carsguide’s Car of the Year. The litre petrol is a strong, reliable engine too.

Hyundai was the first maker to offer full iPod connectivity as standard in an affordable car with the i The hatch was joined in by the CW wagon, which has a family-sized boot. Go for base SX spec with the optional six airbags/stability control safety pack, giving it a four star ANCAP rating.

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Model: Hyundai i30 SX
Engine: 4-cylinder, litre, kW/Nm
Transmission: 5-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Thirst: /km, CO2 g/km
Safety: 4 ANCAP stars
Body: 5-door hatch, 5 seats
Dimensions: mm (l), mm (w), mm (h), mm (wheelbase)
Tyres: /65 R15, 15” steel

MAZDA 3
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Blue-chip Japanese engineering doesn’t get any better than the Mazda3. It’s also the pick of this contest as a drive. You’re looking at a Neo Sport hatch or sedan, which should have the optional safety pack fitted. This includes six airbags and stability control. The model is a four star ANCAP scorer.

The litre four is strong, responsive and runs on regular unleaded. Handling is agile and secure and on the road the car feels solid and polished. The stylish, durable interior has ample space for four, complemented by useful boot volume. The standard equipment list is stingy in Neo Sport spec; if you’re lucky, you may find a Maxx Sport, with cruise, inch alloys and classier trim.

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Model: Mazda3 Neo Sport hatch
Engine: 4-cylinder, litre, petrol, kW/Nm
Transmission: 5-speed manual, 4-speed sports auto, front-wheel drive
Thirst: L/km, CO2 g/km
Safety: 4 ANCAP stars
Body: 5-door hatch, 4-door sedan, 5 seats
Dimensions: mm (l), mm (w), mm (h), mm (wheelbase)
Tyres: /65 R15 91V, 15” alloy

MITSUBISHI LANCER
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The Lancer was (and still is) heavily discounted when new, so you can pick up a late-model used one on the cheap: a or maybe even ES sedan or hatch (Sportback in Mitsubishi-speak). There’s nothing wrong with the big, basic Lancer except that it’s so stupendously boring. Still, in the car business, boring usually means reliable, durable and grief free, which the Lancer certainly is.

The litre petrol engine has plenty of power and goes well on regular unleaded; you can have it with a smooth, efficient CVT transmission, which works beautifully around town. Stability control is standard; seven airbags were optional on ES and standard on the model. You’ll also have plenty of coverage left on the five years/, kilometres warranty.

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Model: Mitsubishi Lancer ES
Engine: 4-cylinder, litre petrol, kW/Nm
Transmission: 5-speed manual, 6-speed CVT optional, front-wheel drive
Thirst: L/km, CO2 g/km
Safety: 4 ANCAP stars
Body: 4-door sedan, 5 seats
Dimensions: mm (l), mm (w), mm (h), mm (wheelbase)
Tyres: /60 R16 92H, 16” steel

RIVALS

Ford Focus

The Focus was engineered in Europe; ours were imported from South Africa, so quality and reliability aren’t as bankable as Japanese and Korean rivals, but a well looked after Focus is worth considering because late model ones are cheap.

Shop around and you may find a litre petrol LX sedan or hatch, with very low kilometres and a year or so left on the three years/, kilometres factory warranty.

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Model: litre petrol LX sedan or hatch
Engine:  4 Cylinder, Litre kW /Nm
Transmission: Sports Automatic, Front Wheel Drive
Body: 5 door hatch
Thirst: / Km

Honda Civic

The Civic is big sedan, with the most sophisticated, fuel efficient small car drivetrain around in , plus impeccable Honda quality, luxurious comfort and a smooth ride. So why isn’t it in the A team? No stability control or curtain airbags were available on the base VTi model, a bizarre omission only rectified in

If you can find a VTi Civic for $15,, buy it.

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Model: Honda Civic VTi sedan
Engine:  4 Cylinder, Litre kW/Nm
Transmission: Automatic, Front Wheel Drive
Body: 4 Door Sedan
Thirst: / Km

Hyundai Elantra

Like the i30 (which has the same petrol engine), there’s a five years/unlimited kilometres warranty.

So the fact that you can get into a SLX sedan for $15, means you’re basically scoring a new car at a big, fat discount.

The only major caveat here is a three star ANCAP score for the base SX; go instead for the SLX, which has six airbags as standard.

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Model: litire SLX sedan
Engine: 4 Cylinder, Litre, kW/Nm
Transmission: Manual, Front Wheel Drive
Body: 4 Door Sedan
Thirst: / Km

Kia Cerato

Shares DNA with the Hyundai Elantra, but you get a better litre engine with more power, and less geriatric styling, in sedan or hatch body styles, both family-sized. You’re looking at a S or Si model, with the same warranty as the Hyundai, so you’re still covered against any unlikely problems for a few years.

Six airbags and stability control standard on Si; four star ANCAP.

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Skoda Roomster

It’s a Volkswagen with a Czech badge, so the usual warnings apply about dubious reliability and high servicing costs, but if you want a small, perfectly-formed, five star family wagon, the eminently sensible and undeniably cute Roomster is almost irresistible.

The petrol is as slow as Tuesday, and prefers 98 octane. So you’ll spend heaps on fuel even though it doesn’t use much. Aren’t European cars wonderful?

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Model: litre
Engine: 4 Cylinder, Litre
Transmission: 5 speed manual
Body: 4 door wagon
Thirst: / Km

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Fuel Economy of Compact Cars

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Best Used Cars Under $10, For

In you could still, barely, buy a new car for under $10, That last $9, car was a stripped-down Nissan Versa, without a radio or air conditioning, so spending that sum on a used car instead was an attractive proposition. In , ten grand isn’t really enough to swing a late-model machine with a worthwhile warranty or the latest tech, but it’ll buy much more than a bottom-feeder used car. A wide range of reliable, value-packed, even fun and stylish rides can be had for $10, with careful research and patient shopping.

Using a combination of owner feedback, reliability ratings, average transaction prices and expertise from Forbes Wheels staff, we compiled a list of 20 good candidates for shoppers on a budget. To meet our criteria, we looked for cars newer than the model year and were commonly available for under $10, We prioritized newer cars, good reliability scores and low costs of ownership.

Many dealerships, even franchise dealers, stock good sub-$10, used cars, though buying older cars from private parties can stretch your dollars further. Some sellers also have detailed maintenance records to show off, which can inform your purchase.

Further complicating matters for shoppers on a budget are the soaring prices of all used vehicles in , an effect of the Covid pandemic. For that reason, some cars from our list of the Best Used Cars for $5, appear here, but buyers should be able to find very good examples of these cars for $10,

As even the most historically reliable cars suffer over time if they aren’t maintained, we also recommend a mechanical inspection before purchase. For a few more pointers, scroll down to the end of our list.

1. to Honda Fit

Why we picked it: Also the champ on our $5, used car list, the Fit’s value as a used car is as big as its proportions are small. It has an excellent reliability record and returns impressive fuel economy, up to 31 mpg combined. Though small on the outside, the Fit’s minivan-like interior makes excellent use of space. It’s noisy and buzzy on the highway but a fun car to drive, with responsive handling and a willing engine. The to model is more refined than the original version, and more fun to drive than the CVT-equipped third-generation to car, but all are good choices. A few cars as new as can be found under $10,, and lower-mileage examples of the older models abound.

Pros:

  • Reliable and cheap to run
  • Fun to drive
  • Space and fuel-efficient

Cons:

  • Noisy and small
  • Firm ride, small tires can wear quickly
  • Lack of interior amenities

2. to Mazda3

Why we picked it: The new-for second-generation Mazda3 improved reliability and rust protection over the previous model and added a little room, too. The 3 transformed again into the even sleeker and more luxurious third-generation design in With peppy four-cylinder engines and capable handling, both of these versions of 3 are reliable and fun to drive cars, although the potent to MazdaSpeed3 and higher-trim versions of the newer design may be hard to find at this price. The and newer models cost more but are worth seeking out, with nicer styling and a better reliability record. Both generations are available as a hatchback or a sedan.

Pros:

  • Sporty handling, involving performance
  • Practical available hatchback body
  • Nice interior designs

Cons:

  • Newer, sportier examples may be costly
  • Fewer features on base models
  • Grinning front end styling on to models

3. to Toyota Avalon

Why we picked it: Toyota’s biggest sedan, the conservative Avalon, is one step below a Lexus and built for comfortable, quiet motoring. While not particularly exciting to drive or look at, it shines on long road trips while returning decent mpg for a big car, and it’s a consistent reliability champ. It also earns high marks for owner satisfaction and tends to be found packed with nice features including navigation, leather upholstery and even reclining rear seats. These years cover only the third-generation Avalon, examples of which should be easy to find for $10,, but all versions make solid used cars.

Pros:

  • Dependable and safe
  • Good mpg for a large car
  • Comfortable, refined and quiet

Cons:

  • Some features can be expensive to repair
  • Not exciting to drive or look at
  • Mushy handling

4. to Toyota Prius

Why we picked it: Priuses dominate the Uber lane at the airport because the car combines roomy practicality with almost unbeatable low costs of operation. Stellar gas mileage and solid durability are baked into the package even if driving fun is not. Many have been pushed into gig driving service, but clean, low-mileage examples of both the second ( to ) and third ( to ) generation models abound. The latter have a better reliability record, but not too many newer than will be available for under $10, Replacing the Prius’ hybrid battery pack can be expensive ($2,plus), but the batteries are long-lived and replacements before , miles are quite rare.

Pros:

  • Cheap to buy and run
  • Lots of room for people and cargo
  • Very reliable

Cons:

  • Noisy on the highway
  • Boring to drive
  • Basic interior

5: to Mazda MX-5 Miata

Why we picked it: Mazda’s MX-5 Miata is, famously, the best-selling roadster of all time, and it’s an open-air joy to drive. Miatas might not seem like value-oriented used cars, but many owners take care of their vehicles and they tend to be second or even third cars, not always used for the daily grind. The third-generation or “NC” Miata debuted for and while marginally bigger and heavier than earlier versions, it also had more power, a more modern crash structure and an available retractable hardtop. These Miatas have an excellent reliability record and get high marks for owner satisfaction. The downside is that your life must fit a roadster if you want one, since there’s not much room for baggage.

Pros:

  • Good looking and fun to drive
  • Commuter car reliability
  • Available retractable hardtop

Cons:

  • Seats two, with a cubic-foot trunk
  • Not fun in winter
  • Few amenities, lots of road noise

6. to Lincoln Town Car

Why we picked it: Beneath the Town Car’s swanky exterior lurk the same rock-tough mechanical pieces as a Ford Crown Victoria police car, and both vehicles were fleet favorites for decades thanks to their reliability. The interior is a comfy, cosseting place to be, with lots of amenities and room for up to six and an enormous cubic-foot trunk. The downside is that the V8-powered, rear-wheel drive Town Car is truly huge, inches long and 4, pounds, so gas mileage and maneuverability aren’t great. Properly maintained, Town Cars can last a long time, and while they can be found for significantly less than $10,, that amount will buy some of the nicest around.

Pros:

  • Very durable
  • Lots of room and luxury
  • Powerful and quiet

Cons:

  • 15 mpg around town
  • Huge size
  • Some have seen taxi use and are best avoided

7. to Acura TSX

Why we picked it: The first-generation TSX, built from to and also seen on our $5, list, is a sharp-handling sports sedan, while it’s larger to successor is a bit more on the sedate and luxurious side. Both generations of TSX can be had for less than $10,, although finding low-mileage of the later car is more difficult at that price. The later TSX has more room for people and cargo and many more tech features, though performance is less sprightly. All are reliable and well-made cars, though none get fantastic gas mileage. Acura also introduced a TSX wagon and a V6 engine in , but both are hard to find.

Pros:

  • Good looking inside and out
  • Fun to drive
  • Premium feel and features

Cons:

  • Smallish back seat
  • Low-mileage examples hard to find
  • V6 models, wagons mostly out of price range

8. to Lincoln MKS

Why we picked it: The Ford Taurus-based Lincoln MKS was largely ignored when it was new, let down by bland styling and being a pricey domestic sedan launched into the teeth of the great recession. But yesterday’s also-ran is today’s bargain. The MKS is a luxurious car with lots of tech features, in some cases including navigation, heated and ventilated seats, and even voice commands. It’s cabin has aged very well, too. Two powerful, if thirsty, V6s are available including the twin-turbo EcoBoost, which still features in many highly-rated Lincolns. While the MKS gets decent marks for reliability, it ranks below both the Town Car and Toyota Avalon, and some items can be expensive to repair.

Pros:

  • Big, comfy, and luxurious
  • Powerful engines
  • Lots of modern technology and features

Cons:

  • Bland styling
  • Some features can be expensive to repair
  • Poor gas mileage

9. to Mercury Grand Marquis

Why we picked it: Mechanically almost identical to the Lincoln Town Car, the Grand Marquis is similarly durable, just as big, and only slightly less plush. The “GrandMa&#; was popular with retirees when it was new. Many examples are well kept, and a $10, budget will buy some of the best, and lowest-mileage, examples. The Mercury rates high for comfort, reliability and low maintenance costs, but its thirst for fuel could rival full-size pickups. This huge sedan handles better than you’d expect, but the rear-wheel drive V8 configuration isn’t great for snow or ice.

Pros:

  • Very comfortable and quiet
  • Reliable and tough
  • V8 power

Cons:

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Impractical size
  • Old car feel

to Lexus ES

Why we picked it: Lexus’ gilded sister to the Toyota Camry, all generations of the ES rate very highly as used vehicles, with excellent reliability records and a slew of JD Power awards. The fifth-generation ES was introduced in and stuck close to the established formula, with a luxurious, comfortable, quiet cabin, subdued styling and a powerful horsepower V6 engine. While short on personality, the ES promises many miles of comfortable and trouble-free motoring.

Pros:

  • Reliability beyond reproach
  • Luxurious and quiet
  • Lots of features

Cons:

  • Low-mileage cars hard to find
  • Some features can be expensive to fix
  • Forgettable design

to Toyota Camry Solara

Why we picked it: A two-door coupe and convertible version of Toyota’s Camry sedan, the Camry Solara shares many of that car’s traits, including its rep for reliability. As on the sedan, power comes from a four-cylinder or V6 engine. Both deliver decent fuel economy, and the V6 has plenty of power. The Solara isn’t as sporty or fun to drive as other coupes or convertibles, however, owing to the sedate driving experience of its parent car. The Convertible is quieter and more rigid than the first-generation model, offered from to Although the back seat is both smaller and harder to access than in the regular Camry and the Solara’s styling is in the eye of the beholder, it’s a hassle-free cruiser with low ownership costs.

Pros:

  • Comfortable and safe
  • Available as a convertible
  • Low maintenance

Cons:

  • Exaggerated styling
  • Not sporty or exciting to drive
  • Small back seat and

to Volkswagen Golf & GTI

Why we picked it: The sixth-generation Golf brought new levels of refinement and fun to the familiar hatchback, and it performed well with its gas-powered liter five-cylinder and frugal liter four-cylinder diesel engines. The latter was later at the heart of the diesel emissions scandal, but Volkswagen eventually rolled out an emissions fix for them with only a tiny loss of performance. The performance-oriented GTI improves the package with more power, sharper handling and some cosmetic upgrades inside and out. Top-spec or really perfect GTIs will cost more than $10,, however.

Pros:

  • Practical and efficient
  • Engaging and fun to drive
  • Nice, if spartan, interior

Cons:

  • Dieselgate stigma
  • GTIs may have been abused, inspect carefully
  • Base models lack features

to Honda Civic

Why we picked it: These years incorporate two generations of Civic, the swoopy, futuristic-looking to eighth generation, and the more modest to ninth-gen. The earlier cars are better looking, more fun to drive, but the newer ones have a slightly better reliability record. All of these Civics make excellent commuter cars, offering decent power, good fuel economy and low maintenance costs. Sport Si versions with more power even pack in plenty of fun. Hybrid Civics offer stellar fuel economy, but the battery pack longevity of early models is an open question.

Pros:

  • Good looking inside and out
  • Reliable and efficient
  • Sporty models and hybrids available

Cons:

  • Small back seat, especially in coupes
  • Newer models less fun to drive
  • Weird dashboard layout in earlier models

to Hyundai Azera

Why we picked it: These years incorporate both the first and second-generation Azera, which was introduced for Hyundai’s take on the Toyota Avalon formula, the Azera is a big and roomy V6-powered sedan with lots of features, including standard navigation on higher trims. Though it falls short of the Toyota overall, the Azera has high reliability ratings and owners generally consider it a very good long-term value. The original Azera is unexciting to drive and nondescript to look at, but the second-generation car is much more stylish. It is, however, harder to find lower mileage and newer models for under $10,

Pros:

  • Quiet and comfortable
  • Lots of features
  • Low cost of ownership

Cons:

  • Bland design on early models
  • Firm ride but vague handling
  • Newer models hard to find with low mileage

to Honda Insight

Why we picked it: Honda introduced the hybrid car in America with the Insight, but that little two-seater was too small for most people. In , Honda resurrected the name for a second-generation targeted at, and seemingly inspired by, the more successful Toyota Prius. This Insight is very much like the Prius in look and feel, if vaguely sportier. Their hybrid systems work differently, however, the Honda’s horsepower electric motor assisting the horsepower liter engine and not truly operating independently of it. The Insight is quite basic inside and not as fuel-miserly as the Prius, but handles a little better and is also cheaper to buy and repair.

Pros:

  • Low cost of purchase and ownership
  • Good fuel economy and cargo space
  • More involving to drive than the Prius

Cons:

  • Few amenities
  • Basic cabin, small-ish back seat
  • Slow

to Mazda6

Why we picked it: Mazda simplified the 6 lineup for the car’s second generation, deleting the performance-focused MazdaSpeed 6 as well as the wagon and hatchback models. But this second 6 is still a sporty driver by family sedan standards, powered by either a horsepower liter four-cylinder engine (Mazda6 i) or a big and strong horsepower liter V6 (Mazda6 s). The 6 does much of what family sedan buyers expect, with ample rear leg room, comfy seats and a cubic-foot trunk, while also offering sleek styling and an involving driving experience. Repair costs are generally low, and reliability high, though the V6’s fuel economy isn’t great.

Pros:

  • Stylish 
  • Comfortable interior
  • Fun to drive

Cons:

  • Base engine underpowered
  • So-so fuel economy
  • Dark, plasticky interior

to Buick Verano

Why we picked it: Too small and the wrong brand for luxury buyers when new, the Buick Verano wasn’t a big seller then but it’s a great value now. Power comes from either a horsepower liter or punchy turbocharged horsepower liter four-cylinder engine, with manual or automatic transmissions. The exterior styling isn’t much to look at, but the Verano has a comfy, well-designed cabin with plenty of room by small car standards. Some models also have nice features like heated seats. Fuel economy is so-so or a compact, and manuals may be hard to find, but it has a good reputation for reliability.

Pros:

  • Stylish and roomy interior for a small car
  • Lots of nice features
  • Available turbocharged engine, manual transmission

Cons:

  • Invisible styling
  • Mediocre fuel economy for size
  • Base models lack features

to Toyota Camry

Why we picked it: The Camry’s legendary reliability and easy-to-live-with nature made it the best-selling car in America for many years. These years cover both the sixth and seventh-generation Camry sedans, which have excellent reliability ratings and can easily be found with less than , miles on the clock for $10, Available with four-cylinder or V6 power, the Camry is practical and quiet in every respect, but not very exciting to drive or look at. It returns 25 to 28 mpg combined and ownership costs are low. The Camry Hybrid, introduced for , returns even better mpg,

Pros:

  • Famously reliable
  • Popular and easy to find in different trims
  • Low maintenance

Cons:

  • Not exciting
  • Neglected maintenance can be an issue
  • Four-cylinder and hybrid models lack power

to Volkswagen Beetle

Why we picked it: Volkswagen revived the Beetle as a modern, front-wheel drive hatchback in , but the second generation of this modern interpretation, introduced in , has a far better reliability record than the earlier one while retaining much of its retro charm. Power comes from a horsepower liter four-cylinder engine, a horsepower liter turbocharged unit, or a now-rare liter, horsepower diesel, one of the engines at the center of “dieselgate.” (See No. ) The interior is huge and comfy upfront, though back seat space is more limited, and the Beetle has a soft and cushy ride. A convertible was also offered during these years, but is harder to find at this price.

Pros:

  • Cute and stylish
  • Available convertible, turbo, and manual transmission models
  • Big and comfy front seating area

Cons:

  • Tight back seat
  • Not as practical, or as sharp a handler, as Golf
  • Lack of cargo room in convertible

to Infiniti M35

Why we picked it: A rival to the BMW 5-series, the third-generation Infiniti M-series earned lots of critical praise when it was new for its fun-to-drive handling, comfortable cabin and powerful engines. The M35’s punchy V6 is shared with many other Infiniti and Nissan models, and the car gets good marks for reliability and maintenance costs despite its complexity, though gas mileage is mediocre and some items, like headlights, are very expensive to replace. There’s also a V8 M45, but it’s pricier to both buy and run. M35’s are rear-wheel drive, but the available M35x has all-wheel drive.

Pros:

  • Fast and fun
  • Beautiful interior
  • Lots of features

Cons:

  • Mediocre gas mileage
  • Low mileage cars hard to find
  • Parts and service can be expensive

Methodology

To determine our list of the best vehicles under $10,, we cross-referenced a broad range of reliability and quality scores, evaluations by vehicle testers, thousands of long-term reports and reviews from owners and factored in our own long-term experiences with these vehicles as new and used cars. 

In addition to these criteria, the vehicle had to have average transaction prices under or near $10,, be manufactured after , and be generally available in five major geographic markets. We sampled hundreds of used car listings from Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Phoenix, and Seattle.

Older models, with fewer data points, required more evaluation or were generally left off for lack of available data. For example, the limited data available on the to Nissan Z suggests this model is a reliable used car, but there isn’t enough information to make a full-throated recommendation. Similarly, cars like the Pontiac G8 sold in numbers too small to gather enough data. In all cases, we believe that the models on our $5, car list can be found in even better condition for $10,, so some of them reappear here.

Some of the vehicles on our list come from defunct brands. In all cases, the vehicles’ manufacturers still exist and there’s generally adequate parts and service support. Defunct brands often lose value, which can make them a good buy later on, but it can also depend on the model and the manufacturer.

We focused specifically on providing maximum value and reliability for the price, prioritizing models which are known for durability and low cost of operation, but also tried hard to provide a variety of models to suit different tastes. We also left off some models due to higher-than-average recall incidents. 

Although we can generally provide guidance on which models may be the best value or the most reliable, we cannot make any guarantees about how individual cars will perform. We did the research, but we still recommend you investigate your choices further before purchase and, as indicated above, pre-purchase inspections are recommended. Theoretically, that’s easier than ever as there are now mobile mechanic services, booked via smartphone, that can come to the vehicle directly.

FAQ

Is it worth buying a year-old car?

It can be, yes. Vehicles over 10 years old are at or near the bottom of their depreciation curve, the time when a car is no longer “new,” but too young to be “classic.” It’s in this pricing valley where some of the best values can be found, but you have to be willing to shop around, inspect carefully and live without some modern features. These cars can also provide hassle-free transportation for a long time to come provided they’ve been maintained and buyers continue to invest in maintenance. That may cost some money over time, but $10, is still much cheaper than even the least-expensive brand-new cars and even most late-model certified pre-owned cars.

Does mileage matter on used cars? What’s more important, age or mileage?

Both mileage and age matter, but how a vehicle has been maintained matters more. 

The older a vehicle is, the more its component parts may age and the more difficult it can be to get spare parts for, though mainstream brand cars shouldn’t have too many difficulties. The higher mileage a vehicle has, the more mechanical wear it has, which might mean replacing parts sooner or a series of expenses as components wear out. 

In the s, cars were commonly thought to be worn out after , miles or 10 years, but improved quality standards have greatly extended the lifespan of vehicles since then. The average car in the United States is now nearly 12 years old and fully one-quarter of the cars are over 16 years old. It’s common now to see quality used cars with over , miles, but typically below , to , Several vehicles on our list, including the Lincoln Town Car and Toyota Prius, were fleet favorites when new and can rack up very high odometer readings.

Proper maintenance and careful use are more important than mileage or age. The average vehicle is driven 12, miles a year throughout its lifespan, but many vehicles see much lighter demand than that. A low-mileage car that hasn’t been maintained properly or has sat idle for a long time might pose more problems than a higher-mileage vehicle that has been fastidiously maintained. Where possible, ask previous owners for maintenance records and seek a pre-purchase mechanical inspection.

Should I get a mechanic to inspect a used car?

Yes. Ideally, you may already have a relationship with a mechanic you know, but if not, there are many services available that perform pre-purchase inspections. Ideally, this inspection should contain a test drive over different types of roads with bumps or broken pavement and a run up to highway speeds to test the vehicle in all conditions. Adding a mechanical inspection might be socially awkward if the seller is reluctant and will likely cost you $, but it’s money well spent. Note that even the best mechanics might not be able to discover every possible issue, but they can help you spot obvious signs of neglect.

What’s the best place to buy a used car under $10,?

The best option is buying from a private party, and such listings are most often found in places like Craigslist, OfferUp, or Facebook Marketplace, but at this price point many dealers, even franchise new-vehicle stores, also stock good choices.

Buying from a dealer can mean a limited warranty, but those guarantees are not likely to be very comprehensive or long on older vehicles. Individual people don’t have to worry about the cost of a car lot or pay detailers to make their inventory shiny, so those costs are not factored into the asking price, which may help stretch your buying power. owners also tend to have maintenance records and at least some history on the vehicle, which most used-car retailers won’t. Many used cars are bought at wholesale auctions, and there’s little information included with them.

I’ve worked in automotive, aviation and marine media for more than a decade and reported on buying, selling and servicing cars for multiple industry publications, including Automotive News and WardsAuto. I also write about classic cars and love telling the stories of the people, trends and culture behind them. I’m a lifelong enthusiast who’s owned and worked on scores of vehicles—from s Fiats and MGs to modern day machinery. Follow me on Instagram at @oldmotors and on Twitter at @SportZagato.

Updated: May 17,

Sours: https://www.forbes.com/wheels/advice/best-used-cars-under/
Compact Car Battle!! (Best Motoring 2010)
Base MsrpAwards Honda Accord

"EX Automatic Coupe"

2, deals out of 20, Used Honda Accord

KBB Best Resale Value (MidSize Car); Consumer Reports Best Used Cars; Car and Driver 10Best Cars

Honda CR-V

"EX 2WD"

1, deals out of 16, Used Honda CR-V

KBB Best Resale Value Top 10; Consumer Reports Best Used Cars; KBB Best Resale Value (Compact Utility Vehicle)

Toyota Prius

"5dr HB III (Natl)"

deals out of 3, Used Toyota Prius

KBB Best Resale Value (Hybrid Car); Consumer Reports Best Used Cars; KBB Best Resale Value Top 10

Audi A5

"2dr Cabriolet Auto quattro Premium"

deals out of 1, Used Audi A5

KBB Best Resale Value Top 10; KBB Best Resale Value (Luxury Car)

Ford Fusion

"4dr Sedan Hybrid FWD"

1, deals out of 15, Used Ford Fusion

Consumer Reports Best Used Cars; Motor Trend Car of the Year

Honda Fit

"Automatic"

deals out of 2, Used Honda Fit

Car and Driver 10Best Cars; Consumer Reports Best Used Cars

Mazda Mazda3

"4dr Sedan Auto i Sport"

deals out of 4, Used Mazda Mazda3

Car and Driver 10Best Cars; Consumer Reports Best Used Cars

Mazda Mx-5 Miata

"2dr Convertible Auto Grand Touring"

deals out of 1, Used Mazda MX-5 Miata

Consumer Reports Best Used Cars; Car and Driver 10Best Cars

Mini Cooper Clubman

"Cooper"

65 deals out of Used MINI Cooper Clubman

KBB Best Resale Value Top 10; KBB Best Resale Value (Compact Car)

Toyota Highlander

"FWD 4dr L4 Base (Natl)"

1, deals out of 10, Used Toyota Highlander

KBB Best Resale Value (MidSize Utility Vehicle); Consumer Reports Best Used Cars

Toyota Rav4

"4WD 4dr 4-cyl 4-Spd AT Ltd (Natl)"

1, deals out of 13, Used Toyota RAV4

KBB Best Resale Value Top 10; Consumer Reports Best Used Cars

Toyota Tacoma

"2WD Access Cab Standard Bed I4 Automatic (Natl)"

2, deals out of 17, Used Toyota Tacoma

KBB Best Resale Value (MidSize Pickup); KBB Best Resale Value Top 10

Acura RDX

"AWD"

deals out of 3, Used Acura RDX

Consumer Reports Best Used Cars

Acura TSX

"Automatic"

deals out of Used Acura TSX

Consumer Reports Best Used Cars

Honda Civic

"DX Automatic Coupe"

2, deals out of 19, Used Honda Civic

Consumer Reports Best Used Cars

Honda Civic Hybrid

"CVT Hybrid Sedan"

61 deals out of Used Honda Civic Hybrid

Consumer Reports Best Used Cars

Hyundai Tucson

"AWD 4dr I4 Auto GLS"

deals out of 7, Used Hyundai Tucson

Consumer Reports Best Used Cars

Kia Sportage

"2WD 4dr I4 Auto LX"

deals out of 5, Used Kia Sportage

Consumer Reports Best Used Cars

Mazda Mazda6

"4dr Sedan Auto i Grand Touring"

deals out of 2, Used Mazda Mazda6

Consumer Reports Best Used Cars

Mercury Milan

"4dr Sedan FWD"

54 deals out of Used Mercury Milan

Consumer Reports Best Used Cars

Mitsubishi Outlander

"2WD 4dr ES"

deals out of 2, Used Mitsubishi Outlander

Consumer Reports Best Used Cars

Nissan Altima

"2dr Coupe I4 CVT S"

2, deals out of 19, Used Nissan Altima

Consumer Reports Best Used Cars

Nissan Rogue

"AWD 4dr S"

1, deals out of 16, Used Nissan Rogue

Consumer Reports Best Used Cars

Pontiac Vibe

"Vibe L"

58 deals out of Used Pontiac Vibe

Consumer Reports Best Used Cars

Scion TC

"2dr HB Auto (GS)"

deals out of Used Scion tC

Consumer Reports Best Used Cars

Scion XB

"5dr Wagon Auto (GS)"

deals out of Used Scion xB

Consumer Reports Best Used Cars

Subaru Forester

"X Automatic"

deals out of 5, Used Subaru Forester

Consumer Reports Best Used Cars

Subaru Impreza

" 4-Door Automatic GT"

deals out of 3, Used Subaru Impreza

Consumer Reports Best Used Cars

Subaru Outback

"i Automatic"

deals out of 6, Used Subaru Outback

Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year

Suzuki SX4

"4dr Sedan CVT LE Popular FWD"

10 deals out of 50 Used Suzuki SX4

Consumer Reports Best Used Cars

Toyota 4runner

"RWD 4dr L4 SR5 (Natl)"

1, deals out of 11, Used Toyota 4Runner

Consumer Reports Best Used Cars

Toyota Camry

"4dr Sedan I4 Auto LE (Natl)"

2, deals out of 19, Used Toyota Camry

Consumer Reports Best Used Cars

Toyota Camry Hybrid

"4dr Sedan (Natl)"

deals out of 1, Used Toyota Camry Hybrid

Consumer Reports Best Used Cars

Toyota Corolla

"4dr Sedan Auto LE (Natl)"

1, deals out of 16, Used Toyota Corolla

Consumer Reports Best Used Cars

Toyota Matrix

"5dr Wagon Auto FWD (Natl)"

66 deals out of Used Toyota Matrix

Consumer Reports Best Used Cars

Volkswagen Gti

"2dr HB DSG"

deals out of Used Volkswagen GTI

Car and Driver 10Best Cars

Sours: https://www.iseecars.com/cars/topcylinder-cars

2010 best compact cars of

Are you in the market for a new car or truck? Now you can see what we at Car and Driver would choose to drive if we were shopping for new wheels today. We conducted rigorous instrumented testing and editorial evaluation of hundreds of model-year vehicles, including all the Editors' Choice picks and their competitors.

These alphabetical lists aren’t static. We will adjust our rankings continuously to reflect the merits of new vehicles as they come on the market, providing a real-time look at what we consider to the top entries in any given market segment. To that end, you may notice that we’ve marked several vehicles as Ones to Watch. Those are vehicles we have yet to either fully test or directly compare against the competition, but that we feel show a lot of promise.

Winners are chosen based on three criteria: practicality, value, and driver satisfaction, and they highlight our editors’ favorite rides in 20 vehicle categories, ranging from small cars to family sedans to exotic sports cars—and more. Click on a vehicle name below to go directly to our comprehensive Buyer’s Guide, where you can get full specs, pricing, capsule reviews, and more on every vehicle chosen as a Car and Driver Editors' Choice.




SMALL CARS

Honda Civic

Honda Fit

Mazda 3

Nissan Versa

Volkswagen Golf


FUEL SIPPERS

Ford Fusion hybrid

Honda Fit

Honda Insight

Toyota Prius

Volkswagen Jetta TDI




ENTRY LUXURY

Acura TSX

Audi A4

BMW 3-series

Cadillac CTS

Infiniti G37


PREMIUM COUPES

Audi R8

BMW M3

Maserati GranTurismo

Porsche Cayman

Porsche

LUXURY SUVs

Acura MDX

Audi Q5

BMW X5

Land Rover Range Rover

Mercedes-Benz GL-class

SPORTS SEDANS

BMW M3

Cadillac CTS-V

Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG

Porsche Panamera

SPORTS CARS

Audi TTS

Chevrolet Corvette

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Nissan Z

Porsche Boxster

SUPERCARS

Bugatti Veyron

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Ferrari Italia

Ferrari GTB Fiorano

Lamborghini Gallardo LP

LUXURY SEDANS

Audi A6

BMW 5-series

BMW 7-series

Mercedes-Benz S-class

Porsche Panamera

One to Watch: Infiniti M ()




FAMILY SEDANS

Chevrolet Malibu

Honda Accord

Ford Fusion

Mazda 6

One to Watch: Hyundai Sonata ()


SPORTS SEDANS

BMW M3

Cadillac CTS-V

Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG

Porsche Panamera

ENTRY LUXURY

Acura TSX

Audi A4

BMW 3-series

Cadillac CTS

Infiniti G37

LARGE SEDANS

Buick LaCrosse

Chrysler

Hyundai Genesis

Toyota Avalon

One to Watch: Kia Cadenza ()

LUXURY SEDANS

Audi A6

BMW 5-series

BMW 7-series

Mercedes-Benz S-class

Porsche Panamera

One to Watch: Infiniti M ()




PERFORMANCE COMPACTS

BMW 1-series

Chevrolet Cobalt SS

Mazdaspeed 3

Subaru Impreza WRX

Volkswagen GTI


CONVERTIBLES

Audi A5/S5

BMW 1-series

BMW 3-series/M3

Ford Mustang

Mercedes-Benz SL-class

AMERICAN MUSCLE

Cadillac CTS-V

Chevrolet Camaro

Dodge Challenger SRT8

Ford Mustang GT

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

SPORTS CARS

Audi TTS

Chevrolet Corvette

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Nissan Z

Porsche Boxster

SPORTS SEDANS

BMW M3

Cadillac CTS-V

Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG

Porsche Panamera

PREMIUM COUPES

Audi R8

BMW M3

Maserati GranTurismo

Porsche Cayman

Porsche

TRACK STARS

Chevrolet Cobalt SS

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR

Lotus Elise/Exige

Nissan GT-R

SUPERCARS

Bugatti Veyron

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Ferrari GTB Fiorano

Ferrari Italia

Lamborghini Gallardo LP




SMALL SUVs

Chevrolet Equinox

Honda CR-V

Subaru Forester

Toyota RAV4

Volkswagen Tiguan


MID-SIZE SUVs

Honda Pilot

Hyundai Santa Fe

Mazda CX-9

Nissan Murano

One to Watch: Jeep Grand Cherokee ()

LARGE SUVs

Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban

Ford Expedition/EL

Ford Flex

Nissan Armada

Toyota Sequoia

LUXURY SUVs

Acura MDX

Audi Q5

BMW X5

Land Rover Range Rover

Mercedes-Benz GL-class

PICKUPS

Chevrolet Silverado

Dodge Ram

Ford F

Honda Ridgeline

Nissan Titan

VANS

Ford Transit Connect

Honda Odyssey

Mazda 5

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Toyota Sienna

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Compact Car Battle!! (Best Motoring 2010)

The Best Small Cars For

The Best Small Compacts For Both The City & The Highway

In a world where SUVs roam the freeways, and CUVs are the newest car styling that is gaining traction, there is a still a place for the friendly, efficient small car. With technology as advanced as as it is, many of these compact and sub-compact cars can rival much larger vehicles in terms of power-to-weight, and are often much more nimble and fun to drive.

And that&#;s nothing compared to the relative ease with which small cars can squeeze into parking spots, something quite important in the modern urban jungle.

While there are a plethora of small cars available out there in the wild, there are naturally some that rise to the top and stand out, be it for features, value, performance, or a combination of all three.

 mazda 3 sedan

1. Mazda 3 Sedan

Important Info

  • Base Price:$22,$32,
  • Updates: Minor
  • mph: sec
  • Fuel Economy: City mpg / Hwy mpg
  • Basic Warranty:3 years / 36, miles
  • Our Rating: /10

Our Thoughts: Pros & Cons

Summary: A sharp sedan with a hatchback twin that loves to live in the city. Easily the best small sedan you can buy in

Pros: Upgraded design language over previous generations, premium feeling interior at a bargain price, excellent engine options

Cons: Some blind spot issues on the hatchback, road noise at freeway speeds is prevalent

The Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback models have been challenging the small car segment for a while now, with incremental upgrades added each model refresh. Now in its fourth generation, the venerable little car has finally unseated its Japanese rival in the Honda Civic as the quintessential recommended buy.

While not as fast as its predecessors, Mazda&#;s KODO design language of making cars &#;human-centric&#; has meant that the car is an absolute blast to drive. It is light on its feet, agile, with just enough road feel to be communicative but not uncomfortable.

Power comes from three excellent, efficient engines: a L inline-four with HP, a L inline-four with HP, and that same L engine with a turbo that puts out a gutsy HP.

As well, an all-wheel-drive version of the higher spec Premium, Turbo, and Turbo Premium Plus models is coming in mid While the Honda Civic is still a better selling car, Mazda has definitely focused its attention and is starting to steal away some market share.

 Kia Rio5

2. Kia Rio5

Important Info

  • Base Price: $16,
  • Updates: Unchanged
  • mph: sec
  • Fuel Economy: City 33 mpg / Hwy 41 mpg
  • Basic Warranty: 10 years / , miles
  • Our Rating: /10

Our Thoughts: Pros & Cons

Summary: The Kia Rio5 is exactly what a small city hatchback should be. Easy to drive, extremely effiecient, well equipped for a great price

Pros: Sporty styling, large-for-its-size hatchback room, comfortably seats 4 full adults for carpooling

Cons: Engine can bog a little in lower revs, road and wind noise can be intrusive above 60 MPH

Out of left field, Kia has quietly and constantly introducing better and better versions of their cars ever since the big turnaround the company did in the late &#;s. Instead of the laughing stock cheap cars, many competitors struggle to equip their cars as well as the Rio5 is and keep a straight face on the price.

Featuring a gutsy little L inline-four, the Kia Rio5 puts out HP. That may not sound like much, but the littlest Kia is a lightweight at 2, lbs. It was designed in South Korea, a country with packed cities and tight streets to navigate, and that translates across the Pacific excellently to places such as Los Angeles and New York.

Add to that an extremely well appointed feature set. Two stage heated front seats, 7 inch touchscreen infotaiment system with rearview camera as standard, remote keyless entry, a variable 6-speed automatic transmission that is nearly telepathic in its shift points, and cubic feet of space in the hatch&#; with the rear seats up!

A nice chunky, thick steering wheel also makes the car feel a lot more premium than a budget car should. Add to that the in-city fuel efficiency of 33 MPG, paired with a 12 gallon fuel tank, and you can realistically drive the little Rio5 for almost miles between fill-ups.

And all of that starting at a whisker under $17,!

 Honda Civic Sedan

3. Honda Civic

Important Info

  • Base Price: $21,$38,
  • Updates: Unchanged
  • mph: sec
  • Fuel Economy: City mpg / Hwy mpg
  • Basic Warranty:3 years / 36, miles
  • Our Rating: /10

Our Thoughts: Pros & Cons

Summary: The Civic may not be the prettiest, fastest, or most special of the Honda lineup, but it is still a workhorse and, with the Type-R, a warrior

Pros: Sharp styling, interior design by people that understand what drivers want and need to see, monstrously powerful turbocharged models available

Cons: Cheap plastics on lower-priced models, rear-seat headroom on the coupes is non-existent

It wouldn&#;t be a proper small car list without putting the venerable, reliable Honda Civic somewhere near the top. For almost 50 years, Honda&#;s best selling car of all time has carried millions of people to millions of destinations, and due to the fact that the car is known to be almost completely bulletproof, even in the used market, it is still the go-to first car for many something&#;s with their first post-college jobs.

If you just need a car, Honda has your back. For $21,, you can get a sedan or coupe that will get you from point A to B without fail. HP from a L inline-four is also enough to haul around friends and family efficiently, as this engine gets 32 MPG in city. A L turbocharged engine is available for the higher specs of the base coupe or sedan if you need a bit more grunt, and it puts out a respectable HP.

However, if you want to kick things up a notch, the Civic Si coupe is becoming with a HP engine paired with adaptive dampers and a 6-speed manual to get your heart beating a little faster. And if you truly want to have the best sports hatch under $40,, the Civic Type-R is ready to rip your face off with HP and a monstrous lbs-ft of torque, while staying comfortable above the 20 MPG mark that denotes &#;efficient&#; from &#;excess.&#;

There&#;s a reason Honda seemingly can&#;t build the Civic models fast enough&#; they have a version for everyone, and everyone has a favorite Civic.

 Hyundai Veloster

4. Hyundai Veloster

Important Info

  • Base Price: $18,$27,
  • Updates: Unchanged
  • mph: sec
  • Fuel Economy: City mpg / Hwy mpg
  • Basic Warranty:5 years / 60, miles
  • Our Rating: /10

Our Thoughts: Pros & Cons

Summary: At one time thought quirky and weird, the Veloster, through sheer driving feel, is now seen as a viable and fun small car

Pros: Small on the outside but huge inside, excellent hatchback cargo space, an absolute blast to drive

Cons: The 3 main door setup can be awkward in tight parking lots, some cheap feeling plastics in the cabin around the center stack area on lower specs

The Hyundai Veloster is an example of perseverance by a company that knows they have a great small car to sell. The first model generations available in the US unfortunately were mocked for having their jutting lower bumper spitter and some odd styling around the air intake. That changed in when Hyundai, after a few years back at the drawing board, brought forth a sharp, exciting shape that completely reversed opinions.

With that refresh also came a more powerful base engine, a HP L engine that is more than enough for the tiny car. However, Hyundai realized that Americans can, at times, be a bit power hungry, so for just $5k more than base price, a turbocharged L engine produces HP and smashes a grin onto the face of anyone that puts their foot to the floor in it.

The Veloster keeps getting better, with a whopping 20 cubic feet of cargo space in its hatch with the rear seats up. It will comfortably seat two adults up front, although if you&#;re taller than 6&#;2&#;, the rear seats can be a bit of a squeeze, and are only accessible from the right side of the car.

A variety of transmissions are available, from an excellent dynamic 6 speed automatic, a 7 speed DCT dual clutch semi-automatic, and a snappy, great feeling 6 speed manual.

And, if you want to experience what Hyundai&#;s racing division can do to a Veloster, for $27,, you can get yourself a Veloster N, a HP L turbocharged weapon that carves a curved line through physics with its superb handling. It&#;s the perfect Office on Friday, Racetrack on Saturday car for the responsible adult with that little kid inside of them.

 VW Jetta

5. Volkswagen Jetta

Important Info

  • Base Price: $20,$27,
  • Updates: Unchanged
  • mph: sec
  • Fuel Economy: City mpg / Hwy mpg
  • Basic Warranty: 4 years / 50, miles
  • Our Rating: /10

Our Thoughts: Pros & Cons

Summary: A breath of fresh German air in a segment that can feel a bit plastic at times.

Pros: Comfortable near-premium interior, refined driving dynamics, unassuming but still stands out

Cons: Lower spec models can be lacking in features, with a lot of the impressive driver aids reserved for the high-end.

Volkswagen has had a rough few years. Dieselgate dropped customer opinion of the company from industry leading to under the gutter. However, VW is making a concerted effort to bring customers back with great driving, well priced cars that feel like they should be another $10k more expensive.

The Jetta fits neatly into this dynamic. A hugely effiicient L turbocharged inline-four powers the car. HP may not seem all that impressive, but it&#;s the torque figure of lbs-ft that raises eyebrows.

A small grin will creep onto the face of any driver that feels the undeniable grunt of all that torque spooling in a under 2, rpm. It&#;s the magic of what the &#;s Golfs, Rabbits, and Sciroccos did so superbly well, taking an otherwise slow car and making it feel like you were driving a racecar built for the street.

The only downside is that if you are coming to the Jetta wanting a lot of features at the lower priced end of things, you will leave disappointed. You are realistically looking at $24k or more to get all the fancy features and driver aids, and that&#;s why the Jetta cannot compete with the likes of Kia and Mazda with their generous all-features lower price models.

 Toyota Corolla

6. Toyota Corolla

Important Info

  • Base Price: $19, &#; $25,
  • Updates: Mild update
  • mph: + sec
  • Fuel Economy: City mpg / Hwy mpg
  • Basic Warranty: 3 years / 36, miles
  • Our Rating: /10

Our Thoughts: Pros & Cons

Summary: The Corolla remains as the best option for a moderate hybrid small car, with excellent range and comfortable driving

Pros: Excellent design with a low-drag body, multiple excellent standard features, sedan has great back seat room

Cons: Engine noise can enter the cabin, not as fun to drive as other rivals on this list

Toyota was all about building economical cars with little inspiration for the longest time. In fact, it was the Toyota Corolla of the early &#;s that helped cement the term &#;econo-box&#; into popular culture, due to it&#;s boxy design despite having a decent engine.

Flash forwards to , and Toyota is one of the leading hybrid technology manufacturers in the world. In the Corolla, this means that while the HP L inline-four is enough to power the car on its own, it does cruise extremely well on the freeway. The highlight is in stop-and-go traffic such as on a commute, where the hybrid electric engine handles light to light movement, with the engine only kicking in when the batteries start to get low.

As well, Toyota has mildly upgraded the shape of the Corolla, in both the sedan and hatchback models. It&#;s now more slippery through the air, reducing drag and boosting efficiency, so much so that the hybrid sedan can push over 50 MPG in both the city and the highway.

Other models in the range have the option of a HP L inline-four that pairs with either a CVT or, for a mild asking price, a 6 speed long ratio manual.

The only true downsides is that despite Toyota being known for building some of the best sports cars of all time, the Corolla is muted and numb when driving. It&#;s more of a get-to-where-you-are-going car instead of a have-fun-along-the-way car. That said, there is no denying that the Corolla is a great small car for the big city, and with the hybrid model, even a bit healthy on the planet and the wallet.

 

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