It is always a good idea to check out some of the best compact car deals when looking for a smaller car.


A Guide to the Best Rated Compact Cars Of 2017 and Why They are Best

A Guide to the Best Compact Cars Of 2017 and Why They are Best

When searching for a smaller car, you will want to find out the best price compact car deals and what makes certain cars the best rated compact cars, so here is a list that will help.


Honda Civic

The Honda Civic has an MSRP of around $19K - 27K and provides the choice of a 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a 174-horsepower, 1.5-liter turbo four paired with a six speed manual transmission - there is also the CVT version. On the hatchback version there is a standard turbo, but there is also a Sport version you can choose that comes in at 180 horsepower. With its smooth ride and handling, this is an excellent choice on getting a best price compact car deal.


Mazda's Best Compact Car Deals - Mazda 3

The Mazda 3 from Mazda gives you the entire package when it comes to dynamic styling and a good price. You have the choice of a sedan or a hatchback style of body, and the standard is a 155-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with six speed automatic transmission or a 184-horsepower, 2.5-liter engine. It has great handling and an awesome look, and there are plenty of options such as heated seats, navigation, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition. This one has an MSRP of around $18K - $25K. This model recently had an upgrade and repackage so that it has more safety equipment and even has reduced inside noise.


Chevrolet Cruz

Chevrolet Cruz

The Chevy Cruz is one of the best compact car deals. It has an MSRP of around $17K to almost $25K and has either a 1.89-liter four-cylinder engine or a turbo that is a 1.4-liter four-cylinder. You can get either a six speed automatic or manual. This one also comes in a hatchback or sedan and offers features such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which comes with a 7.0-inch touchscreen. Another standard feature is the 4G LTE WiFi hotspot. It has a larger car feel to it which makes it perfect for long trips, and the quiet interior is another bonus.


Dodge Dart

The Dodge Dart starts at around $18K and features a standard 160-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with front wheel drive and six speed manual transmission. You also have the option of a 2.4-liter and 2.0 engine where a six speed automatic transmission is available. It gets up to 35mpg on the highway, and the top speed is 127. One of the many features you can choose is the 8.4-inch touchscreen. The trims that are available are the Turbo, SXT Sport, and GT Sport. This one definitely has a sporty look to it even though it's a sedan in structure. One of the nice features is the intuitive UConnect information center that has an 8.4-inch screen and is easy to use.


Ford Focus

The Ford Focus has an MSRP of between $17K and $24K and gets up to 34mpg on the highway. The standard is the 160-horsepower engine with 2.0-liter four-cylinder, although there is the optional 123-horsepower, 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine for those who really want a smaller, more economical car and don't want a lot of horsepower. This optional engine is built specifically for fuel efficiency, and you can get it with the automatic or manual transmission. There is an Eco Boost version where you can get fog lamps, bigger wheels, LED lighting, and rear disc brakes. Of course, as with any optional package of extras, this one will cost a little more, at around $895 extra, but you really will not notice the difference in price in buying a new car, and those extras are pretty sweet


Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Elantra

The Hyundai Elantra gets up to 36mpg on the highway and sells for approximately $17K to $24K. This one gives you the option of being fuel efficient and economical, or fast. The starting engine is a six speed manual or automatic transmission with 147 horsepower. However, if you are looking for something a little sportier, the Hyundai Elantra has the Elantra Sport, which boasts a more powerful 201-horsepower, turbo four, and this one comes with exclusive wheels in 18 inches. Options include extras such as heated seats, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay, and there are quite a few safety features you can opt for such as the lane keeping assist and the automatic emergency braking.


Hyundai Veloster

The Hyundai Veloster comes in at around $18K and gets up to 33mpg on the highway. The base model does not have a lot of power with a 132-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, but there is the Turbo style which has a more respectable 201 horsepower and six speed manual with the option of a seven speed dual clutch. The look of this car is a little different from the norm - the asymmetric doors are quite unique and if you choose the Rally edition you get options such as the carbon fiber trim, 18-inch wheels, matte blue paint, anti-roll bars, and a revised rear and front fascias. You can also choose from an array of options that include leather seats, push button ignition, a 450-watt stereo system, electroluminescent gauge cluster, and a few Rally specific things like floor mats and a badge. This one has one of the sportier looks out there.

All of these smaller cars were features in Car and Driver's top list of best small cars, and each one brings something to the table when it comes to fuel efficiency, price, and options to choose from. There are many reasons for choosing a smaller car, not least to save money on fuel and also to help the environment.