2007-10 Hyundai Elantra

Elantras match any class rival for refinement, space, and comfort. Hyundai's compact sedan also beats most of them for safety with standard front side airbags, curtain side airbags, and ABS. A [...]

2001-05 Honda Civic

Civic has long been tops for small-car refinement and driving fun, and the current generation shapes up as the best one yet. With its fine reliability records, Honda's solidly built subcompact is [...]

2006-11 Honda Civic

Dynamically, Civic matches the class-leading Volkswagen Jetta and Mazda 3. That's high praise, even if the Honda isn't quite as substantial feeling as the Jetta; or, except for the Si, quite as [...]

1990-92 Geo Prizm

A high comfort level, for the subcompact league, puts Prizms just below Honda's Civic for all-around appeal...

1993-97 Geo Prizm

Few small cars are more polished than a Prizm, or as well-constructed. We rank it right alongside the Toyota Corolla and Honda's Civic as top subcompacts...

1991-96 Ford Escort

With Escort you get plenty of practical value. Though the Escort can't match a Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla for refinement, it does give the impression of true quality in the subcompact field...

2000-04 Ford Focus

Less refined than a class-leading Honda Civic and not as polished as the more conservative Toyota Corolla, the Focus offers more room, style, and body types than any competitor. Despite timid [...]

1995-05 Chevrolet Cavalier

Compared with its most natural rival, the sportier-natured Dodge/Plymouth Neon, the refined Cavalier puts comfort and utility ahead of performance and style. All told, however, it doesn't match [...]

1998-02 Chevrolet Prizm

Prizm is--to put it directly--among the best small cars on the market. New or used, Prizm basically comes across as a lower-cost Corolla, which has been outselling Chevrolet's subcompact by [...]

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