Most reliable compact car 2018

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The sales of compact cars have been on a downward spiral for a couple of years now, ever since the market’s focus has turned towards crossover SUVs. The rate of sales for 2017 was lower by almost 4% compared to 2016 and, by all accounts, it has continued to drop throughout 2018. It was down by 10.1% in the first quarter of 2018 and by 13.1% in the second quarter of the year. Most of the models on this list have been affected by this move of the customer base towards crossovers and other types of SUVs, but this doesn’t mean compact cars will be completely replaced by bigger, somewhat more practical cars, that fast. That’s because all the cars on this list come with their own advantages in terms of technology, safety, fuel efficiency and space for passengers and luggage inside.

Honda Civic

The original Civic from the mid-‘70s was one of the first Japanese cars to really be accepted by the American car buyer and, as such, became one of the first Japanese imports to really rock the American establishment. Now, 40 years on, the Honda Civic remains a top seller in the compact car segment, although its sales figures have been going down due to the continuous surge of the SUVs. With that being said, the Civic stood as the best-selling compact car in the U.S. midway through 2018.

The tenth-generation Civic comes with larger exterior proportions and more aggressive styling than the previous generation thanks to the bigger air vents at the front and the elongated headlights.

The stimulating appearance is backed by many engine options that are more on the juicy side than you may expect. Even the basic 2.0-liter four-pot of the standard sedan packs almost 160 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque while the hatchback is available with a 174 horsepower turbocharged unit. The Civic is also strong when it comes to the tech it incorporates, most notably the Honda Sensing package which, for an added $1,000, includes lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. The interior itself is roomier than on the ninth generation model although the car lacks on the infotainment side of things. It comes with a small center stack screen, and there still are some connectivity issues with some mobile devices, although the Civic is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The 2018 model year Civic is also one of the more expensive models in this list but boasts upwards of 42 mpg depending on trim level.

Read our full review on the 2018 Honda Civic

Volkswagen Golf

The unassuming Golf has slowly morphed into a more premium-feeling choice in the compact class as the years rolled by, and Volkswagen relentlessly tried to improve their small car. Undoubtedly, the Golf is one of the best small cars money can buy, although it’s not as popular in the U.S. as it is in Europe.

The Mk. 7 Golf, in its mid-life facelift guise, is a familiar-looking car.

Nothing dramatic goes on in the design department, but nothing is in any way wrong with the way this car looks either.

With prices starting at just over $20,000, Volkswagen stays true to its name. The Golf is affordable, but that doesn’t mean you will get a bare car for that money. Volkswagen packs the Golf with an attractive infotainment system which you can control via the dashboard-mounted touch-screen display. The new Discover Pro interface is an improvement, and you’ll find out that it has a voice control function as well.

The Golf’s exterior proportions belie its roominess inside. There’s enough space for five adults and the total cargo space surpasses 22 cubic-feet. A smooth suspension gives that premium feeling and, as expected, the car gets acceptable fuel mileage with an average of 30.5 mpg with either the 5-speed manual or the 6-speed automatic coupled to the basic engine.

Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen Golf

Toyota Corolla

The Corolla was, for many years on the trot, the best selling car in its class. Now, however, it has been surpassed by the Civic with barely 150,000 units sold in the first half of 2018, a 10% decrease compared to the same period of 2017. Still, the Corolla is an enduring crowd favorite. 2018 saw the release of the twelfth Corolla generation, codenamed E210, but the E170 is going for one more model year as we speak.

The Corolla benefitted from a facelift in 2016 for the 2017 model year which enlarged the mouth up front even more, if that was even conceivable, and changed the existing outboard air vents with some triangular ones which spawn a character line that climbs upwards and nearly meets with the headlights.

It’s not a standout through its looks alone, but a Corolla never relied on its appearance to sell.

Instead, the Corolla tempts you with an extremely affordable base price, the L trim level with the 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine coming with an MSRP of just $18,600. It has a 3-year (36,000 miles) basic warranty and a 32 mpg average fuel consumption. However, this basic engine only develops 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque which isn’t much, but it only has to move from A to B 2,900 pounds, not much for a modern car. It’s also safe and well-made, as you’ve come to expect from Toyota, although build quality inside isn’t enviable.

Read our full review on the 2018 Toyota Corolla

Mazda 3

Mazda prides itself with having some of the prettiest cars on the market today, and that’s arguably spot on. You can thank Mazda’s current design language, ‘Soul of Motion,’ for that. The car is easily distinguishable thanks to its generous chrome-framed grille and the chiseled lights up front.

But the Mazda is an interesting proposition, in either sedan or hatchback body style, for more than just the refined aesthetics. The basic Sport models have an MSRP of just $19,345 for the hatchback or $19,145 for the sedan. For that kind of money you get a 6-speed transmission, be it automatic or manual, and an inline-four engine with a 31 mpg combined fuel economy to brag about. It develops 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque which is a bit more than what a Corolla delivers but the Mazdas are also heavier by some 600 pounds.

The sedan only offers 12.4 cubic feet of cargo space while the hatchback has almost eight cubic feet of room on top of that.

It’s hard to deny that the three is one of the best small cars in terms of design, but Mazda also puts together really sturdy cars with great maneuverability. Also, if you afford the extra dollars, you can have your 3 with the Bose sound system coupled with the Mazda Connect infotainment control center and a potent 2.5-liter engine which develops 184 horsepower for a 0 to 62 mph time of under 8 seconds.

Read our full review on the 2018 Mazda 3

Kia Forte

The Forte isn’t named like that to deceive you; it really is a car that delivers on your expectations. Its looks are decidedly Kia with those swooping headlights and the narrow grille with black elements.

It’s not boring-looking like the Corolla, but you won’t see it winning a beauty contest any time soon.

The Forte is a well-made car. So well-made that the NHTSA awarded it a 5-star rating after putting it through their crash testing procedure. That’s because you can have a Forte with a blind spot monitor, lane departure warning, lane keeping assistance, and cross-traffic alert. Not all of those systems come as standard, but they aren’t particularly costly additions. The basic LX Forte is powered by a 2.0-liter 147 horsepower four-pot, but there’s also a turbocharged 1.6-liter option only available on the hatchbacks with develops 201 horsepower if more oomph is what you’re looking for.

The roominess of the interior is another strong point of the Forte, as pleonastic as it may sound, as is the intuitive UVO infotainment system. Kia also uses better materials inside than Toyota and, in some places, even Honda, but the suspension is a bit on the stiff side, and it can get noisy inside on those bumpy back roads.

Read our full review on the 2018 Kia Forte

Hyundai Elantra GT

The Elantra is an aggressive-looking little thing thanks to its gaping mouth and triangular headlights. The 2017 redesign helps the car leap ahead some of its more dull rivals in the segment. The GT body style, otherwise known as hatchback in non-Hyundai talk, comes with a higher base MSRP than the sedan, but that’s expected as it’s the case with most manufacturers. The standard engine is Hyundai’s trusty 2.0-liter, but you can also equip your Elantra GT with the turbocharged 1.6-liter with 201 horsepower ready to deploy.

You can get a four-door hatchback with the 2.0-liter engine coupled to a 6-speed manual transmission for $19,350, and you’ll have 162 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque buzzing under the hood.

The GT has almost ten more cubic feet of cargo space inside compared to the sedan, totaling 24.9 cubic-feet.

The basic models come with the Blind Spot Monitoring system from the get-go as well as remote keyless entry and remote tire pressure indicator on the instrument cluster.

The car’s spacious on the inside for its five passengers as well and Hyundai was careful not to pack the Elantra with tacky plastics. As for drawbacks, give yourself time to adapt to the slower-than-usual 7-speed automated manual transmission and the car’s tendency to become a bit loose at the back when traveling at high speeds.

Read our full review on the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

Nissan Sentra

The 5-year-old Sentra may be getting a bit long in the tooth, but it’s a cheap option in the compact car market. The standard S trim level with a manual will set you back just $16,990, over $1,000 less than if you are to opt for the same trim level but with a CVT transmission. The CVT version is also slower than the manual one.

While you may peek at the SR Turbo and Nismo Sentras for a minute, it’s worth pointing out that the jump in price (almost $9,000) isn’t justifiable and you should take a good strong look at the basic model. That’s because, as of this model year, it comes with a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, more than one USB ports, automatic headlights, and a radar-based automatic emergency braking system.

The Sentra is also welcoming on the inside and can easily house five adults and all of their luggage with its 15. cubic-feet of cargo capacity – almost range-topping among the compact sedans.

The Sentra is also a good buy when it comes to safety since Nissan’s compact car was rated as ‘Good’ after undergoing the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests. This means that the Sentra made it on the IIHS’s Top Safety Picks list for 2018. Undeniably, a part in this success was played by the standard pre-collision braking system.

Read our full review on the 2018 Nissan Sentra

Ford Focus

The outgoing Ford Focus has lived a highly respectable life on American soil; there’s nothing to deny that. However, Ford still felt that they were fighting a losing battle against the imports and subsequently pulled the plug on the whole car range in the United States, aside from the Mustang. That means that you can’t find a new Ford for that much longer and it’s not a car that you should easily overlook – it still sold 75,000 units in the first half of 2018.

The Focus, which is shifting between its third and fourth generations, has been a mainstay in the compact car market ever since its introduction back in the ‘90s.

The modern Focus, while it’s still around, is a comfortable car, at least for those seating in the front seats. It has the Sync 3 infotainment system installed that offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. The upper-trim SEL and Titanium models come with an 8-inch center screen, but the basic model gets a screen only half as big. But even the base model features voice control, a USB port, and a rearview camera.

However, you’ll have to find almost $7,000 on top of what you pay for the basic Focus S if you want the Titanium trim level with the Titanium Technology package, which includes blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. As far as engines go, you get to choose between the Ecoboost 1.0-liter unit and the 2.0-liter one – besides the electric Focus. The former boasts 34 mpg combined, but the latter has almost 40 more horsepower. It depends on what you’re looking for in a compact car.

Read our full review on the 2019 Ford Focus

Subaru Impreza

The Impreza is available as both a sedan and a hatchback and, obviously, all-wheel-drive is standard across the range. The basic Impreza comes with a 2.0-liter flat-four engine which develops 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. Combined fuel consumption is around 31-32 mpg but don’t take these numbers at face value. The cheapest option is the basic trim level with the 5-speed manual transmission, which is actually less noisy than the CVT one which adds $1,000 to the MSRP.

The Impreza, being one of the larger cars in the compact segment, offers plenty of space inside and, while the materials used aren’t of class-topping quality, the car is well insulated.

The car features coherent road-holding thanks to the efficient brakes which bring the Impreza to a standstill from 60 mph in just 121 feet and the suspension which smoothens the ride. If you can, you should go for the optional EyeSight package, which offers an Advanced Driver Assist System. Thankfully, the Impreza has returned to some more sensible styling after a few years of lackluster exterior design.

Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru Impreza

Chevrolet Cruze

The Cruze was updated end-to-end two years ago and, last year, the hatchback version arrived. There’s no denying that the Cruze still looks fresh and it’s also the only car in this list to feature a turbocharged diesel engine as an option.

The Cruze, like the Golf, also has some premium aspirations and that is particularly noticeable inside the cabin where you won’t find dubious plastics from Chevys of old and leather upholstery is optional.

The Cruze is also strong when it comes to crash management, receiving five stars out of 5 from the NHTSA thanks in part to the blind-spot monitors, rear cross traffic alerts, automatic high-beam headlights, forward collision alerts, and active lane control systems.

The basic Cruze L comes with the highly functional MyLink infotainment system which operates via 7-inch display. You also get Bluetooth and a rear-view camera with the L trim level. The ride quality is good but don’t expect a particularly exciting experience inside a Cruze – you’d probably buy one for the fuel efficiency anyway. That’s where the diesel comes in. It has a combined fuel economy of 37 mpg.

Read our full review on the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze

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If you’re shopping for a new compact or subcompact car, you’ll be looking at some of the most affordable vehicles on the U.S. market. However, purchase price won’t matter much if the car is unreliable or expensive to maintain.

That’s where Consumer Reports reliability ratings help. After sending out surveys to vehicle owners and compiling testing data, the nonprofit weighs in on the real-world dependability of each car. For 2018, well-known models such as Ford Focus, Nissan Sentra, and Volkswagen Jetta fell short.

Altogether, only three compact and one subcompact cars landed top reliability scores. (A handful of others rated above average.) Here are the six most reliable small cars of 2018.

6. Nissan Versa

  • Predicted reliability: Above-average

It’s hard to find anything good to say about the Nissan Versa, but Consumer Reports did acknowledge strong predicted reliability. That came from owner feedback and past performance, though there is minimal detailed information to work with.

As for owner satisfaction or drive experience, Versa couldn’t score worse. Anyone who’s gotten behind the wheel of this car knows what a chore driving it can be. However, you can’t ignore Versa’s bargain price ($12,310) and solid reliability.

5. Kia Forte

  • Predicted reliability: Above-average

The 2018 Kia Forte is only one of five small cars to land the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award for the year. On top of that honor, Consumer Reports named it one of the most reliable cars in the compact class.

Overall, there’s hardly anything that suggests this car will give you trouble. (Over the past four years, only in-car entertainment and fit/finish did.) At a starting price of $16,800, you can do much worse.

4. Toyota Yaris iA

2017 Toyota Yaris iA
  • Predicted reliability: The best

Only one subcompact car landed a top reliability score for 2018, and it’s the Toyota iA. Actually a former Scion car built on the Mazda2 platform, this model features excellent fuel economy.

Though Consumer Reports doesn’t have detailed data on this one, earlier scores from this vehicle afford it the benefit of the doubt. It starts at $15,950.

3. Mazda3

Profile view of gray Mazda3
  • Predicted reliability: The best

In the compact class, Mazda3 ($18,095) was a standout yet again. For the seventh straight year, this well-reviewed model landed the top reliability score.

The only minor trouble the 3 gave owners in recent years came from the infotainment system. Otherwise, mechanical reliability has been near perfect. For these reasons (and the Mazda3’s drive experience), owner satisfaction scores remained high.

2. Hyundai Elantra

  • Predicted reliability: The best

On the reliability front, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra landed the top score for the third straight year. That was impressive for several reasons.

For starters, Elantra got a redesign in 2017. Normally, that leads Consumer Reports to expect diminished reliability. (If you’re wondering why, check out Tesla’s growing pains in this department.)

Meanwhile, only a few other cars came close. Owners reported zero trouble spots for the past two years.

1. Toyota Corolla

  • Predicted reliability: The best

As the top-rated compact car, people come to expect stellar reliability from the Toyota Corolla ($18,700). In fact, this model has actually improved in recent years. Owners gave it the highest possible score in every area Consumer Reports asked for feedback.

So will the Corolla excite you? Probably not, but we doubt anyone buys it for that reason. As far as dependability and practicality go, good luck finding something that tops a Corolla.

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Although efficiency has been the buzz word in the auto world these past few years, there’s simply never enough when it comes to saving. Compact cars are still most people’s best bet for that. Electric cars haven’t peaked in their development yet, and they’re often more expensive to begin with. There’s also always seemingly a problem with the charging infrastructure for plug-ins. Even hybrids are often the wrong answer, so which compacts are the best deals? More specifically, what are the best compact cars 2018 will have to offer?

It’s never easy to answer this type of a question. Especially since most 2018 year models are yet to be evaluated. However, considering their predecessors’ reputation and reliability, overall value for money, and build quality – we’re able to at least give you some suggestions on the matter. Consider it a point in the right direction of sorts. So, without further ado – here are some of our picks for the best compact cars we’ll see in 2018. We’ll also include a few subcompacts. Why not go all the way when we’re already going small, right? Bear in mind that we haven’t included any crossovers, though – compact or not.

If you’re arriving here late, you can always jump ahead to our list of Best 2020 Compact Cars.

The Best 2018 Compact Cars You Can Buy

Chevrolet Cruze

After receiving a substantial mid-cycle facelift in 2016 and new hatchback and turbo diesel options in 2017, the Chevrolet Cruze carries over into 2018 without any major changes. The Bow Tie brand’s compact is a decent car with one of the best fuel economy ratings in its class. The standard 153-horsepower 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder is slow to accelerate but returns 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway if paired with the automatic transmission. The manual transmission lowers combined ratings by two points (29/38 mpg). Although pricey, the 137-horsepower 1.6L turbodiesel further increases the Cruze’s fuel efficiency. Manual diesel sedans are good for as much as 37 mpg in the city and 52 mpg on the highway. Moreover, hatchbacks too can now be had with the oil burner – a feat new for 2018.

Apart from saving on fuel, the Chevy Cruze falls into that sweet affordable compact price range. Depending on the build and options, it costs between $17,000 and $26,000. It also offers a host of available tech features which its competitors usually lack. Goodies such as a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Not to mention, the 24 cubic feet of boot space (47 cubes with the rear seat folded). All in all, the Chevrolet Cruze is always a fine choice for a prospective compact car buyer. Especially if they tend to spend more time on highways.

Compact Cars 2018 - Chevrolet Cruze Front 3/4

Hyundai Elantra

Ever since the sixth generation Elantra debuted in 2015, Hyundai’s compact has been among the best choices the segment has to offer. Elantra won’t be winning any trophies, but it’s right there with the best of them in almost every category there is. For starters, it’s rather spacious for a compact – especially the hatchback Elantra GT which offers 24.9 cubic feet of cargo space or 55.4 cubes with the rear seat folded down. Then, there is the vast array of available amenities to consider, though base models are rather spartan. Finally, the Elantra offers a choice between performance and economy thanks to its trio of engines.

You won’t get much out of the base 2.0L 4-cylinder, at least in terms of performance. The 147-horsepower mill, however, returns as much as 29/38 mpg with the auto transmission. Eco models benefit from a 128-horsepower 1.4L turbo four engine which is rated at 32/40 mpg. It’s only available with the dual-clutch transmission. Finally, for those who don’t put the emphasis on efficiency, there’s a more powerful 1.6L turbocharged four-banger available for the Sport trim package. It develops 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, and returns 26/33 mpg. The good news for 2018 is that the Elantra GT hatchback has been fully redesigned.

Compact Cars 2018 - Hyundai Elantra Hatchback Front 3/4

Ford Focus ST

Although a fine car by an established manufacturer, the Ford Focus fails to beat its competitors in pretty much every segment there is. Furthermore, the Focus suffers from extremely cramped rear seat space and mediocre reliability scores at best. The Ford Focus ST, on the other hand, counters conventional models’ shortcomings with plenty of power under the hood and fun driving dynamics. Although it’s only available in hatchback form and starts from $25,000, the Focus ST is well-worth the extra cost – especially considering all the extras that come with it.

The Focus ST’s huge plus over its competitors comes courtesy of its 2.0L EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine, which delivers as much as 252 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. With 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, the EcoBoost is rather thirsty for a family compact, however. Still, the Focus ST’s lightning quick reflexes, fun ride, and a host of tech features fitting for a top tier car are what tips the scales in the Blue Oval’s favor. The Ford Focus ST can be a great choice for those in need of a nimble and quick-accelerating city car. Moreover, with all the extra power it possesses, highway cruising will never pose a problem.

Compact Cars 2018 - Ford Focus ST Front 3/4

Honda Fit

Honda has had a reputation for reliability for a long time now, so it’s only fitting that their compact with a fitting name makes the list of best compact cars of 2018. Technically speaking, the Honda Fit isn’t even a compact – it’s a B-segment subcompact car. Regardless of its small size, the Fit still manages to create ample room for cargo thanks to its magic seat folding capability. Even rear passengers will be able to relax without worrying about cramped legroom.

The Honda Fit fails to impress in the performance category, however. The 1.5L 4-cylinder is only good for 130 hp with the 6-speed manual and 128 hp with the CVT. The automatic is especially slow to accelerate, but it compensates with fuel economy ratings of 31/36 mpg (33/40 mpg with base LX models). Then again, the manual isn’t that far off either, being rated at 29/36 mpg. Speaking of base LX models, for $16,000 they’re practically a steal. Apart from better fuel economy, they come with standard hill-start assist and a rearview camera. The sport trim starting from $17,500 is all new for 2018, while the EX and EX-L continue where they’ve left off.

Compact Cars 2018 - Honda Fit Front

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Just like the Ford Focus, the Volkswagen Golf, too, suffers from inadequate reliability scores. While the conventional Golf lineup still packs a healthy punch, it’s the $25,000 performance version that wins the day. The top of the line Golf R is also there – but like the Focus RS – it’s way too pricey. The GTI’s 2.0L turbo four develops 227 horsepower in its base S trim and returns fuel economy ratings of 25/34 mpg. For $28,000, $31,000 and $34,000 you can also get the Sport, SE and Autobahn trims, respectively. These will generate between 230 and 245 ponies.

Another plus for the German is its first class cargo volume. There’s room for 23 cubes of cargo in the trunk alone, while folding of the rear seat frees up as much as 53 cubic feet. Athletic handling comes in pair with grippier seats that can hold their own in sharp corners. As it’s usually the case with German cars, advanced safety equipment comes at a premium. However, the Golf earns a five-star safety rating in its base form according to NHTSA. Even in its base form, the Volkswagen Golf stands out as one of the most fun hatchbacks out there. The hot-hatch GTI version only serves to add more fun to the mix.

Compact Cars 2018 - Volkswagen Golf GTI

Toyota Corolla

The best-selling car of all time wouldn’t have made the reputation that it now has by being mediocre. Throughout its life, the Toyota Corolla has always been reliable and offered good value for money. Truth be told – the 2018 Toyota Corolla probably isn’t in the top ten of all time Corollas, but it’s still one of the best compact cars 2018 has to offer. Great reliability rating, very good gas mileage and spot on pricing are Corolla’s advantages. Moreover, Toyota also sells the iM hatchback Corolla which has more premium feel about it and sports a more sophisticated suspension underneath.

The Corolla’s biggest issue is likely its anemic powertrain with a basically mandatory CVT gearbox. The 1.8L 4-cylinder gets 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque throughout most of the lineup. Eco models add 8 horsepower, while the iM hatchback adds 5 ponies – both at the expense of 2 lb-ft of torque. Only the hatch and equivalent SE trim sedan offer the optional 6-speed manual transmission that lowers CVT’s 28/36 mpg by a single point in both categories. Other than that, the Corolla perfectly fits that distinctive compact family car description. It’s nimble, affordable, efficient, has surprisingly good safety ratings and just enough tech features to make you feel comfortable.

Compact Cars 2018 - Toyota Corolla

Chevrolet Bolt

The Chevrolet Bolt is one of the most pleasant surprises in the compact car world. Its 238 miles of electric range have helped it win the coveted 2017 North American Car of the Year award along the way. Although having to hide its large 60 kWh lithium-ion battery and 200-horsepower electric motor, the Bolt still manages to offer surprisingly adequate interior space. It’s definitely larger than it looks like and offers an abundance of tech gear. But that was to be expected from a car that starts from $37,500 before the Federal tax rebate (around $30,000 after refunds). It’s still pricier than its competitors but should return on investment rather quickly with all the fuel savings.

The Bolt’s main issues are poor interior material quality and slow charging times. The Bolt requires around 9 hours for a full charge via 240-volt Level 2 charging stations. Rapid charging, of course, costs extra, but even that takes a while. Yet, 30 minutes for 90 miles of range is more than adequate for everyday needs around the city. As an all-electric car, Chevrolet Bolt is still a niche choice, despite all of its plus sides. One day, when GM, Tesla and other automakers decide to address the issue of horrendous fast-charging infrastructure, future Chevy Bolts will likely sit at the top of their class.

Compact Cars 2018 - Chevrolet Bolt Hatchback

Honda Civic

The Honda Civic has consistently been ranked as one of the best compacts for years now. Tenth generation models debuted in 2016 while the hatchback arrived a year later, and the 2018 model year examples are finally complete without any updates. What stands out as their defining attribute is likely the best ride quality in the class. The base 158-horsepower 2.0L 4-cylinder does the job for everyday commuters, but an optional 174-horsepower 1.5L turbo four fares even better. Plus it’s more efficient – 32/42 mpg compared to the larger engine’s 31/40 mpg with the CVT gearbox. In fact, the 2.0L engine’s only advantage is its lower cost.

Apart from a perky four-cylinder which significantly upgrades the Civic’s ride, Honda’s compact offers an above-average safety record with advanced tech like the adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, and forward-collision warning now available on all trim levels including the base LX. Furthermore, there’s also plenty of space in the cabin. The Civic beats most of its rivals by offering 112.9 cubic feet of space. The hatchback builds on that by adding 25.7 cubes of cargo space behind the rear seat. With the seat folded, free space increases to 46.2 cubic feet. All in all, the Honda Civic is rightfully among the best compact cars 2018 is bringing our way.

Compact Cars 2018 - Honda Civic

Kia Soul

Although technically a subcompact crossover, the Kia Soul is hatchback-y and petite enough to make our list. There just aren’t that many differences between other compact cars and the slightly more elevated Kia – a statement that’s valid for most of the Soul’s defining segments. For starters, the Soul gets two engines in three tunes and trim levels. A 2.0L 4-cylinder with 161 horsepower sits in the mid-range, while a 1.6L four-banger flanks it from both sides. Entry-level models get a naturally aspirated version good for 130 horsepower while top-tier models benefit from a turbocharger which raises the output to 201 horsepower. All trims also get a gearbox of their own. Base models start with a 6-speed manual, mid-range Plus models get the 6-speed auto and finally, the top-tier Exclaim gets the 7-speed dual-clutch.

The Soul’s boxy body and ride height have a detrimental impact on the compact’s fuel economy, however. Most models get 25/30 mpg with the exception of top models which get an additional point in both city and highway categories. The Kia Soul’s exquisite styling doesn’t negatively impact available cargo space, though. A 24.2 cubic-foot trunk doesn’t sound like much, but fold the rear seat down and watch that figure soar to 61.3 cubes. On the minus side, the Kia Soul has yet to offer any advanced safety feature as standard with even a rearview camera being an expensive upgrade.

Compact Cars 2018 - Kia Soul

Mazda 3

One can argue that it’s a matter of preference and taste, but there certainly aren’t that many better-looking compacts than the Mazda 3. What’s more, this Japanese compact beats most of its competitors with interior styling and refinement as well. 20.2 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seat raised and 47.1 cubes with it lowered (for hatchbacks), aren’t exactly segment-leading figures, though. Still, the comfortable and refined interior is further complemented by the Mazda 3’s great safety ratings and abundance of available advanced active safety tech.

The 155-horsepower 2.0L 4-cylinder found in base models is a fine option already. Especially since it can be ordered with both the 6-speed manual and auto. Yet, its fuel economy of 28/37 mpg isn’t exactly the best. A more athletic 184-horsepower 2.5L 4-cylinder drops the figures to as low as 25/29 mpg with the manual. However, it simultaneously raises the fun level, although we don’t have the figures to prove that – you’ll just have to believe us. As of the 2018 model year, a 2.5L Skyactiv engine is standard with all but the base model. For between $18,000 and $24,000, the Mazda 3 isn’t only one of the best compact cars 2018 has to offer, it’s one of the best choices on the market – period.

Compact Cars 2018 - Mazda 3

Nikola Potrebić
About Nikola Potrebić

Despite driving a piece of junk, Nikola still manages to survive the harrowing experience called "A road trip in a Yugo," day in, day out. On the other hand, precious few things move him as muscle cars do. Especially those from the bygone golden era, which makes him wonder why wasn't he born a few decades earlier? Well, at least he's been given the opportunity to enjoy the likes of the Pontiak Aztek, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Fiat Multipla, and other lovely millennials, right? Come to think of it, I'll stick with my Yugo. Thank you very much!

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I saw his cock. He was huge and Dima grinned seeing how I ran my gaze over this garbage and my eyes got tanned. He said "do you want?" the answer was clear and he gave me his cock fully armed.

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Mother-in-law calmly put a glass on him and said: -Well, now pee. -With some difficulty, I relaxed and gave a jet. She hit the bottom of the glass and began to flow partially along the wall, partially along the barrel and eggs directly into the toilet and gurgled. Merrily there.

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After all, it shakes out of the blue. When he put on his shoes, he fell to the floor altogether. There is no person in such a state to let go. I offered him to lie down on the sofa in the hall, to sleep a little.

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