HISTORICALLY known as cars for those who want basic transportation, subcompacts now offer impressive interior space and surprising features. If you’re looking for a car that is small but great on gas and easy to park, then you should own new exciting subcompact cars now—which are also known as city cars.
The American term for an automobile, subcompact car is a class size smaller than a compact car usually not exceeding 165 inches (4,191mm) in length, but larger than a mircrocar. These cars have been around for about 40 years now in the US.
Known as city car and supermini in British technology, subcompacts belong to the A-segment and B-segment classification.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency classified a passenger car as subcompact if it has between 85 cubic feet (2,407 L) and 99 cu ft (2,803 L) of interior volume.
Tips on buying subcompact cars
If you’re considering buying this type of car, here are some tips to consider.
Before, subcompact cars denote cheap, stripped-to-the basics econoboxes. Now they come with a host of features that were not even offered in the segment 10 years ago, with surprising levels of refinement and exciting amenities.
Though a bit more expensive now because of added comfort and convenience, some of these cars are still considered affordable vehicles on the road.
Subcompact cars usually have very small engines, leading to increased fuel efficiency and lower emissions. Many of these cars are classified as low- or even zero-emissions vehicles.
These cars would be also be perfect for someone in or coming out of college, or those who are young professionals.
For those on a budget, most subcompact cars are inexpensive to buy. They provide excellent fuel economy and some are roomier than expected. Most come either as a hatchback or a sedan, so you can choose to have more flexible cargo space or the security of a trunk.
These cars are easy to park and maneuver through traffic. The best ones are also relatively quiet, fun to drive and packed with the latest features.
Cars in this class include Mitsubishi Mirage, Honda Jazz, Mazda2, Nissan Almera, Toyota Yaris, Ford Fiesta and Chevy Sonic.