The list below is compiled from the data we collected on all the compact sedans we’ve tested. We tallied up how well they performed in our fuel-economy, access, cargo, and comfort tests. Then we calculated the best of the best to find out which vehicles excel in these measurements. They’re all recommended, too, which means you won’t find any cars with poor reliability, low owner satisfaction, or missing safety features.
Some of these models include our new Green Choice designation, which highlights the vehicles with the cleanest emissions. You can read more about Green Choice here.
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