The Chevy Sonic is available in sedan and hatchback bodystyles that offer seating for five and combine responsive handling with good gas mileage from 4-cylinder engines driving the front wheels.
The Ford Fiesta comes powered by a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder offering adequate power and good fuel economy. With seating for 5, the Fiesta features comfortable seats and sporty handling.
The Honda Fit is one of the most versatile vehicles in its class, thanks to its "magic" rear seats. It is powered by a willing 1.5-liter 4-cylinder and offers excellent handling. An EV model is available.
The Hyundai Accent is a competent subcompact car that is big inside, sprightly underway and includes an impressive array of standard features.
The Scion iQ is a focussed city car with four seats that works well in densely populated areas. Powered by a 1.3-liter engine, the Scion iQ provides decent acceleration but lacks sportiness.