The Audi A3 offers the versatility of a compact hatchback with seating for five. Power comes from a turbocharged 4-cylinder or a V6 engine. Quattro all-wheel-drive is an option.
Powered by a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder, the Chevy Aveo comes in sedan and hatchback bodystyles and features a handsome and spacious interior. The ride is comfortable, but not sporty.
Available with a choice of 4-cylinder engines, the Chevrolet HHR seats five in a spacious and versatile cabin. A two-seat panel version without rear seats is available.
The PT Cruiser combines the retro look of late-'30s American iron with modern performance, efficiency, and features. The PT Cruiser offers ample space for five passengers and their cargo.
Powered by a choice of 4-cyl. engines, the Caliber combines design elements of several classes, but trails the competition in build quality. SRT4 offers affordable performance.
The Honda Element is a utility vehicle that's designed to maximize space and hauling options in a fairly small package, with driving characteristics similar to a small sedan.
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.
The Hyundai Accent is a competent subcompact car that's big inside, sprightly underway and includes an impressive array of standard features.
Powered by a choice of 4-cylinder engines, the Mazda Mazda3 comes in sedan and hatchback bodystyles with handsome and sporty styling and excellent handling.
Powered by fuel-efficient 1.6l engines, the Mini Cooper comes in hatchback and convertible styles with, in hatchback form at least, decent space, and offers excellent handling.
The Nissan Cube is all-new for 2009. It features a uniquely styled exterior and versatile interior. It is powered by a 1.8l 4-cylinder mated to either a CVT or 6-speed manual.
Powered by a 1.8l 4-cylinder, the Nissan Versa offers seating for five with plenty of interior space for a car in this class and comes with decent handling. Safety features include multiple airbags.
The Pontiac Vibe provides seating for five passengers and ample space for their luggage and comes powered by a choice of two 4-cylinder engines. All-wheel-drive is an option.
With its boxy layout, the Scion xB offers ample space for five people and there luggage. Engine power, courtesy of a 2.4l 4-cyl., is adequate, the ride sporty, but wooden on the freeway.
Like its predecessor, the xA, the Scion xD comes well equipped, with air con, a Pioneer stereo, a full complement of power accessories, six airbags, anti-lock brakes, EBD, and brake-assist.
The smallest car available in the US, the Smart Fortwo comes powered by a 1.0l 3-cyl. engine and offers space for two passengers in hatchback and convertible bodystyles.
Powered by a 2.0L 4-cyl., the Suzuki SX4 comes in sedan and hatchback bodystyles. The SX4 sedan offers responsive handling, while the hatchback offers cargo versatility and optional AWD.
Based on the Toyota Corolla, the Matrix offers seating for five, a large trunk, a choice of 4-cylinder engines, optional all-wheel-drive, and good handling.
The Toyota Yaris is powered by a 1.5l 4-cylinder, offering solid construction, good handling, and a relatively spacious interior for up to five passengers.