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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.