's $16,000 Subcompact Shootout

Gas prices are high. Americans are downsizing, and automakers are meeting these needs with a slew of new subcompact cars. along with USA Today and MotorWeek chose six recently redesigned subcompacts — and one aging one — for our latest Shootout, and they all had to be priced under $16,000. That might sound like a lot of money, but these are some the most affordable new cars you can buy.

The vehicles in the Shootout are:

  • 2012 Chevrolet Sonic
  • 2012 Ford Fiesta
  • 2012 Honda Fit
  • 2012 Hyundai Accent
  • 2012 Kia Rio
  • 2012 Nissan Versa
  • 2012 Toyota Yaris

Check out the entire Shootout to find out not only which car won the test in surprising fashion, but also which car returned the best mileage and which had the best stereo and iPod integration, and meet the real-life couple who helped us make up our minds.

$16,000 Subcompact Shootout

Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon.  Email David