CARS.COM — If you think the compact sedan class is full of stale, humdrum economy sedans, it’s time to bring you up to speed. Many model-year 2017 compacts offer heaps of style and technology for less than you think. While these sedans may not be the current hot ticket like small SUVs, there’s still a lot to like in this class, such as the latest crash avoidance technology, smartphone integration and even all-wheel drive if you look in the right place.
The 2017 Compact Sedan Challenge
Results | Safety Features
Each sedan we tested had to cost less than $23,000 with destination fee, have an EPA combined rating of 31 mpg with an automatic transmission and offer more than 91 cubic feet of interior volume. Contenders were the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze, 2017 Honda Civic, 2017 Hyundai Elantra, 2017 Kia Forte, 2017 Mazda3, 2017 Subaru Impreza, 2017 Toyota Corolla and 2017 Volkswagen Jetta.
Our judges for this Challenge were:
- Mike Hanley, Cars.com senior editor
- Kelsey Mays, Cars.com senior editor
- Fred Meier, Cars.com Washington, D.C., bureau chief
- Two in-market shoppers: Mary and J.D. Moore; Mary, 24, is a content creation specialist, and J.D., 24, is a digital marketing specialist. Mary drives a Pontiac Vibe and J.D. drives a 2009 Mazda3.
You can see how we conducted testing below the results. Here’s how the sedans finished:
8 2017 Chevrolet Cruze ($22,465), 571 points