As consumers look to crossovers, larger cars, and more expensive cars in general, the sub-compact segment has become an endangered species. Four cars remain on the market in the United States, including one that is positioned at a very different price point from the rest. If you want a new sub-compact, are your remaining contenders.
2023 Mini Hardtop
The Mini hardtop is a unique car, a relic of an era focused on a retro-futuristic design that outlived just about any other car you could compare it with. Now, the basic Mini is effectively a premium subcompact. We know what the next Mini will look like, but that car is still a year away.
For a lot more money, you can get a very fast one
2023 Kia Rio
The Kia Rio is the simplest possible Kia offering. The goal is efficiency at a low price, and the result is a car that can get an estimated 41 MPG on the highway offered for under $17,000. Sure, there’s not much else to write home about here, but that in itself is an achievement.
2023 Mitsubishi Mirages
The Mitsubishi Mirage’s calling card is simple. If you want absolutely anything but a simple, lightweight hatchback built to sell at an exceptionally low price, the Mitsubishi Mirage is probably not for you. If you want an extremely affordable new car that fits in a tight parking space, however, Mitsubishi still offers its small hatchback.
The lightest car in America, somehow
2023 Nissan Versa
Of the three cars remaining in the traditional sub-compact car segment, the Nissan Versa is the undisputed champion of lowering the price point. By offering a car of any sort available new for under $16,000, Nissan shows a stronger understanding of this segment than any of their competition.
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