While the subcompact segment isn’t where you look for luxury and performance, there is still a bit more here than you might expect. It’s surprising to see how much technology is offered in these models. These are all super economical to buy and own, with great gas mileage and modest price tags.
Ford Fiesta (Starting Price: $14,100)
The Fiesta comes in both hatchback and sedan versions, and offers a sporty ST variant. Power for the front wheel drive Ford comes from a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder, which makes 120hp and 112 lb-ft of torque on the base model, and up to 197hp and 202 lb-ft of torque with an ecoboost turbo version on the ST. Fuel economy for the Fiesta is rated at 27 city/38hwy for both the sedan and the hatch. Ford offers technology such as Sync with MyFord Touch, Sync with available Sync Services, Navigation with SiriusXM and Travel Link, rear view camera, Sync AppLink, MyKey and Intelligent Access with push-button start. Additional features include available leather seats, automatic temperature control, heated exterior mirrors, Recaro setats and ambient lighting.
Chevrolet Spark (Starting Price: $12,170)
Chevrolet’s ‘city car’ offers fuel economy estimates of 31 city/39 hwy, and offers a fair amount of technology for it’s price point, making it an attractive buy for the conservative spender. OnStar with automatic crash response, Bluetooth, USB, Siri hands-free, power locks, mirror and steering, remote keyless entry, cruise control, BringGo, TuneIn, and SiriusXM are all available technologies. In addition, the Spark has options for heated leatherette front seats and leather wrapped steering wheel, roof rails, and heated rear view mirrors. Chevrolet powers the Spark with an 84 hp 1.2-liter engine, sending its power to the front wheels.
Honda Fit (Starting Price: $15,425)
Honda offers several variants for the Fit, powered by a 1.5-liter 117hp and 106 lb-ft of torque 4-cylinder engine. It comes with power windows and door locks, ambient console lighting, USB, remote entry, halogen headlights, and daytime running lights. Available features include navigations with a multi information display, Bluetooth, illuminated steering-wheel mounted controls, perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel, steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, secret storage, cruise control, fog lights and a chrome exhaust finisher. Fuel economy for the Fit is rated at 27 city/33 hwy.