Compact sedans are popular cars because they meet the needs of so many people. They make great cars for small families, commuters, college students and then some. There’s quite a few options in this segment, so we’ve narrowed down the three most sought out by those searching Speedlist, and what makes them so special.

1. Honda Civic

The Civic starts at $18,390, gets 30/39 mpg (city/hwy), is powered by a 143-hp 1.8-liter SOHC i-VTEC engine and it offers a lot of technology. Rearview cameras come standard on all Hondas, and the model either comes with or has available a 7-inch audio display, HondaLink, steering wheel mounted controls, Pandora compatibility, an SMS text message reader and push button start. Also available are safety features like Honda LaneWatch and Bluetooth and daytime running lights. The Civic also has a fresh set of 17-inch alloy wheels available, power mirrors and Smart Entry, which allows you to get in and out of your vehicle without having to fumble for your keys.

2. Toyota Corolla

Toyota starts pricing on the Corolla at $16,800, is powered by a 132hp from a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder, and gets 28/37 mpg (city/hwy). Recently revamped, the Corolla has fresh new lines that give it a sport appeal, particularly with the S variant. Toyota brought that same fresh design from the outside in, with a nice layout on the interior, which includes technology like voice recognition, a backup camera, Bluetooth and an Entune premium audio system. Steering wheel mounted controls and a USB port are also folded in.  An available sport mode and piano black finish for the grille are also available to enhance the sport feel.

3. Mazda3

The Mazda3 comes with a starting price tag of $16,945, can get as much as 30/41 mpg (city/hwy), and gets 155-hp from its 2.0-liter Skyactiv 4-cylinder motor.  Halogen headlights, Daytime running lights, power side mirrors and a set of 16-inch wheels can be found on the outside of the model, while the interior has power one-touch windows, push button start, keyless entry, and auxiliary and USB jacks. Mazda offers an infotainment system with a 7-inch full color touch screen, rearview camera, 9-speark Bose audio system and SMS texting, as well as Navigation. Safety technology, such as Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Smart City Brake Support are offered to help heighten your awareness on the road.

All of these models have been around for decades, are notably reliable, get good gas mileage, are safe and have variants that start at basic and end at impressive for the money. They live up to their reputations so it comes as no surprise that they are the most popular in their class, so choosing one of the three might be tough.

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