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10 Best Used Subcompact Cars Under $20,000

The subcompact car segment is disappearing from the new car market. While there are only a few options left for new car shoppers, many more choices are available if you turn to the used market. Not only that, but a used subcompact car is a great value since it was already affordably priced when new, and depreciation brings the price down even more.

Here are the 10 best subcompact cars you can find on Autotrader under $20,000.

1. 2017-2020 Chevrolet Sonic

2020 Chevrolet Sonic Front Right Side in SIlver

The recently discontinued Chevrolet Sonic is a sporty and practical choice in used subcompact cars. It has good interior space, 10 standard airbags, and a great infotainment system. We highly recommend the available turbocharged engine (which became standard in 2019). It adds both better performance and better fuel economy compared to the naturally aspirated engine. Find a Chevrolet Sonic for sale

2. 2018-2019 Fiat 500

2019 Fiat 500

 

The Fiat 500 is a tiny city car with a distinctly Italian flair. It got a nice refresh for the 2018 model year, shortly before being discontinued in the U.S. The update included a lively standard turbocharged engine and updated styling that made it more modern without losing any Fiat character. Be warned: The two back seats are very cramped. Find a Fiat 500 for sale

3. 2016-2019 Ford Fiesta

2019 Ford Fiesta Front RIght Side in Bronze

We only got one generation of the Ford Fiesta here in the U.S., but the one we got was excellent. It has decidedly European character with its agile handling, plus a nice interior for this class. If you want an exciting and tuneable hot hatch with a manual transmission, consider the sporty Fiesta ST, which is a fan favorite among driving enthusiasts. Find a Ford Fiesta for sale

4. 2015-2020 Honda Fit

2020 Honda Fit Front Right Side in Black

Thanks to clever packaging, the Honda Fit has an astounding amount of interior space for a subcompact car. It has more rear-seat legroom than the larger Civic plus a roomy cargo area to boot. The “Magic Seat” system allows for several different seat configurations so you can optimize passenger space, cargo space, or whatever combination of the two you’d like. Find a Honda Fit for sale

5. 2018-2020 Hyundai Accent

2020 Hyundai Accent Front Right Side in Red

Redesigned for 2018, the Hyundai Accent is a competitive subcompact sedan and a great value. It offers strong safety and reliability ratings plus spacious seats and a quieter, smoother ride than most rivals. Another thing to love about the Accent is a user-friendly, feature-rich infotainment system that makes this used car feel very modern. Find a Hyundai Accent for sale

6. 2018-2020 Kia Rio

2020 Kia Rio Front Right Side in Red

Mechanically similar to the Hyundai Accent, the Kia Rio was also redesigned for 2018. The Rio has many of the same virtues as the Accent, like the excellent infotainment system, but it has a different aesthetic. One of the biggest differences is that the Rio can be had as a hatchback or a sedan, while the Accent is sedan-only. Find a Kia Rio for sale

7. 2014-2017 Mini Cooper

2016 Mini Cooper Front Right Side in Yellow

For a used subcompact car with some character, consider the iconic Mini Cooper. Its characteristic boxy styling is not only recognizable everywhere it goes, but it yields a surprisingly roomy interior. There’s a range of energetic turbocharged engines available. No matter which one you go with, it’s a blast to drive at any speed thanks to its go-kart-like handling. Find a Mini Cooper for sale

8. 2020 Nissan Versa

The subcompact car segment is disappearing from the new car market. While there are only a few options left for new car shoppers, many more choices are available if you turn to the used market. Not only that, but a used subcompact car is a great value since it was already affordably priced when new, and depreciation brings the price down even more.

Here are the 10 best subcompact cars you can find on Autotrader under $20,000.

1. 2017-2020 Chevrolet Sonic

2020 Chevrolet Sonic Front Right Side in SIlver

The recently discontinued Chevrolet Sonic is a sporty and practical choice in used subcompact cars. It has good interior space, 10 standard airbags, and a great infotainment system. We highly recommend the available turbocharged engine (which became standard in 2019). It adds both better performance and better fuel economy compared to the naturally aspirated engine. Find a Chevrolet Sonic for sale

2. 2018-2019 Fiat 500

2019 Fiat 500

 

The Fiat 500 is a tiny city car with a distinctly Italian flair. It got a nice refresh for the 2018 model year, shortly before being discontinued in the U.S. The update included a lively standard turbocharged engine and updated styling that made it more modern without losing any Fiat character. Be warned: The two back seats are very cramped. Find a Fiat 500 for sale

3. 2016-2019 Ford Fiesta

2019 Ford Fiesta Front RIght Side in Bronze

We only got one generation of the Ford Fiesta here in the U.S., but the one we got was excellent. It has decidedly European character with its agile handling, plus a nice interior for this class. If you want an exciting and tuneable hot hatch with a manual transmission, consider the sporty Fiesta ST, which is a fan favorite among driving enthusiasts. Find a Ford Fiesta for sale

4. 2015-2020 Honda Fit

2020 Honda Fit Front Right Side in Black

Thanks to clever packaging, the Honda Fit has an astounding amount of interior space for a subcompact car. It has more rear-seat legroom than the larger Civic plus a roomy cargo area to boot. The “Magic Seat” system allows for several different seat configurations so you can optimize passenger space, cargo space, or whatever combination of the two you’d like. Find a Honda Fit for sale

5. 2018-2020 Hyundai Accent

2020 Hyundai Accent Front Right Side in Red

Redesigned for 2018, the Hyundai Accent is a competitive subcompact sedan and a great value. It offers strong safety and reliability ratings plus spacious seats and a quieter, smoother ride than most rivals. Another thing to love about the Accent is a user-friendly, feature-rich infotainment system that makes this used car feel very modern. Find a Hyundai Accent for sale

6. 2018-2020 Kia Rio

2020 Kia Rio Front Right Side in Red

Mechanically similar to the Hyundai Accent, the Kia Rio was also redesigned for 2018. The Rio has many of the same virtues as the Accent, like the excellent infotainment system, but it has a different aesthetic. One of the biggest differences is that the Rio can be had as a hatchback or a sedan, while the Accent is sedan-only. Find a Kia Rio for sale

7. 2014-2017 Mini Cooper

2016 Mini Cooper Front Right Side in Yellow

For a used subcompact car with some character, consider the iconic Mini Cooper. Its characteristic boxy styling is not only recognizable everywhere it goes, but it yields a surprisingly roomy interior. There’s a range of energetic turbocharged engines available. No matter which one you go with, it’s a blast to drive at any speed thanks to its go-kart-like handling. Find a Mini Cooper for sale

8. 2020 Nissan Versa

2020 Nissan Versa Passenger Front Right Side in Red

A redesign for 2020 transformed the Nissan Versa from a bargain-basement choice to a top competitor in the subcompact car segment. This little sedan has sharp styling inspired by its bigger stablemates like the Maxima. It also has impressive interior quality and a generous list of standard features, all while keeping the price super affordable. It’s not hard to find the top SR model in this price range. Find a Nissan Versa for sale

9. 2017-2019 Toyota Prius c

2018 Toyota Prius C Front Left Side in Red

If you’re shopping for a subcompact car because you want good fuel economy, then you’ll love the hybrid Toyota Prius c. This is a smaller version of the Prius with an attractive price tag, maneuverable handling, and a tremendous fuel economy rating of 48 city/43 highway mpg. You also get the reliability that Toyota is famous for, plus lots of standard safety tech features. Find a Toyota Prius c for sale

10. 2018-2020 Toyota Yaris

2020 Toyota Yaris Front RIght Side in Blue

The final iteration of the Toyota Yaris is basically a rebadged Mazda2, but that’s a good thing. The Yaris sedan and hatchback benefit from nimble handling, excellent fuel economy, and lots of features for the money. It’s an especially good value on the used market when you consider its strong predicted reliability rating that should translate into low ownership costs. Find a Toyota Yaris for sale

10 Best Used Subcompact Cars Under $20,000

1. 2017-2020 Chevrolet Sonic
2. 2018-2019 Fiat 500
3. 2016-2019 Ford Fiesta
4.
2015-2020 Honda Fit
5. 2018-2020 Hyundai Accent
6. 2018-2020 Kia Rio
7. 2014-2017 Mini Cooper
8. 2020 Nissan Versa
9. 2017-2019 Toyota Prius c
10. 2018-2020 Toyota Yaris
2020 Nissan Versa Passenger Front Right Side in Red

A redesign for 2020 transformed the Nissan Versa from a bargain-basement choice to a top competitor in the subcompact car segment. This little sedan has sharp styling inspired by its bigger stablemates like the Maxima. It also has impressive interior quality and a generous list of standard features, all while keeping the price super affordable. It’s not hard to find the top SR model in this price range. Find a Nissan Versa for sale

9. 2017-2019 Toyota Prius c

2018 Toyota Prius C Front Left Side in Red

If you’re shopping for a subcompact car because you want good fuel economy, then you’ll love the hybrid Toyota Prius c. This is a smaller version of the Prius with an attractive price tag, maneuverable handling, and a tremendous fuel economy rating of 48 city/43 highway mpg. You also get the reliability that Toyota is famous for, plus lots of standard safety tech features. Find a Toyota Prius c for sale

10. 2018-2020 Toyota Yaris

2020 Toyota Yaris Front RIght Side in Blue

The final iteration of the Toyota Yaris is basically a rebadged Mazda2, but that’s a good thing. The Yaris sedan and hatchback benefit from nimble handling, excellent fuel economy, and lots of features for the money. It’s an especially good value on the used market when you consider its strong predicted reliability rating that should translate into low ownership costs. Find a Toyota Yaris for sale

10 Best Used Subcompact Cars Under $20,000

1. 2017-2020 Chevrolet Sonic
2. 2018-2019 Fiat 500
3. 2016-2019 Ford Fiesta
4.
2015-2020 Honda Fit
5. 2018-2020 Hyundai Accent
6. 2018-2020 Kia Rio
7. 2014-2017 Mini Cooper
8. 2020 Nissan Versa
9. 2017-2019 Toyota Prius c
10. 2018-2020 Toyota Yaris

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Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy Metro as his only car for a year and regrets nothing.

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