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10 Best Used Subcompact Cars Under $8,000

As more buyers are drawn to larger SUVs and crossovers, cars like those in the smallest subcompact class end up on the used market. And for those looking to find a reliable, well made and efficient runabout for not a lot of money—that’s very good news. Pick the right machine and you’ll have something that can be relatively fun to drive too. Here’s our list for the 10 Best Subcompact Cars Under $8,000.

1. 2013 Chevrolet Sonic 

2013 Chevrolet Sonic

If there’s one performance bargain here, the Sonic RS is it. Here’s a subcompact that’s just a blast to drive. Pick the manual transmission and extract all the goodness from the potent turbocharged 4-cylinder. The RS package isn’t fluff, Chevy added lower, firmer springs and new wheels and tires —so it really handles well. Quite frankly the Sonic RS is a steal at this price. Find a Chevrolet Sonic for sale

2. 2012 Honda Fit

2012 Honda Fit

The Honda Fit has long since set the standard for subcompacts. Here’s a small car that’s not only fun to drive quickly though a set of switchbacks, but it packs the most useful interior of any car here. Flip the rear seats up and you can fit a tall house plant or piece of furniture. Try that in any other tiny car. Make ours the Sport model because that’s the one that has the most equipment including Bluetooth connectivity and a nav system. Find a Honda Fit for sale

3. 2013 Toyota Yaris

2013 Toyota Yaris

The smallest car in Toyota’s lineup, the Yaris was made new for the 2012 model year. Here’s a reliable and honest subcompact that should give its owners a trouble-free experience. Is the Yaris particularly fun to drive or exciting to look at? Nope. But the Yaris delivers excellent real-world fuel economy wrapped in a relatively comfortable package. Our pick would be the sporty SE. A five door LE is a good choice too and comes with cruise control standard. Find a Toyota Yaris for sale

5. 2016 Nissan Versa Note

2016 Nissan Versa Note

The Versa Note is the hatchback version of Nissan’s subcompact and it comes wearing a completely unique look—one that’s quite handsome. Driving the Note is a fun experience with responsive steering and a taut (but not too stiff) suspension geared for when the road bends. The 1.6-liter engine is no powerhouse but it can deliver up to 40 mpg highway which is an excellent figure. Find a Nissan Versa Note for sale

5. 2014 Hyundai Accent

2014 Hyundai Accent

When the Hyundai Accent received a full redesign in 2012—it was major leap forward. Here was a car that you didn’t just buy because it was cheap, you bought it because it was good. The Accent is well-equipped and the SE hatchback is easily the most useful. All Accents come with a strong 138 hp 1.6-liter 4-cylinder. Like many Hyundais, the Accent presents a good value, with lots of comfort and tech for the money. Find a Hyundai Accent for sale

6. 2015 Ford Fiesta

2015 Ford Fiesta

Most subcompact cars don’t have a performance variant. But Ford is unique. The company offered a super-fun, nearly 200 hp ST model. Now, you can’t get one of those for under eight grand. But the cool thing about the Fiesta is that even the least expensive ones are tuned to be fun and engaging. The Fiesta is a legit economy car too, with 1.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder models rated to deliver 43 mpg on the highway. That’s hybrid-level fuel economy. Impressive. Find a Ford Fiesta for sale

7. 2012 Honda CR-Z

2012 Honda CR-Z

Honda’s CR-Z is a completely unique offering in the world of subcompacts. Yes, it’s only a two-seater so usefulness is somewhat limited. But it’s also a hybrid so real-world fuel economy in the city should be excellent. In fact, the CR-Z is rated to deliver 35 mpg in the city and 39 on the highway. But what’s really interesting about the CR-Z is that wedge-like exterior design and modern interior. The CR-Z is the perfect commuter for a young professional. Find a Honda CR-Z for sale

8. 2015 Kia Rio

2015 Kia Rio

The Rio is Kia’s sophisticated subcompact that packs an upscale, European design and really helps this little car stand out. Kia packed lots of features and comfort into the Rio, particularly once you look at the more expensive EX models. But the top level SX is the one to hunt for. If it has the Premium package, you’ll get heated seats, a leather interior and a large touchscreen. And to make it even more palatable, the Rio hits 37 mpg on the highway. Find a Kia Rio for sale

9. 2012 Scion xD

2012 Scion xD

Toyota’s Scion youth brand, which was disbanded in 2016, produced some very likable small cars. The best part? Scions came loaded with lots of equipment that other carmakers tack on as options. The xD subcompact is stylish and dependable thanks to Toyota’s 1.8-liter four-cylinder and dependable four-speed automatic. The XD certainly isn’t a quick car but it likely will last a long time. Plus, Scion offered quite a few accessories so it wouldn’t be surprising to see one for sale with some personalized parts. Find a Scion xD for sale

10. 2014 Chevrolet Spark

2014 Chevrolet Spark

The Chevy Spark is unlike many cars here. Its dimensions are a bit odd—its tall, narrow and a little boxy. But there’s plenty of headroom inside and the Spark is a total tyke, so you can effortlessly cruise through the tightest city streets and always find a parking spot that will fit. As a bonus, the Spark will hit 41 mpg on the highway. Our pick? The Spark EV. The all-electric range is only 82 miles but the driving experience is much more fun. For a subcompact, the Spark EV is downright quick. Find a Chevrolet Spark for sale

10 Best Used Subcompact Cars Under $8,000

  1. 2013 Chevrolet Sonic 
  2. 2012 Honda Fit
  3. 2013 Toyota Yaris
  4. 2016 Nissan Versa Note
  5. 2014 Hyundai Accent
  6. 2015 Ford Fiesta
  7. 2012 Honda CR-Z
  8. 2015 Kia Rio
  9. 2012 Scion xD
  10. 2014 Chevrolet Spark

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