Owning a compact vehicle once had a stigma attached to it. Sure, the owners bought them for their fuel economy and affordable prices, but the vehicles themselves often elicited less than savory thoughts from owners of more expensive vehicles.
Today, a compact is seen as being a savvy purchase. They reduce your carbon footprint, allow you access to heavily congested urban areas, and there is great parking that only a compact can make use of. Every global manufacturer has several compact vehicles for you to choose from. In fact, there are so many that buyers can easily become confused as to which is the best for their needs. Let’s have a look at a short list of compact vehicles with the hope that we can lift some of the confusion for you.
Ford builds two cars that can be considered compacts. The first is . The Ford Fiesta is powered by a wide variety of I3 and I4 engines. The majority are petrol, but there is a 1,560 cc turbo-diesel available in the current model line-up. There are four gearbox options available to meet your needs.
The second Ford offering that you may want to consider is. This is a slightly larger car, but still fits nicely into the compact category and offers great fuel economy. The Focus is available as a three-door hatchback, a saloon, or an estate wagon. It can be powered by several durable engines that offer class-leading fuel economy. The standard gearbox is a five-speed automatic, but a manual gearbox can be found; mainly in the three-door hatchback versions.
Ford Motors builds several SUVs around the world, but the only one that is considered to be a compact is . The Escape is well known for its tough EcoBoost engines and reliable gearboxes. That is why we carry several units here at Be Forward. The unit pictured above is powered by a wonderful 2,260 cc petrol I4 engine that is mated to an automatic gearbox. It offers 4WD, alloy wheels, and a DVD player as well.
While we are talking about compact SUVs, has to come into the conversation. The Jimny is a fun-to-drive kei vehicle. The current iterations are powered by a strong 650 cc I3 engine that is mated to either a smooth-shifting five-speed manual or a seamless three-speed automatic gearbox. The 2001 Jimny pictured above is powered by a 650 cc I3 petrol engine that is paired to a reliable automatic gearbox. It also offers 4WD and low mileage, giving buyers a great opportunity to purchase long term transportation at an affordable price.
Toyota Corolla Axio
Let’s focus on compact saloons for a minute, shall we? One of the best is . Available with a variety of I4 petrol or diesel powerplants under the bonnet, the Axio has enough cabin space to comfortably seat four adults, five if cramped quarters are acceptable. That is more than enough room for a small family that places a premium on economy and overall comfort. The 2014 Toyota Corolla Axio pictured above is powered by a strong 1,490 cc petrol I4 combined to a durable automatic gearbox. It is well equipped and brings the legendary Toyota quality to the table.
The ventures into the small end of the mid-size class, but deserves a mention here as does . Each offers a variety of powerplants and great automatic gearbox options, including a dependable CVT for added fuel economy. Both offer superior fuel economy for their group and have outstanding safety ratings. The Toyota Allion pictured above right is powered by a peppy 1,490 cc I4 and shows very low mileage. It is equipped with a DVD and TV system for those long family trips.
Honda SUV and Cars
Honda has spent decades building some of the most reliable compact vehicles in the world. The automaker currently has four great options on the market. The first is . The CR-V has been an outstanding compact SUV option for twenty years. The current fifth generation is powered by two petrol I4 engines, but the CR-V has been offered with diesel options in earlier generations. The CR-V is well known for its generous cabin space and long term durability.
The second option from Honda is the Honda Civic. The Civic is among the top selling compact cars in the world for good reason. The high powered I4 engines that Honda packs under the bonnet offer outstanding fuel economy and more than enough power to satisfy your needs. Now in its tenth generation, sales of the Civic are skyrocketing around the globe.
Another great Honda offering is the Honda Accord. Again, we are on a slippery slope: the Honda Accord is rated as a mid-size or a full-size car depending on which market you are in. Despite its larger dimensions, the Accord offers fuel economy numbers that are very much akin to those seen in the Civic, especially when equipped with Honda’s durable CVT.
There you have a short list of the best compact cars currently on the market. This is just a small sampling of the vast inventory that we have available here at BE FORWARD. Feel free to or with a specific inquiry.