If you’re on the lookout for a new compact car, you might find it a bit difficult to pick one. With so many different makes and models to choose from, it can be tough to come to a decision. If you’re drawing up a short list, here are some of the best contenders out there.

Chevrolet Bolt

A major player in the electric market, the Chevrolet Bolt is spacious, economical and it’s also packed with innovative features you may not expect. With a range of more than 230 miles per charge and a top speed of 91mph, you can plan for long journeys without any problem. The dash features an 8-inch display and the car also boasts an integrated infotainment system with a 10.2-inch display. If you’re keen on family road trips or you drive long distances for work, and you’re after something with style, substance, and economy, this could be the ideal option for you. 

Ford Focus

The Ford Focus is an old favorite, and you know what you’re getting when you drive one of these models off the lot. The Focus is a reliable, safe option, and newer models are more eye-catching. If you’re looking to get from A to B with minimal hassle and maximum comfort, this could be the right vehicle for you, but don’t expect to be bowled over by a chic interior or innovative features or gadgets.

Honda Civic

Honda has a strong reputation, and the Civic has long attracted those looking for a practical car that also has a fun side. If you enjoy driving, this is a vehicle you’ll love. The design is sleek and sporty with stylish interiors, and the car is quick and powerful. For the safety-conscious, this is an excellent option with a top-class safety rating. There’s plenty of room in the back, and you’ll get up to 42 mpg on the highway. If you’re looking for a slightly smaller car than the Honda Civic, the Fit could be just the ticket. Although it’s one of the more petite models in the compact class, the Honda Fit is deceptively spacious inside, and it also offers a sizeable trunk. Safety scores are high, and this is an economical choice with an average mpg of 38 on the highway.

Hyundai Accent

The Hyundai Accent is a versatile compact, which is available with a standard or turbo 4-cylinder engine. You can expect to get up to 36 mpg on the highway with the standard model, and you can ride in comfort thanks to the plush interior. The Elantra comes with a lot of safety and technology features, and it offers enough of everything most drivers need, and this car has a lower base price than many of its competitors

Kia Soul

The Kia Soul’s distinctive, unique look is a real standout from the crowded compact category, leaving most with either love it or hate it view. Even if you don’t like the boxy exterior, there’s no disputing the Soul’s credentials in this category. This is a nifty model, which boasts plenty of space and a decent response when you put your foot on the gas. Shoppers will love the sizeable trunk, and there’s loads of space for passengers. The only downside is that you won’t get quite as many miles to the gallon as some of the other contenders, with an average of 30 mpg on the highway.

Mazda 3

The Mazda 3 dispels the myth that fuel-efficient, practical cars are dull and drab. This sporty model is far from boring, and its alluring looks are matched by its performance on the road. It comes with a 2.0-liter engine as standard, and there’s a choice between a sedan or hatchback version. Available in glossy metallic and bright shades, this is a car that will turn heads even when you’re driving sensibly.

Nissan Sentra

If you’re after a compact family sedan with plenty of interior space, a very sizable trunk, and fuel economy, the Nissan Sentra may be the perfect choice for you. In addition to its high safety ratings, you, and your family, can enjoy a very comfortable ride. It comes in five trim levels; S, SV, SR, Turbo, and SL. The turbo model provides increased performance, and a Sentra with all the bells is one of the lowest-priced fully loaded cars in its class.

Toyota Prius

A consistent performer, the Toyota Prius is a reliable, fuel-efficient vehicle, which is ideal for commuters and families. The futuristic design is quirky, and the interior is comfortable and stylish. There’s plenty of room for the kids, and you’ll get over 50 mpg on the highway. The trunk is deceptively large, but this car isn’t a market leader when it comes to gadgets and features. The infotainment system, although functional, isn’t quite as slick as some others.

Volkswagen GTI

The Volkswagen GTI is a perfect blend between a fun sports car and a practical hatchback. You can do your grocery shopping, commute to work and have fun on the open roads with this car. The design is sporty and cool, and you get the added bonus of VW’s brilliant safety record. There are various trims and options available, including a supercharged turbo engine for those who feel the need for speed.

Volkswagen Golf

The Volkswagen Golf offers the same sporty chassis as the VW GTI, but it lacks some of the features, and it’s a more affordable option for those with a slightly lower budget. With the Golf, you can still enjoy cruising around in comfort and plenty of pace when you hit the highway, but you won’t pay a premium for the gadgets and gizmos and supercharged engine on the GTI. If you’re struggling to decide between the two, take them out for test drives and see how the cars feel when you’re on the road.

So, if you’re searching for a compact car, there are some fantastic options out there. Hopefully, this guide has enabled you to narrow down your choices and make a short list. When you’re down to few possibilities, give us a call to schedule test drives and see which car might be what you’re looking for. Whether you need a reliable family car or you’re seeking a fun, sporty model, there’s something at Eden Autos for everyone. Call us at (215) 977- 4772 or just stop in and talk to one our professional staff members.