The best compact cars should be safe, efficient, and fun to drive. The new model you choose should be dependable too. There are many attractive options in the class, but here are five of the most reliable compact cars in 2020, according to Consumer Reports.
2020 Hyundai Elantra GT
Hyundai’s Elantra GT is at the top of Consumer Reports’ list of most reliable, compact cars. The Elantra GT is the hatchback variant of the Elantra sedan. Compared to the sedan, the GT has flashier looks and adds more power. The GT has a 161- horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The Elantra lineup also features the N-Line hatchback that has a .1.6-liter that creates 201-horsepower.
The GT isn’t the liveliest option on this list, but it’s plenty capable. This hatchback performed well in CR’s road test and received impressive scores for its fuel economy, braking, and emergency handling. On the inside, the GT provides a spacious cabin and useful cargo space.
2020 Kia Soul
Kia used to be at the punchline of many jokes, but now it’s credited as one of the most reliable car brands. The Soul is an excellent example of how far Kia has come. Kia entirely redesigned the Soul for 2020. This unique crossover offers both personality and practicality.
The Soul has a roomy cabin that feels upscale. It also gets bonus points for its user-friendly infotainment system. Standard infotainment features include a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Overall, the Soul is fun to drive, but it’s not super athletic. For the most power on the Soul, consider the GT-Line trim with a turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 201-hp.
2020 Subaru Impreza
The Impreza thoroughly impressed CR this year. With the Impreza, you get the smooth ride quality and a sizable cabin that rivals even luxury cars. The Impreza comes with a 152-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine linked to a five-speed manual transmission.
This compact is also available with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Subaru models with a CVT come with all-wheel-drive and with Subaru’s advanced safety package, Eyesight. It’s also available as a sedan or hatchback.
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2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback
Toyota fashioned the Corolla Hatchback as the spicier version of the traditional Corolla sedan. The Corolla HB is for those who value comfort and reliability above all. It’s also one of the best options in its class when it comes to fuel efficiency. CR explicitly recommends getting the standard SE trim with the available Preferred package as the best version to get.
2020 Volkswagen Golf
The VW Golf is a joy ride. It’s agile and dynamic, but that doesn’t compromise its comfort levels. It also stands out in the compact car class for its quiet, plush cabin. The only real downsides to the Golf are that it’s more expensive than many of its class rivals, and it’s below average for fuel economy. Still, it’s high dependability scores, and top owner satisfaction ratings make it an enticing option.