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2018 Subcompact Car Comparison: Accent vs. Fit vs. Rio

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Khatir Soltani
A Japanese model takes on two redesigned South Korean cars

If you’re a student, a couple, recently retired or a small family in need of an affordable and fuel-economical small car that will get you from point A to point B, and if you’re intent on buying new and not pre-owned, you fit into the subcompact car market segment.

Some models are actually ridiculously inexpensive, like the Nissan Micra starting at $9,998 and the Mitusbishi Mirage starting at $10,998 for example, but most new subcompacts go for between $14,000 and $16,000 (base price). When fully equipped, they can set you back more than $20,000.

The most popular models in the segment include the Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa Note and Chevrolet Sonic, as well as the Ford Fiesta and Fiat 500. The top-selling car in this class remains, however, the Hyundai Accent. Like its South Korean cousin, the Kia Rio, it has been redesigned for the 2018 model-year. There’s also one more big player in this small-car category, which we know all about since we recently named it our Subcompact Car of the Year for 2018: the highly practical Honda Fit.

We focus of the last three models mentioned here, because we feel they should really be part of any shortlist you’re drawing up for your new small car purchase, and they’re definitely worth a test drive. In fact, this is just what the team did over the past few months, and you should gather some useful information from our reviews.

Take note that the 2018 Hyundai Accent will be hitting the market in the coming weeks, and its pricing is expected to be announced shortly.

So whether you value space and versatility, comfort and convenience, technology and safety, or even performance and driving pleasure, we think you'll enjoy reading the following...
2018 Honda Fit
ReviewTechnical specifications

| Photo: Honda

2018 Kia Rio
ReviewTechnical specifications (4 doors)Photos

| Photo: Kia

2018 Hyundai Accent (sedan)
Review – Photos

| Photo: Hyundai
Khatir Soltani
Khatir Soltani
Automotive expert
  • Over 6 years experience as a car reviewer
  • Over 50 test drives in the last year
  • Involved in discussions with virtually every auto manufacturer in Canada