The current Nissan Versa is a far better car than the one you might be picturing from years past. It has been recently redesigned and has a spacious trunk and plenty of safety and tech features at a reasonable price. The Versa sedan also has excellent fuel economy. On the downside, the Versa suffers from sluggish acceleration and a lack of interior storage for small items.
2020 Hyundai Accent
EPA-estimated fuel economy: 36 mpg combined (33 city/41 highway) with an automatic transmission
The Hyundai Accent’s strengths are its high fuel economy, comfortable ride quality, quiet cabin and spacious interior. Hyundai also has the best warranty in the business. So if you like to own your cars a long time, there’s good peace of mind. Take heed, though: The Accent sedan is pretty bare-bones, and the USB port struggles to charge modern phones. And if you want advanced safety aids, those are only available in the pricier Limited trim.
2020 Toyota Yaris
Starting MSRP: $16,645 (sedan), $18,745 (hatchback)
EPA-estimated fuel economy: 35 mpg combined (32 city/40 highway) with automatic
While the Yaris is a Toyota by name, it’s truly a Mazda underneath both in underpinnings and spirit. As such, the Yaris, which is available as a sedan and a hatchback, has nimble handling and a well-appointed interior for the entry-level class. Edmunds rated the Yaris as its No. 1 extra-small sedan. Unfortunately, the Yaris trails its main rivals in terms of cargo space and availability of advanced safety features.