Although SUVs and trucks get most of the attention nowadays, the best-selling compact cars are still surprisingly popular. Based on recent industry-wide figures, the No. 1 car in the compact segment outsells vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler, Ford Explorer, GMC Sierra, Subaru Outback, Toyota Tacoma, and Honda Pilot. It’s proof that a lot people still find many good reasons to purchase smaller cars.

We especially like the value proposition in the segment. Generally speaking, when a brand sells both compacts cars and compact SUVs, the car will cost thousands less while achieving noticeably better fuel economy. You can also get a compact hatchback if you need extra space, and some compact cars can match SUVs with available all-wheel drive. So we’ve got compact cars here that can fit nearly any lifestyle.