Best-Selling Compacts of 2015

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Can you guess the most popular small cars of 2015? We’re talking compact, subcompact, city cars, and small crossovers. We take a look at the numbers to look and see what was popular last year and bring you the best-selling compacts of 2015.

Toyota CorollaCompact

The Toyota Corolla is one of the best-selling cars in the world, and we understand why:the car offers worry-free maintenance and is efficient with every gallon of gasoline. The Corolla won’t excite car enthusiasts, but for those who just need to get from A to B, it’s a good option. Toyota sold 363,332 Corollas in 2015. The refreshed 2017 Corolla is shown here.

Honda Civic—Compact

The Honda Civic really gained momentum in the late 1980s and 1990s as a go-to ride for people who want reliability, efficiency, and a little driving enjoyment. Honda even offers Civic coupes and Si models, which is more than we can say about the Corolla. Honda moved 335,384 units in 2015.

Hyundai Elantra—Compact

The Hyundai Elantra offers lots of content for a price that makes for a great value proposition. The gulf between the second best-selling compact and third-place is huge: the Elantra’s 241,706 units sold puts it nearly 100,000 units behind the Honda Civic. Read the 2017 Elantra First Test review here.

Nissan Versa—Subcompact

The Nissan Versa has the least expensive base price of any new car for sale today in the U.S., and in the base models, it’s not hard to see why. Stepping up to the SV and SL trim levels gets buyers a more premium experience. The Nissan Versa, despite being pricedin the subcompact class, is actually classified by the EPA as a compact. If you want even more room, the Versa sedan is joined in showrooms by the Versa Note four-door hatchback (shown here). Total Versa sales in 2015 numbered 144,528 units.

Chevrolet Sonic—Subcompact

The Chevrolet Sonic is positioned below the Chevrolet Cruze, but both are compact cars by the EPA’s definition. Competition in the subcompact segment is fierce, with the combined sales volume of the Sonic (64,775 units) and Ford Fiesta (64,458 units) are still fewer units than the Nissan Versa. Choose the Chevrolet Sonic for the car’s personality and style, in sedan or four-door hatchback forms.

Ford Fiesta—Subcompact

The Ford Fiesta offers two trim levels that up the fun factor a few notches, namely the EcoBoost 1.0-liter three-cylinder and the high-performance ST. Sales of 64,458 units were just a hair behind the Chevrolet Sonic, but where the Fiesta excels is with its fun-loving demeanor and willing chassis. If you want something with a smaller footprint (maybe your parking spot is tight), or you like the idea of hitting a twisty road after work and don’t mind not having the interior space of a Versa, the Fiesta is a willing subcompact.

Chevrolet Spark—City Car

The Chevrolet Spark is smaller than the Sonic, and is classified by the EPA as a subcompact to the Sonic’s compact classification. With seats for just four adults, the Spark doesn’t pretend to be more than what it is. Last year Chevrolet sold 32,853 units, but with the Spark redesigned for 2016 (the new model is pictured), Chevrolet might sell more of its city car this year.

Mitsubishi Mirage—City Car

The Mirage has been a surprisingly strong seller for Mitsubishi. With 21,515 units sold in 2015 to the 16,708 sold in 2014, the Mirage saw a 28.8 percent increase in sales, and doesn’t appear to be slowing down much. That explains why Mitsubishi is bringing over the Mirage G4, a sedan version of the relatively popular four-door hatchback. The Mirage is light, cheap, and especially on the 2017 model, can be optioned with plenty of connectivity features.

Kia Soul—Small Crossovers/CUV-Like Crossovers

We decided to take a look at small crossovers and crossover-like hatchbacks, and the Kia Soul is the leader in this in-between section: with 147,133 units sold in 2015 the Soul is popular. It’s easy to see why too, with plenty of equipment available at a reasonable price, special editions, and CUV-like styling. The Kia Soul is the boxy car that kept going when competitive models including the Scion xB and Nissan Cube were discontinued.

Subaru Crosstrek—Small Crossovers/CUV-Like Crossovers

The Subaru Crosstrek is hard to explain if you haven’t driven one and merely think of it as a lifted Impreza hatchback. With 88,927 units sold to the Subaru Impreza’s 100,519, there seems to be quite a few people who see it as more appealing than the Impreza hatch. We like the all-wheel-drive Crosstrek’s crossover-like driving position and, of course, the Impreza-like fuel economy even in the non-hybrid model.

Buick Encore – Small Crossovers/CUV-Like Crossovers

The Buick Encore isn’t trying to be off-road capable, but 67,549 buyers in 2015 appreciated its blend of luxury, comfort, and smallness. As with the mechanically related Chevrolet Trax, the Encore gets refreshed for 2017 (that model is pictured here).