2017 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Subcompact Car

2017 Chevrolet Spark

Best Subcompact Car:
2017 Chevrolet Spark

Fresh off a complete redesign last year, the Chevrolet Spark returns to the head of its class when it comes to total ownership costs. For the third time in four years, Chevy's 4-door city car is our 5-Year Cost to Own champion in the Subcompact Car category.

Improved driving manners were among the many benefits of the Spark's recent remake. As we noted in our full review, "With only 98 horsepower on tap, the 2017 Chevrolet Spark minicar isn't quick, but it's fairly peppy especially when compared to other sub-100-horsepower cars such as the 3-cylinder Mitsubishi Mirage. The Spark's relatively long wheelbase contributes to its stability and smooth ride, as well as nimble handling."

The Spark's technology story is even more compelling. In addition to a 7-inch touch-screen audio system with built-in Wi-Fi, a rearview camera, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, Chevy's minicar offers advanced active safety features including forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning.

Combining a starting price of less than $14,000 (including destination charges) and EPA fuel economy ratings that top 40 mpg on the highway, the Sonic isn't just the segment champ, it's the most affordable new car of 2017 bar none.

The price alone makes it a smart choice for younger drivers and first-time buyers, while the attractive technology and exterior color names like Toasted Marshmallow, Kalamata and Splash add up to something more fun than just budget-friendly transportation.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$28,216
as of December 31, 2016

2nd Place Finisher
2017 Nissan Versa

2017 Nissan Versa

Even when you include destination charges, the surprisingly roomy Nissan Versa sedan starts at less than $13,000.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$29,466
as of December 31, 2016

3rd Place Finisher
2017 Toyota Yaris iA

2017 Toyota Yaris iA

The Scion brand is gone, but its subcompact entry lives on as the sculpted and feature-rich Toyota Yaris iA.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$30,033
as of December 31, 2016

Other Category Winners


See the previous Winners of these Awards: 2016 | 2015 | 2014
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