Even though they’re not as popular as compact SUVs, today’s top-rated compact cars have plenty of advantages. For example, when the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tested its first class of 2019 vehicles, nearly twice as many “Small Cars” were honored compared to “small suvs.”
Of course, compact cars also can deliver higher fuel economy ratings than their SUV counterparts, and the latest sport compacts feature incredible levels of performance. Luxury cues? Those are available in compact cars, as well. And if you do need to maximize storage space, you can always opt for a compact hatchback or a station wagon. In fact, if you go that route, you actually can get more cargo capacity than in some small SUVs. Here are 10 top-rated compact cars.