Three Awesome Small Cars

The Nissan Versa Note, Honda Fit and Mitsubishi Mirage are small car leaders

01/13/2014

In the subcompact car segment, the consumer faces almost an embarrassment of riches, but three vehicles have risen above the competition. Meet the Nissan Versa, the Honda Fit and the Mitsubishi Mirage: three awesome small cars built for fun, fuel economy and affordability.
 
Nissan Versa Note
 
Called the “Big Little Car” by its maker, the 2014 Versa Note delivers an array of unexpected benefits. For starters, the Note has room for five, a surprising amount of headroom and legroom, including best-in-class rear legroom, and gets a jaw dropping 40 highway mpg and 35 combined MPG.
 
In addition, the Note delivers best-in-class total cargo volume, made even better because of its versatility. With the Note’s Divide-N-Hide® Adjustable Floor, users can create a convenient loading platform or drop the back seats for even more space. Best-in-class is great, but the 2014 Note also provides a first-in-class Around View ® Monitor. With Around View, four cameras provide a virtual 360-degree image of the Note and displays it on the touch-screen monitor. Drivers can see exactly how much room they have behind, in front and even between the car and the curb.
 
 
Honda Fit
 
Named one of the Kelley Blue Book’s 10 Coolest New Cars under $18,000, the 2013 Fit offers time-tested Honda reliability in a fun, versatile and functional package. In fact, functionality is part of what makes the Fit a leader in the subcompact segment.
 
“Thanks to clever packaging, the Fit offers a perfectly flat load floor when the rear seats are folded down,” says Edmunds.com. “The resulting 57 cubic feet of cargo space is more than that contained within some compact crossovers. And the backseat tricks don't end there. Its seat bottom flips up, leaving a flat, unencumbered space perfect for transporting a large dog or perhaps a flat-screen TV. Should you need it for actually carrying people, the Fit provides one of the most spacious, passenger-friendly cabins in the class.”
 
Of course, the Fit is also fuel efficient and fun to drive.
 
“This is also an enjoyable little car to drive harking back to Honda's early days, when tiny, nimble hatchbacks were its calling card,” explains Edmunds. “This ability to be both fun and frugal is something everyone should be able to support.”
 
Mitsubishi Mirage
 
While the Note and the Fit impress buyers and critics with their combinations of fuel economy and fun, Mitsubishi has gone in a different direction with the 2014 Mirage.
 
“The Mitsubishi Mirage is an oddity in the automotive world – a vehicle with no upward aspirations. It's a small four-door, five-passenger hatchback that, aside from its vivid selection of exterior colors, isn't particularly interesting to look at or drive,” says KBB.com.
 
What the Mirage loses in looks and driving dynamics, it makes up for in affordability.
 
“You'll like the Mitsubishi Mirage if you only care about saving money,” declares KBB.com. “The Mirage is cheap to buy, cheap to drive and features a confidence-boosting 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. As a bonus, the little hatchback actually drives better than its asking price might suggest.”
 
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