If you are thinking about buying a new car, you probably already have a few possibilities in mind. Price, size, comfort, and gas mileage will all be major points you consider, and you may be thinking a larger vehicle is what you need as a sturdy and long-lasting investment. Larger vehicles are also preferred by many people who have lots of kids or enjoy camping or other activities requiring equipment and storage space. However, you should consider the benefits of a subcompact vehicle. Many of them not only are cost-efficient and eco-friendly, but are also able to stand up against larger cars in areas such as longevity and sturdiness. Here are some helpful points to keep in mind when test driving your favorites, so before you buy, consider these five reasons to buy a subcompact car.

Purchase Price

Subcompact cars tend to cost far less than their full-size competitors. However, you may not know that many smaller vehicles offer the same amenities, or more, as the bigger models. You are not sacrificing quality, comfort, or even luxury when buying a subcompact vehicle. Many of them may be a little cramped when it comes to seating, but they also allow for adjustments and can have surprisingly roomy trunk space. Remember that a lot of the reduced space comes from more compact engines and gas tanks—you get better mileage in exchange for the need to fuel up more regularly. So don’t hesitate to check out a subcompact if you can find one with your preferred features. You may be surprised at what you discover!


Often, repair costs on smaller cars are cheaper than those of larger vehicles because of the lower prices for subcompact parts. In addition, some smaller cars like the Hyundai Accent come with an extended warranty up to 100,000 miles or five years. This, combined with their better mileage and lower weight means that they also need less repairs to deal with regular wear and tear. Compare common repair costs for a subcompact with a bigger car to see the difference. Smaller cars used to be less safe, as they would use thinner materials to lighten weight to improve gas mileage, but modern subcompact cars follow stricter safety regulations and will be able to protect their occupants in the event of a crash.


Similar to cheaper parts and repairs, maintenance costs may also be less for subcompacts than those for full-size cars. Many larger vehicles are considered to be luxury models, and typical maintenance service like an oil change may cost more than it does for a regular sized car. Maintenance costs can vary, so check out the price list at the service center you plan to use when making your car purchasing decision. The lightness and maneuverability of subcompact cars also assists in lowering maintenance costs.

Fuel Costs

There is no doubt about the fact that subcompacts get better gas mileage than full size vehicles. The obvious reason for this is that their smaller size requires less gas to get moving. It is not unusual to get forty-plus miles per gallon on certain subcompact models. Gas tanks may be smaller than those on larger cars, which means you will pay less per fill-up, although you may have to refuel more often as a result. However, with better mile-per-gallon ratings, additional fill-ups balance out your fuel budget. In other words, they carry less gas, but also use less gas, so it evens out the amount of time you have on the road before you need to refuel.


Many drivers prefer the relative maneuverability of smaller cars like a subcompact model over the larger, bulkier luxury and regular sized models. Sitting low to the road with a manageable steering range in all weather, subcompacts are sometimes preferred for snowy or icy roads. Although these cars are lighter, their low center of gravity makes it harder for them to be blown or flipped. They are a good size for compact vehicle parking spaces or curb parking as well.

Everyone has a favorite size car, and often, a preferred manufacturer or model. If you are still not sure which car to buy, take a closer look at the subcompact models for your preferred manufacturer on the market. With competitive new features and exciting designs, subcompact cars are worth a second look. Their lower price, better fuel efficiency, lower costs for repairs and maintenance, and higher maneuverability all make subcompact cars valid options for your next ride.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. Brooke recommends the Hyundai Accent for drivers who want a car that comes with an anti-collision security system pre-installed. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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