While it may seem that Americans’ cars are only growing larger, there’s also evidence that manufacturers are making moves towards creating smaller, more eco/gas-friendly cars. These types of vehicles have Europeans jumping on the tiny car wagon with registration up by nearly 1% across Europe. That might not sound like a lot, but when there’s 743 million people living across the continent, 1% makes a difference. There’s evidence that Americans noticed Europeans might be on to something. Check out what smaller cars are taking the American markets by storm!
1. Scion iQ
The Scion iQ appeals to people who don’t need much space and love saving gas money.
This car gets up to 37 miles per gallon on the highway, which is something tiny car lovers will rejoice about. This is also a car that costs less than most cars, retailing at under $16,000.
Buying a used one with low miles normally varies from around $12,000-$13,500. Considering that you are saving a ton of money on gas and investing in a considerably low purchase price, buying an iQ doesn’t require a tremendously high one. It’s a great deal!
2. Fiat 500
Like the iQ, the Fiat 500 is a car that is certainly a bang for your buck. While the car brand ranks within the top ten of U.S. charts, Fiat continues to reign over Italy and other countries across Europe. The Fiat and Italy go together like the stars and the moon.
Fiat began making cars for the U.S. again in 2008, after a nearly 100-year hiatus. The brand was originally known for their creative luxury cars, but stopped producing cars for the U.S. after the infamous Italian dictator, Mussolini, began to rise to power.
Now Fiats are known for being fast and mighty. They are relatively inexpensive as well.
We currently have a 2012 Fiat 500 Sport that’s only $6,998.00. You can’t really beat that price for such an amazing car!
See it for yourself here!
3. Mini Cooper
While the Fiat might be Italians favorite car, there’s no doubt that the Mini Cooper is England’s. Overall, the Mini Cooper is ranked highly by auto critics in the compact car category.
The U.S. News ranked the car as #5 for Best Convertible, #6 for Best Subcompact Cars, and #15 for Hatchbacks. Not too shabby! The reviews totaled the car to a staggering 8.1 rating, which is very high considering other cars in its competing categories.
Mini Coopers are on the pricier side of the spectrum of smaller cars, but are said to perform closely to a sports car. They are rather spacious and comfortable for drivers and passengers alike.
They are known for their fun vibe, sporty feel, and manual operation (although you can opt for an automatic in certain models, now).
4. Chevy Spark
The Chevy Spark is the response of the auto business’s demand for smaller cars. Chevy is known for their gigantic cars and trucks, but for this one, they decided to downsize a bit.
Car and Driver gave this small car a five star rating, which speaks to it’s amazing qualities. You’ll definitely expect saving gas money with the Spark, as well. The car gets almost 40 mpg on the highway and over 30 in the city. The car also is extremely affordable, considering it is under $14,000.00 brand new.
The comparable Smart Fortwo leads second behind the Spark and is nearly double it’s price and half the size. It’s not a wonder that the Spark is becoming a more popular alternative.
With only a few years on the market, the Spark is already making big waves in the U.S. Since 2012, the car almost tripled it’s sales. That’s pretty amazing for a relatively new car in the competitive auto industry.
5. Mitsubishi iMiev
The Mitsubishi iMiev actually looks like a car from the future. It’s no surprise that the iMiev is produced by Japanese automakers. From it’s sleek design, to it’s futuristic bubble-shaped windshield, this car is something novel. It is also four-door, which is something I’m sure a lot of tiny car owners wish their models had.
Note that this car is battery powered and only has a range of 62 miles. If you hate driving long distances, this car is perfect for you. Although electric cars are known to be a bit pricey, the iMiev is the least expensive among others.
Priced for under $24,000, the iMiev might seem a bit expensive, but keep in mind that the government offers a huge tax credit for electric cars. If you live in California, you can also expect another $2,500 in reimbursement for having an electric car. Pretty cool, huh?
The iMiev does have some mixed reviews. Some drivers love it, especially if they are only commuting short distances, while others find that it’s not really practical.
Either way, I’m sure out of all of these on the list, you’ll find the car that is suitable for your needs if you are looking for a smaller car!