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Best Small Cars to Buy

best small cars to buy in Indianapolis

A smaller car with low fuel consumption is a great way to reduce the costs required to maintain a vehicle, especially with rising gas prices. Here at Indy Auto Man, we have a variety of smaller-sized models to choose from!

The main advantages of small vehicles are:

  • compactness and increased maneuverability - great for cities like Indianapolis;
  • lower up-front cost in comparison to premium models;
  • affordable maintenance in the post-warranty period;
  • simple controls (which is helpful for novice drivers)


These cars are designed primarily for day-to-day use due to the reduced fuel capacity, but offer a reliable, cost-effective option for those not looking to spend as much. Here are some of the top models of compact cars we offer at Indy Auto Man! 

Attractive Volkswagen Golf

The Volkswagen Golf hatchback is a fun, fast option that can reach speeds of 60 mph in 8.6-9.1 seconds. Despite its smaller size, its five-seat cabin and around 8 cubic feet of cargo room is comfortable to use as a family vehicle. Fuel consumption is also another area where the Golf shines, providing 29 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.

Thoughtfully Equipped Toyota Prius

The five-seater Toyota Prius hatchback has an impressive set of equipment, especially considering its smaller size. It comes with a reliable, informational dashboard that provides key insights into the vehicle’s performance and navigation. There are both gas-powered and hybrid options available, and it boasts a hugely economical fuel consumption of around 51 mpg (city) and 48 mpg(highway).

Stylish and Nimble Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta is a fantastic vehicle to consider if looking for a more sporty option. Somewhat similar to the VW Golf in its low fuel consumption (27 mpg city and 37 mpg highway), this five-seater hatchback can reach speeds of around 110 mph. The Fiesta is a bit smaller in size, but overall a great option when searching for a fuel-efficient option.

Compact Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 is one of the smallest vehicles on this list, but really stands out in the subcompact category. It is comfortable for two passengers, and though it does have a functional rear bench for additional seating, the back row folds down to offer a spacious 30.2 cubic feet of cargo room. It is also one of the most economical vehicles, getting around 34 mpg.

Spacious Mitsubishi Mirage

Though not as small as some of the other vehicles on this list, the Mitsubishi Mirage boasts a more spacious and comfortable cabin that is great for families or carpooling. In addition, the fuel-efficiency shines in the Mirage, getting around 37 mpg. One minor drawback is the cargo area - which is the trade-off for the larger cabin - offering only 8 cubic feet of storage.

Iconic MINI Cooper

The MINI Cooper is a staple vehicle that comes to mind when thinking about subcompact cars. Offering an attractive, sporty exterior and an interior to match (with a 121 horsepower 1.6-liter, four-cylinder base engine), it has risen to sustained popularity. In addition to the engaging appearance of the vehicle, it achieves 32 mpg, making it a top-contender for those looking for fuel-efficient compact cars.

Dependable Honda Fit

The Honda Fit is a practical and affordable option for anyone looking into fuel-efficient, subcompact cars. It comes in both a sedan and hatchback style and is perfect for those needing a little extra room, offering both a spacious cargo compartment and cabin (which can seat up to five). With its 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine, it offers around 29 mpg city and 38 mpg highway.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Small Vehicles

advantages and disadvantages of small cars

These compact cars can be a great option for those looking to find affordable, fuel-efficient vehicles for daily commutes. Compact cars are well-prepared for maneuverability in congested traffic. With its smaller size, it is easy to navigate in slow-moving traffic jams, in tight spaces in parking areas, and the ability to turn around in narrow spaces. This is especially beneficial to novice drivers or city commuters. The modest weight and engine capacity of these vehicles are really where they shine the most, offering some of the most economical options on the market when it comes to fuel efficiency. 

These vehicles do have their drawbacks. The main disadvantage is the limited capacity and smaller-sized cargo area. Taller passengers will likely experience less comfort during longer-distance travel in these vehicles just due to the smaller size, which highlights the fact that these vehicles are especially suited for city and commuter driving. Another drawback is in the area of safety. Because of the smaller size, these vehicles do not offer as much protection as larger vehicles would in cases of accidents. 

Come check out some of the best of the best of these compact vehicles in the Indianapolis area at the Indy Auto Man dealership, located right off of US 31 on the south side. Take some of these fantastic options out on a test drive to find the perfect fit for your expectations, lifestyle, and budget! 

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