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Used Compact Sedans and Hatchbacks

There will always be a market for compact sedans, subcompact sedans, and small hatchback cars. They’re inexpensive, fuel-efficient, fun to drive, and adaptable. They’re not just for college students and first-time car buyers, since they last a long time if well cared for, and don’t take up too much space.  

Pre-owned compacts and hatchbacks cost even less and are great cars to have to teach the basics of vehicle maintenance and repairs. They’re not meant to be luxurious or extravagant, but they get the job done and you can find one from just about every automaker in the world. The chart below lists some common compact sedans and hatchbacks from major automakers. 







Subcompact Yaris Sonic Fiesta Civic, Civic Si, Insight (older models)  Versa (Older Models) 
Compact Corolla Cruze Focus Insight Sentra, Versa 
Hatchback  Corolla Hatchback  Spark, Sonic Hatchback  Fiesta Hatchback  Fit, Civic Hatchback, Civic Type R Hatchback  Versa Hatchback, Leaf 


Chart Analysis 

If you’re up to date on what models are currently running, you will likely notice a few model names like the Ford Focus or Chevrolet Cruze have been discontinued. This chart is far from comprehensive, but it does help to illustrate how most major automakers at least have a subcompact that exists as both a sedan and a hatchback.  


The regular compact segment seems to be fading away slowly as the market polarizes to either the subcompact or midsize sedans. Since so many car buyers are opting for compact crossover SUVs, this should come as no surprise. The versatility of the hatchback is almost giving that segment an underground rebirth.  


Be sure to look for these models and others regularly at Show Me Auto Mall, as our inventory changes from day to day. There are many other pre-owned subcompact, compact, and hatchback car models, so if you’re shopping, be sure to do your research and find the one that represents what you want most out of your next small car. 

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