Subcompact cars manuals

A subcompact car is an American definition to indicate an automobile with a class size smaller than that of a compact car, usually not exceeding 165 inches (4,191 mm) in length, but larger than a microcar. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a passenger car is classified as subcompact if it has between 85 cubic feet (2,407 L) and 99 cu ft (2,803 L) of interior volume.

In North America, the term "subcompact" came into popular use in the early 1970s with the introduction of new domestic-built models produced by North American automakers in response to the growing popularity of small imported cars from Europe and Japan. Previously, cars in this size were variously categorized, including "small automobile" and "economy car." This type of car has been around since the 1940s with the Crosley, and in the 1950s with the captive import, the Nash Metropolitan. A number of imported models, notably the Volkswagen Beetle and various small British cars, were also marketed at "economy" cars during this time.

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Because of consumer demand for fuel-efficient cars during the late-2000s, sales of subcompact cars made it the fastest growing market category in the U.S. As of 2011, numerous models of subcompacts are sold in North America, including the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Mazda 2, Nissan Versa, Scion xD, Suzuki Swift, and Toyota Yaris.

Automakers quickly turned to small cars when gas hit $4 a gallon. Beefier compact cars have proved more popular, but fuel-sipping subcompacts remain the value leaders for 2011. Top-selling subcompacts may not be in the 40-mpg elite, but the sticker prices are persuasive. Here are the most popular in dealer showrooms last month, with the number of cars sold.

But subcompact and mini-cars -- the likes of the Fiat 500 and Chevrolet Sonic -- usually don't get much, if any, better fuel economy than roomier compact cars.

For instance, at 33 miles per gallon, the most efficient version of the subcompact Chevrolet Sonic gets the same overall fuel economy as the larger Chevrolet Cruze Eco compact car. Other versions of those two models differ by only small amounts in combined city and highway driving. (Electric isn't the only 'green car' solution)

Same for the teeny Hyundai Accent versus the larger Hyundai Elantra. Again, both get 33 mpg in combined city and highway driving. The subcompact Ford Fiesta actually does get better mileage than the compact Ford Focus. But the Focus, with 30% more horsepower and 43% more cargo space, gets beaten by just two miles per gallon.

It's even true of hybrids. The tiny Prius C gets the same overall fuel economy (city and highway combined) as the larger Prius. Both are rated at 50 miles per gallon.

Subcompact cars have enjoyed a popularity surge over the past few years, due in part to a troubled economy, high fuel prices, heightening environmental concerns, and--to the manufacturers’ credit--more enticing vehicles. By virtue of their small size and modest engine power, subcompacts are some of the most fuel-efficient cars on the market. In general, they are also the most affordable class of vehicles, with the lowest-priced car (Hyundai Accent) starting at $12,445. All cars in this class have base MSRPs under $16,000.

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