The Consumer Guide to 2010 Compact Cars
Cars are no longer as it used to be. Modern compact cars are now competing with bigger cars in terms of looks, general features as well as safety features. Most of the compacts have four seats and spaces for the luggage. The challenge in this group of cars is the completion.
The compact cars are present in all shapes, the sedans, the coupe and the hatchbacks. They are most 4 cylinders and front wheel drive. The hatchbacks and the wagons have both 2 and 4 doors. Some high performance cars in this compact group are turbocharged as others are hybrid and others natural gas while others have options of diesel.
New for 2010
This group did not see new models entering the compact cars in 2010. The existing models have new styles and features.
The hybrid Honda Insight is a hatchback with 4 doors that joined the group to give competition to Toyota’s Prius.
Kia Forte replaced their Spectra sedan with a powerful 2 door Forte Koup
Mitsubishi Lancer added a hatchback model with 4 doors known as the Sportback
Volkswagen Golf became the second in the compact cars to come up with a diesel powered engine.
As far as styling is concerned, the Mazda 3 and Nissan Sentra got some styling and power in 2010
The Toyota Corolla and the Matrix saw improved safety features as Nissan Versa got both safety and Styling additions. The price of the Hyundai Elantra was lowered.
The Chevrolet Cobalt as well as the HHR Panel entered new models but lost the high performance packages along with the Dodge Caliber but the interior was redesigned.
The GM owing to their bankruptcy are phasing out most of their brands
The features now available in the compact cars were available in five years ago for the bigger and more expensive cars. The upholstery, the heater for the front seats together with navigation systems and other features are available for not more than $20,000. In some models these features are optional.