2012 Nissan Versa

2012 Nissan Versa

Consumer Guide Automotive presents its Best Buy Awards to six 2012 compact cars. These Best Buys represent the best balance of attributes and price within the compact-car class. Also check out our 2012 Best Buy and Recommended selections for the 17 other vehicle classes.

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Best 2012 Compact Cars

Not too big, not too small, but just right. That’s the way many people feel about compact cars—which aren’t nearly as “compact” as they used to be. Many are roomy enough to be family sedans while still getting good fuel economy, which is a large part of their appeal.


2012 Best Buy: Ford Focus

Base MSRP: $16,500; Consumer Guide Rating: 67

2012 Ford Focus

Ford Focus

2012 Best Buy: Honda Civic

Base MSRP: $15,805; Consumer Guide Rating: 62

2012 Honda Civic Si Sedan

Honda Civic


2012 Best Buy: Mazda 3

Base MSRP: $15,200; Consumer Guide Rating: 66

2012 Mazda 3 SKYACTIV

Mazda 3


2012 Best Buy: Nissan Versa

Base MSRP: $10,990; Consumer Guide Rating: 64

2012 Nissan Versa

Nissan Versa

2012 Best Buy: Volkswagen Golf

Base MSRP: $17,995; Consumer Guide Rating: 71

Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf


2012 Best Buy: Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

Base MSRP: $19,995; Consumer Guide Rating: 72

2012 Jetta SportWagen

Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

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