1. 2017 Subaru Impreza – Starting price: $18,395
The Subaru Impreza score is 8.3 out of 10. It is one of the best compact cars for the cost. The 2017 edition features all wheel drive and a comfortable interior that is well-equipped and spacious. It comfortably seats 5. The fuel economy is 22-28 MPG city and 30-38 highway. On the downside, the reliability rating is just 2.5 and the powertrain lacks power.The interior materials are sub-par, but for the price, the pros outweigh the cons.