If you don't have a large family to haul around, a small car may fit your driving needs perfectly. It's also very likely that a compact or subcompact vehicle will fit your budget. Due to the current popularity of larger vehicles, small car prices are falling.

So, if you purchase a used model of a compact or subcompact car, you'll definitely be doing your wallet a favor. And these savings will continue at the gas pump because most of these smaller cars are just as fuel efficient as they are affordable.

Some Small Cars to Consider Purchasing

Finding a good, reliable pre-owned vehicle is easier than ever. Modern cars are built to last longer with fewer problems. So, when you find that perfect used small car, there's a good chance that you can buy it with reasonable confidence. Of course, it's still a good idea to have any pre-owned vehicle inspected by a trusted mechanic before committing to a purchase.

If you're fairly sure that a used small car is right for you, here are a few highly-rated models to consider. While prices will vary, each of these vehicles can be purchased for less than $20,000.

Ford FocusThe 2014 Ford Focus

Test drivers have praised the 2014 Focus for being "one of the best-handling cars in the class." And after you've experienced its sharp steering, well-tuned suspension and all-around comfortable ride, you'll probably agree. The Focus also offers a well-appointed, stylish cabin that features materials that are much more high-end than you might expect.

The 2014 Mazda Mazda3

When it was introduced, the 2014 Mazda3 was ranked number one among hatchbacks by U.S. News and World Report. Clearly, it earned this position with its sporty handling and "great" EPA-estimated fuel economy. Critics have also been impressed with the Mazda3's upscale cabin and user-friendly tech features. Speaking of features, the 2014 Mazda3 comes standard with push-button start, a USB port and an auxiliary input jack.

The 2014 Buick Verano

Here's another vehicle that hit the number one spot in the U.S. News and World Report car rankings. The Verano was considered to be the best upscale small car in its class, beating out the Lexus CT Hybrid. And while this may be the priciest car on this small list, it has a lot to offer. The 2014 Verano features a composed ride and "elegant" cabin. It also comes with a surprising amount of cargo space for its size.

The 2014 Mazda Mazda2

If you want a car that is incredibly fun to drive, the 2014 Mazda2 may be the model for you. This hatchback offers the type of sporty handling that will make you look forward to your daily commute. Its interior tech features are also very straightforward and easy to use. These include a four-speaker stereo, an auxiliary jack input and a USB port. Keyless entry is also a standard feature.

The 2013 Toyota Matrix

Unfortunately, this hatchback is no longer in production, but you can still find one that's in great shape. Like almost every other Toyota vehicle, the Matrix has earned high predicted reliability ratings. The 2013 Matrix is also available in an all-wheel drive version, which is unusual for its class. Critics have noted its user-friendly interior controls and the fact that even base models come with decent features.

The 2015 Honda Fit

You've probably seen a lot of these affordably-priced hatchbacks on the road lately. And there are several reasons why the Fit is gaining popularity. The 2015 version offers a comfortable ride and a roomy backseat. This little Honda also comes with a large amount of available cargo space and "great" EPA-estimated fuel economy. In 2015, U.S. News and World Report named the Fit the Best Subcompact Car. It also took the prize for Best Hatchback for the Money.

If one of these small cars seems like it should be in your garage or driveway, check with your local dealership for current pricing and availability. Or, if you know that you'll need a little help with auto financing, contact Drivers Lane first.

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