Changes big and small have come to the compact car segment for the 2021 model year. Only one has a complete redesign and there are no brand new nameplates this year, but almost every car in this segment has been modified in one way. or another to make it more competitive. KBB Rating: 4.8
The Hyundai HYMTF, -0.92% Elantra is brand new for 2021. It has a bold new look written by a former Lamborghini designer, which is something we never thought we would say about the Elantra. While the exterior is an eye-catcher, the interior is upscale and high-tech with available features including a 10.25-inch touchscreen, advanced driver-assistance technologies, leather seats and much more, all at a reasonable price while offering offers great fuel economy. Civic Starting Price: $ 22,005 | KBB Rating: 4.7 There’s a brand new Honda HMC, -1.50% Civic on the way for 2022 and the 2021 model has some changes for its swan song. The coupe body style and the Si sport variant have been phased out this year. Although we lost a performance variant, we have gained a new one in the form of the Civic Type R Limited Edition. This special Type R comes in Phoenix Yellow; a paint color reminiscent of the old Acura Integra Type R. It also benefits from some weight savings, a gloss black roof, and a special intake vent in the hood. Production is limited to 600 copies. 2021 Mazda3 Starting price: $ 21,445 | KBB rating: 4.0 This compact was sporty enough when it only had a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline four-cylinder engine. Mazda MZDAY, -0.37% raises the temperature for 2021 with a new 250-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine. Four-wheel drive comes standard with the turbo. There is also a new base engine that is only found in the base sedan model. It’s a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that’s affordable and good for fuel, but doesn’t offer the thrill of larger engine options. See Also: 10 New Cars You Can Get For Less Than $ 300 A Month Little To No Change 2021 Toyota Corolla Starting Price: $ 21,020 | KBB Rating 4.4 For 2021, the compact Toyota Corolla receives a new standard feature that has made its way through the ToyotaTM line, -0.85%. You now have Android Auto standard in each version in addition to your Apple AAPL standard, + 1.92% CarPlay. This opens up smartphone connectivity for Android users to use their favorite apps for music, navigation and more, all on the screen in the center console to reduce distractions. Kia Forte starting price: $ 18,855 | KBB rating: 4.2 Arguably the best investment in this competitive segment, the Kia Forte is unchanged for 2021. Kia 000270, -2.87% added an exciting GT model for 2020, still serving as one of the best-Kept secrets in sports pacts. The non-GT Forte is also highly competitive with plenty of standard features, plenty of room for people and cargo, and one of our favorite infotainment systems, all at a favorable price. More: Best 3-Row SUVs Under $ 40k in 2021 2021 Nissan Sentra Starting Price: $ 20,335 | KBB Rating: 4.1 By 2021, the Nissan NSANY, -0.09% Sentra adds a new standard technology that makes it more competitive with the best players in this segment. This sedan now has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay standard on every trim, plus a Wi-Fi hotspot and NissanConnect services are now available on the top SR trim. 2021 Volkswagen Jetta starting price: $ 19,990 | KBB Rating: 3.9 The humble Volkswagen Jetta gets a few small updates for 2021. The VWAGY infotainment system, -2.16% VW MIB3 with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay has made it to the top tier of the Jetta’s SEL. Additionally, the GLI Autobahn model adds adaptive cruise control to its equipment list, and the base SE model has a standard power driver’s seat. See Also: Your Guide to 2021 Subaru Impreza Midsize SUVs Starting Price: $ 19,720 | KBB Rating: 3.8 The 2021 Subaru FUJHY, + 0.67% Impreza remains the most affordable new AWD car on the market. You get some small changes for 2021, including the black end pieces on the rear wing of the Sport hatchback and the SI-Drive performance management system in the Premium mid-range trim. This story was originally published on KBB.com.