Subcompact car

American definition to indicate an automobile with a class size smaller than that of a compact car
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A subcompact car is the American term for an automobile with a class size smaller than a compact car. Usually they are not longer than 165 inches (4,191 mm). They are larger than a microcar. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a passenger car is classified as subcompact if it has between 85 cubic feet (2,407 L) and 99 cu ft (2,803 L) of interior volume.[1]

A subcompact 2009 Chevrolet Aveo

The subcompact group is roughly the same as A-segment and B-segment cars in Europe. They also are similar in size to a city car and supermini in British terminology. In 2012, the New York Times described the differences, saying "today’s small cars actually span three main segments in the global vehicle market". The tiny A-segment cars include the Chevrolet Spark and Smart Fortwo. They’re extremely short and very light. Slightly larger are B-segment cars like the Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Sonic.[2] The most popular subcompact cars include the Chevrolet Sonic/Aveo and the Ford Fiesta.


  1. "FAQ - How are vehicle size classes defined?". Retrieved 2012-01-05. External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. Patton, Phil (9 September 2012). "Taking the 'Cheap' Out of the Small Car". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 September 2012.