The Ford Focus, Mazda 3 and Volkswagen Jetta are among the best compact cars on the market, according to Car and Driver Magazine's 2015 Editor's Choice ratings. Among the compact cars that received an A rating from Edmunds in 2015 were the Honda Civic, Kia Forte and Volkswagen Golf.
The Nissan Sentra, Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla are the best quality compact cars available, according to J.D. Power's 2015 Initial Quality Study. The Nissan Sentra received the "awardee" designation. The 2015 Toyota Corolla received the Kelley Blue Book's 5-Year Cost to Own Award for best compact car with the Honda Civic and Hyundai Veloster receiving second and third place.