Compact cars seemed to always go in and out of favor with the American public, but they’re clearly here now, and here to stay. A lot of it has to do with a desire to reduce carbon emissions, and the costs associated with larger vehicles.

But they also have plenty of benefits that could make them a perfect fit for a certain class of buyers. This is why most automakers have one or a few signature compacts nowadays, and why we are seeing more and more of them on our roads. Here are some of the benefits of driving a compact car.

No More Fighting for Parking

Not only will you be able to fit your car into tighter spaces, but you’ll also be able to access those coveted and often empty compact car parking spots. These will usually be in great spots, and having a compact car could end up saving you a lot of time and trouble, especially if you live in a densely populated city.

They’re Not as Tiny as they Used to Be

People often look at small vehicles and wonder how 5 people could possibly fit in them. But there have been many advances in the field of ergonomics, and new compact cars are built for space. This includes cargo space as well.

You Can Go All-Electric

If you want a vehicle that can run off solar energy alone, then you’ll have to go with a compact vehicle. As a matter of fact, a lot of the top electric vehicles on the market are compact cars, like the Leaf, Fiat 500e, or the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

Speaking of which, CarMax has a great review on the Chevrolet Bolt EV, which is not only great by electric compact car standard, but across the board. They run down all of its features, such as the driving range, interior, and exterior, as well as cool app and tech additions. They also mention the different editions available so you can pick the right one for your needs.

They’re the Perfect Budget Option

One of the best things about compact vehicles is how cheap they are. And these savings are even more dramatic when you start looking at used vehicles.

For instance, you could find a perfectly fine Toyota Yaris for under $2000 if you’re ready to go back a few years, and these cars are workhorses, not to mention very economical when it comes to gas consumption. You’ll also save on repairs since these are usually basic vehicles with easy-to-find parts. And most people will be able to fix them with no problem as they’re usually widespread. Not to mention that most compact vehicles won’t cost you nearly as much to cover.

You can try your compact car on long roads, take the international driving permit and you’re ready to go.

As you can see, compact cars have lots to offer and could be the perfect fit for you. Make sure that you look at a few of them, and consider the money and energy you could save driving one.

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