9. Volkswagen Jetta: 115,807

Yes, another Volkswagen. Despite Dieselgate, people haven’t completely lost faith in this German brand. Honestly, the upcoming generation looks amazing, but the one that people scooped up in 2017 is a little generic and soft.


Maybe it was all the incentives VW was throwing around? Or the fact that they could get a cool-looking European sedan on the cheap? Who knows, but sales figures for 2018 should be dramatically higher.

8. Subaru Impreza: 117,401

Ever since Subaru shifted the WRX models to their own separate platform, the Impreza has been pretty much forgotten by enthusiasts.

But, if you’re shopping for an affordable car that feels sporty to drive, this one is a true gem.

Available as a sedan or wagon, both feature tight handling, plus you can get a snappy manual transmission for even more fun. And, that Boxer engine can be pretty rev-happy.

7. Kia Forte: 117,596

While it’s true that the Kia Forte can be had in hatchback form, called the Forte5, most opt for the sedan. Whichever you get, Kia has stepped up its quality game in a big way. You’ll be hard-pressed to find many differences in the fit and finish of this car versus something like the Civic or Corolla, which is really saying something.


People are noticing and realizing that the Forte is a steal, which is probably why it keeps moving up this list of best selling compact cars.

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