Superminis (also referred to as B-Segment cars) were once a major market segment in Canada but those days are gone. Over the last few years, Ford abandoned its Fiesta, Hyundai discontinued the Accent, leaving the Venue as its cheapest car, but one priced much higher than the Accent it ostensibly replaced. Nissan terminated its Micra and Versa Note hatchbacks several years ago but replaced them with the Kicks and Versa Sedan. Honda, with the Fit, Toyota, with the Yaris, and Chevrolet, with the Spark, were long-time players in this segment but have abandoned their market positions. For 2023, the Mitsubishi Mirage continues unchanged, as does the Kia Rio5. Cars in this class used to be cramped, slow and hoisy. However, unless you need more cabin or cargo space, any of the cars in this class could easily serve as the main car for most people as they all perform well and are refined enough for long trips. The better cars in this class are economical to operate and are reliable. However, unless you are a cash buyer, please pay attention to monthly payments for financing and especially leasing, which are often as high as they are for more expensive cars in the next size class up.

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