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Best AWD Compact Cars for 2023

These are the best AWD compact cars based on iSeeCars' analysis of each vehicle’s reliability, resale value and safety.

The best AWD compact car is the Subaru Impreza with an iSeeCars Score of 9.1 out of 10. The iSeeCars Score factors in reliability (based on iSeeCars’ proprietary analysis of a vehicle’s longevity), value retention (based on iSeeCars’ analysis of 5-year depreciation) and safety (based on NHTSA and IIHS safety ratings) of each vehicle. The second best AWD compact car is the Subaru WRX with a Score of 8.8. Behind the WRX is the Mazda Mazda3 Sedan with a rating of 8.7.

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The best AWD compact car is the Subaru Impreza with an iSeeCars Score of 9.1 out of 10. The iSeeCars Score factors in reliability (based on iSeeCars’ proprietary analysis of a vehicle’s longevity), value retention (based on iSeeCars’ analysis of 5-year depreciation) and safety (based on NHTSA and IIHS safety ratings) of each vehicle. The second best AWD compact car is the Subaru WRX with a Score of 8.8. Behind the WRX is the Mazda Mazda3 Sedan with a rating of 8.7.

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iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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9.1 / 10
  • Reliability 8.6 / 10
  • Value Retention 8.7 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

See how we rank these cars
8.8 / 10
  • Reliability 7.0 / 10
  • Value Retention 9.3 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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8.7 / 10
  • Reliability 8.9 / 10
  • Value Retention 8.2 / 10
  • Safety 9.0 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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8.6 / 10
  • Reliability 8.9 / 10
  • Value Retention 8.0 / 10
  • Safety 9.0 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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  • Value Retention 8.0 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

See how we rank these cars
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How We Rank These Cars

The best AWD cars rank vehicles by iSeeCars Score which is based on our proprietary assessment of a vehicle’s reliability, resale value and safety (based on ratings from IIHS and NHTSA).

The iSeeCars Score is an analysis of three factors: reliability, resale value and safety. It is calculated based on the latest research and analysis by our data science team. The data analysis comes from over 12 million new and used vehicles in our Longest-Lasting Cars and 5-Year Depreciation Studies, combined with NHTSA and IIHS Safety Ratings.

Vehicles are scored in three categories:

Reliability | 33.3%

The reliability score represents an analysis of iSeeCars' proprietary research on the longest-lasting vehicles.

Value Retention | 33.3%

The value retention score is based on our data science team's statistical analysis and prediction of 5-year depreciation from MSRP to determine which cars hold their value best, using US Bureau of Labor Statistics data to adjust for inflation.

Safety | 33.3%

The safety score is calculated based on the last five years of crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and incorporates the latest Top Safety Pick information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).