sub·​com·​pact | \ ˈsəb-ˈkäm-ˌpakt \

Definition of subcompact

: an automobile smaller than a compact

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Nissan, which makes the March subcompact, Leaf electric car and Infiniti luxury models, says an internal investigation found Ghosn hid his pay and misused company funds and assets for personal gain. Yuri Kageyama, The Seattle Times, "Brazilian consul: Arrested Ghosn is healthy, wants thrillers," 5 Dec. 2018 Toyota’s exports from Japan include such models as the popular C-HR subcompact crossover, Prius hybrid and 4Runner SUV, along with several Lexus models, including the LS sedan and GX SUV. Chester Dawson, WSJ, "Toyota to Suspend Output at Japanese Plants After Earthquake," 7 Sep. 2018 True, the subcompact Kicks’ high stance and body styling evoke a crossover SUV. Al Haas,, "Nissan's Kicks is a cute, useful hatchback, not a crossover," 5 July 2018 Then there are the subcompacts, cars like the Mini Cooper Countryman and the Honda HR-V—small crossovers with an SUV profile, a reasonable amount of cargo space, and a backseat that's not punishment for those over five feet tall. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Review: Ford crosses over into the mini-SUV segment with tiny EcoSport," 19 Sep. 2018 The factory produces the Fit subcompact and the HR-V small sport-utility vehicle. Sean Mclain, WSJ, "Motorcycles Are Helping Honda Get a Handle on Tariffs," 31 July 2018 Until then, the only crossovers Buick had were its large, three-row Enclave and the subcompact Encore. Al Haas,, "Refreshed for 2019, Buick Envision is roomy, comfortable, and quiet," 12 July 2018 Unlike most subcompact utilities, the Jimny features body-on-frame construction and rides on solid front and rear axles, just like a Jeep Wrangler. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Suzuki Samurai successor revealed, but don't get too excited," 18 June 2018 Models under the microscope include fuel-sipping cars that have lost out to sport-utility vehicles, Mr. Lentz said—such as the subcompact Yaris, whose U.S. sales have plummeted this year. Sean Mclain, WSJ, "Toyota Reshapes U.S. Lineup in Response to SUV Boom," 6 Nov. 2018

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of subcompact

: a very small car

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