sub·​com·​pact | \ ˈsəb-ˈkäm-ˌpakt How to pronounce subcompact (audio) \

Definition of subcompact

: an automobile smaller than a compact

Examples of subcompact in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mini claims the Aceman previews a future production vehicle that will fit in between the Cooper hatchback and Countryman subcompact SUV. Sasha Richie, Car and Driver, 26 July 2022 The Korean automaker says that decision is to make way for its subcompact SUV, the Venue, which takes over as its least expensive model. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 30 June 2022 A few days after Muñoz spoke, Hyundai dropped several cars from its U.S. lineup for the 2023 model year, including the subcompact Accent and midsize Ioniq hybrid and plug-in hybrid. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 2 July 2022 Fuel efficient and inexpensive but with a surprising amount of driving sophistication and features for the price, this subcompact provides good value for the money. Car and Driver, 4 Feb. 2022 The prices in Buick's current lineup start at $24,600 for the Encore subcompact SUV and go to a starting price of $55,100 for the Envision Avenir luxury mid-size SUV. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 1 June 2022 Lexus is giving its smallest crossover, the UX, an update for the 2023 model year, and the biggest news is that the subcompact SUV will become exclusively a hybrid, with Lexus dropping the 169-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-four powertrain. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 13 May 2022 Here’s why this subcompact SUV stands out in a very crowded segment. Kyle Edward, Forbes, 16 May 2022 Kia came in second with 8,450 based on strong sales of its Niro subcompact. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, 16 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of subcompact

1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Subcompact.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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