subcompact

noun
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 Mazda reestablishes itself as the go-to brand for affordable vehicles that deliver more style and fun than the competition with its winsome new CX-30 subcompact SUV. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Mazda CX-30 is a small SUV you'll love for fun and style and price and practicality," 4 June 2020 The upcoming Alfa Romeo Tonale is a subcompact luxury crossover that will slot in below the Stelvio SUV. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "2021 Alfa Romeo Tonale Is the Small Crossover Alfa Needs Right Now," 22 Apr. 2020 With buyers eyeballing boxy, utilitarian, subcompact crossovers, however, Nissan has turned the designers loose on its car lineup. cleveland, "Affordable Nissan Sentra makes your pulse accelerate, until you hit the gas pedal (review)," 9 May 2020 Neither Kia nor Chevy will be looking to sell many base models, but the Seltos and Trailblazer are welcome signs that affordability and the shift from compact and subcompact to SUVs can coexist. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "8 vehicles guaranteed to draw crowds, spark debates at LA auto show," 23 Nov. 2019 The brand, which debuted in 1989, grew 10% to 765,330 vehicles worldwide, Toyota said in a statement Monday, powered by strong sales of its UX subcompact crossover and best-selling RX sports utility vehicle. Chester Dawson, Bloomberg.com, "Toyota’s Lexus Brand Surges Globally, Despite U.S. Sales Stall," 16 Mar. 2020 In 2016, General Motors began selling the mass-market positioned Chevrolet Bolt, a subcompact spiritual successor to its pioneering hybrid Volt sedan from nearly a decade before, helping to broaden the appeal of the all-electric. Tamara Warren, Fortune, "Running on EV: The race to solve lithium-ion battery recycling before it’s too late," 28 Jan. 2020 The brand, which debuted in 1989, grew 10% to 765,330 vehicles worldwide, Toyota said in a statement Monday, powered by strong sales of its UX subcompact crossover and best-selling RX sports utility vehicle. Chester Dawson, Bloomberg.com, "Toyota’s Lexus Brand Surges Globally, Despite U.S. Sales Stall," 16 Mar. 2020 The Seltos competes with subcompact SUVs like the Ford Ecosport, Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona, Jeep Renegade and the upcoming Chevrolet Trailblazer. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2021 Kia Seltos brings Telluride style to affordable small SUV," 17 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of subcompact

1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Subcompact.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subcompact. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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subcompact

noun
How to pronounce subcompact (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of subcompact

US : a very small car

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