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

Definition of subcompact

: an automobile smaller than a compact

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Now Lexus drives to market the UX, competing against luxury subcompact crossovers such as the Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Lincoln MKC, Volvo XC40, Infiniti QX30, and BMW X1. Frank A. Aukofer, Houston Chronicle, "2019 LEXUS UX 250h: Luxury hybrid comes with all-wheel drive," 14 July 2019 The compact and subcompact premium crossover market is pretty happening these days, taking in a lot of strange morphologies, including high-roof wagons, baby SUVs, and crossover styles. Dan Neil, WSJ, "The Lexus UX 250h: Perfect If You Have No Kids and Extra Cash," 20 June 2019 There's an impressive amount of cargo room for a subcompact as well—27.2 cubic feet, 59.8 cubic feet with the seats down. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Good drive, good value: The Jeep Compass Latitude reviewed," 29 Nov. 2018 The subcompact Ecosport will anchor the bottom of the lineup until Ford develops a new vehicle to compete with the Honda HR-V, Nissan Rogue Sport and Chevrolet Trax. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Ford's plan without sedans: 9 things to know," 1 June 2018 Sales of subcompact cars fell 22% last year over 2017, while sales of all sedans priced under $20,000, including compact cars, were down 29% for the same year-over-year period, according to Chester Dawson, WSJ, "As Demand for Small Cars Weakens, More Auto Makers Drop Them From U.S. Lineups," 13 Jan. 2019 With the launch of the All-New Kona electric, Hyundai Motor is offering the first fully-electric subcompact SUV on the European market. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "All-new Kona: Small crossover joins Hyundai lineup, starts at $19,500," 5 May 2018 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

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of subcompact

US : a very small car

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