And let's not forget that all crossovers are essentially hatchbacks (or wagons).
Whichever term you'd prefer, hatchbacks offer more cargo space, as well as more versatility when it's time to carry either large pieces of cargo, or a mix of passengers and stuff—all while delivering, in many cases, that superior style statement.
Our Best Car To Buy 2014 nominees in this category, the Kia Soul and Mazda 3, are both small, economical (and generally very affordable) cars, but they couldn't be more different in some respects. Choice like this is great, and excellence takes very different forms.
Each of these models earn an Overall Score of at least 8.0 in our full reviews; we rate every vehicle for Styling, Performance, Safety, and Features, and while that's all figured in, you can browse those individual sections on every vehicle based on your own priorities.
Browse the following pages to see a more details on our hatchback 2014 Best Car To Buy Nominees, and check back for more leading up to our big November 12 announcement.