Compacts

2018 Mazda 3 adds safety tech, drops F1-inspired regenerative braking
2018 Mazda 3 adds safety tech, drops F1-inspired regenerative braking

The 2018 Mazda 3 will come with more active-safety equipment as standard, but it'll also have less in common with a Formula 1 car than before. According to CarsDirect, which sourced its information from an ordering guide, the 2018 Mazda 3 will come standard with low-speed automatic emergency...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport
2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport first drive: chasing the VW GTI

As the more dapper and international of the automaker's two compact cars, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT speaks many languages. It wears a crisply tailored European suit not unlike the car that's in its sights: the Volkswagen GTI It mostly succeeds in imitating, but not besting, that German stalwart...Read More»

2018 Honda Fit
2018 Honda Fit gets new look, adds more safety tech

With its 2018 Fit, Honda has democratized advanced safety tech. The Japanese automaker has made a suite of technology available on even the least-expensive version of its smallest car. This list includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and lane departure...Read More»

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport vs. 2017 Honda HR-V: Compare Cars

Small crossover utility vehicles have surged in popularity, and every carmaker is rolling out new entries. The new Nissan Rogue Sport gives the very popular compact crossover Rogue a smaller, more stylish sibling that's visually similar but is shorter, lower, and slightly more nimble. The very...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI, 2017 New York Auto Show
2018 VW Golf lineup gets a facelift and some new eyeliner

Volkswagen showed off its new Golf family on Monday, just two days ahead of its appearance at the 2017 New York auto show. The updated interiors and revised faces for the compact car touch them all; the Golf, GTI, SportWagen, Golf R, and Alltrack models get the new goods—the new e-Golf was...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester XT convoy on tour in South Africa
Subaru Forester Vs Subaru XV Crosstrek: Which Crossover To Buy?

As we've noted before, many automotive journalists seem to own Subarus as their personal cars. We recently spent three days with a new 2014 Subaru Forester XT--the more powerful turbocharged model--driving South Africa's Garden Route along the country's south coast, from Plettenburg Bay to Cape...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, test drive in Hell, Michigan
2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel: First Drive

It may not look any different on the outside, but the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is a pioneering vehicle: It's the first passenger car with a diesel engine sold by General Motors for 28 years. Now reaching Chevy dealers in initial launch areas--those where the Volkswagen Jetta TDI diesel already...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester  -  2012 Los Angeles Auto Show
Subaru Prices The 2014 Forester

With a fresh design for the new model year, the 2014 Subaru Forester hopes to strike a balance between keeping repeat customers happy while attracting new compact crossover buyers to the fold. When Subaru last revamped the Forester, for the 2008 model year, the changes were substantial. The...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Spark minicar
Small Cars Haven't Been This Big For Nearly 20 Years

Gas prices are soaring. Parking is pricey. The economy is recovering, but still shaky. Add all that up, and you'd expect small cars to be fairly popular in the U.S. And you'd be right. In fact, small cars are on track to reach a market share not seen since Bill Clinton's first inauguration...Read More»

Car sizes through the years, cropped (infographic via Automotive.com)
Small Cars Ain't What They Used To Be: Infographic

Yesterday, we pointed out that small cars have been selling like hotcakes -- tiny, 110-cubic-foot-sized hotcakes. Today, they represent 19.3% of America's new-car purchases, and they're on track to hit 20.5%, a market share that small cars haven't enjoyed in nearly 20 years. Part of the allure of...Read More»

2013 Cadillac ATS
2013 Cadillac ATS: All-New Compact Luxury Sedan

When Cadillac took the wraps off its all-new compact luxury sedan, the 2013 Cadillac ATS, Sunday night at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, the occasion signaled game-on for the domestic automaker’s anticipated challenge to the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C Class. Although this may seem like...Read More»

2013 Dodge Dart interior teasers
2013 Dodge Dart: More Details, First Look Inside All-New Compact Sedan

The Dodge Dart is back. Well, almost; next year, Dodge will resurrect the Dart model name in an all-new compact sedan set to replace the unlovely Caliber hatchback. And from the couple of pictures that Dodge had already revealed, we knew that this new model—a compact sedan aimed at mainstream...Read More»

2011 Nissan Rogue
2011 Nissan Rogue: Recall Alert

Nissan is conducting a safety recall on certain 2011 Nissan Rogue compact crossover SUVs because the circuit board on some electric power steering (EPS) control units may have been incorrectly installed. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of...Read More»

2012 Honda CR-V live reveal at Los Angeles Auto Show, Nov 2011
2012 Honda CR-V: Redesigned Compact Crossover Bows At The 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show

Fans and prospective family buyers of the Honda CR-V compact crossover won’t be disappointed with the redesigned 2012 CR-V just unveiled at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. What the 2012 Honda CR-V continues to offer is what family car buyers appreciate most: versatility, spaciousness...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Confirmed For 2013: GM CEO Akerson

It's as good as official: Chevrolet will build a diesel version of the Cruze for the U.S., to go on sale in 2013. The word comes straight from General Motors CEO Dan Akerson in an interview with USA Today. Speculation and rumors of a Cruze diesel have circulated for most of 2011, but today's...Read More»

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
2012 Nissan Versa, E15, 2012 Scion iQ, Groupon: Car News Headlines

We drive the new 2012 Nissan Versa. [TheCarConnection] Save $300 on a Cadillac with Groupon. [SocialCarNews] The next-generation Subaru WRX will drop the Impreza nameplate. [MotorAuthority] The GAO says E15 gasoline will not arrive for at least a year. [GreenCarReports] Subaru offers advice about...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus
Hot Hatchbacks Attract Buyers…Again

For years the lowly hatchback languished, derided by many as a cheapo, low-content ride with no power and little style. In short, hatchbacks were considered not-for-me transportation choices suited only for the least fortunate. That was then, this is now. Hatchbacks, all of a sudden, it seems, are...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
2013 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Plans 'Confirmed'...Again

Chevrolet's new Cruze compact car, the replacement to the lackluster Cobalt, has met with positive reviews from the press and fair sales success, but it may soon get even more attractive to those with mileage on their minds: a diesel version is coming. This February, our sister site GreenCarReports...Read More»

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid, road test, Spring 2011
2012 Honda Civic Ultimate Guide: Reviews, Gas Mileage, Videos

While the launch of the all-new 2012 Honda Civic was slowed somewhat by the after-effects of the Feburary earthquake and tsunami in Japan, 2012 model cars are now in dealerships. Gas mileage has gone up pretty much across the board, with the lowest figures of 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, and 25 mpg...Read More»

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