Hatchback

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

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»

2018 Subaru Crosstrek, 2017 Geneva auto show
2018 Subaru Crosstrek video preview

For many owners, Subaru’s Crosstrek is loyal like a Labrador and just as eager to go anywhere. The surprise success for Subaru has spawned a second generation and we’re here in Geneva to check it out. Based on the newest Impreza, the Crosstrek doesn’t stray far from the formula...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT, 2017 Chicago auto show
2018 Hyundai Elantra GT video preview

It was just a few years ago, here in Chicago, that Hyundai took the wraps off the Elantra GT. Now, history is repeating itself as the Korean automaker just unveiled a new version of its stylish little hatchback. The new Elantra GT is a smart-looking five-door, with a low, wide stance and nice...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT, 2017 Chicago auto show
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT went to finishing school in Europe

The Hyundai Elantra GT nameplate returns to the automaker's lineup for the 2018 model year with a decidedly more Continental flair than the comparatively workaday Elantra sedan. That's because instead of simply being a hatchback version of the Elantra four-door, the all-new Elantra GT is actually a...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Chevrolet Bolt EV: The Car Connection's Best Hatchback to Buy 2017

Chevrolet's ardent claims that its first mass-market electric car isn't a car at all—it's a small crossover, according to them—won't sway us. We know a hatchback when we see one, and the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is the best hatchback for this year. Calling it The Car Connection's Best...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Chevrolet Bolt EV: The Car Connection's Best Electric Car to Buy 2017

The Chevrolet Bolt EV handily wins The Car Connection's Best Electric Car to Buy 2017. It rendered all other affordable electric vehicles outdated and nearly obsolete the minute it was unveiled. That's what happens in the tech world, which is just what the auto industry is starting to feel like...Read More»

2017 Honda Civic
Honda Civic: The Car Connection's Best Economy Vehicle to Buy 2017

Trucks may get all the glory, but economy cars do just as much work. Day in, day out, these famously unfussy machines shuttle tens of millions of us to work, school, stores, chores, parties, and home again with our stampeding dirty shoes and sweaty mutts. Just toss that wrapper in the back seat...Read More»

2017 Nissan Versa Note
2017 Nissan Versa Note shows off new face, Doctor Doom references inevitable

Nissan unveiled Thursday its updated 2017 Nissan Versa Note, complete with the V-neck grille you'll find on almost every Nissan now except the Z and the Leaf. The updated hatchback for Nissan is relatively unchanged aside from the swept headlights, deeply set vertical grille element, and...Read More»

New Kia Rio
2017 Kia Rio is all new, now with actual style

Kia has taken the wraps off of its new Rio ahead of its debut later this month at the Paris Motor Show. The updated Rio is expected to go on sale in North America as a 2017 or 2018 model. While Kia hasn't released many details about the new Rio, but it promises that the subcompact will finally have...Read More»

2017 Honda Fit
Honda sees 'fit' to leave things alone with 2017 Fit

Sometimes no news is news indeed—that's the case with the 2017 Honda Fit. After some speculation that the Japanese automaker might juggle a few things around with its smallest car, which will have a new internal rival when the Civic Hatchback hits dealers, Honda is apparently content leaving...Read More»

2017 Toyota Corolla 50th Anniversary Special Edition
Toyota ups prices on 2017 Corolla, 86 sports car

Toyota has announced a handful of modest price increases for the 2017 versions of its 86 sports car and its Corolla sedan and hatchback lineup. First, a little background: Toyota is dropping its Scion sub-brand, but that division's FR-S and iM coupe and five-door hatchback have simply been...Read More»

2017 Mazda MAZDA3
New 2017 Mazda 3 compact unveiled, looks even angrier

Mazda took the wrappers off its updated Mazda 3 on Tuesday night, and would you just look at that hatchback—it's even angrier that you don't immediately recognize its overall brilliance. Along with a new front bumper and fog lights, the Mazda 3 now includes semi-sophisticated driving software...Read More»

Honda Accord 40th Anniversary
Honda Accord's turns 40, somehow still looks better than the rest of us

Mine was a gray 1986 Accord Hatchback that overheated up the hill on my way home, and didn't have the brakes to stop me going down the hill on my way to high school. I loved it. Over 40 years, there have been 12.7 million stories or more like mine across the U.S. ALSO SEE: NHTSA to 300,000 Honda...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback
Chevrolet goes premium with 2017 Cruze Hatchback priced from $22,190

Chevrolet said that its new-for-2017 Cruze Hatchback will boast a surprisingly hefty sticker price when it goes on sale late this year: $22,190. That's several hundred dollars over the four-door version of the compact sedan (with the RS package) and well over that of most direct rivals. However...Read More»

2017 Mazda CX-3
2017 Mazda CX-3 changes little in sophomore year

The Mazda CX-3 crossover hatchback returns for its sophomore year, little changed. Mazda announced yesterday that the 2017 CX-3 goes on sale in July, sporting the same base price tag as last year. For $20,860, the CX-3 comes standard with the 146-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-4, a 6-speed automatic...Read More»

2016 Honda Civic Sedan (Touring)
2016 Honda Civic video road test

The Honda Civic is one of the best-selling, most widely recognized car lines in the world. You might say it’s a wee bit important for Honda to get it right when it goes in for a revamp. For 2016 the Civic is new. Is it once again the standard of the compact-car world? With a clean-sheet...Read More»

2017 Subaru Impreza 5-Door, 2016 New York Auto Show
2017 Subaru Impreza video preview

Subaru is best known for its all-wheel-drive wagons, and for its racy WRX. But what about mainstream economy cars? That’s where this car comes in. It’s the 2017 Subaru Impreza, the Japanese automaker’s compact sedan and hatchback, and it’s taking a bow this week before it...Read More»

The Car Connection Daily Headlines
I agree to receive emails from the site. I can withdraw my consent at any time by unsubscribing.
Thank you! Please check your email for confirmation.