Hatchback

2012 Mazda Mazdaspeed3: Quick Drive
2012 Mazda Mazdaspeed3: Quick Drive

The 2012 Mazdaspeed3 hatchback continues to uphold Mazda's reputation as the builder of cars that drivers want and need to own. A plain-wrapper five-door front-wheel-drive hatch, the Speed3 only gives away the promise of incredible fun behind the wheel when one sees the extended rear spoiler and...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus
2012 Ford Focus: TheCarConnection's Best Car To Buy 2012

After driving thousands of miles in more than 200 new vehicles in the past year, and rating each one independently, High Gear Media's editors have chosen a winner. TheCarConnection's Best Car To Buy 2012 is the 2012 Ford Focus. Each year, our team rates each new vehicle we review based on styling...Read More»

2012 Subaru Impreza four-door sedan, Connecticut, Sept 2011
Best Car To Buy 2012 Nominees: Impreza, Camry, Prius, Beetle, Passat

We're almost there -- these five vehicles represent the final nominees for TheCarConnection's Best Car To Buy 2012 award. Of course it's because they're arranged in alphabetical order. There's no other reason to put the best-selling passenger car in America in the final bracket, alongside one of...Read More»

2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Best Car To Buy 2012 Nominees: M-Class, MINI, Mitsu i, Versa, iQ

We're rolling through the nominees for TheCarConnection's Best Car To Buy 2012 award, and nearing the end of the list, we're still finding new themes among the group of 25 new cars, crossovers and SUVs that made the field this year. The mass market's well represented on this year's list, and gas...Read More»

2012 Ford Mustang GT
Best Car To Buy 2012 Nominees: Mustang, Civic, CR-V, Accent, Veloster

Next week, High Gear Media will announce our trio of Best Car To Buy 2012 award winners. Here at TheCarConnection, the field includes 25 eligible cars, crossovers and SUVs--a great field of new vehicles heavy on sedans and hatchbacks, and somewhat lighter on green machines and minivans than in the...Read More»

2012 Acura TL
Best Car To Buy 2012 Nominees: TL, Verano, Sonic, 500, Focus

As we get ready to announce the winner of TheCarConnection's Best Car To Buy 2012 award, we're faced with a big task: narrowing down the field of 25 eligible cars, crossovers and SUVs. It's not easy, since this year's contenders run in packs, with plenty of sedans and utility vehicles, but not as...Read More»

2012 Kia Rio
2012 Kia Rio Sedan Priced From $14,150

Last month we told you how much the new Kia Rio hatchback would cost, and now Kia has priced the all-new 2012 Rio sedan. Starting at just $14,150 (including a $750 destination charge) for a Rio LX with a six-speed manual transmission, the 2012 Kia Rio sedan comes with quite a bit more standard...Read More»

2012 Kia Rio Hatchback
2012 Kia Rio 5-Door Priced From $14,350

The 2012 Kia Rio is entirely new from the ground up, and somehow Kia found a way to shave more than a few dollars off the starting price of its subcompact hatchback. Last year’s Kia Rio5 started at $15,790, which makes the 2012 model’s $14,350 price of admission (including a $750...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster
Hyundai Announces 2012 Veloster Pricing

Earlier today we reported that John Krafcik, CEO of Hyundai Motor America, tweeted that the base price of the 2012 Veloster will be $17,300. At the time we didn't know whether that price included destination or not. Now all our questions have been answered as Hyundai has just released full pricing...Read More»

2012 Honda Fit Sport
2012 Honda Fit Shapes Up

The 2011 Honda Fit is one of the most popular vehicles in the subcompact segment, and with good reason: it’s small on the outside but big on the inside, relatively entertaining to drive and affordable for most any budget. It’s racked up “Best Of” awards from the likes of Car...Read More»

2012 Toyota Yaris
2012 Toyota Yaris To Debut At...Lollapalooza

While the new Toyota Yaris has been revealed in other markets, the U.S. has had to wait. The waiting will end soon: Toyota announced on its Facebook fan page that the new 2012 Yaris will make its debut at Lollapalooza. We've seen the spy shots, and heard the rumors of a hybrid model, but to this...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo – Copyright High Gear Media
Has The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Given Up On Flower Power? #YouTellUs

The Volkswagen Beetle is one of those iconic cars that represents a brand. The last-generation Beetle helped put Volkswagen on the map in the U.S., but it was more of a hit with female buyers. Volkswagen hopes to even the demographic spread with the new 2012 Beetle. The main design cues on the new...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo – Copyright High Gear Media
Has The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Lost Its Flower Power? #YouTellUs

The last-generation Volkswagen Beetle wasn't exactly what we would call masculine. From its steering column-mounted flower vase to the triple-bubble shape, it was definitely perceived to be a feminine vehicle. Volkswagen is hoping to change that perception with the new 2012 Beetle. By the numbers...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»

2012 Ford Focus Titanium hatchback, New York, July 2011
Is The Hatchback Suddenly Popular Again? #YouTellUs

When people think of family vehicles thoughts seem to turn to minivans and crossovers, but what about the hatchback? These versatile vehicles have more cargo room than sedans with similar fuel economy. With gas prices rising is seems consumers are starting to realize the benefits of hatchbacks...Read More»

2011 Ford Focus
Are Hatchbacks Making A Comeback? #YouTellUs

Just like station wagons, the hatchback seems to have a bad reputation in America. Carmakers have long thought the American car buyer doesn't like hatchbacks, but recent sales figures show that's not the case anymore It seems hatchbacks may be having a resurgence in America. Ford's new Fiesta and...Read More»

2011 Subaru WRX STI
Which is The Best Hot Hatchback? #YouTellUs

All-wheel drive or front-wheel drive? Six-speed manual or dual-clutch? These are merely some of the choices that enthusiasts now have when it comes to choosing a hot hatchback. But which is the best hot hatch? Ford is bringing the Focus ST and Fiesta ST to the U.S. next year. Volkswagen is bringing...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus
Top 10 Road Trip Cars Of 2011

Summer is right around the corner and, if you’re like a majority of Americans, you’re thinking about taking some sort of road trip. Maybe it’s to the seashore for a long weekend or a rental cabin for an extended time away. Trip destinations are personal choices, just as the cars...Read More»

Opel Astra GTC three-door hatchback
Is Buick Branching Out With Rebadged New Opel Astra GTC?

Interesting speculation – reportedly based on informed sources – from Car and Driver and picked up by Automotive News has Buick getting a rebadged and redesigned version of the new Opel Astra GTC (first shown at the Paris Motor Show in October 2010). Timing, pricing, model designation...Read More»

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