Hatchbacks

2013 Hyundai Elantra GT And Coupe: First Drive
2013 Hyundai Elantra GT And Coupe: First Drive

Hyundai's Elantra has been a huge success, missing just a model or two to complete the usual compact-car trifecta. A hot seller and an award winner--the North American Car of the Year for 2012--the latest Elantra seems to have caught the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla completely off guard...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo -- First Drive, San Diego, CA, June 19, 2012
2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Goes To The Matte

The 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo is spooling up for a summer sales launch, but before dealers and eager drivers get their hands on it, automotive journalists by the planeload are passing through the Lodge at Torrey Pines this week, rattling quietly fabulous La Jolla with the sound of forced...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Elantra GT
2013 Hyundai Elantra GT Priced From $19,170

The 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT made its world debut in February at the Chicago Auto Show. Now, pricing on the new hatchback's been released, and the South Korean automaker is asking $19,170 for the standard GT, before options but including destination. The GT is the third model to spin from the latest...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Accent
2013 Hyundai Accent Gets $2000 Price Increase, More Standard Features

The 2013 Hyundai Accent is showing up early at dealers for the new model year, wearing a new base price that's significantly higher than in its launch year. The 2013 Accent's base price is $14,545 before destination charges, while the 2012 Accent was $2000 less, at $12,545. Destination charges for...Read More»

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid
2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Priced From $25,995

Calling it America’s most affordable, fuel-efficient hybrid vehicle, and taking a square aim at Toyota’s Prius V wagon, Ford is beginning to promote the 2013 C-Max Hybrid compact minivan hatchback. The $25,995 starting price for the base level C-Max Hybrid certainly fits the bill and...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus
2012's Best Small Cars For Less Than $20,000

If you're shopping for a new car, it's likely to be smaller than the vehicle it will replace. SUVs are still popular, no doubt--but high gas prices and new entries like the Focus, Elantra, and Cruze alike are changing the makeup of America's new-car fleet. Size isn't the only factor changing hearts...Read More»

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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»

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