Hatchbacks

Hot Hatchbacks Attract Buyers…Again
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»

2012 Kia Soul
Great Family Cars With Great Gas Mileage--For Under $25,000

With gas prices hovering in the mid- to high-$4-per-gallon territory in many parts of the country, consumers looking for more fuel-efficient cars for family members that don’t break the bank have some excellent choices. These eight fuel-sipping new cars all check in with a base price of less...Read More»

2011 Audi A8
Best 2011 Car Interiors: Ward’s Picks The 10 Best

It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it. Imagine having to sit in and drive 51 all-new cars or those with significantly upgraded interiors. Editors at Ward’s took to the assignment during February and March and ultimately determined the list of Ward’s 10 Best Interiors...Read More»

2011 Kia Forte 5-Door SX
2011 Kia Forte 5-Door SX: First Drive

The Kia Forte replaced the compact Spectra a few years ago, bringing style to and dare I say flair to the Kia showroom. But the market is changing and Kia recognizes this. For 2011 Kia is introducing a 5-Door model to the Forte line-up. Last week we had the opportunity to drive the Forte 5-Door SX...Read More»

2011 Nissan Cube
2011 Nissan Cube Starts From $14,290

The Cube, no longer the quirkiest vehicle in Nissan's lineup thanks to the arrival of the Juke, gets a minor tech update and a similarly-sized price bump for the 2011 model year. Along with the changes comes a revision to the combined EPA fuel economy rating, raising it from 28 to 29 mpg for...Read More»

2009 Kia Soulster Concept
2009 Detroit Show: Kia Soul'ster Concept

A wedgy, funky little Kia concept called the Soul'ster was unveiled today at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. The new concept is based on the new 2010 Kia Soul hatchback, which goes on sale later in the year, and which we'll be driving shortly for a full review. The concept is spun from the same...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
2010 Toyota Prius: Mississippi Plant on Hold

Toyota is putting its new Mississippi manufacturing plant on indefinite hold, as it preps to introduce the 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid that was to be built there. The Wall Street Journal says the decision--which had been rumored for months--will help the automaker get its North American production in...Read More»

Mercedes Concept BlueZero
Mercedes BlueZero for Detroit Auto Show: Three Concepts

Over at the Mercedes display in January in Detroit's Cobo Hall, the luxury brand will be displaying its new BlueZero concept cars, according to WorldCarFans. One concept relies exclusively on electricity for propulsion, and the other two add gasoline and hydrogen to the electric motivation...Read More»

2010 Honda Insight
2009 Honda Insight to Debut at Detroit Auto Show

We'd had it pegged as a 2010, but we just learned that Honda's new four-door Insight Hybrid hatchback sedan, which is reportedly poised to be the most affordable hybrid when it goes on sale next spring, will be tagged an '09 and debut at Detroit's North American International Auto Show. The vehicle...Read More»

2010 Mazda3
First Drive: 2010 Mazda3

We were among the first journalists to drive the 2010 Mazda3 before the recent L.A. auto show--and we're happy to report that Mazda didn’t screw up the recipe for their best-selling vehicle. On the contrary, the new 3 has been spiced it up a bit with a larger-displacement engine and made it a...Read More»

VW Chico
VW to Speed Production of Ultra-Efficient Mini-Car

U.K.'s Autocar reports that VW is speeding a small, Smart-size two-seat minicar to market. They claim that "in its most economical form," the little vee-dub will return 141 mpg, emit less than 60 g/kg of CO2, and rely on nothing but good old internal combustion. How does VW plan to stretch the...Read More»

2010 Porsche Panamera
Porsche Panamera Sedan Launched, Shows

The five-door hatchback liftback has never been very well-received by American buyers. Yet Porsche intends to buck that trend with some 20,000 projected annual sales of its new Panamera, a grand touring sports saloon that's been talked about for months as Porsche has coyly leaked cryptic photos...Read More»

2009 Pontiac G3
Pontiac G3 Emphasizes Economy, "Sporty Styling"

Still trying to decide if it is GM's excitement division, economy department, or swoopy styling central, Pontiac brings us the Daewoo-designed Chevy Aveo G3, which it claims "emphasizes value without compromising a fun driving experience." Uh-huh. This is brand engineering at its worst. Didn't they...Read More»

2009 Honda Fit
SEMA 2008: Honda Fit Gets Tuned

Honda's kith and kin at MUGEN have long tweaked out its Civics and S2000s and other enthusiast-aimed vehicles (like last year's Honda Civic Si MUGEN sedan). Now the 2009 Honda Fit is getting the MUGEN treatment, at SEMA with a fully outfitted concept car and in the near future, with a list of a la...Read More»

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