Hatchbacks

2012 Ford Focus: Test Drive One, Share Via Facebook?
2012 Ford Focus: Test Drive One, Share Via Facebook?

As marketing promotional events go, a ride and drive isn’t that unique. It is, however, one of the most expensive ways to get a new product noticed. Ford thinks it has a better idea in its multi-city “Start More Than a Car. Get More Than a Test Drive” event to capture the...Read More»

2012 Mazda MAZDA3 with SkyActiv
2012 Mazda Mazda3 Preview: 40-MPG SkyActiv, New Base Hatch

Change is coming to Mazda's compact Mazda3 hatchback and sedan family for 2012, and the Japanese automaker looks poised to broaden its niche appeal to shoppers who want a responsive-driving car that also gets good mileage. Think 40 mpg for some Mazda3 models, plus better manual gearboxes and...Read More»

2012 Scion iQ - First Drive
2012 Scion iQ: First Drive

I never expected to be hustling the new 2012 Scion iQ city car so quickly along the tightly wound, undulating two-laners in Marin's Muir Woods area, near San Francisco. And I'd been quite surprised that Toyota, known for its conservative cars and conservative routes, wanted us to head up from the...Read More»

2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class
2012 Volkswagen Beetle, 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class, 2013 GT500: Car News Headlines

First drive report on the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle. [TheCarConnection] BMW acquires a leasing firm to assist in i-Series electric car launch. [GreenCarReports] New details surrounding the 2013 Ford GT500 leak out. [MotorAuthority] Hot hatchbacks are attracting buyers again. [FamilyCarGuide] The NYPD...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 Ford Fiesta
Do Americans Want Hatchbacks Now? #YouTellUs

It wasn't long ago that Americans wanted nothing to do with hatchbacks. Now gas prices have spiked and Americans are starting to realize that hatchbacks have more versatility than sedans, and better gas mileage than SUVs. Ford thought this might happen and has brought the Fiesta to America as both...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus
Americans Will Buy Hatchbacks After All: Who Knew?

For years, the accepted wisdom in the American automotive industry was this: American consumers don’t want hatchbacks. Hatchbacks, we were led to believe, were ugly box-on-box designs synonymous with low-end buyers. Real Americans bought SUVs and crossovers, even though crossovers were...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Z-Spec accessories
2012 Chevy Sonic Subcompact To Start At $14,495

Chevrolet has announced pricing for the 2012 Sonic, which replaces the discontinued Chevrolet Aveo. Sonic sedan models will start at $14,495 including destination charge, which makes Chevy’s subcompact sedan $500 more expensive than a comparable Ford Fiesta sedan. If hatchbacks are your...Read More»

2010 Dodge Caliber R/T
Dodge To Show Caliber Successor At 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Dodge hasn’t had a small car offering in their lineup since discontinuing Caliber production in 2010. There are plenty of 2011 Calibers leftover on dealer lots, but the car is a reminder of the “bad old days” at Chrysler. Like the Dodge Neon that preceded it, the Caliber was never...Read More»

2011 Toyota Matrix
Toyota Corolla Matrix May Be Living On Borrowed Time

If you’ve been longing for a Toyota Matrix, you may not want to put off buying one all that much longer. Toyota is set to introduce a new Corolla sometime next year, and the automaker hasn’t made up their mind if a new Corolla will bring with it a new Matrix. The Matrix utilizes the...Read More»

2011 Mazda MAZDA3 4-door Sedan Auto i Sport Angular Front Exterior View
2011 Mazda3 5-Door Grand Touring: Quick Drive

All photos: Anne Proffit Driving the 2011 Mazda3 five-door Grand Touring was like visiting a favorite friend, as I once was owned by a Protege5, the car that started Mazda down the road to building great, hot little hatches. The 2011 Mazda3 hatch is all grown up, compared to my 2003 model. It has a...Read More»

2012 Nissan Versa
2012 Nissan Versa Preview

The Versa sedan and hatchback models have been good choices for shoppers who want to spend used-car money and get a new car that also happens to have among the lowest ownership costs. And given that, it provides even more comfort and space than you might think; the Versa has been slightly bigger...Read More»

2012 Kia Soul
2012 Kia Soul Preview: 2011 New York Auto Show

Better fuel economy, more power and an amped-up look come to the 2012 Kia Soul, which takes a bow on a stage at the 2011 New York Auto Show today. For the new model year, Kia's added its version of the new Hyundai/Kia corporate 1.6-liter four-cylinder to the Soul train. It's worth 135 horsepower...Read More»

2012 Kia Rio Sedan
2012 Kia Rio: 2011 New York Auto Show

The 2012 Kia Rio makes its debut today at the 2011 New York Auto Show, in both four-door sedan and five-door hatchback form. The Rio and Rio5 are part of the wave of 40-mpg cars highlighting this year's show. In both body styles and both drivetrain configurations, the Rio will hit the new magic...Read More»

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2012 Subaru Impreza Preview

Subaru's made major inroads into new garages with vehicles like the latest Legacy, but can the new Impreza duplicate the same feat--even if it's up against the new 2012 Ford Focus and the 2011 Hyundai Elantra? Subaru thinks so, and it thinks its new four-door sedan and five-door hatchback will do...Read More»

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Driven

Mitsubishi's idea, last year, of previewing its Outlander Sport by making it the first model ever that could be remotely test driven, live—via a virtual system that promised way more than a tilt-and-pan virtual showroom tour—was the first of its kind. And it's definitely one of the...Read More»

2011 Mazda MAZDA2 Touring
2011 Mazda Mazda2: Driven

The 2011 Mazda Mazda2 is uncomplicated; and that's quite nice. While vehicles like the MINI Cooper or the Ford Fiesta can feel a bit overwrought or even gimmicky for some tastes, especially inside, it feels like Mazda has intentionally gone for a simpler—yet sporty—look and feel for its...Read More»

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Sportback
2011 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS: Driven

The Lancer GTS is often overlooked by small-car shoppers on a tight budget—and they're missing out on a good thing. For the same money as less-inspiring drives that fully feel like budget transportation, there's a lot more to the Lancer, and its surprisingly able handling and refreshingly...Read More»

2011 Kia Sportage
2011 Kia Sportage EX: Driven

At first glance, there's a lot to like about the 2011 Kia Sportage. With its 'hot hatch on steroids' look, it's one of the most svelte crossovers from the outside. An impressive feature set and sporty, richly detailed cabin round out what feels like a very desirable package. Start the Sportage EX's...Read More»

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