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2012 Ford Focus: First Drive
2012 Ford Focus: First Drive

While it's easy to find a good, sensibly-sized and relatively fuel-efficient small car, it's really hard to find much personality. At the same time, you could argue, Americans haven't seemed to want much charm behind the wheel. The first-generation Focus, for instance, came in a wide range of body...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
2011 Ford Fiesta SES: Driven

As you've probably heard by now, the small-car market has changed radically over the past few years: They've become better equipped, more fun to drive, and safer than they used to be. But as we recently saw in a follow-up drive with the 2011 Ford Fiesta SES, sometimes those waves of small-car...Read More»

2010 Honda Fit Sport
2011 Honda Fit: Stability Control, USB, Cruise Now Included

Honda has announced details and pricing for its 2011 Fit. Most noteworthy is that electronic stability control—called Vehicle Stability Assist, or VSA, by Honda—is now included across the model line. It helps address the safety equipment gap that's existed between some of the smallest...Read More»

2011 Kia Forte 5-Door
2011 Kia Forte: Five Doors, Six Gears, 37 MPG

Kia made one very large leap near the front of the crowded small-car class with its Forte family—introduced last year first as a sedan, then as an especially stylish Forte Koup two-door. Now, for 2011, the Forte is back with a couple of very significant changes. The first is a third, all-new...Read More»

TCC Best Car to Buy 2011
TCC's Best Car to Buy 2011 Nominees: Sedans and Wagons

Work trucks aside, the heart of the U.S. new-car market is for sedans, hatchbacks and wagons under $50,000. TheCarConnection's Best Car to Buy 2011 award will pick one vehicle from among the 40 new or significantly revised cars, crossovers, SUVs and minivans to hit the road this model year. And for...Read More»

2010 Mazda Mazda3
2011 Mazda3: Driven

The Mazda3 is one of our favorite small cars on the market, but with every drive, we're reminded that this benchmark fun-to-drive small car (and Mazda's best-seller) might not be the right choice for every small-car shopper. In our opinion, there's only one way to go regarding the body styles. The...Read More»

2011 Lexus CT 200h
2011 Lexus CT 200h: First Drive

Remember the Lexus HS 250h that was introduced last year? Yes? Well kindly forget about it for the moment and reboot. Actually, consider it a full-on system crash and reinstall; all is well again and Lexus is back on track with what hybrid shoppers want. That's how we felt after spending part of a...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus Five-Door
Sport Packages Amp Up 2012 Ford Focus

The 2012 Ford Focus might be one of the most eagerly awaited new small cars in a long while--particularly the 240-hp Focus ST--and Ford is upping the handling anticipation with the announcement of handling packages for the top two Focus trim lines. The automaker says both the Focus SE and the...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
Family Car Guide: Five Hot Hatchbacks You Can Afford

Consumers love a good deal, especially when it comes to affordable transportation. Sometimes we get lucky and automakers fall all over each other to provide a plethora of stylish and well-performing hatchbacks we’d love to buy – if they were affordable. The good news is: they are...Read More»

2011 Scion xD Release Series 3.0
2011 Scion xD Release Series 3.0 Will Cost You At Least $17,625

Toyota's Scion brand has released its first special edition of the 2011 model year into the wild--and it's safe to say if you like teensy hatchbacks and the color brown, you're in luck. The new xD Release Series 3.0 may sound as if it needs an engineer to write a bug ticket, but it's the long-ish...Read More»

2010 Smart fortwo Passion Coupe
New Five-Seat Smart Subcompact To Be Sold in U.S. Next Year

Smart dealers are reportedly excited by the announcement that they’ll get another vehicle to sell alongside the two-seat Smart ForTwo minicar sometime next year. GreenCarReports confirms that Smart has reached a deal with Nissan Motor Company to sell a new five-door, five-seat...Read More»

Third-gen Toyota Prius test drive
Recalls In Mind, Should You Buy a Toyota Prius?

I've wanted a Toyota Prius, well... forever. However, now that we are ready to buy, my husband is deeply concerned about "that stuff about Toyotas not stopping." Your old "Toyotaphobia" article was helpful. Has anything changed that would justify his fear? His fears are real. His fears are...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus Wagon
Ford's Better Idea: Smart Airbags To Debut on 2012 Focus

Word from the Blue-Oval gang in Dearborn, Michigan that Ford Motor Company will debut smart airbags on the all-new 2012 Focus comes as a pleasant surprise. Well, maybe we should call them smarter, instead of just smart, since airbag technology has been clipping along at a fairly steady pace. In the...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Malibu
Safe Family Cars: Mid-Size 2011 Top Safety Picks

In the mid-size car segment so popular with families, safety ratings play an increasingly important factor in the decision to purchase a particular model. When the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) added a roof strength test to measure protection in the event of a rollover for the 2010...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Aveo Hatchback
2012 Chevrolet Aveo Preview

With the 2012 Chevrolet Aveo, General Motors is taking its small car destiny in its own hands, bringing its Honda Fit fighter home to North America--at least in terms of design and production. Unlike the first-generation model, which was designed largely in South Korea, the new Aveo is mostly...Read More»

2009 fiat 500 convertible 500c 2 015
2011 Fiat 500: Will It Be a Hit With American Families?

With the success of the MINI Cooper, Smart ForTwo, and other small-but-very-fuel-efficient cars, the news that an American version of the Italian-spec 2011 Fiat 500 may be coming to the U.S. as early as the end of 2010 has caused more than a few automotive reviewers to stop and think. Will the tiny...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Spark
2013 Chevrolet Spark: A Few More Details Emerge

General Motors has been very tight-lipped so far regarding details of the production-spec 2013 Chevrolet Spark minicompact. Now, it looks like GM's Service and Parts Operations folks, who release an annual VIN decoder guide—for use by insurers, law-enforcement agencies, DMVs, dealerships, and...Read More»

2011 Scion tC
2011 Scion tC: Driven, And Priced

Scion fell into a sales funk last year, with the teensy xD and the bloated new-generation xB falling prey to the likes of Kia and Hyundai. The Scion tC? The same story. The Celica-ish coupe was in dire need of a replacement--and a personality infusion. It's nearly a mission accomplished for the new...Read More»

2009 Kia Soulster Concept
Kia Unlikely To Build Soul Variants

Back at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show Kia rolled out an oddly styled pickup concept based on its then new Soul compact. The move was intended as means to drum up excitement for the regular Kia Soul hatchback that went on sale that same year but the concept, called the Soul’ster, though never meant...Read More»

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