Hatchbacks

2010 Scion xD: Not Cute Or Cool, But Efficient And Reliable
2010 Scion xD: Not Cute Or Cool, But Efficient And Reliable

Starting at $15,570 when equipped with the standard five speed manual transmission and 1.8 liter 128 horsepower 4-cylinder engine, the 2010 Scion xD is frankly just totally overpriced. Before the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa and even Toyota Yaris came out, the Scion xA seemed very inexpensive to buyers...Read More»

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour
Driven: 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour

The 2010 Honda Crosstour is an unusual beast—so unusual that the first time you see one you'll likely stand back, size it up, and scratch your head a bit, as we saw people do time and time again when we drove one for a week recently. Then you're probably going to say something along the lines of...Read More»

2011 Kia Forte
2011 Kia Forte Five-Door: 2010 New York Auto Show

Kia has yet another flavor of Forte for car shoppers--a five-door hatchback is joining the family, and it's live this week at the 2010 New York auto show. The 2010 Kia Forte has become one of our favorite compact sedans--and quickly. In its initial outing with TheCarConnection's road-test team, the...Read More»

2010 Suzuki SX4 Crossover
2010 Suzuki SX4 Crossover: Inexpensive All-Weather Runabout

Unlike their cross-town rivals at Subaru, the boys and girls at Suzuki prefer to give their customers a choice as to whether or not they want the security of all-wheel drive in their vehicles. Such is the case with the new Suzuki Kizashi and it remains so with the 2010 Suzuki SX4 Crossover which...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Golf
The 2010 VW Golf Hatchback Has Style, Value and Practicality in Spades

When people are shopping for an inexpensive, practical, value packed family vehicle they rarely think of the Volkswagen brand and that is a shame as the name itself means “The People’s Car.” While the 6th generation 2010 Golf hatchback may get lots of attention in its TDI diesel engine and...Read More»

Chevrolet Spark, as painted by British artist Ian Cook
Artist Uses Radio-Control Cars To Paint 2013 Chevrolet Spark

Artworks of cars aren't altogether unheard of. There's a big business in vanity portraits of classic cars, for example, commissioned by wealthy owners. But most car paintings are done the old-fashioned way: with paint brushes. British artist Ian Cook is having none of that. He tossed his brushes...Read More»

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour EX-L
The 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour is the Family Truckster for a New Generation

In the classic Chevy Chase film “National Lampoon’s Vacation” every nightmarish vision about the boring and disastrous cross country family road trip are realized on screen. In that movie the family drove a monstrous looking station wagon called “The Family Truckster” and it wasn’t too...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Aveo Sedan leak
Bob Lutz Drops Images Of New 2011 Chevrolet Aveo

With the 2011 Chevrolet Aveo, General Motors is taking its small car destiny in its own hands, bringing its Honda Fit fighter home to America--at least in terms of design and production. Unlike the first-generation model, which was designed largely in South Korea, the new Aveo will be mostly...Read More»

Dodge Compact car preview
New Dodge Compact Previewed, To Use Fiat-Sourced Platform

Last week's Chicago Auto Show didn't hold a lot of surprise concepts or glamorous supercars, but there were a few key developments for car shoppers, including a hint at a new Dodge Compact car. The preview, given at the Economic Club of Chicago toward the end of the media days, reveals a new small...Read More»

2011 Mazda2 interior
2011 Mazda2 Interior Revealed, Still Not As Snazzy As Ford Fiesta

The 2011 Ford Fiesta interior wowed 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show attendees, but the 2011 Mazda2, the corporate cousin of the Fiesta, couldn't be compared--Mazda hadn't finished it yet. Today Mazda let loose the final product, and though it looks to be a nice environment for a fun-to-drive and...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Golf R
Preview: 2011 Volkswagen Golf R

• What is it? Volkswagen's replacement for the sporty Golf R32 • The basics: 2.0-liter TSI turbo and all-wheel drive • On sale: First half of the year • Price: $34,000 (est.) Many in the U.S. are still lamenting Volkswagen’s decision not to bring the sporty Scirocco...Read More»

Kia Shadow Dragon Soul
Kia Adds Shadow Dragon To Soul Lineup

Kia today announced the arrival of the special edition Shadow Dragon Soul, the third of four planned special edition Soul models. Showing design themes similar in nature to the Soul “Burner” concept that debuted in 2008 at the Geneva Motor Show, the new Shadow Dragon trim features black...Read More»

2010 Kia Soul
Second Drive: 2010 Kia Soul

Los Angeles commuting conditions are quite the proving ground for small cars. With most of LA commute times spent either racing from stoplight to stoplight, crawling along in gridlock, or screaming along expressways at 80 mph or more, these conditions bring out the worst in a lot of small...Read More»

2010 Mazda MAZDASPEED3
Second Drive: 2010 MazdaSpeed3

Back over the summer when TheCarConnection.com first drove the 2010 MazdaSpeed3, around California's Monterey Peninsula, we declared it "a joy to drive, even when the surfaces are far less than ideal." But that was in warm summer weather, both on lightly trafficked canyon roads and on Mazda's own...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
2011 Ford Fiesta Priced From $13,995

The funky 2011 Ford Fiesta will deliver more than just great looks and class leading fuel economy when it goes on sale in North America next year. The new Fiesta, available in four- and five-door body styles, will also offer excellent value as the car will carry a base price of just $13,995...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta interior
Ford Wows With 2011 Fiesta Interior; Can’t Compare Mazda2 Yet

Whether it was an odd coincidence or a calculated move, the 2011 Ford Fiesta and 2011 Mazda2 were both introduced at the LA Auto Show, on the same day. What makes it significant is that they’re closely related. While we’ve heard varying figures, it’s fair to say that they share more than just...Read More»

2011 Mazda Mazda2
Mazda Emphasizes Zoom-Zoom Qualities To Cast Wide With Mazda2

After seeing the three Mazda2 models that Mazda was showing at its LA auto show stand—one plain, one with a tuner look and snowboards mounted on top, the other with a strong motorsports tone—we couldn’t help but wonder whether Mazda is planning to go a little Scion with its ‘2’. According...Read More»

Patrick Dempsey with 2011 Mazda2
LA Show: Patrick Dempsey On Hand For 2011 Mazda2 Debut

Though the two curtained-off stages at the Mazda stand here at the first press day at the Los Angeles auto show were merely ceremonial—everyone knew they covered the new 2011 Mazda2—there were still some surprises. For one, Mazda brought out a couple of Mazda2 models tricked out with lifestyle...Read More»

2011 Mazda2 facelift
Mazda2 Joins Electric Vehicle Project In Japan

Mazda may be a little late to the table when it comes to electric vehicle technology but the automaker is determined to catch up and has since announced that it will start trials of a new electric drive system in its compact Mazda2 hatchback. As we all know, the Mazda2 is set to go on sale in the...Read More»

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