Hatchbacks

Driven: Mitsubishi i Minicar
Driven: Mitsubishi i Minicar

Would you buy a K-Car? It's probably not what you might think. So-called kei cars (or K-cars) are popular in Japan because of their tax exemptions and parking advantages. In this segment created more by regulation more than demand, they're limited to about 134 inches in length (more than two feet...Read More»

subaru impreza wrx sti spec c 003
Subaru To Debut Two New WRX Models At LA—One Racy, One Luxe

If you've browsed through any of the tuner magazines or fan sites and salivated over the WRX spec C that's on offer in Japanese domestic market (JDM) spec, you won't have to wait much longer for the real thing. Well, almost the real thing. Soon, the new 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Special Edition...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Aveo spy shots
Spy Shots: 2011 Chevrolet Aveo

The Chevrolet Beat has been paraded around the last several auto shows as the forerunner to the production Spark hatchback, which was first revealed at this year’s Geneva Motor Show back in March. The new Spark is to sit just below the Aveo as Chevy’s smallest car, but in the past...Read More»

2011 Mazda2
Preview: 2011 Mazda2

• What is it?: The 2011 Ford Fiesta’s Mazda sibling • The basics: Funky styling, and “zoom zoom” philosophy • On sale: Fall 2010, with a public showing at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show • Price: Less than $16,000 (est.) Compact hatchbacks have for a long...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Polo
First Drive: 2010 Volkswagen Polo

Is it 1973 all over again? Volkswagen is amping up for a fuel-economy battle with Honda and Ford, right here in America, with a new hatchback. Only this time, some of the names have changed, and so have the rules. Come 2011 or so, it's the VW Polo readying for a fight with the Honda Fit and Ford...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen GTI
2010 Volkswagen GTI: First Drive

Follow us on Twitter: @highgearmedia @carconnection @therealma @greencarreports and join our Facebook fan page There's a Volkswagen trio headed your way today from TheCarConnection.com--with the latest 2010 VW GTI, 2010 Golf, and a special drive of the subcompact that's coming to America soon, the...Read More»

Nissan Global Compact Car (Micra/March)
Sub-Versa In The Works: Nissan Micra Mini Coming The U.S.

If you've looked at the Versa and lamented that it's actually a bit bigger and thirstier than what you'd hoped for, you're apparently not alone. Nissan thinks that there's a reasonably strong market for an even smaller model, so the automaker's high-mpg replacement for its Micra minicar will be...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Accent
Preview: 2010 Hyundai Accent

• What is it? The Accent is Hyundai’s smallest and least expensive model in the U.S. but it’s not lacking on style or features • The basics: Three-door hatch or four-door sedan, as well as new “Blue” efficiency model • On sale: Now • Price: $9,970 to...Read More»

Euro-spec 2011 Ford Fiesta in New York City
Preview: 2011 Ford Fiesta

Ford has finally confirmed that its European-styled Fiesta hatchback is set to make its U.S. debut at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show in December. Since Ford started promoting the car through its Fiesta Movement back in March, more than 50,000 people have expressed interest--97% of whom currently do...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen GTI
Preview: 2010 Volkswagen GTI

  What is it?: Volkswagen's affordable hot-hatch version of the Golf. The basics: Turbo four-cylinder, front-wheel drive, three or five doors, 200 horsepower Price: $23,990-$25,690 (incl. destination charge) On sale: Now The 2010 Volkswagen GTI, previewed at last year's Paris Motor Show, is coming...Read More»

2010 Nissan Versa
2010 Nissan Versa: A Top Safety Pick For Around $10,000

The 2010 Nissan Versa has been named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick. The Versa’s scores aren’t quite perfect though. It earned a rating of just ‘acceptable’ in the head/neck injury category, with a ‘good’ score in the rest of the subcategories. Also in...Read More»

Ford Figo
Ford Unveils Indian Market Figo Compact

India’s role as an important player in the future of Ford’s new global strategy was underscored today when CEO Alan Mulally unveiled an all-new car targeted at the rapidly growing market. The car is the new Figo hatchback and is scheduled to enter production at a newly renovated plant...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Polo Three-door
GTI, Cabrio Models Could Spice Up 2011 VW Polo Lineup

Volkswagen is reportedly working on both convertible and high-performance versions of its subcompact Polo. Be forewarned, the chance is relatively small that these models would come to the U.S.; but if they did they'd considerably increase excitement at the affordable end of its lineup. According...Read More»

2009 Lexus LF-Ch concept
Lexus LF-Ch Compact Hybrid Concept Debuts In Frankfurt

The 2010 Lexus HS 250h is barely out and about, and already Lexus is preparing for an even more compact hybrid. The concept for the new car, called the LF-Ch, hit the floor in Frankfurt today, and these live photos show what it's like up close and personal. As in the studio shots revealed about a...Read More»

2010 Volvo C30
Preview: 2010 Volvo C30 Hatchback

• What is it? One of the most stylish three-door hatchbacks on the market • The basics: Ultra-frugal engines and a practical hatchback body • On sale: Next year, with a public showing and more details at the Frankfurt auto show • Price: $24,000 (est.) Volvo’s...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Aveo LT w/1LT
Friendly, Fuel-Sipping Chevy Aveo: Even Used In Bank Robberies!

The practical, fuel efficient Chevrolet Aveo can save you money both on the purchase price and the gasoline it sips in use. The four-door sedan seats four, and the hatchback offers easily accessible load space for canvas sacks stuffed with banknotes. But if you're going to use it for a getaway...Read More»

2010 Honda Fit Sport
2010 Honda Fit: No Changes, And That's Quite Alright

Honda has put out the first word on its 2010 Fit, and it appears that there are few, if any changes to the hatchback model for the new model year. The Fit comes only as a five-door hatchback, and it remains one of TheCarConnection.com's top-rated vehicles (an 8.2 overall). The Fit's 117-horsepower...Read More»

2010 Suzuki Swift
Suzuki Swift And New XL7 Headed To U.S.

Suzuki’s lineup in the U.S. is looking a little thin now that its partnership with Daewoo is well and truly over, however, the Japanese automaker is planning a raft of new models in coming years, starting with the recently revealed 2010 SX4 SportBack set for launch later this year. In the next...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Polo Three-door
Preview: 2011 Volkswagen Polo

This spring, Volkswagen's Stefan Jacoby confirmed that the next Polo would be headed for U.S. sale, and now the first look at the new three-door variant has been released. Though the Polo is expected to grow slightly in both length and width for U.S. consumption, it will still feature the same core...Read More»

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