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2012 Mazda Mazda3 Skyactiv: First Drive

2012 Mazda Mazda3 Skyactiv: First Drive

In less than a couple of years, 40 miles per gallon has gone from a lofty goal, met by only a few select high-mileage machines (almost entirely hybrids and diesels), to, almost the small-car highway norm. Now even Mazda is laying claim on 40 mpg in the 2012 Mazda3, with a new-generation engine and... read more

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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... read more July 20, 2011 by  3


 
2012 Nissan Versa Sedan

Redesigned 2013 Nissan Versa Hatchback To Follow Sedan By A Year

While the 2012 Nissan Versa Sedan will be arriving to dealerships this next month—and we drove it earlier this week—the Versa hatchback isn’t going to... read more July 15, 2011 by  1


 
2012 Nissan Versa Sedan

2012 Nissan Versa Sedan: First Drive

After having been behind the wheel of nearly every new model on the market, as we have, it's tempting to lump vehicles into two categories. On one hand are the cars that... read more July 15, 2011 by  1


 
2010 Dodge Caliber R/T

Dodge Caliber Replacement Coming To 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Overhauling the entire Chrysler product portfolio was never going to be accomplished overnight, so reports that Dodge will replace the old Caliber (production discontinued in... read more June 20, 2011 by  0


 
2011 Toyota Prius

Report: Gas Prices Down, As Are Prices On Small Cars, Hybrids

Oh, what a short memory vehicle shoppers seem to have with respect to high gas prices. While national-average pump prices surged into May, to a national average peak of about... read more June 14, 2011 by  1


 
U.S.-spec 2012 Fiat 500c

Report: In Small Cars And EVs, Smaller Tires Could Save Fuel

With signs that minicars might finally be taking off in the U.S.—signaled by the arrival of models like the Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta, Scion iQ, and a host of potential... read more June 8, 2011 by  1


 
2011 Smart Fortwo Passion Coupe

2011 Smart Fortwo: Driven

"Wow. Can't believe you fit into that thing." That's the first thing we heard over and over again during a recent week with the 2011 Smart Fortwo. And the well-designed cabin... read more June 7, 2011 by  4


 
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... read more April 29, 2011 by  9


 
2011 Honda Insight

Analysis: Hybrids, Diesels, Small Cars Surge Ahead In Vehicle Market

If you're thinking of downsizing or getting a vehicle that's more fuel-efficient, you're not the only one, unfortunately. It's the timing that's unfortunate; hybrids and... read more April 25, 2011 by  0


 
2011 Toyota Prius

Small Cars Getting Big Price Hikes Soon

If you're planning to replace your current vehicle with a new one at any point this calendar year—especially a small car—you might want to step up the timeframe... read more April 14, 2011 by  0


 
GM Renaissance Center American flag

Currency, Supply Issues A Window Of Opportunity For Detroit Automakers?

This spring and summer, General Motors [NYSE: GM] and Ford Motor Co. [NYSE: F] both have an opportunity to learn from the mistakes of the past and bolster their small-car... read more April 13, 2011 by  3


 
2011 Mazda3

2011 Mazda3 Named An IIHS Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just tested the Mazda3 for roof strength, and whether you choose the hatchback or the sedan, this small-car model... read more March 22, 2011 by  0


 
gas pump

Gas Prices Fueling Price Spike On High-Mileage Hybrids, Small Cars

Gasoline prices are on the rise. And as surely as we can say that more Americans will start putting half-tanks into their cars and complaining loudly about the extra $20 or... read more March 16, 2011 by  8


 
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... read more March 16, 2011 by  1


 
2012 Ford Focus

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... read more January 30, 2011 by  3


 

 
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