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Gas Prices Fueling Price Spike On High-Mileage Hybrids, Small Cars
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 so a month they'll need to shell out—and schemes like drilling into fuel tanks emerge—let the rush on small cars...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»

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, 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»

2011 Hyundai Elantra
2011 Hyundai Elantra Preview

By the looks of it, Hyundai has rolled out yet another overachiever in its 2011 Hyundai Elantra. That's certainly not a bad thing in a class that's been stagnating in recent years; automakers figured out that people want the basics in compact sedans, like air conditioning, cruise control, and the...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»

U.S.-spec 2011 Fiat 500 Sport
Will Cars Like Junior and Fiat 500 Be the New Upscale for Echo Generation?

With the buzz around the introduction to the U.S. of the 2011 Fiat 500, I figured there had to be something about this tiny car that appeals to a growing segment of the population. I mean, we’ve already got some pretty cool small cars zipping around and doing quite well sales-wise, including...Read More»

IIHS tests Mercedes-Benz E-Class vs Smart Fortwo
Are Larger, Heavier Cars Safer Than Smaller, Lighter Ones?

Small cars are now offering some of the same safety equipment as larger cars: electronic stability control, side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, and active headrests are no longer the domain of larger, pricier cars. So it seems like a natural question for new-car-shopping newbies: Are small cars...Read More»

2011 Smart Fortwo
Smart Sales Sputter, But Upcoming Products Will Broaden Appeal

Smart's newness in the U.S. is wearing off, and demand for its only U.S. model, the Fortwo two-seater is, falling. According to Automotive News, the Smart brand will likely sell fewer than 100,000 vehicles worldwide, down from 114,000 in 2009. Citing a report from the German paper Der Spiegel, it...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze (Courtesy: GM)
GM Asks Chevy Dealerships To Stock Hondas, Toyotas

General Motors officials have put out a request to the automaker's 3,000 Chevrolet dealerships, asking them to have Toyota and Honda vehicles on hand—not just for display, but for back-to-back test-drive comparisons with the Chevrolet Cruze. According to AutoWeek, citing Chevrolet small-car...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»

2010 Toyota Yaris
Will Currency Issues Mean More Small Cars Made In America?

In the midst of an economy that isn’t recovering as quickly as we’d like, there might be some good news: more vehicles that are made in America. Now, a strong Euro has made it hard for Toyota to produce vehicles in Japan for export, and according to Automotive News the company is again...Read More»

Abarth Fiat 500C
Fiat Dealer Network Starting To Take Form

You might have heard that Chrysler plans to soon sell the stylish, city-savvy Fiat 500 minicar in the U.S., but beyond that intent plans have been sketchy at best as to where exactly you’ll go for your test drive. Full “Fiat Experience” market plans are going to be presented later in the...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
With 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, GM Begins Its Reboot Of Chevy Small Cars

For the third time in less than three decades, GM is renaming its mainstream small-car line. And while the Cruze might be assembled in the same place as its predecessor, the Cobalt—in Lordstown, Ohio—the new Cruze couldn't be more different than the Cobalt. Most notably, it's a world car. But...Read More»

2010 Toyota Yaris
As Automakers Move Focus To Smaller Cars, Entry Segment Lags

With the landslide of all-new small cars being introduced this year and over the next several model years—including the 2011 Ford Fiesta, 2011 Mazda2, and 2012 Fiat 500—you might assume that small-car sales are going strong, and that the forecast for subcompacts in the U.S. is bullish...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
Americans Downsizing At Rapid Rate

The United States has long been a bastion of the large car. Even in Europe, where many of the world's large sedans and SUVs hail from, economic and government pressures have pushed buyers to seek increasingly smaller vehicles and now that trend is growing here. Smaller, more fuel efficient and less...Read More»

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Auto-Industry Recovery: Not Quite Yet, Analysts Say

Analysts at the market-research firm AutoPacific report that though there are many indications that the recession is ending—or over—there might not be any strong indicators in the automotive sector that things will get much better anytime soon. The firm has found that new-vehicle purchase...Read More»

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