small cars

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Makes The Global Safety Honor Roll
2011 Chevrolet Cruze Makes The Global Safety Honor Roll

Small-car safety especially has come a long way. And while, by driving a smaller, lighter vehicle you'll still be at a disadvantage in certain situations, some of today's small cars with top marks—like the upcoming 2011 Chevrolet Cruze—can assure the security of a much larger vehicle. As we...Read More»

2010 Kia Forte
2010 Kia Forte Retested, Named An IIHS Top Safety Pick

The 2010 Kia Forte is one of our best-rated small cars here at TheCarConnection.com, and it just earned another accolade: Top Safety Pick. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick designation applies only to Forte models produced after October 2009, when Kia made some...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze preview
Preview Drive: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

Just a quick preview first drive of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze was enough to confirm that GM’s biggest challenge won’t be meeting or exceeding the competition, but sweeping away all those past perceptions of GM small cars. Among GM’s homegrown compacts, the Cavalier was always a step behind the...Read More»

2010 Suzuki SX4 Sportback
Driven: 2010 Suzuki SX4 Sportback

It's quite easy to find a small car that makes sense on paper—one that's cheap, fuel-efficient, fits in a small footprint, and maneuvers easily—but it's relatively hard to find one that just feels right, in most of the ways that people who like to drive appreciate a car. The 2010 Suzuki SX4...Read More»

gas pump
No Threat Of $4-Per-Gallon Gas, But Prices Will Top $3 Soon

Gas prices keep creeping upward, but don't expect any relief anytime soon. Don't expect $4 either. That's what the federal government warns in its latest monthly report; the U.S. Energy Information Administration has predicted that gas prices will jump well past the $3-a-gallon mark in much of the...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze and pre-production 2011 Chevrolet Volt
Spark, Aveo RS, Cruze Herald Diverse Chevy Small-Car Lineup

Within two years, GM's Chevrolet brand will have a family of four small cars for the U.S. market: Spark, Aveo, Cruze, and Volt. The new lineup starts with the introduction of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, which as we showed you in this preview earlier in the week and this interior comparison with the...Read More»

Nissan Global Compact Car (Micra/March)
Nissan Planning Pair of $10,000 Cars For U.S.

The Nissan Versa is one of the least expensive cars on the U.S. market with a base price of $9,990, though sacrifices must be made to get there. But now a report has emerged that Nissan is planning two more small cars, smaller than the Versa, to be priced comfortably around $10,000. The latest...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 Honda Civic Sedan
Driven: 2010 Honda Civic

Heated leather seats, a nav system, voice-activated Bluetooth, a moonroof, and XM satellite radio, all on a Honda Civic? Are you kidding? If you've known the Civic as a source of inexpensive, economical transportation in the past, it's easy to think that on first glance at the feature set of our...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»

2010 Toyota Yaris
2010 Toyota Yaris: Cheapest New Car With Stability Control

It's not surprising at all that the smallest, least expensive vehicles typically get short shrift on features. You won't find power windows or mirrors, central locking, air conditioning, or even sound systems on some of the most affordable versions of the cheapest models. But while most automakers...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»

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 Fiat 500
Compact Owners Want Higher MPG, Unwilling To Downsize Again

American shoppers want more fuel-efficient future cars, but they might not be willing to downsize very much—or do without the features of larger vehicles. That’s what the latest study from the California-based market-research firm AutoPacific indicates. As part of a study called “Small Cars...Read More»

Badge on 2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
12 Born-In-The-U.S.A. Fuel Sippers

Want American-made and fuel-efficient? A small car, too? You don't have many choices. Shoppers are valuing fuel efficiency more than before, especially now that they might be able to take advantage of a $4,500 Cash-for-Clunkers incentive. While there are plenty of stars-and-stripes-waving larger...Read More»

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Small Cars In Short Supply Due To Cash-For-Clunkers Boom

Plan to swoop in and get the deal of the decade at the local lot by taking a new car off their hands? Sorry, but it looks like you might have missed your opportunity for some of the best deals. Late last year, earlier this year, and even into this summer supply far outpaced demand for many brands...Read More»

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