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All-new 2018 Hyundai Accent adds lots of safety tech
All-new 2018 Hyundai Accent adds lots of safety tech

An all-new version of Hyundai's smallest car sold in the United States has made its debut, with what the Korean automaker says is a leap forward in terms of refinement and available safety features. The 2018 Hyundai Accent that was unveiled at the Toronto auto show is incrementally larger than its...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Spark Activ
2017 Chevrolet Spark Activ: A low-top hiking shoe for the road

Looking ready to hit the trail (or at least the parking lot), the 2017 Chevrolet Spark Activ brings some outdoorsy style to the minicar segment. Debuting this week at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Spark Activ is more about looks than actual capability. Its suspension sits a little under half...Read More»

2014 Ford Fiesta
Ford Confirms The 2014 Fiesta Will Get Its 1.0-Liter EcoBoost Engine

Ford’s 1.0-liter, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine is small enough to fit into an airline-approved carry-on bag, yet powerful enough to deliver some 123 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. As you’d guess, it’s also fuel efficient, which is the primary reason why Ford has...Read More»

2011 Mazda2 First Drive
Mazda To Build New Toyota Subcompact In 2015: What'll It Be?

In Japan today, Mazda and Toyota announced a new partnership that should be of keen interest to drivers. Beginning in the summer of 2015, Mazda will build a new Toyota subcompact for the North American market. The car will be manufactured at Mazda's new plant in Salamanca, Mexico -- a plant that's...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Spark minicar
Small Cars Haven't Been This Big For Nearly 20 Years

Gas prices are soaring. Parking is pricey. The economy is recovering, but still shaky. Add all that up, and you'd expect small cars to be fairly popular in the U.S. And you'd be right. In fact, small cars are on track to reach a market share not seen since Bill Clinton's first inauguration...Read More»

Car sizes through the years, cropped (infographic via Automotive.com)
Small Cars Ain't What They Used To Be: Infographic

Yesterday, we pointed out that small cars have been selling like hotcakes -- tiny, 110-cubic-foot-sized hotcakes. Today, they represent 19.3% of America's new-car purchases, and they're on track to hit 20.5%, a market share that small cars haven't enjoyed in nearly 20 years. Part of the allure of...Read More»

2012 Kia Rio EX
2012 Kia Rio EX, 2012 Honda Fit Earn Top Subcompact Rankings

If you're shopping for a subcompact ride -- and based on yesterday's news, many of you are -- pay close attention to the 2012 Kia Rio EX and the 2012 Honda Fit. After a recent round of tests, those two models sit at the top of Consumer Reports' rankings for subcompact cars. Consumer Reports divided...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Sonic, New York City launch event, October 2011
Kelley Blue Book Highlights Fuel-Sipper Cars With 5-Year Ownership Costs Under $30,000

With gasoline prices on the rise and summer travel months right around the corner, families looking to save money on new vehicle purchases over the long run have some excellent choices. Kelley Blue Book (KBB) highlights some of the most fuel-efficient small cars with a total cost of ownership (TCO)...Read More»

2012 Toyota Prius C launch, Detroit Auto Show
2012 Toyota Prius C: 50-MPG Small Hybrid, $19K

Toyota used the occasion of the 2012 Detroit Auto Show to introduce the fourth member of the Prius family: the 2012 Prius C hybrid hatchback. Key attributes of the new small Prius hybrid that may make it a compelling commuter car, or second or third family car, are its 50-mpg combined fuel economy...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Spark shown at Los Angeles Auto Show, Nov 2011
2013 Chevrolet Spark: New Details, Live Pics From The L.A. Auto Show

From its stand at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, General Motors revealed new details about the 2013 Chevrolet Spark, the brand's upcoming minicar that will slot below the new Sonic in both size and price. With this first appearance of the U.S.-spec Spark (a somewhat different version is already...Read More»

2012 Honda Insight - European market version to be shown at Frankfurt Motor Show
2012 Honda Insight: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

Another debut that could easily get overlooked at the glitz and glamour of the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show is nevertheless quite important for Honda: the 2012 Honda Insight. True, the changes aren’t radical, but they are both necessary and a long time coming. Here’s what’s new in the...Read More»

2011 Honda Fit Sport
Is The Honda Fit Moving To Mexico?

Honda plans to build a new $800 million pant in Mexico to build a subcompact car. Scheduled to open in 2014 and employ 3,200 people, the plant will have the ability to produce 200,000 vehicles a year. The plant will be located in Celaya, Guanajuato and will be the eighth plant Honda has located in...Read More»

2012 Nissan Versa Sedan
Which One's The Small-Car Champ: Accent, Fiesta, Fit, Sonic, Versa, or Yaris? #YouTellUs

As gas prices continue to fluctuate, consumers are now considering subcompact cars more than ever. But what do you look for when buying a subcompact car? Is driving fun a main factor when considering which subcompact you want in your garage? Or are price and safety ratings your main concern? What...Read More»

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
2012 Nissan Versa, E15, 2012 Scion iQ, Groupon: Car News Headlines

We drive the new 2012 Nissan Versa. [TheCarConnection] Save $300 on a Cadillac with Groupon. [SocialCarNews] The next-generation Subaru WRX will drop the Impreza nameplate. [MotorAuthority] The GAO says E15 gasoline will not arrive for at least a year. [GreenCarReports] Subaru offers advice about...Read More»

2011 Scion iQ
Is The iQ What Scion Needs? #YouTellUs

Cue up the Neil Diamond because the Scion iQ is finally coming to America. Arriving on the West Coast in October, the miniature Scion is set to do battle with the new Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta, and other subcompacts. The Scion line-up currently consists of three compact vehicles with the iQ making up...Read More»

2011 Scion iQ
Is Scion's iQ A Smart Move? #YouTellUs

The 2012 Scion iQ is finally coming to the U.S. to do battle with new small cars like the Fiat 500 and Smart ForTwo. While some small car fans may be rejoicing, one has to wonder if the Scion iQ is a smart move. Priced at $15,995, the new iQ is cheaper than the Ford Fiesta, comparable to the Fiat...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus
Hot Hatchbacks Attract Buyers…Again

For years the lowly hatchback languished, derided by many as a cheapo, low-content ride with no power and little style. In short, hatchbacks were considered not-for-me transportation choices suited only for the least fortunate. That was then, this is now. Hatchbacks, all of a sudden, it seems, are...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Z-Spec accessories
2012 Chevy Sonic Subcompact To Start At $14,495

Chevrolet has announced pricing for the 2012 Sonic, which replaces the discontinued Chevrolet Aveo. Sonic sedan models will start at $14,495 including destination charge, which makes Chevy’s subcompact sedan $500 more expensive than a comparable Ford Fiesta sedan. If hatchbacks are your...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Accent
With An Accent On Fuel Economy, Hyundai Updates The Subcompact

It's no secret that Hyundai's 2011 Sonata and Elantra models are out-of-the-park home runs for the Korean automaker. Now Hyundai is looking to bring the same sales success to the subcompact car market with the introduction of their all-new Accent. Available as a four-door sedan or a five-door...Read More»

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