High-roofed hatchbacks are perfect for city dwellers.
Still, Americans didn't take to them until the last batch of imports starting hitting our shores.
The new-for-2015 Honda Fit is sensible and smart, with its trick rear Magic Seats and impressive fuel economy.
The 500L also competes with the spacious Kia Soul, a similarly polarizing high-roofed hatchback recently redesigned in 2014.
The Fiat also reminds us of the Mini Countryman, but the British-branded car is more expensive and has a stiffer ride in the negative column; sharper handling and quicker acceleration (in S form) to its positives.
And the Nissan Cube was apparently so unsuccessful that the company has decided to discontinue it; we were always more interested in the smaller Cubes that never made it out of Japan, anyway.
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