Compacts

2019 VW Golf downsizes engine in fuel-economy bid
2019 VW Golf downsizes engine in fuel-economy bid

Front-wheel-drive versions of the 2019 VW Golf should be more fuel-efficient than they were last year, but they won't be any quicker. VW said Thursday that the 2019 Golf lineup will use a 1.4-liter turbo-4 rated at 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque in the hatchback and SportWagen station...Read More»

2019 Kia Forte
2019 Kia Forte first drive: Compact car blues wiped away

Even though they are divisions of the same company, the divide between Kia and Hyundai has never been wider than with the 2019 Kia Forte. Under its clean styling suite of standard active safety tech sits the automaker’s first continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Don’t go...Read More»

2019 Nissan Versa
2019 Nissan Versa still America's cheapest new car, costs $13,255

The 2019 Nissan Versa is the cheapest way to get that new car smell even after a small price increase over last year, the automaker announced last week. At $13,255 to start, Cars Direct pointed out that the 2019 Versa sedan costs $50 more than last year's edition. That money, which includes a...Read More»

2019 Kia Forte
2019 Kia Forte tops 40 mpg on highway in EPA estimates

EPA estimates for the redesigned 2019 Kia Forte show that the new compact sedan won't be a favorite of gas station owners. What will likely be the most popular 2019 Forte—the sedan with the optional continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT)—is rated at 30 mpg city, 40 highway...Read More»

2019 Nissan Sentra
2019 Nissan Sentra adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

The long-servicing 2019 Nissan Sentra gets a few important updates and a slight price bump for the new model year, highlighted by Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on most trim levels. The 2019 Nissan Sentra S now starts at $18,685 including a mandatory $895 destination charge, and comes standard with...Read More»

2020 Ford Focus Active
Ford cuts off compact car production, sales in US ahead of 2020 Focus Active

Ford made a big splash back in April when it announced it would not replace the Fiesta, Fusion, and Taurus with new models in the U.S. Though the 2020 Ford Focus Active will carry on the Focus name as a crossover, it won’t be built here like the current Focus is, as Ford confirmed to us...Read More»

2019 Subaru Impreza
2019 Subaru Impreza: the all-weather compact car gets safer

The 2019 Subaru Impreza makes collision-avoidance technology easier than ever to equip. That's because Subaru said Friday that its EyeSight system—which features automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings, and active lane control—is now standard on...Read More»

2016 Chevrolet Cruze
112,000 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars recalled over potential fuel leak

General Motors said last week that it will recall 112,000 2016 through 2018 model year Chevrolet Cruze compact cars over a concern that their fuel tanks could leak in the event of a major rear impact. The recall covers a specific Cruze configration: the Cruze LS with a tire inflator kit rather than...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Jetta
6 things to know about the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

As buyers put their money on crossover SUVs rather than sedans in the game of new-car roulette, the 2019 VW Jetta hopes to be more than just a dapper, quiet observer on the sidelines. The latest Jetta is a mild-mannered four-door that does many things well, which may make it highly appealing to...Read More»

2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback, 2018 New York auto show
2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: a most international compact car

The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback has had its passport stamped more than a few times. Debuting next week at the 2018 New York auto show, the 2019 Corolla Hatchback that Toyota previewed Friday is decidedly international. The new Corolla Hatchback replaces the Corolla iM in Toyota’s lineup...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Elantra
2018 Hyundai Elantra earns Top Safety Pick+ award for crashworthiness

Select versions of the 2018 Hyundai Elantra sedan earned the IIHS' highest accolade for their crash-test performance, the agency announced Friday. The IIHS says that its Top Safety Pick+ award applies to 2018 Elantra compact cars built after December 2017 fitted with optional automatic emergency...Read More»

2018 Honda Fit
2018 Honda Fit vs. 2018 Kia Rio: Compare Cars

Subcompact sedans are no longer the penalty boxes on wheels they once were. Witness the 2018 Kia Rio and the 2018 Honda Fit, two pint-size cars with good room inside, decent fuel economy, and available high-tech features accompanied by price tags that won’t break the bank. We rate the 2018...Read More»

Honda Insight Prototype, 2018 Detroit auto show
2019 Honda Insight hybrid to debut in Detroit, promises 50 mpg combined

A "concept" for the 2019 Honda Insight hybrid sedan will appear at the Detroit auto show that opens next week, debuting a new "premium compact" model that will sit between the compact Civic and mid-size Accord sedans. Honda announced on Thursday that its new hybrid will be EPA-rated at 50 mpg...Read More»

2017 Mazda MAZDA3
2018 Mazda 3 adds safety tech, drops F1-inspired regenerative braking

The 2018 Mazda 3 will come with more active-safety equipment as standard, but it'll also have less in common with a Formula 1 car than before. According to CarsDirect, which sourced its information from an ordering guide, the 2018 Mazda 3 will come standard with low-speed automatic emergency...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport
2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport first drive: chasing the VW GTI

As the more dapper and international of the automaker's two compact cars, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT speaks many languages. It wears a crisply tailored European suit not unlike the car that's in its sights: the Volkswagen GTI It mostly succeeds in imitating, but not besting, that German stalwart...Read More»

2018 Honda Fit
2018 Honda Fit gets new look, adds more safety tech

With its 2018 Fit, Honda has democratized advanced safety tech. The Japanese automaker has made a suite of technology available on even the least-expensive version of its smallest car. This list includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and lane departure...Read More»

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport vs. 2017 Honda HR-V: Compare Cars

Small crossover utility vehicles have surged in popularity, and every carmaker is rolling out new entries. The new Nissan Rogue Sport gives the very popular compact crossover Rogue a smaller, more stylish sibling that's visually similar but is shorter, lower, and slightly more nimble. The very...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI, 2017 New York Auto Show
2018 VW Golf lineup gets a facelift and some new eyeliner

Volkswagen showed off its new Golf family on Monday, just two days ahead of its appearance at the 2017 New York auto show. The updated interiors and revised faces for the compact car touch them all; the Golf, GTI, SportWagen, Golf R, and Alltrack models get the new goods—the new e-Golf was...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester XT convoy on tour in South Africa
Subaru Forester Vs Subaru XV Crosstrek: Which Crossover To Buy?

As we've noted before, many automotive journalists seem to own Subarus as their personal cars. We recently spent three days with a new 2014 Subaru Forester XT--the more powerful turbocharged model--driving South Africa's Garden Route along the country's south coast, from Plettenburg Bay to Cape...Read More»

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