Hatchbacks

2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI costs about $1,000 more at $30,540
2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI costs about $1,000 more at $30,540

The redesigned 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R hatchbacks are almost here. Volkswagen confirmed on Wednesday at the Chicago Auto Show that the renowned hot hatch will be quicker, faster, sharper, and safer, with the latest tech. And it'll cost more. The eighth-generation, or Mark 8, Golf GTI...Read More»

2021 Hyundai Veloster N
First drive: 2021 Hyundai Veloster N rekindles the love, even with an automatic

It has been said that love endures all things, even the switch from a manual transmission to an automatic. In the 2021 Hyundai Veloster N, the new 8-speed dual-clutch transmission enhances the driving experience, and bolsters the love. The last time I drove the quirky hatchback with one rear door...Read More»

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback
2022 Honda Civic hatchback pulls double duty

The wraps have been pulled off of the 2022 Honda Civic hatchback, with Honda debuting the five-door compact variant on YouTube Wednesday evening. As a card-carrying member of the “hatchbacks and wagons are best” club, this was the real Civic that I’ve been waiting for. The 2022...Read More»

2021 Hyundai Elantra
2021 Honda Civic vs. 2021 Hyundai Elantra: Compare Cars

The compact sedan is a great first car, an efficient means of transportation, and a wise choice for the budget-minded. The Honda Civic has been the benchmark in the compact-car segment for years, but the redesigned 2021 Hyundai Elantra aims to take a bite out of the Civic’s turf before the...Read More»

2021 Nissan Leaf
Review update: 2021 Nissan Leaf hatchback falls to newer electric crossover SUVs

When the Nissan Leaf electric hatchback went on sale at the end of 2010 it spearheaded the affordable electric vehicle movement. A decade later, it carries up the rear. The Leaf cost about $7,000 less than the Chevrolet Bolt EV that arrived for 2017. With state incentives, the full federal EV tax...Read More»

2022 Mini Cooper Hardtop
2022 Mini Cooper refreshed with new bumpers, $500 price bump

The 2022 Mini Cooper Hardtop and Convertible receive mild updates, new front ends, and more standard technology. The Cooper gets a $500 price increase to start at $23,750, including a destination fee of $850, the automaker announced late Tuesday. The small urban car continues in three body styles...Read More»

2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo Hatchback
First drive: 2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo Hatchback rekindles an old flame

A few days with the 2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo hatchback reminded me of reuniting with an ex. The strong attachment I once felt for the hatch a few years ago was rekindled with a new shape, a more sophisticated interior, and a powerful new turbocharged engine. The thrills were there, and more exciting...Read More»

2021 Nissan Leaf
Nissan Leaf: Best Hatchback To Buy 2021

The 2021 Nissan Leaf probably isn't the first car you think of when it comes to hatchbacks, but with a TCC Rating of 7.2 out of 10 (read more about how we rate cars), it is our highest rated hatchback and winner of our Best Hatchback To Buy 2021. Celebrating its tenth birthday, the first...Read More»

2020 Honda Civic Si media drive, Circuit of the Americas, November, 2019
End of the road: These discontinued cars won't be back for 2021

Murder hornets. Coronavirus. Democracy. The year 2020 has been unkind for many reasons and to many things, including these cars that won’t be coming back for the 2021 model year. Fiat is down to one vehicle left, and there’s only one crossover SUV not carrying on, and it’s an old...Read More»

2022 Honda Civic prototype
2022 Honda Civic streams on with sportier look, better features

Honda showed off prototype versions of the 2022 Honda Civic last night on the live stream gaming platform Twitch. The unconventional virtual debut of the 11th-generation compact sedan was sparse on details but big on promise. The sleek sedan will arrive in late spring 2021 and be followed by a...Read More»

2021 Mini Cooper 1499 GT
2021 Mini Cooper 1499 GT and Mini Countryman Oxford headline even more special editions

Mini may have more special and limited editions than movie cameos. For 2021, there will be two more, bringing its total of specials to nearly the same number of years since Mini launched in 1959. The 2021 Mini Cooper 1499 GT celebrates the brand's potent past, while the 2021 Mini Countryman Oxford...Read More»

Updated Kia Stinger
Kia Stinger previewed with new engine, new looks–and it's coming to US

The new Kia Stinger performance sedan headed to America will offer a new engine option, updated looks, and new tech. Kia in Korea said the new Stinger would go on sale there sometime this fall, and that the updated Stinger would arrive in the U.S. by the end of the year. Kia has already detailed...Read More»

2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo
2021 Mazda 3 starts just over $20,000, but top Turbo can cost nearly $40,000

The 2021 Mazda 3 compact sedan and hatchback gets simultaneously cheaper and more expensive with a broader lineup that includes a new entry-level model and a new range-topping turbocharged model. The 2021 Mazda 3 2.0 sedan with the small 155-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-4 new for 2021 starts at...Read More»

2020 Honda Fit
Honda Fit unfit for US next year, joins growing small car cemetery

The Honda Fit small wagon won't be coming back for 2021, leaving the Honda HR-V subcompact crossover as the smallest Honda available in the U.S. Honda confirmed last week that it would also discontinue the Honda Civic coupe and would no longer offer the Honda Accord mid-size sedan with a manual...Read More»

2021 Mazda 3 with turbocharged engine, all-wheel drive leaked
New 2021 Mazda 3 compact car upgrades to three available engines

The 2021 Mazda 3 compact car will offer three available engines when it goes on sale, including a new entry-level inline-4. Following the news of the return of a larger turbocharged engine, Mazda revealed a smaller 155-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-4 to complement the 2.5-liter engines available in...Read More»

2020 Chevrolet Sonic
Another small car goes boom; Chevy Sonic won't return

Chevrolet will shelve the slow-selling Sonic after the 2020 model year, the automaker confirmed this week. The small compact will make way at the automaker's Orion Township plant for an electric vehicle that Chevy plans to produce next year, according to a spokesman for Chevy. Dealers were notified...Read More»

2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo
2021 Mazda 3 spins out a turbocharged all-wheel-drive compact contender

It's been a long time coming, but a turbocharger finally returns to the Mazda 3. Just don't call it a Mazdaspeed 3. The 2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo makes 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque from its 2.5-liter turbo-4 with 93 octane gas, the automaker announced Wednesday. The torque-rich engine...Read More»

2015 Toyota Prius Liftback
Toyota expands recall for Prius hybrid system failures

Toyota is expanding a recall from 2018 on certain Prius models that can stall while driving, according to paperwork filed with the NHTSA last week. A transistor in the power module can fail when accelerating quickly and cause the hybrid system to shut down, which may cause the vehicle to stall and...Read More»

2020 Toyota Yaris
Toyota Yaris sedan and hatchback won't return for 2021

Toyota's smallest sedan and hatchback won't return next year, the automaker confirmed this week. The Toyota Yaris sedan and hatchback will be dropped from the automaker's lineup after this year, spokesman Zachary Reed said. The small cars were built by Mazda for Toyota, and were sold in the U.S...Read More»