Hatchbacks

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

2020 Toyota Corolla LE
2021 Toyota Corolla adds Android Auto compatibility, more safety gear

Toyota's venerable small car can always learn a few new tricks. When it arrives in dealers later this year, the 2021 Toyota Corolla will offer standard Android Auto and satellite radio compatibility, as well as more standard and available safety equipment, Toyota spokesman Zach Reed confirmed. Reed...Read More»

2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Special Edition
New 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Special Edition sees red instead of black

Red is the new black, Toyota seems to suggest with the the 2021 Corolla Hatchback Special Edition. It comes in Supersonic Red with a distinct body kit. Playing off the popularity of Toyota's Nightshade Edition blacked-out appearance packages on five models, the 2021 Corolla Special Edition outfits...Read More»

2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI
8 things to know about the 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI

The 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI is still more than a year away from arriving, but there is plenty to get excited about for the eighth generation of the hot hatch. 1. The base model Golf and the three-door Golf are not coming back to the U.S., for now. The GTI and performance-tuned Golf R will be the...Read More»

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback
2020 Honda Civic vs. 2020 Hyundai Elantra: Compare Cars

You newly minted graduates will head out into the workforce this spring under all sorts of trying circumstances. One of the small but daunting challenges you will face: finding that first commuter car. It’s tougher than a 7 a.m. final. Been there. We have your back. The 2020 Honda Civic and...Read More»

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI
Review update: The 2020 Volkswagen GTI's swan song hits all the right notes

One of the top five cars I drove last year was almost as old as I am. I found it in an oceanside parking lot, next to a row of ancient Volkswagens. It fired up with a fitful sputter and found first with less confidence than an American League pitcher at-bat. Once the car was alive, I never wanted...Read More»

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