Hatchbacks

New Ford Focus revealed, coming to US in 2019 via China and Europe
New Ford Focus revealed, coming to US in 2019 via China and Europe

Automakers are shelving small cars and sedans for SUVs and crossovers but at least one of the long-running names in the U.S. has a future beyond next year. The newest Ford Focus, which was unveiled Tuesday, will be sold in the U.S. later next year, a Ford official confirmed to The Car Connection...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Malibu
Chevy rethinks its car lineup, gives 2019 Malibu, Cruze, Spark new faces

Chevrolet took its mask off and unveiled a new look for the bulk of its passenger car lineup Friday. Behind their new faces, the 2019 Spark, Cruze and Malibu, boast mechanical and technical upgrades, along with their new bumpers. Suspiciously absent was any news about the Sonic, which may not have...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Sonic
Report: Chevy Sonic, Ford Taurus and Fiesta days numbered in US

Domestic automakers will phase out unpopular full-size and compact cars in the U.S. soon, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The report, which cites sources within Ford and Chevrolet, said that the Chevy Sonic will be discontinued as early as this year as the factory where it's built...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 Kona first drive
2018 Hyundai Kona first drive: small crossover hit parade

Some of us remember when dirt-cheap hatchbacks were the first stop for first-time new car buyers. Freedom was a fold-down rear seat, longboard, and sleeping bag for the only weekend vacation we could afford. The small cars only asked that we compromise our expectations for a tall ride, decent...Read More»

2019 Hyundai Veloster N, 2018 Detroit auto show
2019 Hyundai Veloster gets new look, lots more tech

The redesigned 2019 Hyundai Veloster unveiled Monday at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit blends familial features from the Sonata sedan and Elantra GT wagon with its own stylish, odd-ball form. It all seems like a rehash of yesterday's news until you consider the new...Read More»

2019 Mini Cooper, 2018 Detroit auto show
Revamped 2019 Mini Cooper proudly channels brand's heritage

It's either kitsch or it's cool. The 2019 Mini Cooper unveiled Tuesday ahead of its formal debut at next week's Detroit auto show proudly drapes itself in the Union Jack from head to tail. And by tail, we mean taillight. The 2019 Mini Cooper lineup's LED tailights now bear the iconic British flag...Read More»

Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2018
2018 Kia Stinger sport sedan costs $32,800 to start; your move, big guys

Kia's first salvo into sport sedan territory will start at thousands less than its likely competitors. The 2018 Kia Stinger will cost $32,800, including destination, at its base trim level and will run up to $52,300 for a Kia Stinger GT2 equipped with all-wheel drive, the automaker announced...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»

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»

2018 Subaru Crosstrek, 2017 Geneva auto show
2018 Subaru Crosstrek video preview

For many owners, Subaru’s Crosstrek is loyal like a Labrador and just as eager to go anywhere. The surprise success for Subaru has spawned a second generation and we’re here in Geneva to check it out. Based on the newest Impreza, the Crosstrek doesn’t stray far from the formula...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT, 2017 Chicago auto show
2018 Hyundai Elantra GT video preview

It was just a few years ago, here in Chicago, that Hyundai took the wraps off the Elantra GT. Now, history is repeating itself as the Korean automaker just unveiled a new version of its stylish little hatchback. The new Elantra GT is a smart-looking five-door, with a low, wide stance and nice...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT, 2017 Chicago auto show
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT went to finishing school in Europe

The Hyundai Elantra GT nameplate returns to the automaker's lineup for the 2018 model year with a decidedly more Continental flair than the comparatively workaday Elantra sedan. That's because instead of simply being a hatchback version of the Elantra four-door, the all-new Elantra GT is actually a...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Chevrolet Bolt EV: The Car Connection's Best Hatchback to Buy 2017

Chevrolet's ardent claims that its first mass-market electric car isn't a car at all—it's a small crossover, according to them—won't sway us. We know a hatchback when we see one, and the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is the best hatchback for this year. Calling it The Car Connection's Best...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Chevrolet Bolt EV: The Car Connection's Best Electric Car to Buy 2017

The Chevrolet Bolt EV handily wins The Car Connection's Best Electric Car to Buy 2017. It rendered all other affordable electric vehicles outdated and nearly obsolete the minute it was unveiled. That's what happens in the tech world, which is just what the auto industry is starting to feel like...Read More»

2017 Honda Civic
Honda Civic: The Car Connection's Best Economy Vehicle to Buy 2017

Trucks may get all the glory, but economy cars do just as much work. Day in, day out, these famously unfussy machines shuttle tens of millions of us to work, school, stores, chores, parties, and home again with our stampeding dirty shoes and sweaty mutts. Just toss that wrapper in the back seat...Read More»

2017 Nissan Versa Note
2017 Nissan Versa Note shows off new face, Doctor Doom references inevitable

Nissan unveiled Thursday its updated 2017 Nissan Versa Note, complete with the V-neck grille you'll find on almost every Nissan now except the Z and the Leaf. The updated hatchback for Nissan is relatively unchanged aside from the swept headlights, deeply set vertical grille element, and...Read More»

New Kia Rio
2017 Kia Rio is all new, now with actual style

Kia has taken the wraps off of its new Rio ahead of its debut later this month at the Paris Motor Show. The updated Rio is expected to go on sale in North America as a 2017 or 2018 model. While Kia hasn't released many details about the new Rio, but it promises that the subcompact will finally have...Read More»

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