Hatchbacks

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto added to 2018 Mazda 3
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto added to 2018 Mazda 3

The 2018 Mazda 3 compact sedan and hatchback joined the ranks of compact cars available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. CarsDirect reported Wednesday that Mazda dealers were instructed to upgrade Mazda 3 Touring and Grand Touring trim levels with Apple and Android smartphone...Read More»

2019 Fiat 500 1957 Edition
2019 Fiat 500 1957 Edition revived as $995 retro look

The 2019 Fiat 500 1957 Edition unveiled Thursday channels the small-car builder's past in a big way—at least as big as one of the smallest new cars can. The 1957 Edition package cost $995 and adds color-matched 16-inch alloy wheels designed to look like dog-dish hubcaps, vintage-style Fiat...Read More»

2019 Ford Fusion
Ford cuts off national advertising for its sedans and hatchbacks

If there was still any of hope that Ford’s car models would somehow survive the commitment to turn exclusively to trucks, crossovers, and SUVs, that spark has been extinguished. The company confirmed Wednesday that it will be stopping national advertising for all its car models. Speaking to...Read More»

2019 Mini Oxford Edition
High-value 2019 Mini Oxford Edition targets students, recent grads

Mini said Wednesday that its dealers soon will offer a hatchback available only to a small audience: students and recent graduates. The 2019 Mini Oxford Edition will be available to those who can prove eligibility in two- and four-door hatchback configurations with a price that undercuts anything...Read More»

2019 Audi A7, January, 2018 media drive, Cape Town, South Africa,
More style, less money: 2019 Audi A7 priced from $68,995

The 2019 Audi A7 will cost $68,995 when it arrives in the automaker's U.S. showrooms later this year, Audi said Thursday. That's about a $700 savings over the outgoing 2018 model, even though the new A7 features big tech upgrades inside and under its hood. The latest A7 will be offered in Premium...Read More»

2019 Honda HR-V
2019 Honda HR-V cute crossover updated with new looks, available active safety, bigger price

The Honda HR-V was among our favorite budget buys for many reasons. Not only was the small compact crossover versatile and fuel-efficient with a small inline-4, at just over $20,000 it's also relatively cheap among new cars. On Tuesday, the automaker detailed the 2019 Honda HR-V and put our favor...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»

2018 Kia Stinger GT2 AWD V6
2018 Kia Stinger GT2 AWD V6 review update: tilting at benchmarks

The Kia showroom of today isn't the Kia showroom of ten, or even five, years ago. The 2018 Stinger? It's proof that Kia no longer is happy with being an economy-car benchmark. Now it's aimed its sights at the big luxury brands and their sport-sedan standard-bearers. The 2018 Stinger is a five-door...Read More»

2018 Nissan Leaf SL
2018 Nissan Leaf review update: all the daily driver you need

The Nissan Leaf was the first mass-produced electric car in the world, and it will forever hold that title. But times change, and being first in the electric-car race no longer seems to matter. Like personal electronics, electric cars evolve rapidly and render their predecessors outdated with a...Read More»

2019 Toyota Corolla hatch
2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback reboots for $20,910 starting price

Toyota said Friday that its redesigned 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback will cost $20,910 when it goes on sale this summer. That price, which includes a mandatory $920 destination charge, is for the 2019 Corolla Hatchback SE with a 6-speed manual transmission. Adding the optional continuously variable...Read More»

2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec
2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo first drive: the benefits of bodybuilding

Austin, Texas, may have weaponized food trucks in our culture wars, and turned weirdness into a commodity, but it can’t take away one thing. It can’t take away the 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo’s asymmetrical doors. We know, because we just spent a day driving the Veloster in a big...Read More»

2018 Fiat 500
More turbo, more money: 2018 Fiat 500 price hiked to $16,245

Like an Italian grandmother's gnocchi recipe, the retro-styled Fiat 500 has required lots of tweaking over the years. For 2018, Fiat made more underhood muscle standard equipment and the automaker has correspondingly upped the subcompact hatchback's base price by a hefty $1,250 to $16,245. A new...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Sonic
Despite rumors, 2019 Chevrolet Sonic to return to showrooms

Demand for crossovers and SUVs hasn't spelled the demise for one subcompact car despite rumors to the contrary. A Chevrolet spokesman told The Car Connection Monday that the bite-size Chevy Sonic will be on dealer lots for the 2019 model year. "Sonic will indeed be sold to both retail and fleet...Read More»

2019 Toyota Corolla hatch
2019 Toyota Corolla hatch first drive: first steps to sport

The same words have applied to the Toyota Corolla for nearly all of its 12 generations on sale in the U.S.: economical, practical, dependable, or smart. Sporty? The Corolla has felt lazy like Sunday mornings sometimes. The 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback may change that. This year, Toyota will sell...Read More»

2019 Ford Focus
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»

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