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

2020 Nissan Sentra SR, left, and SV, right, trim
2020 Toyota Corolla vs 2020 Nissan Sentra: Compare Cars

The Toyota Corolla and Nissan Sentra have been around so long it’s easy to take them for granted. In fact, the Corolla and Sentra nameplates were born long before the majority of shoppers of compact cars. Launched in the U.S. in 1982, the Sentra has become the best-selling vehicle for Nissan...Read More»

2020 Hyundai Venue (Australian spec)
First drive: The 2020 Hyundai Venue sets a small but splashy stage

I struggle with sentience while a hotel clerk tells me there are four Australian accents: university, city, Western Australia, and everywhere else. None of them make sense at 9 a.m., not after a 24-hour ride over the ocean for a first drive in the 2020 Hyundai Venue. Hyundai chose Australia’s...Read More»

2020 Nissan Leaf
2020 Nissan Leaf revealed: Electric car offers more tech and better safety features for less money

When it arrived nearly a decade ago, the Nissan Leaf electric hatchback had a bulbous shape, spartan interior, and 73 miles of range. On Friday, Nissan debuted the 2020 Leaf with standard 8.0-inch touchscreen, front and rear automatic emergency braking, and a base range of more than double the Leaf...Read More»

2020 Kia Stinger
Kia Stinger: Best Hatchback To Buy 2020

The Kia Stinger is a lot of unexpected things: It's a gorgeous performance car meant to compete with the best German sedans; it's a bargain by comparison; it laid the groundwork for Kia to shock the market with the Telluride three-row SUV; and it is a hatchback. True story. The Stinger is a...Read More»

2019 Mazda 3 - Best Car To Buy 2020
Mazda 3: Best Car To Buy 2020 Nominee

Redesigned for 2019, the 2020 Mazda 3 makes our 2020 list because drive opportunities weren’t available until earlier this year. It was worth the wait. The Mazda 3 compact sedan and hatchback is one of our perennial Best Cars due to its sporty handling and available features list. Mazda...Read More»

2020 Kia Soul - Best Car To Buy 2020
Kia Soul: Best Car To Buy 2020 Nominee

What’s in the box? With the Soul, Kia’s always had a stylish answer, and not just a bunch of goop. The 2020 Kia Soul is the latest in the line of roomy, practical hatchbacks for first-time buyers and penny pinchers. This year, the Soul has us thinking style on a budget like...Read More»

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