Hatchbacks

First drive: The 2020 Hyundai Venue sets a small but splashy stage
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»

2020 Kia Soul First Drive
2020 Kia Soul vs. 2020 Mazda 3: Compare Cars

If the compact hatchback was the precursor to the small crossover, then the Kia Soul and Mazda 3 took completely different approaches in influencing small crossovers that came after them. The redesigned 2020 Kia Soul is less quirky than when the hamsterbox first launched for 2010, yet it still...Read More»

2019 Kia Stinger
Kia sharply discounting Stingers to challenge rivals

Kia Stingers already have plenty of power to move, but they haven't been moving off dealer lots and now Kia is pricing them to move quicker. Our partners at CarDirect found a dealer incentive of up to $3,000 on some Stinger models, but there's a catch. According to CarsDirect, the $3,000 is...Read More»

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback
Updated 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback is the practical pick with the heart of an enthusiast

Compact hatchbacks get a bad wrap as soulless econoboxes. Perhaps that's why fewer Americans buy them each year and run toward crossovers like they're In-N-Out Burger. (Eds note: Crossovers are basically hatchbacks on stilts, but we won't tell anyone else.) The 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback is one of...Read More»

2020 Toyota Yaris
How many doors would you like with your 2020 Yaris? Toyota charges same for sedan, hatchback

When the 2020 Yaris goes on sale this year, Toyota will charge the same amount for a five-door Yaris LE hatchback and a Yaris LE sedan, our partners at CarsDirect reported. The 2020 Toyota Yaris LE sedan or hatchback will cost $18,705, including destination charges, and include a 6-speed automatic...Read More»

2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo
Shifting away: Hyundai drops manual transmissions for 2020 Veloster Turbo, Elantra trims

Two more Hyundai vehicles will be offered solely with automatic transmissions for the 2020 model year. The South Korean brand said this week for the 2020 Hyundai Elantra and Veloster Turbo, their available 6-speed manual transmissions have been discontinued for both vehicles. The end of the manual...Read More»

2020 Mini Cooper SE Hardtop
First all-electric Mini Cooper SE debuts: 181 horsepower, about 114 miles of range

The small, perky hatchback with a British accent is all-in on all-electric. The 2020 Mini Cooper SE made its debut Tuesday ahead of its arrival in the U.S. sometime for the 2020 model year. Mini didn't immediately say how much it would cost when it arrives, or when it will make its way to the...Read More»

2020 Mini John Cooper Works Clubman
Most 2020 Mini Cooper models get $1,500 price bump, some get huge power bump

For the diminutive Mini brand, the wild child's name is always the same: John Cooper Works. Regardless of model, John Cooper Works editions mean more power, stiffer handling, more fun. For 2020, the Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Clubman and Countryman All4 models get a power bump from their turbo-4...Read More»

2019 Mazda 3  -  first drive  -  Los Angeles, January 2019
More than 25K 2019 Mazda 3s recalled for potentially loose wheel nuts

Last month, Mazda said it would recall about 25,000 2019 Mazda 3 models for wheel lug nuts that weren't tightened properly and could loosen over time. The recall affects 25,003 2019 Mazda 3 sedans and hatchbacks and will begin next month. Mazda said it will notify owners immediately. There are no...Read More»

2020 Hyundai Venue, 2019 New York International Auto Show
2020 Hyundai Venue crossover revealed: Stage is set and the crowd is only getting bigger

Small crossovers like the 2020 Hyundai Venue are cheap cars for a new generation. The tiny Hyundai hatchback that made its debut Wednesday at the 2019 New York International Auto Show has a smaller footprint than the Accent sedan and slots below the compact Kona in the automaker's menu of...Read More»

2020 Toyota Yaris
2020 Toyota Yaris hatchback revealed: Boxcar blues begone?

The 2020 Toyota Yaris hatchback revealed Monday had few surprises for budget carbuyers. Gone is the frumpy three- and five-door hatches from Toyota's not-too-distant past, replaced this year with a sharper Yaris frame that's built by Mazda in Mexico—like the 2019 Toyota Yaris sedan. The new...Read More»

2016 Kia Soul
2012-2016 Kia Soul models recalled over fire risk

Hyundai and Kia last month widened a fire risk recall to include nearly 380,000 Kia Soul hatchbacks. In documents filed with the NHTSA Feb. 22 and released last week, Kia said that 378,967 2012 to 2016 Soul models with a 1.6-liter inline-4 engine are included in the recall. The NHTSA has been...Read More»

2020 Kia Soul First Drive
First drive: 2020 Kia Soul grooves into low-price rhythm

What do you see in the 2020 Kia Soul: practical commuter, spacious hatchback, or schtick with light-up speakers? The Soul catfished us all with its “all of the above” answer and low price. It very well may be an automotive Rorschach, just don’t connect the blobs and spot a...Read More»

2020 Kia Soul First Drive
2020 Kia Soul hatchback costs $18,485 to start; perky turbo costs $28,485

The new 2020 Kia Soul LX hatchback will cost $18,485, including $995 destination, when it goes on sale soon, the automaker announced Friday. That's $1,000 more than the outgoing base 2019 Soul, but the new model includes a more powerful 2.0-liter engine, 7.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment, and...Read More»

2019 Mazda 3  -  first drive  -  Los Angeles, January 2019
2019 Mazda 3 first drive: Welcoming a “hip” era for Zoom-Zoom

Before letting us drive its redesigned 2019 Mazda 3, the company’s engineers had us spend time on core-strengthening desk-chair toppers popular in Japan. No, it wasn’t because they saw too many beer guts in the room. In designing and engineering the latest version of the Mazda...Read More»

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