Hatchbacks

2016 Toyota Prius First Drive: Video
2016 Toyota Prius First Drive: Video

It's now in its fourth generation, and the Toyota Prius continues to be the world's definitive hybrid-electric vehicle. This latest 2016 Prius gets slightly better gas mileage than before--52 miles per gallon for the base model--to keep its crown as the most fuel-efficient vehicle without a plug...Read More»

2016 Scion iA and 2016 Scion iM
Will Scion iA, iM Be The Hits Toyota Needs?

Scion needs a sales hit, and it needs it quickly. Launched 12 years ago, Toyota's youth-oriented division found initial success with the offbeat personality of its boxy xB hatchback and the Scion tC coupe's sporty style. Other models fared less well with Scion's target market. The conventionally...Read More»

2016 Fiat 500X
2016 Fiat 500X First Drive Video

Fiat kick-started itself here in the U.S. with a pair of European twins--the tiny 500 hatchback and the bigger 500L. Now it has a real chance to win over American car buyers with its first small crossover SUV. Will the new 500X be big and bold enough to tackle the Jeep Renegade and Honda HR-V? We...Read More»

2015 BMW i3
The Greenest Cars Of 2015

Fuel economy is a broad term in the car world. Back in the day, it just meant gas mileage, and inevitably those numbers were low. Now, it encompasses everything from frugal gas-powered machines, to turbodiesels, to gas-electric hybrids, to plug-in hybrids, to extended-range electric vehicles...Read More»

2016 Scion iM  -  live photos, 2015 NY Auto Show
2016 Scion iM Video Preview

]Scion has been starved for product over the past few years. Last year it said it would get three new vehicles, and previewed one of them with a concept. Now, we have the production version of that concept--the new 2016 Scion iM hatchback. Unveiled alongside the new Scion iA sedan at the New York...Read More»

2016 Hyundai Elantra GT, 2015 Chicago Auto Show
2016 Hyundai Elantra GT Video

The Elantra GT may share its name with Hyundai's best-selling compact sedan--but in reality, it's a different vehicle, one that comes originally from Europe. And that's why it attracts competition from cars like the VW Golf and Ford Focus. ALSO READ: 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT Preview This year, the...Read More»

2015 Toyota Yaris  -  First Drive, September 2014
2015 Toyota Yaris: First Drive

The 2015 Toyota Yaris is one of the better-looking subcompacts on the market; yet in too many respects—especially from the driver's seat—it feels like a small car from another era. Putting it tersely—after driving several versions of it this past week, on the mostly leisurely...Read More»

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE
2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI Video Road Test

Since the late Seventies, the VW Golf has been been a benchmark for fun-to-drive hatchbacks. Now there’s a new Golf, and it’s never offered so many choices to so many drivers—from hatch to wagon, diesel to EV, dual-clutches to automatics. Of course, it has some stellar competition...Read More»

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, March 2014
2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Video Road Test

Subaru’s built its reputation as the king of all-wheel-drive wagons, but it hasn’t always been the king of fuel economy. That sticking point has led to the first Subaru gas-electric car, the 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid. ALSO READ: 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid: Gas Mileage Review Under...Read More»

2015 MINI Cooper 5 Door
2015 MINI Cooper Adds New Five-Door Model

Unless you’re a diehard fan of the MINI Cooper, it probably takes a second or two to differentiate the current design from the previous two generations. That might change a little for the 2015 model year when MINI introduces the new 2015 MINI Cooper five-door. CHECK OUT: What Car Should You...Read More»

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI
VW Golf, GTI Earn Top Safety Pick+

With the 2015 Volkswagen GTI already on sale and the standard 2015 VW Golf set to hit dealers in August, both versions of the compact hatchback are proof that small cars can deliver big on safety. ALSO SEE: General Motors Fires 15 Employees, Releases Details Of Internal Ignition Switch Probe The...Read More»

2015 Nissan Versa Note SR
2015 Nissan Versa Note Priced At $14,990, New SR At $18,340

After being introduced as an all-new model last year, the Nissan Versa Note is getting a couple minor changes for the 2015 model year. As announced at the Chicago Auto Show, the 2015 Nissan Versa Note will be adding two trim levels to go along with some minor pricing changes, which were just...Read More»

2015 Fiat 500
2015 Fiat 500 Adds Tech, Optional Automatic for Abarth

Ever since marking its return to the U.S. with the Fiat 500, Fiat has been steadily expanding the breadth of this nameplate to include the all-electric 500e, the sporty Abarth, the bigger 500L and soon, the 500X. Circling back to the standard 500, Fiat is giving its iconic little hatchback a...Read More»

2014 Kia Soul  -  First Drive, August 2013
2014 Kia Soul Video Road Test

The Kia Soul wasn't supposed to be a hit, but the funky styling and driving hamsters clearly paid off. Today, the Soul is one of Kia's best sellers. For 2014 the Soul gets a major revamp, with better details and better gear. But has it gotten better from behind the wheel? The original Soul is a...Read More»

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage ES  -  Driven, April 2014
2014 Mitsubishi Mirage: Quick Drive Of A Not-So-Quick Car

The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is a disappointing car. It doesn't offer anywhere close to today's standards of refinement or performance, when we compare it not to cars that are much more expensive but to those that are of the same price range. And those inadequacies can't mask any of its positives...Read More»

2015 Ford Focus, 2014 New York Auto Show
2015 Ford Focus Video: New York Auto Show

The Ford Focus is the world’s best selling car—and it was The Car Connection’s Best Car To Buy 2012. After a few years, the Focus is still one of our favorite compact cars, either as a hatchback or a sedan. It handles well, looks great, and has one of the sportiest compact models...Read More»

2014 Mazda Mazda3 s Grand Touring  -  First Drive
2014 Mazda 3 Video Road Test

The Mazda 3 has always been one of the best-driving compact cars. It’s never been what we'd call beautiful--but now it has to be, now that it's up against eye-catching shapes like the Hyundai Elantra, Dodge Dart, and especially the Ford Focus and its hot ST edition. Does this year's new Mazda...Read More»

2014 Nissan Versa Note
2014 Nissan Versa Note: First Drive

The Nissan Versa sedan was new for 2012, but for all kinds of global-product reasons, the company carried over the previous-generation Versa Hatchback for a couple of years. At last, a new Versa hatchback is here, only its name has morphed into Versa Note. Will it eventually just become the Nissan...Read More»

2014 Nissan Versa Note
2014 Nissan Versa Note Priced $14,780: Big Tech, Small Package

The 2014 Nissan Versa Note hatchback goes on sale this month, and pricing has been set from $14,780, including a $790 destination charge. Not only is that $680 less than the outgoing Versa Hatchback, but it also offers new technology for the sub-compact car segment. First shown at the 2013 Detroit...Read More»

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