• Scion iM Concept to be shown at 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

    One week from today, Scion will take the wraps off a concept car that's a thinly disguised version of its first new production car in several years. The Scion iM Concept, to be formally introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week, is a compact five-door hatchback that's clearly based on the European Toyota Auris model. DON'T MISS: Struggling Scion To Get Mazda2-Based Sedan, Auris-Based Hatchback, In Future? You can think of the Auris as a hatchback version of the enormously popular Toyota Corolla sedan, albeit with slightly edgier styling. Scion says the iM Concept offers "sporty looks...

  • 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf
    2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Rated At 83 Miles Range, 116 MPGe

    EPA range and efficiency ratings for the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf electric car are in.

  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive  -  First Drive, May 2014
    2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric: Range Pack Standard, Styling Update, More Features

    The 2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive could feature more standard equipment than the 2014 model.

  • 2015 Honda Fit, test drive around Ann Arbor, Michigan, Apr 2014
    2015 Honda Fit: Best Car To Buy 2015 Nominee

    The second of our five nominees for Green Car Reports' 2015 Best Car To Buy award is the new 2015 Honda Fit, the well-regarded subcompact five-door hatchback. It's the third generation of the car sold in North America, and it's got a new powertrain, dubbed with Honda's EarthDreams label, that...

  • 2015 MINI Cooper five-door ad screencap
    New 2015 MINI Cooper With Five Doors Confuses...Well, Everyone (Video)

    The 2015 MINI Cooper five-door breaks new ground for the brand, as demonstrated by this ad.

  • 2011 Toyota Matrix
    2013 Toyota Matrix Compact Hatchback To Be Last Of The Line?

    The 2013 Toyota Matrix five-door compact hatchback has always been the Toyota that gets ignored. Now comes word that it may, in fact, leave the market altogether when the current Corolla on which it's based is redesigned for 2014. From assumptions that it had gone out of production in 2009--it...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Spark

    The 2013 Chevrolet Spark misses being the shortest car ever sold as a Chevy in the U.S. by just an inch or two. But the five-door hatchback is by far the most modern minicar Chevrolet has ever offered. And it represents a daring foray into very small cars by a brand better known for its Impala full-size sedan and its massive Silverado pickup truck. The little Spark comes in some, errrrr, unusual colors: Denim (pale blue), Lemonade (pale yellow), Salsa (lime green), and Techno Pink (yeah, lavender pink). But get past the colors and you find a modern minicar of the sort that's sold as a first...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius C, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2012
    2012 Toyota Prius C: Real-World Gas Mileage Test

    With the 2012 Toyota Prius hybrid family now comprising four members, the subcompact Prius C hatchback is the one least like its siblings. It's smaller, with a smaller engine and battery, and less cross-section to cause aerodynamic drag. So does it consume less fuel? The EPA rates it at 50 mpg...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012
    2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid: First Drive

    The verdict is in: At last, the fabled Toyota Prius hybrid has a viable competitor. If you're in the market for a five-door hybrid hatchback with very high fuel economy--an EPA rating of 47 mpg combined--you should drive a C-Max Hybrid before you trot down to your local Toyota dealer and sign the...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Sonic
    2012 Chevrolet Sonic: What Do You Want To Know About New Subcompact?

    The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is the first subcompact car built in the U.S. in a very long time, and one of several new Chevy models that aim to lift the carmaker's overall fuel efficiency. We'll be driving at least three separate 2012 Sonics within four weeks, so we're seeking your input. What do you...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Z-Spec accessories
    2012 Chevy Sonic Priced From $14,495, $400 More For Hatchback

    The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is Chevy's first re-entry into the subcompact market in many years. Now, prices for the new Sonic and its various options are out, with the 2012 Sonic starting at $14,995 including delivery. That price applies to the standard Sonic four-door sedan with a 1.8-liter "Ecotec...

  • 2011 Toyota Prius
    Toyota Prius Gas Mileage

    The 2011 Toyota Prius hybrid gets the best gas mileage rating of any car for sale in the U.S. market today. It's rated at 51 mpg city, 48 mpg highway, for a combined rating of 50 mpg--and that's a number no other car can match. At least, no other car that doesn't plug into the wall for some (2011...

  • Undisguised 2011 Chevrolet Aveo, SB-Meridien photo digitally altered with permission by AveoForum

    Some auto writers (not us, truly) have been known to sneer at car forum sites. But we try to monitor the forums regularly, 'cause sometimes you see the darnedest things. Take, for example, this photo of a 2011 Chevrolet Aveo in undisguised form, minus the usual spy-shot camouflage. It comes from the folks at, who started by licensing a spy shot we originally ran on Motor Authority. Then they went to work with their trusty Photoshop tools to remove all the irregular black splotches that GM test engineers use to hide its shape. The result is a subcompact hatchback that looks...

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