Hot Hatch

2014 MINI Cooper Automatic: Quick Drive

2014 MINI Cooper Automatic: Quick Drive

The all-new, third-generation 2014 MINI Cooper three-door hatchback--now called "Hardtop" by MINI--sports a longer nose, a new 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine, and an interior that at last cleans up some of the disastrous ergonomics of the previous cars. Specifically, the round display in the... read more

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2013 Fiat 500c Abarth Cabrio, Catskill Mountains, NY, July 2013

2013 Fiat 500c Abarth Cabrio: Fun But Far From Fuel-Efficient

Although we hate to say it here, for certain cars, sometimes gas mileage really just doesn't matter that much. That's our verdict on the 2013 Fiat 500c Abarth Cabrio, the new... read more July 9, 2013 by 1

2014 Volkswagen Golf GTD

2014 Volkswagen Golf GTD Diesel Hot Hatch Returns 50+ MPG

Following yesterday’s leak of the new e-Golf electric variant of Volkswagen’s latest MkVII Golf, comes the first photos and specs for the latest Golf GTD... read more February 21, 2013 by 4

2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS

2013 Chevy Sonic RS: Detroit Auto Show Debut For Sporty Trim Package

The 2012 Chevy Sonic subcompact launched this year to largely favorable reviews, including our own (here and here). For next year, Chevy is upping the ante, with a... read more December 19, 2011 by 2

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

Next Fiat 500 Minicar: Abarth 'Hot Hatch' Sports Version

This time, it's not about cute. In less than a month, Fiat will unveil the next model of its 500 minicar at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth will be... read more October 31, 2011 by 0

2011 Mazda2 exterior and detail

2011 Mazda Mazda2: First Drive Report

The 2011 Mazda Mazda2 subcompact had a somewhat strange introduction, with the car itself unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show but the interior not displayed until three... read more July 9, 2010 by 1

2009 fiat 500 convertible 500c 2 021

2011 Fiat 500 Mini-Car On Sale By End of Year, Chrysler Says

Well, here's some good news: We have less than a year to wait before the neat little Fiat 500 hatchback goes on sale at selected Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram dealers. When it... read more February 12, 2010 by 1

2011 Mazda Mazda2

2011 Mazda2 Interior Revealed, Only 3 Months After The Car

When Mazda launched its 2011 Mazda2 subcompact hatchback at last year's Los Angeles Auto Show, many journalists noted that the doors were locked--and the windows were tinted... read more February 11, 2010 by 1

2011 Audi A1 and Justin Timberlake on LA photo shoot

Preview: 2011 Audi A1 Subcompact Sports Hatchback

As luxury automakers focus more on how to extend their brand into smaller packages that maintain the prestige and performance of their larger models, Audi has a few... read more December 22, 2009 by 1

MazdaSpeed2 concept, 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show

Will the 2011 Mazda2 Spawn a MazdaSpeed2 Hot Hatchback?

Sometimes the most interesting cars at auto shows are the ones the manufacturers don't talk about. As expected, Mazda unveiled its new 2011 Mazda2 subcompact at the Los... read more December 3, 2009 by 2

2010 Dodge Caliber R/T

2010 Dodge Caliber: Fewer Engines, 30 MPG Highway, Better Interior

The Dodge Caliber hatchback has never been at the top of our compact-car list, in part because of its lousy gas mileage compared to the competition. Now, Chrysler has... read more September 1, 2009 by 5

2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3

2010 MazdaSpeed3: Sporty Green Sizzle, Zoom-Zoom Style

Once in awhile, High Gear Media editors get lucky. Last Thursday, our own Bengt Halvorson managed to snag a drive in the 2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 before any other reporter... read more August 25, 2009 by 0



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