The Ford Focus RS will likely go down in the history books as one of the greatest performance hatchbacks of all time. Unfortunately, its production run will come to an end after 2018, but Ford is sending it out with a bang—and even more grip.
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In another installment of “They still make that car?” Lexus has decided to discontinue the CT200h hybrid hatchback after the 2017 model year. This is not a shocking development with cheap gas and buyers flocking to crossovers, but the CT200h was an underrated upscale hatchback.
Cheap gas and a big shift toward SUVs and trucks have made it hard out there for small cars and sedans, but that doesn’t mean they’re bad. In fact, the new 2017 Chevrolet Cruze happens to be quite good—so good that Consumer Reports placed it above the segment benchmarks. And you may be surprised how cheaply you can…
If you wanted a fun manual hatchback for your daily commute but didn’t need a performance car like a Focus ST or GTI, there was really only one option: the Mazda3. Honda will now get a piece of the action with the all new Civic hatchback.
Forget the ‘90s, we are living in a golden age of hot hatchbacks and sport compacts. With so many good offerings it is easy to see why Kia’s Forte5 gets overlooked by folks shopping for a sporty hatchback. Kia wants to change that with some big updates to the 2017 model. Is it a hot hatch? Not really, but it’s warm…
Some say two. I say three. How many doors do you say a hatchback has?
Everyone loves to talk up how good hot hatches are as giant slayers: hideously fun to drive and just as fast as a supercar on a really rough, tight road. But there’s something to be said for a totally standard hatchback, too.
During the sport-compact boom of the 90's early 2000's I was into Hondas. I had a 95' Prelude Si with some Altezza lights bro. But I remember Nissan having a nice variety of models for those of us looking for some cheap speed that was easily modified. Names like Sentra SE-R, NX, 240SX, even the Maxima made fine…
It's genuinely hard to make a case for only having a three-door hatchback when five doors is realistic. If you're going to make a practical car, giving it an upright roofline and a large opening at the back, then it's hard to see the logic of only putting one door on either side of the car, forcing rear-seat…
Ever since the photos of the BMW 3-Series GT dropped this week, I've been thinking a lot about hatchbacks.
Since the dawn of human civilization, man has yearned for the answer to one epic question: How many cheerleaders can be stuffed into a Skoda Citigo hatchback?
The other day I posted about why we call station wagons "station wagons", and in the comments I noticed a fair amount of discussion in the comments about whether or not certain cars were officially wagons, or just hatchbacks. Sure, it's a question a child might ask, but it's not a childish question.