Posts from ‘Hatchbacks’
by Don Sikora II
Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 2018 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.
If our readers were asked to rank Toyota Corolla traits, we’d guess sportiness and enthusiast interest would fall pretty far down the resulting list. Still, there have been Corollas capable of piquing a cheap-wheeler’s curiosity, and we think the 1987-88 FX16 GT-S “hot hatch” is one of the cars from this subset.
Class: Subcompact Car
Miles Driven: 357
Fuel Used: 9.1 gallons
Class: Compact Crossover/SUV
Miles Driven: 241
Fuel Used: NA
It’s not often that a vehicle’s redesign isn’t necessarily its headline news.
DETROIT—The sporty version of Hyundai’s Elantra GT compact 4-door hatchback is getting a name change and a few other updates for 2019. The new Elantra GT N Line—unveiled at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit—replaces the 2018 Elantra GT Sport model, and Hyundai says that more N Line models will be arriving later on future Hyundai products.
Class: Sporty/Performance Car
Miles driven: 286
Fuel used: 10.8 gallons
Kia unveiled the all-new third generation of its spunky, boxy subcompact hatchback at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The redesigned 2020 Kia Soul maintains the signature “tall box” profile of its predecessors, but its styling cues—particularly its aggressive front and rear fasciae—are a bit less “cute” than before.
Mazda took the opportunity to introduce the next generation of its compact sedan and hatchback at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The redesigned Mazda 3 will go on sale early next year as a 2019 model, and it will again be offered in both 4-door sedan and 4-door hatchback body styles. Aside from new styling, the biggest news is that the 3 will be offered with Mazda’s i-ACTIV all-wheel-drive system.