Posts from ‘Hatchbacks’

Nov
29
2023 GR Toyota Corolla Morizo, 2023 Toyota GR Corolla

2023 Toyota GR Corolla Morizo Edition

Consumer Guide Automotive The “hot-hatch” segment, for a longtime defined by Volkswagen’s enthusiast-beloved Golf GTI, is inarguably shrinking, in sales volume and in number of models offered. In fact, the whole small, sporty-car thing is in serious decline. Sadly, buyer attitudes have changed, and shoppers—especially young shoppers—seem to value utility over fun these days. I curse their pragmatism.

Nov
01
2022 Volkswagen Golf R

2022 Volkswagen Golf R in Lapiz Blue Metallic

Consumer Guide Test Drive

2022 Volkswagen Golf R

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 449

Fuel used: 22.2 gallons

Oct
20
2022 Hyundai Kona N

2022 Hyundai Kona N in Phantom Black

2015 Audi Q52022 Hyundai Kona N

Class: Subcompact Crossover

Miles driven: 243

Fuel Used: 11.0 gallons

Sep
27
2022 Honda Civic Sport Touring

2022 Honda Civic Sport Touring in Platinum White Pearl (a $395 color option)

2015 Audi Q52022 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring

Class: Compact Car

Miles driven: 320

Fuel used: 10.8 gallons

Aug
31
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge Twin Ultimate, Fjord Blue

2022 Volvo C40 Recharge Twin Ultimate in Fjord Blue (a $695 color option)

Consumer Guide Test Drive

2022 Volvo C40 Recharge Twin Ultimate

Class: Electric Vehicle

Miles driven: 702

Battery capacity: 78 kWh

Jul
25
2022 BMW i4 M50

2022 BMW i4 M50 in Brooklyn Grey Metallic (a $550 option)

Consumer Guide Test Drive

2022 BMW i4 M50

ClassElectric Vehicle

Miles driven: 276

Battery capacity: 80.7 kWh

Jun
29
2019 Buick Regal TourX, 2019 Buick Regal Sportback, Last Buick Station Wagon

Buick Regal TourX

Buick Regal TourXNote: The following story was excerpted from the June 2021 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

It’s a cliché to say it’s the end of an era, and it’s still difficult to believe, but Buick is technically out of the car business. That’s right; every 2021-model Buick in the U.S. market is a crossover SUV. Perhaps more surprising, the last Buick cars weren’t the marque’s famously all-American four-door sedans. Rather they were the 2020 Regal Sportback and Regal TourX wagon.

Jun
28
2022 BMW M440i Gran Coupe

2022 BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe in San Remo Green Metallic (a $550 option)

2015 Audi Q52022 BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe

Class: Premium Compact Car

Miles driven: 248

Fuel used: 10.5 gallons

May
16
2023 Nissan Z

2023 Nissan Z

Consumer Guide Automotive

It’s tough out there for traditional sporty/performance cars these days, especially for the true two-seater or 2+2 sports cars. The things just don’t sell like they used to American shoppers, and as a result, the automakers who are still sticking it out in this segment have had to get creative. Toyota partnered with BMW to revive the Supra for 2020, and renewed its partnership with Subaru to introduce a new-generation version of the Toyota 86 rear-wheel-drive sports car (now dubbed GR 86) for 2022 (Subaru’s variant continues as the BRZ). Mazda partnered with Fiat to share some of the load for the 2016 redesign of the MX-5 Miata; Fiat got its own version in the revived 124 Spider, which only lasted through the 2017-2020 model years before it was dropped.

Apr
21
2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line

2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line in Ascot Green

2015 Audi Q52022 Kia Stinger GT-Line

Class: Premium Midsize Car

Miles driven: 170

Fuel used: 7.8 gallons