Posts from ‘Hatchbacks’

Jul
22
2021 Volkswagen Arteon SEL R-Line, King's Red Metallic,

2021 Volkswagen Arteon SEL R-Line in King’s Red Metallic (a $395 option)

Quick Spin, Consumer Guide Automotive

2021 Volkswagen Arteon SEL R-Line

Class: Premium Midsize Car

Miles driven: 375

Fuel used: 17.1 gallons

Jul
15
2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI (left) and Golf R

2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI (left) and Golf R

2021 Chicago Auto Show "Special Edition" July 15-19Volkswagen announced complete pricing info for its redesigned 2022 Golf GTI and Golf R high-performance 4-door hatchbacks at the 2021 Chicago Auto Show. The ’22 Golf GTI and Golf R kick off the eighth generation of VW’s long-running compact hatchback in the U.S., and they are the only Golfs we’re getting… the non-performance versions of the Golf have been dropped for the American market and essentially replaced on our shores by VW’s new-for-2022 Taos compact crossover SUV.

Jun
23
Prime vs AWD-e

2021 Toyota Prius Prime Limited (left) vs 2021 Toyota Prius XLE AWD-e

With hybrid vehicles of all sorts now commonplace in the American new-vehicle market, the Toyota Prius doesn’t get the respect (or sales numbers) it once did. These days, most major manufacturers offer numerous hybrids, plug-in hybrids, or both—and increasingly, these hybrids are versions of regular-line vehicles, not stand-alone, hybrid-only models. The majority are also SUVs—the type of everyday family vehicle American buyers are choosing in greater numbers than 4-door sedans of any stripe.

May
10

Cockroaches, Keith Richards, and the Pontiac Vibe I can’t track down the first  person to predict that only cockroaches would survive the next world war, but the would-be truism is well known at this point. Kudos to the comedian who would later add Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards to the short list of life forms expected to live through a nuclear apocalypse; his continued existence remains an inspiration to those of us who have only occasionally drank to excess and have largely passed on injected opioids. Though not a life form, I would like to add another icon of longevity and fortitude to the nukeproof list: the Pontiac Vibe.

May
04
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium AWD in Rapid Red Metallic (a $400 option)

Consumer Guide Test Drive

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium AWD

ClassElectric Vehicle

Miles driven: 280

Battery capacity: 88 kWh

Apr
14
2021 Nissan Leaf SL Plus

2021 Nissan Leaf SL Plus in Sunset Drift Chromaflair paint (a $395 option)

Consumer Guide Test Drive

2021 Nissan Leaf SL Plus

Class: Electric Vehicle

Miles driven: 179

Battery capacity: 62 kWh

Apr
09
Mini Cooper SE Hardtop

2020 Mini Cooper SE Hardtop in White Silver Metallic

Quick Spin, Consumer Guide

2020 Mini Cooper SE Hardtop

Class: Electric Vehicle

Miles driven: 151

Fuel used: NA

Feb
17
2021 Subaru Crosstrek Limited

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Limited in Horizon Blue Pearl

Quick Spin, Consumer Guide Automotive

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Limited

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles driven: 184

Fuel used: 6.2 gallons

Nov
25
Test Drive: 2020 Nissan 370Z NISMO

2020 Nissan 370Z NISMO in Pearl White Tricoat (a $395 option)

2015 Audi Q52020 Nissan 370Z NISMO

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 162

Fuel used: 8.9 gallons

Nov
20
2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo

2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo

Consumer Guide Automotive When the Mazda 3 lineup was redesigned for the 2019 model year, Mazda gave its sporty compact hatchback and sedan lots of new stuff: sleek new styling (with a striking bobtailed shape for the hatchback body style), new technology features, a notably more upscale look and feel, and, for the first time, the availability of all-wheel drive. What the 2019 Mazda 3 DIDN’T get, however, was more horsepower or a new engine—its sole powerplant was a 186-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that was carried over from the previous-generation 3.