Posts from ‘Hatchbacks’

Apr
06
2022 Mazda MX-30

2022 Mazda MX-30 in Soul Red Crystal (a $995 option)

Consumer Guide Test Drive

2022 Mazda MX-30 EV Premium Plus

ClassElectric Vehicle

Miles driven: 302

Battery capacity: 35.5 kWh

Mar
31
2023 Toyota GR Corolla

2023 Toyota GR Corolla

Today Toyota unveiled a rally-inspired high-performance version of its Corolla compact car—the 2023 GR Corolla—at an event in Long Beach, California. When it arrives later this year, the GR Corolla will be available in a base Core model. A limited-production Circuit Edition will join it in 2023, and it will be available for the 2023 model year only. The GR branding is used globally to identify Toyota’s sports cars—the letters stand for Gazoo Racing, which is Toyota’s in-house motorsports operation.

Mar
02
1977 Ford Pinto, Cheapest American Cars of 1977

1977 Ford Pinto

I was 12 years old in 1977, and the biggest news—really the ONLY news—of the year that was of any real consequence to me was the release of Star Wars. I still recall waiting for two hours with my shockingly patient parents in the lobby of the now-defunct Edens Theater in Northbrook, Illinois to secure tickets. I’m pretty sure this was the day the movie opened.

Jan
10
2021 Hyundai Veloster N

2021 Hyundai Veloster N

Note: The following story was excerpted from the December 2020 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine. The Veloster N continues unchanged for the 2022 model year, but other Veloster trim levels have been dropped.

Camaro ZL1In a market that’s more and more dominated by small sport utilities, enthusiasts can still find some reasonably practical hot hatchbacks. One of the raciest of the latest crop is the Hyundai Veloster N. It’s the first American-market model from Hyundai’s new high-performance N brand, which sounds like fertile ground for future collectibility.

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