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2017 Ford Focus RS First Review

We’ve waited a long time for the Ford Focus RS to finally make it to these shores. A Euro-only offering for three decades, the best-ever Rally Sport version of the automaker’s popular subcompact hatch offers a 350-horsepower 4-cylinder engine, trick AWD system and sporty chassis that takes it to a new level of performance. Our encounter with the RS didn’t Read more...

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback First Review

Redesigned in 2016, the compact Cruze lineup expands for 2017 with the addition of a hatchback model, giving Chevrolet an answer to competitors such as the Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Mazda 3, VW Golf, and the soon to be released Honda Civic. American buyers have long preferred traditional sedans to liftbacks. But even though small 5-door hatches are Read more...

Last week we told you about the reluctance of manufacturers to raise prices and the fact that there seem to be more incentives on 2017 models earlier in the sales cycle. With the new model year officially getting underway, the plateau in sales has some thinking that an all-out price war may soon erupt even though the industry is still selling cars at nearly Read more...

Providing a first look at a revolutionary model that will go on sale in 2020, the Volkswagen I.D. Concept takes the automaker’s zero-emissions design thinking to an entirely different level. Making its global debut in Paris, this all-electric hatchback is the first vehicle to be built around VW’s new purpose-designed MEB – or “Modular Electric Drive” – Read more...

Making its public debut in Paris, the new Hyundai i30 Hatchback will serve as the global precursor of a recast 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT that goes on sale in America during the first half of next year. The sporty front-drive 5-door melds cues and platform reworks from the Elantra Sedan that was comprehensively redone for 2017 with its own distinctive GT Read more...

Today's compact cars might not be quite as roomy, quiet or comfortable as their midsize counterparts, but the fit, finish and features are increasingly comparable. And even if they'll always be smaller by definition, compact cars continue to get roomier, quieter and more comfortable, making them increasingly intriguing alternatives to many larger and Read more...