Category Archives: Small cars

Honda reveals next-generation Fit, teases crossover and hybrid models

Honda has released first official images of the new 2015 Fit, set to begin production in Mexico next spring, along with information teasing an expanded model range. The new Honda Fit looks sportier and substantial, but it still appears to… Continue reading

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Smiley cars: Mazda and Mercedes-Benz grin and bear it

A certain percentage of automobile enthusiasts and journalists have heralded the upcoming release of the redesigned Mazda3, for a number of good, sensible reasons like increased room and fuel economy. But some confess a more subjective preference for the new… Continue reading

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Video: Chevrolet builds the best Spark yet – and it’s electric

General Motors has been building modern electric cars longer than anyone. It started developing EVs in earnest with the purpose-built, low-volume EV1 in the 1990s. Now its latest electric car is based on the tiny Chevrolet Spark. To be honest,… Continue reading

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First drive: Nissan Versa hatchback strikes an upbeat Note

We weren’t terribly impressed with the redesigned 2012 Nissan Versa sedan, but the new hatchback version, called the Versa Note, is whistling a different tune. The Versa sedan’s vices are many. It is a clumsy, flimsy, and noisy car with… Continue reading

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4 great deals on American-made cars for July 4th

Amid the 4th of July fireworks and celebrations, car dealerships are offering eye-catching deals on new cars, with deep discounts and low-rate financing. While the local airwaves are awash in red, white, and blue commercials encouraging you to hurry in… Continue reading

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Redesigned 2014 Mazda 3 promises more of a good thing

The all-new Mazda3 sticks close to its established formula, with slight dimensional changes that promise more interior space, upgraded infotainment, efficient four-cylinder engines, and a weight reduction. As before, available as a hatchback or sedan, the new 3 rides on… Continue reading

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First drive: Funky Fiat 500L creates a mixed impression

We had the opportunity to spend some time (and miles) with the new Fiat 500L—the first new four-door Fiat to grace these shores in decades. With its proportions and appearance, it comes across as cool or odd. Either way, it… Continue reading

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First drive: The Chevrolet Spark EV shocks us

The latest Chevrolet Spark is the most recent EV to attempt to shatter electric cars’ reputation as anemic and inept. And it succeeds, being the best version of this small hatchback. Unlike the Mitsubishi i, this is no glorified golf… Continue reading

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Just in: Fiat 500 Abarth sounds good at our track

I look up from what I’m doing at my desk every time our new Fiat 500 Abarth pulls in or out of the Auto Test Center’s parking lot. Every time. Yes, this bantam Italian car sounds that good. While we’ve… Continue reading

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Redesigned 2014 Toyota Corolla shows off aggressive new stying

The Corolla, Toyota’s mainstay compact gets more aggressive and contemporary styling with its redesign, along with a four-inch longer wheelbase for an improved ride and increased interior room. Toyota says to expect highway fuel economy on the far side of… Continue reading

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