Compacts

  • 2017 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabriolet

    The flagging small car won't be imported into the U.S. although inventory should carry dealers through next year.

  • 2019 Genesis G70, 2018 New York auto show
    2019 Genesis G70 video preview

    Genesis isn’t just challenging rivals on their own turf—they’re challenging them at their own game. The Genesis G70 is a luxury sport compact sedan, the kind you’d expect from another brand. It’s rear-wheel drive, big power, manual transmission—but is it too...

  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 (Euro-spec car)
    Mercedes Claims Its CLA Is The World's Most Aerodynamic Production Car

    Common car design wisdom says that a low coefficient of drag is desirable to increase fuel economy and allow for engine downsizing. At highway speeds, up to 60-percent of the power produced by the engine is used just to move the vehicle through the air. Modern production cars typically have drag...

  • 2012 Lexus RX 450h
    Lexus To Debut New Compact Crossover In Tokyo: Report

    Compact luxury crossovers are the new darlings of the automotive industry, as they give buyers the amenities they expect while delivering improved fuel economy (compared to their larger siblings) for their respective manufacturers. Land Rover has its Range Rover Evoque, BMW has its X1 and Audi will...

  • 2013 Fiat 500
    Fiat Starts Custom Shop For U.S. 500 Buyers

    One of the keys to MINI’s success in the United States is the vast amount of customization available on its cars. While it’s theoretically possible to spec a MINI Cooper that’s identical to a car ordered by another buyer, we’d have to rate the chances on the same level as...

  • 2012 Lexus RX 450h
    Will Lexus' Upcoming Compact Crossover Be Called The NX?

    In September, prior to the Paris Auto Show, we caught word that Lexus was working on an all-new compact crossover. At the time, we expected the new grocery-getter model to debut in Paris, but instead, Lexus surprised us with the LF-CC concept. That doesn’t mean that a Lexus-badged compact...

  • 2013 MINI Countryman

    MINI’s first offering with available all-wheel-drive, the Countryman crossover, enters its third year on the market in 2013. That means it’s time for a bit of a refresh, though those expecting significant differences between 2012 and 2013 models will likely be a bit disappointed. New exterior colors, including Brilliant Copper metallic and Blazing Red metallic, hit the order sheet, and MINI says that restructured equipment packages will make configuring the Countryman even easier this year. Inside, trim features now include air vent and speedometer trim rings in Carbon Black, or...

  • 2013 Buick Encore
    2013 Buick Encore Crossover Priced From $24,950

    If you’re planning on shopping for a compact crossover but think that luxury brands are out of your price range, think again. The 2013 Buick Encore will come well-equipped, yet starts at a remarkably reasonable $24,950, including a destination charge of $750. That buys you standard features...

  • Is this the 2013 Kia Forte sedan?  Image: Kia World
    2013 Kia Forte Sketches Revealed?

    Sketches from Kia World appear to show a new Kia compact sedan. Could this be the replacement for the current Kia Forte sedan?

  • 2013 Dodge Small Car (Hornet) spy shots
    New Compact Dodge Won't Be Named Hornet: 2012 Detroit Auto Show

    Dodge will almost certainly introduce a new compact model at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show, and we now know that it won't carry the Hornet name.

  • 2012 Buick Verano
    Buick Launches 2012 Verano Online Configurator

    Buick has updated its website to include a configurator for the all-new Buick Verano compact sedan.

  • 2009 lincoln c concept 006
    Lincoln C-Segment Vehicle Still Coming, Reports Of Cancellation False

    Yesterday, a report emerged at FordInsideNews that Lincoln's plan to build a luxury C-segment vehicle rivaling the likes of the Audi A3 had been canceled. Today, we have official word from Lincoln communications manager Christian Bokich that that is not the case. In fact, Lincoln remains committed...

  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class

    With the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class freshly unveiled in Frankfurt, there's a lot of talk within the company about premium compacts. Unfortuately, there's been no solid word on the matter as yet for America--but we might not have too long to wait. Mercedes announced at an event this evening in Frankfurt that the first of its luxury compacts for the U.S.--there will eventually be five in total--will arrive at the 2012 New York Auto Show. Exactly what form the luxury compact will take is still unknown outside of Mercedes. The B-Class is a solid bet, though even then we can't be sure if it'll...

  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class teaser
    2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Details, Images Released

    Mercedes-Benz's new luxury hatchback could come to the U.S. for the first time. But will Americans be open to the idea of a compact luxury car?

  • 2012 Subaru Impreza
    2012 Subaru Impreza Sedan And Hatchback: 2011 New York Auto Show

    The redesigned 2012 Subaru Impreza Sedan and Hatchback made their respective debuts this week at the 2011 New York Auto Show and we have to admit that despite initial fears the design of the new small car isn’t all bad. The Impreza is also 30 percent more fuel efficient than the model it...

  • Fiat Cinquecento Prima Edizione launch party
    2012 Fiat 500 Prima Edizione Deliveries Begin This Week

    Five hundred lucky, patient Fiat 500 enthusiasts will get a special delivery this week: the first Fiats to be sold in the U.S. since 1984, in the form of the Prima Edizione. Fiat enthusiasts were offered the chance to buy the cars as a reward for their loyalty in the brand's absence. Each Prima...

  • 2011 Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato Concept. Photo by Vitesse Photography.
    2011 Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato Concept Live Photos: 2011 Geneva Motor Show

    You thought the Fiat 500 was small enough? Zagato disagrees, and has the hardware to prove it. The 500 Coupe Zagato does away with a healthy chunk of the standard 500's rear quarters, going instead with a sloping roof and spoiler to give it a more coupe-like profile. We say coupe-like because it's...

  • Ford B-Max Concept Ahead of 2011 Geneva Motor Show
    Ford B-Max Concept: 2011 Geneva Motor Show

    Highlighting Ford's innovative vision for the small car market. That's how the Blue Oval is pitching its production-ready compact MPV concept, the B-Max, ahead of its official unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show. The production ready part is a certainty--this is no concept car. Ford says it previews...

  • Audi A1 1.4 TFSI live photos

    Last October the Web was buzzing with talk of a quattro all-wheel-drive version of the Audi A1. With the 2011 Detroit Auto Show winding down today, talk of the quattro A1 has resurfaced, and with it, our hopes for a proper S1. The lack of quattro was a major factor in not giving the A1 1.4 TFSI the S1 badge. With 185 horsepower from a twin-charged four-cylinder, the 1.4 TFSI also might be a bit shy of the power necessary to earn an S1 badge, but that may change too. According to Audi, the A1 with quattro will be the first in the premium compact segment with all-wheel drive. The system is...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Sonic. Photo by Joe Nuxoll
    2011 Detroit Auto Show: 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Live Photos

    Turbos are our friends. Whether we're after better fuel economy or more power, they get the job done in a way nothing else does. The 2012 Chevy Sonic is a perfect example. It's true that 1.4 liters doesn't sound like much displacement--and it's not. There's more volume in a bottle of Coke. But when...

  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class spy shots
    Report: Next Mercedes-Benz B-Class To Sport "Radical" Architecture

    The next iteration of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class is rumored to be U.S.-bound, and we already have a good idea of what it looks like, both inside and out, from spy shots during testing. But according to a new report out of the U.K., there's a whole new car hiding just beneath the surface. In fact...

  • 2006 Mercedes-Benz B-Class
    BMW And Mercedes-Benz Compacts Coming To U.S. Within Next Few Years

    Right now in the U.S. you can step into a brand new BMW for just under $30,000--for Mercedes-Benz the entry-point creeps a few thousand dollars higher--but in the next couple of years we should be seeing a range of more affordable models from both of the luxury stalwarts. That’s because both...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze RS
    GM Still Pushing For Performance Small Cars

    Almost a year ago, we brought you word that GM insiders were anxious to see a return to fast, small cars, including a possible Chevrolet Cruze SS. Today we have more word that the push for performance compacts is alive and well, and once again the Cruze is the focal point. It's a natural choice for...

  • 2011 Ford Fiesta
    Ford Teams With Funkmaster Flex For Custom 2011 Fiesta

    The collaboration continues a long-standing relationship between Ford and Flex.

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