Tag: Hatchback Reviews

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

After I heard Toyota was bringing again a Corolla hatchback, admittedly, I used to be intrigued. In spite of everything, I’m a hatchback man. They’re sensible, sporty, and I merely want the type. However with my intrigue, I ready for actuality to kick in. I assumed the brand new Corolla Hatchback would most likely be outfitted with the same-old 2ZR-FE 1.Eight-liter discovered within the  Corolla sedan and mated to a fun-killing CVT. It’d be strong however pedestrian methodology of transportation. Meh.I am right here to say that I assumed wrongly.Toyota’s been on considerably of an automotive picture revamp these days. Arguably, first, there was the Scion FR-S/Toyota 86. Then, seemingly in a single day, the Camry went from fundamental four-door transportation to an attractive sedan. Then the CH-R, with its wild styling, debuted. And after I laid eyes on the brand new ’19 Corolla XSE hatchback within the Blue Flame....





2019 Oregon Path Rally Protection

One in all our favourite annual motorsports occasions is the Oregon Path Rally introduced by the American Rally Affiliation. After lacking the previous couple of occasions, we have been in a position to return to the Columbia River Gorge to get in on the rally motion that includes a number of automobiles, a few of which have been small and highly effective. You’ll be able to learn extra about our exploits over at our sister web site, Crankshaft Tradition.



Fiat Abarth 500 and 124 Spider

The snap … the crackle … the pop. The hissing, growling, and popping that Fiat’s turbo-charged Abarth make is infectious. Their grunting and crackling sounds increase me as I swoop round corners, downshifting by all of the gates in an effort to catch the steep downhill chicane efficiently. Cornering in an Abarth makes me smile. Straightaways in an Abarth make me giddy. I didn’t wish to depart the racetrack. I wished to stuff my Abarth 500 and 124 Spider in my again pockets and run away ceaselessly. FCA just lately hosted a Skip Barber racing class / Fiat Abarth monitor day at Washington’s Ridge Motorsports Park. A number of NWAPA journalists have been available to expertise the 500 and 124 Spider’s Abarth fury after taking a category from the legendary Terry Earwood through the Skip Barber Racing College. Terry has been working with Skip Barber for over 35 years and....





Ian's Ford Festiva

Pictures courtesy Ian CassleyThere was time after I wasn’t certain which manner I used to be going to go together with my automotive obsession. I knew I wished a challenge automobile however did not have a lot cash. I wished bang for the buck, one thing totally different, and one thing with potential to be quick or succesful. I one way or the other discovered myself Ford Festivas. Stick with me right here …I discovered there is a thriving band of fringe lunatics (my favourite kind of automotive character, since, nicely, I am one in all them) that’s into modifying Ford Festivas. No, not Fiestas, Festivas. As within the late 1980s/early 1990s Ford econobox. These little runabouts have been made by Kia (earlier than Kia was bought within the U.S.), and in addition bought because the Mazda 121. They have been gradual, frugal, bare-bones autos, albeit with a keen chassis.....



Three Small Sleeper Tasks

Twin-turbo LS-powered Geo Tracker. Photograph by way of EngineSwapDepot.com In case you’re a gearhead, you little doubt know what a sleeper is. In case you’re unfamiliar, a sleeper is a car that will not appear like a lot, nevertheless it’s really a high-performance car in a dowdy bundle. Suppose wolf in sheep’s clothes. Suppose excessive horsepower with hubcaps. Not all sleepers have to look tremendous boring; they will merely be a platform that’s not usually related to efficiency that could be a stunning performer.For years, I’ve had a couple of initiatives I’d like to undertake. And whereas they’ve been finished earlier than, these are ones I’d like to construct and like to personal. Listed below are three of my dream initiatives. Depart your dream sleepers within the feedback.V-Eight Powered Suzuki Sidekick I cherished our 1995 Suzuki Sidekick dubbed the Teal Terror. Nevertheless, the identify was a bit tongue-in-cheek because it....





2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid

Hyundai, a Korean producer identified for its snug and solidly constructed cruisers, has now entered the plug-in hybrid sport. The all-new Ioniq four-door plug-in hybrid (PHEV) is their reply to the equally operated Chevy Volt. This mannequin is along with the 2017 common hybrid and pure electrical variations. It’s the primary time an auto producer launched a single mannequin out there as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and pure electrical runabout. We’ve had an opportunity to drive this car for per week, so we’ll share our good, our nice, and our could-be-improved opinions.EXTERIOR Not like a few of its competitors, this Hyundai doesn’t seem like a loopy eco-centric futuristic automotive. It doesn’t have loopy physique traces, nor a large number of sprint shows you’ll be able to’t simply determine. This Hyundai is simplistic in styling, standardized in most options, and is snug. The outside is timeless and properly thought out. The....



What Was Your Favourite '80s or '90s Subcompact Automobile?

Subaru Justy Have you ever observed the uptick within the recognition of all issues ’80s and ’90s? Heck, there are even automotive exhibits for them. Ever heard of Radwood?With this newfound curiosity in ’80s and ’90s automobiles, I obtained to interested by a few of my favourite small vehicles from the period. In fact, I’ve to say the little Subaru Justy image above. With a tiny engine however mighty 4WD, these little issues went all over the place. Hopped-up Ford Fiesta There have been additionally vehicles just like the steadfast Toyota Tercel, the the Suzuki Swift and Geo Metro twins, my favorites—the Dodge Colt/Mitsubishi Mirage/Eagle Summit triplets (and their tall wagon cousins), the Ford Fiestas (made by Kia), and plenty of extra. Pontiac LeMans (made by Daewoo) Oh, remember the Daewoo-built Pontiac LeMans. Yeah. About that … The ’80s and most of the ’90s subcompacts have been undoubtedly extra Spartan....





Whereas the Toyota Yaris is Useless for 2019, It May Be Alive Once more in 2020

Photograph by way of Automobile and Driver Automobile and Driver is reporting that whereas Toyota has axed the Yaris liftback for 2019, in 2020 it might  return with Mazda2 underpinnings.Toyota already changed the Yaris sedan with the Yaris iA, based mostly on the Mazda2 sedan, which we reviewed when it was initially launched as a Scion. I stated that whereas it had a keen chassis, it had a minuscule again seat and wasn’t too thrilling. I am additionally not usually a giant fan of small sedans. However the thought of a of this coming as a hatchback warms my gasoline-powered coronary heart.As Automobile and Driver identified, it will probably be powered by the identical 1.5-liter engine making 106 hp. I assume it will even be mated to both the six-speed auto or the six-speed handbook (yay!). And whereas I nonetheless have not absolutely warmed as much as the fish-face fascia,....



2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Once I heard Toyota was bringing again a Corolla hatchback, admittedly, I used to be intrigued. In spite of everything, I’m a hatchback man. They’re sensible, sporty, and I merely favor the type. However with my intrigue, I ready for actuality to kick in. I assumed the brand new Corolla Hatchback would most likely be outfitted with the same-old 2ZR-FE 1.Eight-liter discovered within the  Corolla sedan and mated to a fun-killing CVT. It’d be strong however pedestrian technique of transportation. Meh.I am right here to say that I assumed wrongly.Toyota’s been on considerably of an automotive picture revamp recently. Arguably, first, there was the Scion FR-S/Toyota 86. Then, seemingly in a single day, the Camry went from fundamental four-door transportation to an attractive sedan. Then the CH-R, with its wild styling, debuted. And once I laid eyes on the brand new ’19 Corolla XSE hatchback within the Blue Flame colour,....





2019 Jeep Renegade Picks Up Horsepower, Drops Handbook Transmission

Excellent news: The 2019 Jeep Renegade is getting an influence bump. The dangerous information: Its handbook transmission goes away.If you happen to’re wanting a Jeep Renegade with a handbook transmission, you’d higher seize a 2018 as a result of the shift-it-yourself choice goes away for ’19. Whereas we applauded Jeep for providing a handbook transmission on AWD Renegades, we all the time assumed the take charge was low, and that seemingly was the case. However sufficient dangerous information.For ’19, Renegades shall be out there with an all-new 1.Three-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with direct injection making 177 hp and 200 lb/ft of torque. In comparison with the outgoing 1.Four-liter turbo, energy is up 17 hp and 16 lb/ft of toque. The brand new 1.Three is mated to a nine-speed automated. With the disappearance of the handbook, this leaves the the Subaru Crosstrek and the Jeep Compass because the final smallish crossovers out there....



There Are No Substitute Shocks For the Newest Mirage







2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport

Picture by Mercedes Lilienthal I typically really feel I’m conscious of the most recent automotive choices as they hit the market, and even earlier than they arrive out–whether they’re not small vehicles. Nonetheless, whereas on the Portland Worldwide Auto Present this winter, my buddy, Tuan, identified the most recent iteration of the Hyundai Elantra GT. We drove the earlier model of Hyundai’s GT hatchback again in 2013, and regardless of the GT moniker, we discovered it lower than sporty. I used to be actually impressed with the 2018 Elantra GT’s form. It had a European look to it that jogged my memory of a sporty Volvo crossed with a VW GTI. There was a good-looking twin-tipped exhaust, good wanting 18” wheels/tires, and an athletic stance that basically did look “GT,” particularly in comparison with the earlier model.The EGT, as I’ll name it, is powered by Hyundai’s 1.6-liter turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder....



Ford Will Abandon Most Automobiles. What's This Say About The Present Small Automotive Local weather?

We have already talked about how Ford is saying Adios to the Fiesta. Nevertheless, a few days in the past, we discovered FoMoCo can also be letting the Focus and Fusion die on the vine in favor of different market segments. What’s all this imply? Is that this an indication of issues to come back in North America?With Ford abandoning each the B- and C-segments (in addition to the mid-sized sedan phase) in favor of SUVs, CUVs, and vehicles, the corporate will not supply an entry-level automobile or smaller automotive. Certain, they will have the EcoSport (assuming the subcompact crossover makes the lower after a few years), however even the EcoSport begins at nearly $20,000 USD. Whereas, we shall be unhappy to see one other couple of small automobiles go away the market, we perceive that Ford would quite deal with extra worthwhile, sizzling market segments. The timing is considerably ironic,....





Are Automakers Abandoning the B-Phase?

2018 Chevrolet Sonic For the previous couple of months, gasoline costs have been pretty low, actually underneath $Three a gallon in most locations. And when gas costs are down and the economic system is up, individuals typically forego the small automobiles and go for vehicles, SUVs, and large sedans. We get it: You’ve acquired cash in your pocket and are prepared to spend. However take into account, it wasn’t that way back that gas costs have been over $four a gallon, the economic system was climbing out of the ooze, and folks have been shopping for small automobiles. They have been higher on gas, cheaper to buy, and cheaper to function. However American automobile consumers have brief reminiscences and auto producers would a lot moderately reap the large income of massive automobiles and vehicles. I get it — it’s a enterprise. I additionally perceive that enormous automobiles and vehicles are....



Nissan Declares New 2020 Versa

Whereas some automakers are pulling out of the subcompact market, Nissan has just lately introduced its all-new 2020 Versa sedan.The Versa (and now lifeless Versa Observe) have been maintaining Nissan on the high of the heap when it comes to subcompact gross sales quantity for a very long time; the corporate has at all times moved fairly a little bit of them. And for 2020, there shall be extra to love about Nissan’s smallest sedan. Know-how is a high precedence within the all-new Nissan Versa, that includes accessible Nissan Security Protect 360, a chief instance of Nissan Clever Mobility that helps present entrance, aspect and rear security monitoring and intervention applied sciences. Commonplace security options embody automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear automated braking, lane departure warning and excessive beam help. Accessible tools consists of blind spot warning, rear cross visitors alert, clever driver alertness and clever cruise management.Different....





Be part of the Subcompact Tradition Fb Group

Hey, subcompact automobile fanatic—yeah, you. Wish to take part in common discussions about small automobiles? Wish to geek out on compacts, subcompacts, micro, and mini automobiles? Be part of the Subcompact Tradition Fb group. There you may discover a whole bunch of different rabid fanatics who additionally foam on the mouth once they discuss small automobiles. From Abarths to VWs; MINIs to Mazdas; kei automobiles to small 4x4s—you may wish to be a part of this Fb group. Rabies shot not included.



16 International locations, 58 Days, and 10,000 miles in 7 Minutes

In 2016, we talked in regards to the Mongol Rally and a sure 1971 Morris Minor sporting a Subcompact Tradition decal. Ian Andrews, one of many members of Workforce Spicy Wanderlust, put collectively a brief movie in regards to the trek within the Morris. Ian’s brief movie was made for Oregon State College’s Journey Movie Pageant. Frankly, I find it irresistible and it solely makes me need to do the Mongol Rally much more now. And sure, their staff coated 16 international locations in 58 days, and coated 10,000 miles.And for those who had been questioning what car we would use, I am pondering early 1990s Mitsubishi Minica with 4WD. Who’s with us? Ian, you recreation for spherical two?





2018 Tour de Forest Rally Brings Prime Groups Again to Washington Woods

Phrases and Images by Scott FisherAfter an absence of greater than three a long time, the forest roads round Olympia, Washington resonated with the sound of high-performance engines on October 6 & 7, 2018, because the Tour de Forest Rally returned as a part of the 2018 American Rally Affiliation Nationwide Championship.Ending an thrilling yr that included a complete of 9 rallies throughout North America, the Tour de Forest Rally provided roads that just about no present rally competitor had seen, leveling the taking part in area for opponents starting from factory-sponsored sequence champion, Dave Higgins, driving for Subaru Rally Crew USA, by means of non-public entrants like Garth Ankeny’s Toyota Starlet. American Rally Affiliation nationwide champion, David Higgins, and co-driver, Craig Drew, line up for the beginning of particular stage 2, deep within the Washington forest. Garth Ankeny, whose household tire store providers a lot of the motorsport members....



2018 Toyota CH-R XLE

Some automobiles reply a query that no one requested. The CH-R is likely to be a type of automobiles. This makes me marvel, what would the query be? Possibly it is, the place are all of the funky-styled front-drive crossovers? Or maybe, do you really want good rear visibility? We all know it has to contain bringing teal again, nevertheless. STYLING  First issues first, have a look at this factor. Simply have a look at it. It’s very funky with all types of fascinating strains. Frankly, I give Toyota—an organization much less recognized for its outside-the-box styling, and extra for its reliability—numerous credit score for sticking its neck out within the seems to be division. I do not hate it. In actual fact, I sort of prefer it. Undecided concerning the teal-and-white scheme, although; I believe I would dig it with an identical teal roof. It is also considered one....





2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport

Picture by Mercedes Lilienthal I usually really feel I’m conscious of the most recent automotive choices as they hit the market, and even earlier than they arrive out–whether they’re not small automobiles. Nevertheless, whereas on the Portland Worldwide Auto Present this winter, my pal, Tuan, identified the most recent iteration of the Hyundai Elantra GT. We drove the earlier model of Hyundai’s GT hatchback again in 2013, and regardless of the GT moniker, we discovered it lower than sporty. I used to be actually impressed with the 2018 Elantra GT’s form. It had a European look to it that jogged my memory of a sporty Volvo crossed with a VW GTI. There was a good-looking twin-tipped exhaust, good wanting 18” wheels/tires, and an athletic stance that actually did look “GT,” particularly in comparison with the earlier model.The EGT, as I’ll name it, is powered by Hyundai’s 1.6-liter turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder....



Doug DeMuro Would not Just like the Mitsubishi Mirage. We Do. Here is Why.

Doug DeMuro on why the Mitsubishi Mirage is the worst new automotive on sale right now.  Perhaps you’ve got seen the 22 minute video that Doug DeMuro made concerning the Mitsubishi Mirage and why he says it is “the worst new automotive on sale.” Hey, we’re all entitled to our opinions, proper? Personally, I discovered the video tedious to look at as Doug goes into infinitesimal element about how low cost the automotive is, all the way down to the colour on the inside door lock mechanism. He makes extra noise concerning the automotive’s shortcomings than the the Mirage’s CVT at full throttle. Doug can have his opinions, and I am OK with that—actually I’m. Nevertheless, I would prefer to level just a few issues out.We personal a 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage ES hatchback, and have since September of ’17. We did not have to purchase a Mirage, we selected to....





What it is Prefer to Purchase and Personal a Kei Truck

Do you personal a kei truck? In all probability not. However you need to personal a kei truck.These little pickups are gaining reputation and are even road-legal in locations, equivalent to Washington state. Not solely are they enjoyable, however they are often nice little work horses, too. The one pictured above is a Suzuki Carry belonging to our good pal, Tuan. He calls it … are you prepared for this? … Carry Potter. Tuan wrote an incredible article all in regards to the shopping for and proudly owning expertise on our sister website, Crankshaft Tradition. It is a actually enjoyable and insightful learn for anybody considering of shopping for one in all these.It’s also possible to observe Crankshaft Tradition on Instagram @crankshaftculture.



Individuals are Racing the Mitsubishi Mirage in Indonesia and Thailand

Sure, that is a Mitsubishi Mirage race automobile. Sure, it nonetheless has its 1.2-liter engine. Actually, it is a part of a 1200cc class of race automobiles in Indonesia. It seems, folks do race these little issues.I’ve truly puzzled if anybody was street racing non-4G63T or 4B11T swapped Mirages. Nicely, it seems, there are.I first occurred upon an Indonesian publication known as Otomotif. There I found this 2015 Mirage as pushed by Ricky Dianto and apparently pushed within the Indonesian Touring Automobile Championship. From what I may collect from the transient article within the publication, modifications embody suspension, roll bar, racing seat, steering wheel, exhaust, a Unichip Q+ engine administration, wheels/tires, customized downpipe (header?), and some different issues. You’ll be able to take a look at the article right here. Bear in mind: The ’15 Mirage would’ve made 74 hp. Nevertheless, with a stripped inside and weight reductions, I am sure....





Is the Toyota Yaris Liftback Lifeless?

So, what is going on on with the Yaris Liftback within the U.S.? I’ve repeatedly been on Toyota.com to see if there are any updates for the MY2019, however it nonetheless says 2018 Yaris …There was hypothesis that Toyota will abandon the liftback platform in favor of merely providing the Mazda-built Yaris iA sedan as its sole subcompact providing. The Liftback has been a gradual vendor for Toyota in recent times, so it would not be shocking if it did go away. Actually, Yaris Liftback gross sales are down a staggering 78.2% in comparison with 2017. Just one,842 have been offered all 12 months. I’ve reached out to Toyota’s media contact for extra details about what is going on on the the Yaris Liftback for the U.S. market, and can report again after I hear from them.UPDATE – 12/14/18: I bought a reply again from Toyota’s media contact. They stated:“We’ve....



What Was Your Favourite '80s or '90s Subcompact Automotive?

Subaru Justy Have you ever observed the uptick within the recognition of all issues ’80s and ’90s? Heck, there are even automotive exhibits for them. Ever heard of Radwood?With this newfound curiosity in ’80s and ’90s autos, I received to fascinated with a few of my favourite small automobiles from the period. After all, I’ve to say the little Subaru Justy image above. With a tiny engine however mighty 4WD, these little issues went in all places. Hopped-up Ford Fiesta There have been additionally automobiles just like the steadfast Toyota Tercel, the the Suzuki Swift and Geo Metro twins, my favorites—the Dodge Colt/Mitsubishi Mirage/Eagle Summit triplets (and their tall wagon cousins), the Ford Fiestas (made by Kia), and plenty of extra. Pontiac LeMans (made by Daewoo) Oh, do not forget the Daewoo-built Pontiac LeMans. Yeah. About that … The ’80s and most of the ’90s subcompacts have been positively extra....





Mitsubishi Mirage Aspect Sill Extensions Put in

The primary time I noticed a sixth-generation Mitsubishi Mirage with the optionally available facet sill extensions (aka facet skirts) put in, I knew I needed to have them on mine. They add a pleasant little bit of upscale sportiness to the Mirage. Guess you by no means thought you’d hear these phrases related to a Mirage … All joking apart, months in the past I made a decision to splurge on a set, and till yesterday, they have been occupying an area in our front room for the final six months. They price about $252 for the skirts , painted an all, plus about $75 for the clear paint safety movie that is required. The sill extensions connect utilizing a mix of plastic rivets, double-sided 3M tape, and plastic clips. And these are real OEM Mitsubishi equipment in order that they match proper. Set up is simple with good printed....



2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport

Picture by Mercedes Lilienthal I typically really feel I’m conscious of the newest automotive choices as they hit the market, and even earlier than they arrive out–whether they’re not small automobiles. Nonetheless, whereas on the Portland Worldwide Auto Present this winter, my pal, Tuan, identified the newest iteration of the Hyundai Elantra GT. We drove the earlier model of Hyundai’s GT hatchback again in 2013, and regardless of the GT moniker, we discovered it lower than sporty. I used to be actually impressed with the 2018 Elantra GT’s form. It had a European look to it that jogged my memory of a sporty Volvo crossed with a VW GTI. There was a good-looking twin-tipped exhaust, good trying 18” wheels/tires, and an athletic stance that basically did look “GT,” particularly in comparison with the earlier model.The EGT, as I’ll name it, is powered by Hyundai’s 1.6-liter turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder engine making....





2018 Toyota CH-R XLE

Some vehicles reply a query that no one requested. The CH-R could be a kind of autos. This makes me marvel, what would the query be? Possibly it is, the place are all of the funky-styled front-drive crossovers? Or maybe, do you actually need good rear visibility? We all know it has to contain bringing teal again, nonetheless. STYLING  First issues first, take a look at this factor. Simply take a look at it. It’s very funky with all types of attention-grabbing traces. Frankly, I give Toyota—an organization much less recognized for its outside-the-box styling, and extra for its reliability—a whole lot of credit score for sticking its neck out within the appears to be like division. I do not hate it. The truth is, I sort of prefer it. Undecided in regards to the teal-and-white scheme, although; I believe I would dig it with an identical teal roof. It....



2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid

Hyundai, a Korean producer identified for its comfy and solidly constructed cruisers, has now entered the plug-in hybrid sport. The all-new Ioniq four-door plug-in hybrid (PHEV) is their reply to the equally operated Chevy Volt. This mannequin is along with the 2017 common hybrid and pure electrical variations. It’s the primary time an auto producer launched a single mannequin out there as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and pure electrical runabout. We’ve had an opportunity to drive this automobile for per week, so we’ll share our good, our nice, and our could-be-improved opinions.EXTERIOR Not like a few of its competitors, this Hyundai doesn’t appear like a loopy eco-centric futuristic automobile. It doesn’t have loopy physique strains, nor a large number of sprint shows you possibly can’t simply determine. This Hyundai is simplistic in styling, standardized in most options, and is comfy. The outside is timeless and nicely thought out. The plug-in....





Whereas the Toyota Yaris is Useless for 2019, It Would possibly Be Alive Once more in 2020

Picture through Automobile and Driver Automobile and Driver is reporting that whereas Toyota has axed the Yaris liftback for 2019, in 2020 it may  return with Mazda2 underpinnings.Toyota already changed the Yaris sedan with the Yaris iA, primarily based on the Mazda2 sedan, which we reviewed when it was initially launched as a Scion. I mentioned that whereas it had a prepared chassis, it had a minuscule again seat and wasn’t too thrilling. I am additionally not typically a giant fan of small sedans. However the thought of a of this coming as a hatchback warms my gasoline-powered coronary heart.As Automobile and Driver identified, it will seemingly be powered by the identical 1.5-liter engine making 106 hp. I assume it will even be mated to both the six-speed auto or the six-speed guide (yay!). And whereas I nonetheless have not totally warmed as much as the fish-face fascia, I believe....