Archive for Hatchbacks

Nissan Juke

Nissan Juke

Nissan Juke (Photo:

Sure, its design is polarizing. Some have even likened it to “the ugliest vehicle since the Pontiac Aztec”—an opinion we wholeheartedly disagree with. Its face reminds some of a frog. So choosing the Nissan Juke as a Hot Green Machine might be something of a controversial declaration, as it is a vehicle that is not universally loved.

No matter. We absolutely dig this vehicle. For exactly the passions that it evokes. » Read more..

Kia Soul

Kia Soul

Kia Soul

Kia. Even as recently as a couple years ago, the mere mention of the Korean nameplate may have evoked visions of a nondescript, entry-level car for folks with thin wallets and a regard for automobiles as nothing but mere appliances to get them from Destination 1 to Destination 2. Actually, this could have been said about Kia’s sister brand, Hyundai. Exciting cars just didn’t come out of the Land of the Morning Calm.

At least until 2010. Introducing the Kia Soul, South Korea’s first memorable car. » Read more..

Ford Fiesta

2011 Ford Fiesta

In 1999—when the radical first-generation Focus made its debut—Ford had demonstrated that it could make a world-class compact car. But since then, with an increased emphasis on making and marketing profit-generating SUVs in the 2000s, Ford USA seemingly lost its way. At least until now or, rather, about a year ago. Introducing the 2011 Ford Fiesta. » Read more..

Honda Fit

2010 Honda Fit

2010 Honda Fit (Photo:

Ah, how Honda had strayed from its roots. Its first automobiles to the U.S. — notably the Accord and Civic — were both compact hatchbacks in the 1970s. With each subsequent model makeover, however, both cars became larger, heavier, and more powerful. The Accord ceased to be a hatchback in the 1980s and the most popular Civic options have been sedans or coupes sized like too.

There has been, then, a void in Honda’s lineup left as its two main bread-and-butter cars went upscale. But long at last, as of the late 2000s, Honda has a sporty, smart hatchback again. » Read more..

Mini Cooper

2003 Mini Cooper

John, Paul, George and Ringo each supposedly had one. So did the Queen. There was something so appealing about the original Mini Cooper which was so little on the outside, and yet so surprisingly large on the inside. And there was nothing little about its heart and race-car spirit despite its front-wheel-drive and diminutive tires: witness Paddy Hopkirk’s legendary rally victories in the 1960′s. » Read more..