The Truth About Cars » compact cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 05 May 2016 15:30:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 A Hotter Hyundai: Turbocharged Elantra Sport Will Deliver Much-Needed Muscle http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/05/a-hotter-hyundai-turbocharged-elantra-sport-will-deliver-much-needed-muscle/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/05/a-hotter-hyundai-turbocharged-elantra-sport-will-deliver-much-needed-muscle/#comments Tue, 03 May 2016 16:30:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1335826 Hyundai just revealed its Korean-market Avante Sport, but it’s also a preview of what North American customers can expect in their Elantra lineup. The Avante is what people in Seoul call an Elantra, and the new performance model puts the automaker in a better position to fend off competition from the likes of Honda, Volkswagen and […]

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Hyundai just revealed its Korean-market Avante Sport, but it’s also a preview of what North American customers can expect in their Elantra lineup. The Avante is what people in Seoul call an Elantra, and the new performance model puts the automaker in a better position to fend off competition from the likes of Honda, Volkswagen and […]

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A Cruze-Based Cadillac? Automaker Says ‘No Way’ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/a-cruze-based-cadillac-automaker-says-no-way/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/a-cruze-based-cadillac-automaker-says-no-way/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:45:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1333474 It looks like Cadillac doesn’t think the Chevrolet Cruze is a suitable platform for a new luxury model. A source in a story we ran yesterday claimed an internal program code that popped up at General Motors points to a new Cadillac model based on the Cruze’s front-wheel-drive Delta platform, but the automaker is now […]

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It looks like Cadillac doesn’t think the Chevrolet Cruze is a suitable platform for a new luxury model. A source in a story we ran yesterday claimed an internal program code that popped up at General Motors points to a new Cadillac model based on the Cruze’s front-wheel-drive Delta platform, but the automaker is now […]

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Chart Of The Day: Canada Loves FCA And Small Cars, But Not The Dodge Dart http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/chart-day-canada-loves-fca-small-cars-not-dodge-dart/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/chart-day-canada-loves-fca-small-cars-not-dodge-dart/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1121761 FCA Canada only sold 220 Dodge Darts in June 2015, a 79-percent year-over-year decline. Through the first six months of 2015, Dart volume is down 55 percent to only 1,979 sales, one-fifteenth the total achieved by the best-selling Honda Civic and equal to just 1.1% of the compact car market. The Dart’s market share in […]

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FCA Canada only sold 220 Dodge Darts in June 2015, a 79-percent year-over-year decline. Through the first six months of 2015, Dart volume is down 55 percent to only 1,979 sales, one-fifteenth the total achieved by the best-selling Honda Civic and equal to just 1.1% of the compact car market. The Dart’s market share in […]

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Compact SUVs Gain Popularity At Expense Of Midsize, Compact Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/compact-suvs-gain-popularity-expense-midsize-compact-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/compact-suvs-gain-popularity-expense-midsize-compact-cars/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:00:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1030297 While compact SUVs are doing well in the showroom, their success comes at the expense of midsize and compact car sales. In a report from Edmunds, 63 percent of compact SUV owners traded a midsize SUV, compact car or midsize sedan for a compact SUV like the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Nissan Rogue. Fourteen […]

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While compact SUVs are doing well in the showroom, their success comes at the expense of midsize and compact car sales. In a report from Edmunds, 63 percent of compact SUV owners traded a midsize SUV, compact car or midsize sedan for a compact SUV like the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Nissan Rogue. Fourteen […]

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Honda Civic Sales Are Steadily Declining; Corolla’s Rising http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/honda-civic-sales-steadily-declining-corollas-rising/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/honda-civic-sales-steadily-declining-corollas-rising/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:42:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=961385 American Honda’s Civic posted decreased sales volume in each of the last five months. After claiming the title of America’s best-selling small car in two consecutive years, it’s highly unlikely that the Civic will be able to catch the Toyota Corolla with just one month of sales reporting remaining in calendar year 2014. U.S. Civic […]

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American Honda’s Civic posted decreased sales volume in each of the last five months. After claiming the title of America’s best-selling small car in two consecutive years, it’s highly unlikely that the Civic will be able to catch the Toyota Corolla with just one month of sales reporting remaining in calendar year 2014. U.S. Civic […]

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Mitsubishi Confirms Mirage Sedan For US Market http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/mitsubishi-confirms-mirage-sedan-us-market/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/mitsubishi-confirms-mirage-sedan-us-market/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:00:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=951393 Looking for a cheap new car that isn’t a hatchback? Mitsubishi might just have what you need. According to Motor Trend, Mitsubishi Motors North America executive vice president Don Swearingen proclaimed that the Mirage sedan — already on sale in Thailand as the Attrage — would arrive in U.S. showrooms within the next year or […]

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Looking for a cheap new car that isn’t a hatchback? Mitsubishi might just have what you need. According to Motor Trend, Mitsubishi Motors North America executive vice president Don Swearingen proclaimed that the Mirage sedan — already on sale in Thailand as the Attrage — would arrive in U.S. showrooms within the next year or […]

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Mercedes Debuts B-Class Electric Drive To US Market http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/mercedes-debuts-b-class-electric-drive-to-us-market/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/mercedes-debuts-b-class-electric-drive-to-us-market/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=871330 If the upcoming Smart ForTwo isn’t quite to your liking, yet you do want something about as small with a tri-pointed star on its nose, Mercedes has brought over its B-Class Electric Drive. Autoblog Green reports the EV compact made its world showroom debut in the United States last week, appearing in 10 coastal states […]

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If the upcoming Smart ForTwo isn’t quite to your liking, yet you do want something about as small with a tri-pointed star on its nose, Mercedes has brought over its B-Class Electric Drive. Autoblog Green reports the EV compact made its world showroom debut in the United States last week, appearing in 10 coastal states […]

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Cain’s Segments June 2014: Compact Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/cains-segments-june-2014-compact-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/cains-segments-june-2014-compact-cars/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:38:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=841817 After a troubling first third of 2014, passenger car sales in May were resurgent in large part because of big numbers achieved by small cars. Overall car sales were down 2% through the end of April, but with a 9% year-over-year May increase (in a longer month with an extra weekend), there have now been […]

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After a troubling first third of 2014, passenger car sales in May were resurgent in large part because of big numbers achieved by small cars. Overall car sales were down 2% through the end of April, but with a 9% year-over-year May increase (in a longer month with an extra weekend), there have now been […]

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Reuters Claims 74 Fatalities Linked To GM Recall Through FARS Research http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/reuters-claims-74-fatalities-linked-to-gm-recall-through-fars-research/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/reuters-claims-74-fatalities-linked-to-gm-recall-through-fars-research/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 23:55:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=836674 Reuters reports the original fatality figure of 13 allegedly linked to the out-of-spec ignition switch that spurred a recall of 2.6 million General Motors vehicles this February may now actually be as high as 74. The news agency researched the Fatality Analysis Reporting System database for “single-car frontal collisions where no front air bags deployed […]

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Reuters reports the original fatality figure of 13 allegedly linked to the out-of-spec ignition switch that spurred a recall of 2.6 million General Motors vehicles this February may now actually be as high as 74. The news agency researched the Fatality Analysis Reporting System database for “single-car frontal collisions where no front air bags deployed […]

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Marchionne: No Money In Small Diesel Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/marchionne-no-money-in-small-diesel-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/marchionne-no-money-in-small-diesel-cars/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:15:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=790097 Bucking a trend that has been gathering steam beyond its traditional European stronghold, FCA head Sergio Marchionne said that FCA’s upcoming product plan, due to be revealed in May, would be light on diesel engines for B and C-segment cars. Automotive News reports that Marchionne sees no money in placing a clean diesel powertrain into […]

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Bucking a trend that has been gathering steam beyond its traditional European stronghold, FCA head Sergio Marchionne said that FCA’s upcoming product plan, due to be revealed in May, would be light on diesel engines for B and C-segment cars. Automotive News reports that Marchionne sees no money in placing a clean diesel powertrain into […]

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Canada Sales Recap: October 2013 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/canada-sales-recap-october-2013/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/canada-sales-recap-october-2013/#comments Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=650378 With forecasters calling for another year of improved Canadian auto sales, 2013’s early months didn’t add up. January volume fell 2.2%, February sales were down 3.3%, and March’s results were off the pace by 0.7%. But not since the first quarter ended have the players competing for sales in Canada reported anything but collective improvement. […]

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With forecasters calling for another year of improved Canadian auto sales, 2013’s early months didn’t add up. January volume fell 2.2%, February sales were down 3.3%, and March’s results were off the pace by 0.7%. But not since the first quarter ended have the players competing for sales in Canada reported anything but collective improvement. […]

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Cain’s Segments, November 2013: Compact Vs. Mid-Size Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/cains-segments-november-2013-compact-vs-mid-size-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/cains-segments-november-2013-compact-vs-mid-size-cars/#comments Mon, 11 Nov 2013 18:57:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=648338 Four months ago, when we last looked into the U.S. compact car sales battle, the Toyota Corolla (including the Matrix hatchback offshoot with which Toyota combines Corolla sales figures) was the class leader. Yet the expiring Corolla’s lead over the Honda Civic was slim, and it didn’t seem promising. Indeed, through ten months, the best-selling […]

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Four months ago, when we last looked into the U.S. compact car sales battle, the Toyota Corolla (including the Matrix hatchback offshoot with which Toyota combines Corolla sales figures) was the class leader. Yet the expiring Corolla’s lead over the Honda Civic was slim, and it didn’t seem promising. Indeed, through ten months, the best-selling […]

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Nissan Hikes Price Of Unpopular Cube http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/nissan-hikes-price-of-unpopular-cube/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/nissan-hikes-price-of-unpopular-cube/#comments Thu, 22 Nov 2012 13:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=467671 One of the most popular cars in our TWAT talks is the Nissan Cube; the much maligned, slow-selling compact is looking like a shoo-in for our ignominious honor, but Nissan seems to think that a price hike is just the ticket. For 2013, the Cube will start at $17,550, a $1,790 increase over the 2012 model. Of […]

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One of the most popular cars in our TWAT talks is the Nissan Cube; the much maligned, slow-selling compact is looking like a shoo-in for our ignominious honor, but Nissan seems to think that a price hike is just the ticket. For 2013, the Cube will start at $17,550, a $1,790 increase over the 2012 model. Of […]

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Dodge Dart Gets “Aero” Package To Break 40 MPG http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/dodge-dart-gets-aero-package-to-break-40-mpg/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/dodge-dart-gets-aero-package-to-break-40-mpg/#comments Mon, 30 Apr 2012 13:47:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=442124 Looks like the Dodge Dart will apparently break 40 MPG adjusted in the end…but you’ll need a special option package to do it, just like its chief domestic rivals, the Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze. We weren’t invited to the launch of the Dart, but reports from the event state that the 1.4L MultiAir turbocharged […]

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Looks like the Dodge Dart will apparently break 40 MPG adjusted in the end…but you’ll need a special option package to do it, just like its chief domestic rivals, the Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze. We weren’t invited to the launch of the Dart, but reports from the event state that the 1.4L MultiAir turbocharged […]

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High Gas Prices Mean Happy Days For Honda Civic http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/high-gas-prices-mean-happy-days-for-honda-civic/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/high-gas-prices-mean-happy-days-for-honda-civic/#comments Tue, 13 Mar 2012 21:17:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434873 Pop quiz; what do increased production, lots of cash on the hood and high gas prices mean for Honda dealers? Lots of Civics moving out the door. Civic sales are up 45 percent in the first two months of this year, and the model is outselling former top dogs like the Chevrolet Cruze and last […]

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Pop quiz; what do increased production, lots of cash on the hood and high gas prices mean for Honda dealers? Lots of Civics moving out the door. Civic sales are up 45 percent in the first two months of this year, and the model is outselling former top dogs like the Chevrolet Cruze and last […]

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Kia Procee’ds With New Cee’d. Puns Are Not Our Forte. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/kia-proceeds-with-new-ceed-puns-are-not-our-forte/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/kia-proceeds-with-new-ceed-puns-are-not-our-forte/#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2012 22:04:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=431045 The new Kia Cee’d may have a stupid name, but everything else about the car looks pretty attractive. Well, maybe not the grille. They also refrained from releasing any specs at all alongside these photos, so you’ll have to wait until March’s Auto Show to get the scoop. The Forte is a little dated by […]

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The new Kia Cee’d may have a stupid name, but everything else about the car looks pretty attractive. Well, maybe not the grille. They also refrained from releasing any specs at all alongside these photos, so you’ll have to wait until March’s Auto Show to get the scoop. The Forte is a little dated by […]

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Will GM Bring Us A Diesel, Manual Station Wagon? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/will-gm-bring-us-a-diesel-manual-station-wagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/will-gm-bring-us-a-diesel-manual-station-wagon/#comments Fri, 27 Jan 2012 18:00:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=428309 The Chevrolet Cruze hatchback that’s sold in virtually every market except the United States still won’t be coming to America – but we may have the chance to get a Cruze wagon, if Automotive News has their story straight. GM is apparently working on a Cruze wagon, essentially a stretched version of the already attractive […]

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The Chevrolet Cruze hatchback that’s sold in virtually every market except the United States still won’t be coming to America – but we may have the chance to get a Cruze wagon, if Automotive News has their story straight. GM is apparently working on a Cruze wagon, essentially a stretched version of the already attractive […]

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Fiat Outsells Mini, Scion In Canada http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/fiat-outsells-mini-scion-in-canada/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/fiat-outsells-mini-scion-in-canada/#comments Thu, 05 Jan 2012 18:09:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=424503 Canadians already bought the Honda Civic in droves, so it would make sense that another unloved car, the Fiat 500, would do well in a country that favors smaller, more European vehicles, right? Sort of. Fiat did outsell both MINI and Scion in Canada this past year, but not by much. Accordingly to analyst Timothy […]

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Canadians already bought the Honda Civic in droves, so it would make sense that another unloved car, the Fiat 500, would do well in a country that favors smaller, more European vehicles, right? Sort of. Fiat did outsell both MINI and Scion in Canada this past year, but not by much. Accordingly to analyst Timothy […]

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