The Truth About Cars » Subcompact http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:27:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 2016 Smart Fortwo Review – Honey, I Shrunk The Car [Video] http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/2016-smart-fortwo-review-honey-shrunk-mercedes-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/2016-smart-fortwo-review-honey-shrunk-mercedes-video/#comments Mon, 23 Nov 2015 16:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1218929 America loves big cars, big trucks and fat crossovers. If you doubt me, all you need to do is look at 2015’s top sellers. The top five vehicles account for 13 percent of all vehicles sold in the USA this year, and the smallest of the five is the Toyota Camry. Not so small. Check […]

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America loves big cars, big trucks and fat crossovers. If you doubt me, all you need to do is look at 2015’s top sellers. The top five vehicles account for 13 percent of all vehicles sold in the USA this year, and the smallest of the five is the Toyota Camry. Not so small. Check […]

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2015 Mercedes GLA 250 Review (With Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/2015-mercedes-gla-250-review-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/2015-mercedes-gla-250-review-video/#comments Mon, 14 Sep 2015 17:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1163306 2015 Mercedes GLA 250 4Matic 2.0-liter DOHC I-4, turbocharged, CVVT (208 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm; 258 lbs-ft @ 1,250 rpm) 7-speed “7G-DCT” dual-clutch automatic 24 city/32 highway/27 combined (EPA Rating, MPG) 26.5 (Observed, MPG) Tested Options: 4Matic AWD, Driver Assistance package, Active Parking, Blind Spot Assist, Wood Trim, HID Lamps Base Price: $32,225* As Tested: $42,800* * Prices include $925 […]

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2015 Mercedes GLA 250 4Matic 2.0-liter DOHC I-4, turbocharged, CVVT (208 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm; 258 lbs-ft @ 1,250 rpm) 7-speed “7G-DCT” dual-clutch automatic 24 city/32 highway/27 combined (EPA Rating, MPG) 26.5 (Observed, MPG) Tested Options: 4Matic AWD, Driver Assistance package, Active Parking, Blind Spot Assist, Wood Trim, HID Lamps Base Price: $32,225* As Tested: $42,800* * Prices include $925 […]

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Hyundai May Bring Subcompact Crossover, but It Won’t Be Creta http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/hyundai-may-bring-subcompact-crossover-wont-creta/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/hyundai-may-bring-subcompact-crossover-wont-creta/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:00:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1124249 Hyundai is looking to jump into the subcompact crossover fold in the States with the Nissan Juke, Honda HR-V, Chevrolet Trax and everyone else, but it won’t be with the Creta, Edmunds is reporting. The Creta recently went on sale in India, but executives in America told Edmunds that it wasn’t the right fit for U.S. […]

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Hyundai is looking to jump into the subcompact crossover fold in the States with the Nissan Juke, Honda HR-V, Chevrolet Trax and everyone else, but it won’t be with the Creta, Edmunds is reporting. The Creta recently went on sale in India, but executives in America told Edmunds that it wasn’t the right fit for U.S. […]

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While You Were Sleeping: Subcompact Crossover Meth, Rare Cars Are a Drug and Saturn Dealer Wants His Money Back http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/while-you-were-sleeping-subcompact-crossover-meth-rare-cars-are-a-drug-and-saturn-dealer-wants-his-money-back/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/while-you-were-sleeping-subcompact-crossover-meth-rare-cars-are-a-drug-and-saturn-dealer-wants-his-money-back/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 16:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1088329 They’re potent, popular and can’t be stopped. Everyone wants to buy one. Every dealer wants to sell one. Just like the crack-like epidemic of SUVs in the ’90s, the subcompact crossover is the blue meth of today. Here’s what happened overnight. Bored Yet? U.S. Subcompact Crossover Sales Jumped 95% In May 2015 (Good Car Bad […]

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They’re potent, popular and can’t be stopped. Everyone wants to buy one. Every dealer wants to sell one. Just like the crack-like epidemic of SUVs in the ’90s, the subcompact crossover is the blue meth of today. Here’s what happened overnight. Bored Yet? U.S. Subcompact Crossover Sales Jumped 95% In May 2015 (Good Car Bad […]

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Question Of The Day: Grandma’s New Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/question-day-grandmas-new-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/question-day-grandmas-new-car/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:17:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=921785 After nearly 15 years of faithful service from her 2000 Honda Civic, my grandmother is looking for a new car. There’s nothing wrong with her car, other than the fact that the Civic’s relatively low seating position makes the car difficult to get in and out of for someone who will turn 81 and has […]

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After nearly 15 years of faithful service from her 2000 Honda Civic, my grandmother is looking for a new car. There’s nothing wrong with her car, other than the fact that the Civic’s relatively low seating position makes the car difficult to get in and out of for someone who will turn 81 and has […]

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Hyundai’s Euro Subcompact Has A Turkish Accent http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/hyundais-euro-subcompact-turkish-accent/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/hyundais-euro-subcompact-turkish-accent/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=888961 While we get the Hyundai Accent, Europe and other world markets get the i20, seen above. Although powertrains haven’t been announced yet, the design of the car seems to echo European entrants in the B-segment, specifically in the fascia and the blacked out C-pillars. The Turkish-built i20 will debut at this fall’s Paris Motor Show, […]

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While we get the Hyundai Accent, Europe and other world markets get the i20, seen above. Although powertrains haven’t been announced yet, the design of the car seems to echo European entrants in the B-segment, specifically in the fascia and the blacked out C-pillars. The Turkish-built i20 will debut at this fall’s Paris Motor Show, […]

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2015 Toyota Yaris Has “European Flavor”, We’re Afraid To Ask… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/872122/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/872122/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:00:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=872122   Toyota is touting a new “European flavor” for the 2015 Yaris. I’m not sure what that means, but it does evoke bad memories of the chevre I left in my suitcase after coming home from the Paris Auto Show. All jokes aside (and that was bahhhhh-d), our Yaris will likely be built in France, but Toyota […]

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  Toyota is touting a new “European flavor” for the 2015 Yaris. I’m not sure what that means, but it does evoke bad memories of the chevre I left in my suitcase after coming home from the Paris Auto Show. All jokes aside (and that was bahhhhh-d), our Yaris will likely be built in France, but Toyota […]

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Review: 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage ES http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/review-2014-mitsubishi-mirage-es/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/review-2014-mitsubishi-mirage-es/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:55:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=868922   Mitsubishi’s website claims the Mirage is a “small car for a big life.” Possible: while I haven’t done a TTAC review in over a year, know that even the rare automotive sampling of a ball of flaming garbage in a catapult possesses a modicum of engineering /styling/marketing prowess. Good cars exist everywhere, which is […]

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  Mitsubishi’s website claims the Mirage is a “small car for a big life.” Possible: while I haven’t done a TTAC review in over a year, know that even the rare automotive sampling of a ball of flaming garbage in a catapult possesses a modicum of engineering /styling/marketing prowess. Good cars exist everywhere, which is […]

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Capsule Review: 2014 Kia Soul http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/capsule-review-2014-kia-soul-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/capsule-review-2014-kia-soul-2/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:00:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=845121 Even those who didn’t appreciate the first Kia Soul’s eye-catching exterior would acknowledge the Soul was a car that majored on style. Replacing the underlying platform, updating the interior, and adding features are, to a degree, a set of secondary concerns in a car like this. The new Soul had to look every inch like […]

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Even those who didn’t appreciate the first Kia Soul’s eye-catching exterior would acknowledge the Soul was a car that majored on style. Replacing the underlying platform, updating the interior, and adding features are, to a degree, a set of secondary concerns in a car like this. The new Soul had to look every inch like […]

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Review: 2014 Ford Fiesta Hatchback (With Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/review-2014-ford-fiesta-hatchback-with-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/review-2014-ford-fiesta-hatchback-with-video/#comments Fri, 03 Jan 2014 14:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=683986 For many Americans, the words “Ford Fiesta” dredges up memories of a claustrophobic rattle-trap competing with “Geo Metro” for the title of Worst American Small Car. Personally, the only time I ever wanted a fiesta was during a drunken weekend in Cabo, and it had more to do with tequila than cars. But that was […]

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For many Americans, the words “Ford Fiesta” dredges up memories of a claustrophobic rattle-trap competing with “Geo Metro” for the title of Worst American Small Car. Personally, the only time I ever wanted a fiesta was during a drunken weekend in Cabo, and it had more to do with tequila than cars. But that was […]

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This Is Not The Lancer You Are Looking For http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/this-is-not-the-lancer-you-are-looking-for/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/this-is-not-the-lancer-you-are-looking-for/#comments Tue, 21 May 2013 14:23:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=489116   Mitsubishi has taken the wraps of the sedan version of the new Mirage, dubbed the Attrage. Just-Auto reports that the Thai-based sedan will launch in July, and will be exported shortly thereafter. Powertrains will carry over from the Mirage, but hopefully the name will change when it comes to our shores.

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  Mitsubishi has taken the wraps of the sedan version of the new Mirage, dubbed the Attrage. Just-Auto reports that the Thai-based sedan will launch in July, and will be exported shortly thereafter. Powertrains will carry over from the Mirage, but hopefully the name will change when it comes to our shores.

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Mitsubishi Introduces Their New Sedan That’s Not A Lancer http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/mitsubishi-introduces-their-new-sedan-thats-not-a-lancer/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/mitsubishi-introduces-their-new-sedan-thats-not-a-lancer/#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 11:00:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=488537 Pop quiz: What segment sells in strong volumes in America? What segment is considered poison by American consumers? Why is Mitsubishi neglecting a popular segment while focusing on an unpopular one? The answers are, in order: Compact cars, subcompact cars and “we have no idea whatsoever”. Despite letting their Lancer ripen so long its turned […]

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Pop quiz: What segment sells in strong volumes in America? What segment is considered poison by American consumers? Why is Mitsubishi neglecting a popular segment while focusing on an unpopular one? The answers are, in order: Compact cars, subcompact cars and “we have no idea whatsoever”. Despite letting their Lancer ripen so long its turned […]

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Mitsubishi “Small Car” Debuts In Montreal http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/mitsubishi-small-car-debuts-in-montreal/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/mitsubishi-small-car-debuts-in-montreal/#comments Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=474447 Honda wasn’t the only Japanese auto maker debuting something at the Montreal Auto Show. Mitsubishi debuted the Canadian-spec version of the new Mirage – without giving it a name. North American spec versions of the tiny Mitsu include a new 1.2L three-cylinder engine, rather than the 1.0L unit employed in world markets. Despite the bump […]

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Honda wasn’t the only Japanese auto maker debuting something at the Montreal Auto Show. Mitsubishi debuted the Canadian-spec version of the new Mirage – without giving it a name. North American spec versions of the tiny Mitsu include a new 1.2L three-cylinder engine, rather than the 1.0L unit employed in world markets. Despite the bump […]

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Hedonist vs Frugalist : 2012 Toyota Yaris SE http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/hedonist-vs-frugalist-2012-toyota-yaris-se/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/hedonist-vs-frugalist-2012-toyota-yaris-se/#comments Tue, 11 Sep 2012 13:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=459551 Tercel. Echo. Yaris. When the history of great cars is written, these models will likely not be anywhere near the short list. After all, few cars that are plain-jane, spartan and underpowered make it to the latest and greatest coffee table books or Top 100 lists. Yet, imagine if you asked actual owners about their […]

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Tercel. Echo. Yaris. When the history of great cars is written, these models will likely not be anywhere near the short list. After all, few cars that are plain-jane, spartan and underpowered make it to the latest and greatest coffee table books or Top 100 lists. Yet, imagine if you asked actual owners about their […]

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Datsun B210 Coupe http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/junkyard-find-1978-datsun-b210-coupe/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/junkyard-find-1978-datsun-b210-coupe/#comments Fri, 17 Aug 2012 13:00:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=456787 We saw a 1975 Datsun B210 hatchback Junkyard Find a few weeks back, and this ’74 B210 hatch about a year ago. Today, we’ll look at a fairly solid example of the B210 coupe. This is a car that was once as numerous on American streets as is any mainstream 21st-century econobox today, but the […]

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We saw a 1975 Datsun B210 hatchback Junkyard Find a few weeks back, and this ’74 B210 hatch about a year ago. Today, we’ll look at a fairly solid example of the B210 coupe. This is a car that was once as numerous on American streets as is any mainstream 21st-century econobox today, but the […]

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Pre-Production Review: 2012 Toyota Prius c http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/pre-production-review-2012-toyota-prius-c/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/pre-production-review-2012-toyota-prius-c/#comments Sat, 11 Feb 2012 21:45:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=430367 A few years ago I was let in on a secret: Toyota’s dreams of world domination hinged on capturing hip young buyers interested in green tech and high fuel economy. Of course, Toyota’s hybrid plans have been the worst kept secret since In-N-Out’s “secret menu” and as a result, the green Gen Y boys and […]

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A few years ago I was let in on a secret: Toyota’s dreams of world domination hinged on capturing hip young buyers interested in green tech and high fuel economy. Of course, Toyota’s hybrid plans have been the worst kept secret since In-N-Out’s “secret menu” and as a result, the green Gen Y boys and […]

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Weekend Weird Crush: “The Small God For The Big Future” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/weekend-weird-crush-the-small-god-for-the-big-future/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/weekend-weird-crush-the-small-god-for-the-big-future/#comments Sun, 08 Jan 2012 19:36:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=424799 Maruti Suzuki’s big news at the Delhi Auto Show was the debut of its production compact MPV, the Ertiga. But it wasn’t all staid family-carriers at the Suzuki stand, as the Japanese-Indian automaker also debuted its XA Alpha concept, described in this dramatically-narrated (to put it mildly) video as “The Small God For The Big […]

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Maruti Suzuki’s big news at the Delhi Auto Show was the debut of its production compact MPV, the Ertiga. But it wasn’t all staid family-carriers at the Suzuki stand, as the Japanese-Indian automaker also debuted its XA Alpha concept, described in this dramatically-narrated (to put it mildly) video as “The Small God For The Big […]

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Review: 2012 Fiat 500 Lounge (BCAS Edition) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/review-2012-fiat-500-lounge/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/review-2012-fiat-500-lounge/#comments Mon, 31 Oct 2011 17:45:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=416197 Throw “Sport” on a car, and I’m going to expect certain things from it. So I wasn’t kind to the first FIAT 500 I reviewed. But, as with people, I’m always willing to give a car a second take from a more amenable angle. To avoid bits I didn’t care for, I requested the base-level […]

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Throw “Sport” on a car, and I’m going to expect certain things from it. So I wasn’t kind to the first FIAT 500 I reviewed. But, as with people, I’m always willing to give a car a second take from a more amenable angle. To avoid bits I didn’t care for, I requested the base-level […]

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Review: 2012 Scion iQ Take Two http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/review-2012-scion-iq-take-two/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/review-2012-scion-iq-take-two/#comments Thu, 27 Oct 2011 14:56:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=415947 Scion is quite sure of one thing: the new iQ is a much better car than the smart fortwo. What they’re much less sure of: how many of the targeted fine young North American urbanites will buy one rather than periodically use Zipcar. I’m neither young nor urban, but I’m going to do my best […]

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Scion is quite sure of one thing: the new iQ is a much better car than the smart fortwo. What they’re much less sure of: how many of the targeted fine young North American urbanites will buy one rather than periodically use Zipcar. I’m neither young nor urban, but I’m going to do my best […]

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Chart Of The Day: Subcompact Sales In September And Year-To-Date http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/chart-of-the-day-subcompact-sales-in-september-and-year-to-date/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/chart-of-the-day-subcompact-sales-in-september-and-year-to-date/#comments Thu, 13 Oct 2011 23:25:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414614 Well, it sure looked like the Kia Soul was poised to take out the Nissan Versa as the king of the small cars, especially in light of Michael Karesh’s lukewarm review. But the new Versa has roared back into contention last month, outselling the two next-closest nameplates combined. The Soul is hanging onto its lead […]

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Well, it sure looked like the Kia Soul was poised to take out the Nissan Versa as the king of the small cars, especially in light of Michael Karesh’s lukewarm review. But the new Versa has roared back into contention last month, outselling the two next-closest nameplates combined. The Soul is hanging onto its lead […]

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Review: 2012 Nissan Versa http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/review-2012-nissan-versa/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/review-2012-nissan-versa/#comments Wed, 12 Oct 2011 20:40:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414542 Do you have automotive tastes common among people of a certain age? Not a fan of huge wheels or firm seats? Want something economical? Meet the new 2012 Nissan Versa. Some small cars are comfortable with their small car-ness. Others, not so well-adjusted, put on airs well above their station. Like more than a few […]

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Do you have automotive tastes common among people of a certain age? Not a fan of huge wheels or firm seats? Want something economical? Meet the new 2012 Nissan Versa. Some small cars are comfortable with their small car-ness. Others, not so well-adjusted, put on airs well above their station. Like more than a few […]

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Weekend Weird Crush Update: Kia TAM (EV?) Spotted On The Korean Freeway http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/weekend-weird-crush-update-kia-tam-ev-spotted-on-the-korean-freeway/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/weekend-weird-crush-update-kia-tam-ev-spotted-on-the-korean-freeway/#comments Sat, 08 Oct 2011 16:31:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414186 It’s been… several months since I last indulged my strange obsession with Kia’s forthcoming funky take on first-gen Scion xB values, known as the TAM. And back then, all I had to share were a few crummy photos. Now, thanks to Youtube user daniel78park, we can see the Tam flying down the Korean freeway in […]

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It’s been… several months since I last indulged my strange obsession with Kia’s forthcoming funky take on first-gen Scion xB values, known as the TAM. And back then, all I had to share were a few crummy photos. Now, thanks to Youtube user daniel78park, we can see the Tam flying down the Korean freeway in […]

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Review: 2012 Hyundai Accent SE http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/review-2012-hyundai-accent-se/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/review-2012-hyundai-accent-se/#comments Wed, 05 Oct 2011 18:45:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=413674 So, what’s your checklist? If you read this site regularly, you have one: the characteristics of your ideal next car. Perhaps more than one, if you have the need or desire for more than one type of car. One of my checklists concerns my ideal compact hatch. The latest contestant: the 2012 Hyundai Accent SE. […]

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So, what’s your checklist? If you read this site regularly, you have one: the characteristics of your ideal next car. Perhaps more than one, if you have the need or desire for more than one type of car. One of my checklists concerns my ideal compact hatch. The latest contestant: the 2012 Hyundai Accent SE. […]

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Generation Why: Veloster vs. Sonic: A Millennial Perspective http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/veloster-vs-sonic-a-millennial-perspective/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/veloster-vs-sonic-a-millennial-perspective/#comments Fri, 30 Sep 2011 18:29:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=413062 I like to tout myself as the youngest full-time auto writer in the industry, but sometimes it backfires – like when an Acura exec came up to me on my first press trip (at 19 years old) and warmly told a few assembled journalists and PR types that he hadn’t seen me since I was […]

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I like to tout myself as the youngest full-time auto writer in the industry, but sometimes it backfires – like when an Acura exec came up to me on my first press trip (at 19 years old) and warmly told a few assembled journalists and PR types that he hadn’t seen me since I was […]

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Americans Love Tiny Cars, They’re Just Not Aware Of Them http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/americans-love-tiny-cars-theyre-just-not-aware-of-them/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/americans-love-tiny-cars-theyre-just-not-aware-of-them/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2011 15:56:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=412584 Under Penske management, the Smart minicar brand sold fewer than 6,000 vehicles last year, capping a sales decline that led Mercedes to take back management duties for the brand. And, according to the new folks in charge of Smart, there’s only one real problem with the brand: awareness. Or, more precisely, lack thereof. We’ve heard this song […]

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Under Penske management, the Smart minicar brand sold fewer than 6,000 vehicles last year, capping a sales decline that led Mercedes to take back management duties for the brand. And, according to the new folks in charge of Smart, there’s only one real problem with the brand: awareness. Or, more precisely, lack thereof. We’ve heard this song […]

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