One of the most popular cars on the market today is the hatchback. This distinctive name comes from the fact that it has a rear door that swings in an upward direction, allowing access to the cargo area. The term “hatchback,” according to Miriam-Webster, was coined in the 1970s, but the design of the hatchback itself actually dates all the way back to the 1930s. While this type of car is quite popular for family models and superminis, it actually can be found on sports and executive cars as well. It’s a universal, worldwide car body that is convenient and attractive. Hatchbacks tend to be configured with three (two entry doors and a hatch) or five (four entry doors and a hatch) doors; the type of model differs based on the automaker. This pragmatic, stylish car has tons of models and brands associated with it. In this article, we’ll give you our picks for the top ten automobile hatchbacks, as well as a brief description about what makes each car so great. Let’s begin!
#10: Chevrolet Sonic
The Chevrolet Sonic is both energy-efficient and fun to drive. It is a smaller, sporty car that gets 40 miles to the gallon on the highway (assuming you have the turbo engine, which is optional when deciding what type of Sonic you want). It seats five, and if you push the two rear seats down, the cargo space is impressive—47.7 cubic feet. If you choose to leave the seats up, you still have a 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is surprisingly large for a sports model. With the Chevy Sonic, you can get 4G LTE Wi-Fi built into the car. You and your passengers are able to connect a total of seven devices to the Internet, freeing you from excess roaming or data charges. There are also some very important safety features to the Chevrolet Sonic, including the Forward Collision Alert, rear vision camera, and Lane Departure Warning, all of which are designed to help you avoid potential crashes. You can also add in a Chevrolet MyLink 7-inch diagonal color touch-screen, which allows you to connect with Bluetooth all at the prod of a fingertip—no fumbling around and taking your eyes off the road. The engine is a standard ECOTEC 1.8L engine with 138 horsepower and a five- or six-speed manual transmission (six if you choose the turbo engine, which is 1.4L).
#9: Hyundai Accent
The Hyundai Accent provides a sleek, smooth ride that is quiet yet fast. It seats five and has a 1.6L, 4-cylinder DOHC engine with D-CVVT and 137 horsepower. It gets 38 miles per gallon on the highway and 27 in the city. The wheels are sturdy; fourteen inches of steel with wheel-covers. Inside the car, the steering wheel tilts if you need it to. The Accent is designed for your comfortability. The driver’s seat is adjustable six ways and there is also a height adjustment option. The cubic trunk space on the Accent is also impressive for such a sporty model; it is 21.2 cubic feet. The Accent was titled by a major publication as the “Highest Ranked Small Car in Initial Quality.” There is a Bluetooth phone system that is hands-free, allowing you to keep your eyes on the road, and that system is paired with USB jacks and Aux ports for your convenience. Sirius XM Satellite Radio is also available. It is a very safe car, with six airbags and a Vehicle Stability Management System that will give you a peace of mind no matter where you’re driving.
#8: Ford Focus
This hatchback model seats five and gets 26 miles per gallon in the city and 36 on the highway. It is an extremely responsive car, and contains a park assist feature that allows you to parallel park hands-free (very convenient for those of us who struggle trying to wedge our car into seemingly impossible spaces). The Focus also has SYNC 3, which is their voice activated technology, and the Rearview Camera and My Key features also come with the car as well. The Ford Focus also contains the first ever Ford 3-cylinder engine. This “EcoBoost” engine is 1L, turbocharged, and available with either the six-speed automatic or the six-speed manual transmission. If you choose the 2L EcoBoost, you get 252 horsepower and 270 pounds of torque. There are all-season tires available for the Focus, a plus for those of us driving in colder climates, and the car also has all-wheel drive and a torque vectoring control system.
#7: Kia Forte
The Kia Forte is a popular compact car that comes with a lot of features that belie its small size. It is a very technologically-advanced vehicle, and it also looks sleek and attractive. The Forte comes with LED positioning lights and an option to add in LED taillights. There is also perimeter approach lighting and door-pocket lights to help you avoid fumbling around in the dark. Depending on whether you choose the LX or EX, your engine will be 1.8L or 2.0L respectively. The LX gets 145 horsepower and the EX gets 173 horsepower. The safety features are impressive as well; there are dual front advanced airbags and a system that can detect the severity of a collision as well as whether or not there are passengers in the seats. There is also an Electronic Stability Control system and a Traction Control System, both of which are designed to optimize the safety potential of the vehicle, combing technology and mechanical skill to do so.
#6: Kia Soul
Yet another Kia model, the Kia Soul is a popular car for people needing a hatchback that has a sophisticated look yet enough trunk space to handle a lot of baggage. The engine is 1.6L, inline-4, with 1591cc displacement and 130 horsepower at 6,300rpm. The transmission is six-speed manual, but you also have the option of selecting an electronically-controlled six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. The exterior is just as impressive. It contains heated outside mirrors, a panoramic sunroof with a power sunshade, front fog lights, and a bevy of LED lights that will make sure you’re never in the dark. There are four-wheel disk brakes with an anti-lock braking system in place. There is also an electronic brake-force distribution mechanism as well as side impact door beams and front/rear crumple zones that will buffer your passengers in case of an accident. The airbags are all top-notch and advanced. The Kia Soul gets 24 miles per gallon in the city and 30 on the highway.
#5: Volkswagen Golf
Volkswagen is one of the most popular brands of cars because their models are both pragmatic and stylish. The Volkswagen Golf is versatile and high-tech. It contains a dashboard system that allows you to connect your apps to it, meaning that you can have all your technology right there are your fingertips. This App-Connect system includes Apple Music, Android Auto, MirrorLink Maps, and more. There are also important safety features to this vehicle, such as the Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind-Spot Monitor, Lane Assist (lane departure warning), Park Pilot (park distance control), and several other safety and mechanical additions that will help ensure that you have a smooth ride without any accidents. It comes in a two-door or four-door model. The two-door has a 1.8L engine, 170 horsepower, and gets 25 miles per gallon in the city and 37 on the highway. The four-door has the same specs to it for those categories.
#4: Toyota Prius
The Prius has a reputation as one of the world’s most environmentally-friendly cars. This well-reputed Toyota Prius model is also sleek and reliable, with a hybrid engine that gets 54/50 miles per gallon. It is available in many different colors and its exterior shape is aerodynamic, meaning that this small car won’t be held back by wind drag. It has 17-inch alloy wheels and LED lighting and taillights. The Prius is a sturdy car, with double-wishbone rear suspension and a touring-tuned suspension that allows for a smooth ride, even on the curviest of roads. The Prius will assist you with your parking as well. It has an Intelligent Clearance Sonar that it uses to scan for items that could block you in your parking attempts. There is also 27.4 cubic feet of storage space and the car itself is very high-tech, containing a seven-inch high resolution touch screen display with many different features (an Integrated Navigation System, Entune Premium Audio, App Suite, and more). If you’re looking for an environmentally-friendly hatchback that is both high-tech and responsive, look no further than the Prius.
#3: Chevrolet Volt
As the second Chevy on this list, the Chevrolet Volt is both high-powered and agile. This is a hybrid-electric car; it gets 53 miles on an electric charge. With a full charge and a full tank of gas, the Chevrolet Volt is good for 420 miles, making it one of the most energy-efficient cars on this list. The automaker claims that people can drive 1,000 miles between fill-ups if they charge the car regularly. It was voted the Green Car of the Year by Green Car Journal. The Volt has a 1.5L engine and a power-flow screen that allows you to see where your energy is going while you drive. It is revolutionary and easy-to-use. There is also location-based charging that will allow you to set your home destination as your charging spot. The Volt is also high-tech, providing 4-G LTE Wi-Fi, OnStar Basic Plan, Apple CarPlay, and more. It also has some important safety features as well, including Lane Assist, ten air bags, and a 360-degree sensor that will adjust airbag inflation based on the sensed severity of the crash.
#2: Honda Fit
The Honda Fit is both sporty and pragmatic, providing 37 miles per gallon on the highway and a six-speed manual transmission. The engine is 1.5L, and the Fit gets 130 horsepower. The wheels are sixteen-inch alloy. The car, while small, is sturdy and packs a punch. It is also high-tech and has a seven-inch display audio that can keep all of your technology (smartphones, iPads, etc.) connected to the car. It also contains the Honda LaneWatch, which helps assist you when you’re changing lanes, as well as the Smart Entry with push-button start. The cargo capacity is spacious and the structure of the automobile itself helps promote safety, as it designed to protect occupants by distributing the impact of the crash evenly throughout the vehicle, ensuring that the car is able to take a hit without crumbling. There is also Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control to help keep your car moving safely even in the most disastrous of weather. The EcoAssist feature on the Fit help you adjust your vehicle to save energy while you’re driving.
#1: Mazda Mazda3
The Mazda Mazda3 tops our list because it is fuel-efficient, compact, and has extremely high customer ratings on all the major sites, including US News and Kelley Blue Book. People are pleased with the way it handles as well as the proportional energy use of the model. It seats five and you get 40 miles per gallon on the highway (a little less in the city). It also gets 184 horsepower and the exterior is sculpted to avoid wind drag and resistance. The SKYACTIV technology on the model is also one of the best in the automotive business; it has a regenerative braking system that recycles energy, a six speed manual or automatic transmission, and a strong body that maintains its composure at high speeds. The engine is very powerful as well—it is 2.0L, DOHC 4-cylinder with VVT. The car is both spacious and agile, while providing a sleek exterior and high-tech interior.
No matter which automaker you’re choosing, a hatchback vehicle is one of the best ways to get around, particularly if you’re traveling on vacation and need somewhere to store your luggage. A hatchback is especially great for families because of the cargo space. The cars on this list are all top-notch in safety and have received great customer reviews because of their energy efficiency and high-tech capabilities. You’ll be satisfied no matter which one you pick.
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