Honda’s sub-compact Fit hatchback was the most popularly searched vehicle this week in AutoGuide.com’s new cars section.
The little Japanese car is especially versatile with seats that fold two ways to offer a flexible cargo area. Right behind it, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf was also highly researched. For 2015, the Golf is all-new in North America and based on the company’s flexible MQB modular architecture. The new bones make it larger while also helping it to trim curb weight.
Jeep’s Cherokee compact crossover was also a hit with new car shoppers this week. With the choice between four- and six-cylinder powerplants and a nine-speed automatic transmission that promises fuel savings, it’s no wonder the rugged soft-roader is turning out to be a hit. But it also has early quality issues. The transmission suffers from hard shifts in early gears and Chrysler is instructing its dealers to re-program them for smoother gear changes.
The 2014 Subaru Forester wasn’t far behind and offers both all-wheel drive traction in slippery driving conditions and relatively high fuel economy thanks to its efficient powertrain.
Finally, the 2014 Mazda Mazda6 came in fifth place. The Japanese mid-sizer is available with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic.