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 |  Jan 29 2013, 4:15 PM

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Mazda2


Over the last five years, the battle of the subcompacts has been heating up in North America, and it now features no less than seven competitors, including the Mazda2.

Starting at $14,720, the 2 substitutes some features compared to its competitors, in favor of staying cheap. Fully loaded with an automatic transmission, and the Mazda2 ends up at $17,050.

Offering a fun to drive frame, and some bubbly design features, does the 2 stack up to its competitors?

Read on the find out.

 |  Oct 17 2012, 8:31 AM

Scion has announced a bargain $99 per month lease rate for its iQ mini car, hoping to boost deliveries as competition in the segment grows with Chevrolet’s recently released Spark off to a strong start.

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 |  Jul 19 2012, 4:03 PM

Chevrolet’s subcompact, the Spark, looks more like something out of a Pixar production than a car bearing the bow tie badge, but all is forgiven in the sub compact world provided good gas mileage. While the Spark isn’t bad, it could be better.

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 |  Jul 11 2012, 12:28 PM

10.Honda Civic Hatchback


We might have some fancy cars over here in the USA, but there are quite a few vehicles overseas that we can’t help but think are desperately missing from our shores. More than a few are niche market models perfect for auto-enthusiasts, while others are more stylish or practical than what’s currently available in the US. And some are both.

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 |  Jun 04 2012, 3:32 PM

Credit sex, swagger or supportive reviews from the automotive community. Actually, scratch that and credit them all for the Fiat 500 Abarth’s warm reception that demanded triple what the automaker originally expected to sell in North America.

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 |  May 04 2011, 1:20 PM

Even with skyrocketing fuel prices, subcompacts are selling less than their compact counterparts.  The Ford Fiesta was the overall leader in the subcompact department, 9,147 sales but still trailed the larger Focus’  17,265 total sales. Honda Civic sales rose 7% to 26,777 which is more than triple the Fit’s total of 8,116 units in April. Furthermore, the mid-size Accord even managed to outsell the Civic.

The issue seems to be one of value for more consumers. Subcompacts are barely more efficient than compacts. The base model Civic coupe costs only $505 more than a basic Fit, but the mileage difference is minuscule.

With the ongoing price battle at the pumps, it wouldn’t be surprising to see models like the Fiesta, Accent or Fiesta to rival the Toyota Camry or Ford F150 in sales. Soon enough we may see subcompacts catching up to regularly sized cars and without a doubt, your wallet will thank you the next time you fill up.

[Source: Kicking Tires]