The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze by the Numbers

The second-generation Chevrolet Cruze is here. Hatchback and diesel variants soon follow. The Chevrolet Cruze is a compact car, released in 2011 in North America, two years after its debut elsewhere. This model replaced the Chevrolet Cobalt, itself a replacement model for the Chevy Cavalier. Although its arrival to the … Read more

It’s a Buyers Market for Small Car Shoppers

Some of the best deals are for small cars. You might have your eye on that small SUV, but if you’re trading up from a compact car the incentives for small cars are very strong as we reach the heart of the spring selling season. Consumers continue to shift their … Read more

Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback Set for 2017 Debut

The second-generation Chevy Cruze sedan is out. Beginning this fall, a hatchback variant will finally be offered in the US market. It almost seems like eons have passed since the Chevrolet Cobalt and the earlier Cavalier represented the bow tie brand’s compact offering. Since 2011 it has been all Cruze, … Read more

Smaller, More Potent Turbo Engine Powers Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen continues to find ways to squeeze more power out of its engines, gasoline and diesel alike. For 2016, the Volkswagen Jetta will be powered by this automaker’s all-new gasoline engine, a turbocharged, direct-injected powerplant displacing at just 1.4 liters. The new 1.4 liter engine will replace two gasoline engines: … Read more

Hatchback Chevrolet Cruze Set For US Introduction

2016 Chevrolet Cruze

June 25, 2015: Corrected to include accurate details about the body styles the Cruze’s competitors offer in the US market. An earlier Cruze hatchback will set the stage for a new model. The Chevrolet Cruze may be the best compact car General Motors has ever built even though its sales … Read more

Vehicle Segmentation (What Does It Mean?)

2015 Smart Fortwo

The automotive industry continues to adjust to fluctuating market conditions and changing consumer demand. Whereas in times past fickle consumers scotched the best laid plans of the automakers, namely building quality small cars, it appears that this time around consumer sentiment is embracing the trend toward more fuel efficient cars. … Read more

The Five Top Selling Compact Cars of 2013

Compact cars are nearly as popular as midsize models, small front-wheel drive models that typically retail for under $20,000. Also known as C-segment models, these vehicles are produced by every full line manufacturer and are typically sold as sedans with hatchbacks usually part of the mix as well. 2013 Compact … Read more

Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Raises MPG Threshold

This fall, Chevrolet will introduce the Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, the latest variant of this popular compact sedan. The five-passenger front-wheel-drive Chevrolet Cruze has been a hit for the bow-tie brand, but GM has been wanting to extend its appeal to reach car shoppers that are putting a premium on … Read more

Diesels, They Are A-Coming

Corrected: March 12, 2013 Diesels are available in European luxury cars, particularly Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW models driven by natty-suited professionals. Diesels are also found in heavy duty pick up trucks, and are prized by work crews and outdoors enthusiasts both. In the middle ground are the vast majority of … Read more

Best Compact Cars of 2012

2012 Toyota Corolla

The compact car segment has strengthened in recent years as new models enter the fray, contending with established leaders including the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. These days, every major manufacturer has a stake in the segment with the Dodge Dart the most recent entry to hit the market. For … Read more