Take a look at our picks for the best hatchbacks on the market now.
2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring – $15,995 to $20,300
The Elantra is a 5-door hatchback with value (less than $16000), solid mpg numbers (23/31), and 65 cubic feet of cargo room. Its flair is European-inspired and an offshoot of the Elantra sedan. Look for the Touring in two models: GLS and SE with features normally found in a 25K+ car including electronic stability control, one touch triple turn signals for better lane changes, and a 172 watt sound system. Practicality and value has never been more refined.
2011 Honda Fit – $15,100 to $19,300
The pesky stepchild of the Toyota Prius, the Fit is a 5-door with 27/33 mpg, massive cargo space with fold flat second row seats, and comes at an attractive $15,000 base price. Critics have blasted its seating and interior, citing little legroom in the front room and unrefined hard plastics wit the dashboard at the expense of decent interior fittings with an unheard of 10 cup holders and trays underneath the seats. Want cargo space? 21 cubic feet of cargo space and 58 feet of cubic space with seats folded down beats all others in its class.
2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon – $29,610 to $38,300
A new entrant in the TSX field straight from Europe, the TSX sport wagon boasts 22/30 mpg, 61 cubic feet of cargo space with folding rear seats, a 7-speaker sound system, and a smooth driving V6 despite not having an automatic transmission.
2012 Ford Focus – $16,500 to $22,700
The redesigned Ford Focus is turning heads with its cutting edge styling and loads of new high tech options like rearview cameras, MyFord entertainment, and MyKey, a safety innovation that keeps vehicle speed under control with teen drivers. It is an agile handler with superb mpg (26/36) with a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine. Look for Ford to continue its impressive run heading into 2012.