Hatchbacks have been carving a niche in the urban markets of big cities like Los Angeles. These cars are small, easily fitting into urban parking spaces. The best have good gas mileage that makes commuting much less expensive. When you are looking at hatchbacks, consider these 5 top contenders.
Ford Focus Hatchback
The Ford Focus hatchback offers seven airbags, LATCH anchors for carseats, and electric power-assisted steering. Torque Vectoring Control helps the car handle curves. The 250 horsepower ST gets 32 mpg highway. Dashboard standards include Bluetooth with an option for an audio touchscreen. The rear seat splits 60/40 for extra cargo space.
The Kia Soul manual gets 30 mpg on the highway while the automatic gets 31 mpg on the highway. Safety systems include LATCH, six airbags, and special crumple zones. Dashboard technology includes Bluetooth and an available touchscreen that can also control heat and air. Push Button Start is a favorite standard.
One of the "coolest cars under $18K" according to Kelley Blue Book, the Honda Fit is also a Top Safety Pick. The 60/40 split Magic Seat folds flat to allow up to 57 cubic feet of space. In fact, it can carry an item almost eight feet long when the front passenger seat is folded flat, too. For four feet of cargo height, the Magic Seat can flip up as well. The Fit gets 35 mpg/highway and 28 mpg/city. Interior extras include steering wheel audio/Bluetooth controls and secret under-seat storage.
Chevrolet offers two hatchbacks. The Chevy Spark is a two-door hatchback with seating for four. The Chevy Sonic is larger with four doors and seating for five. These come in manual and automatic transmission models. Like the others on the list, they have good gas mileage and fun colors. Split rear seats are standard. There's also an option for voice-free phoning and an audio touchscreen.
This small car comes with Bluetooth as part of its standard tech package. Upper trims offer a 60/40 split seat. Safety systems include nine airbags, LATCH, and whiplash-lessening seats. The 5-speed manual and the 4-speed automatic models are assisted by electric-power steering. Fuel economy averages 33 mpg.
Each of these cars is available at Diamond Honda of Glendale, new and used Honda dealer in Los Angeles. Find a dealer near you an take each for a test drive to see which model suits you best. The key to a great hatchback is to find one that is geared for urban living without compromising on style, technology, or overall quality. For this, many savvy urban drivers will opt for the Honda Fit.