Hatchbacks are Hot. No, Really.

Not since the VW Rabbit arrived have hatches generated so much buzz.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012


Back in 1983, the VW Rabbit GTI hit U.S. shores and showed that a small, boxy underdog—with a four-cylinder engine—could run circles around gas-guzzling muscle cars like the Trans-Am. But over the next 30 years Americans just didn't buy into the European "hot hatch." That's about to change. These explosive and stylish next-generation models offer maximum fun in a minimal package.

Ford Focus ST

Forget what you know about the bland, budget-conscious compact. This muscled-up Focus hits showrooms late this month with a turbocharged 252-hp engine and some sexy flourishes, including optional racer-style seats by Recaro.

$24,495; ford.com

Photographs courtesy of each manufacturer.
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