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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.

Hyundai Veloster Turbo

The new Turbo has the same class-best mileage (38 mpg) and clever three-door design as the 2012 model but adds more power (201 hp) and slicker options (like matte-gray body paint), turning the Korean car-maker into a comer in the hot-hatch race.

$22,725; hyundaiusa.com

Photographs courtesy of each manufacturer.
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