Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Kei Campervans from Japan

kei car campervan

You have kei car. You have a van.
Uh! Kei car van.

You have a kei car. you have a campervan.
Uh! Kei car campervan.

Kei car van kei campervan.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Toyota C-HR Gets Rally Car Look

Toyota C-HR Rally

Holy smokes, I think I love this.

This is a Toyota C-HR hybrid crossover gussied up with a host of rally-esque bits. This includes those sweet, sweet TRD mudflaps, 16" wheels and tires, and revised suspension. This rallied-out C-HR debuted at last weekend's Tokyo Auto Salon.

Toyota C-HR Rally - Rear

Anyhow, the C-HR (Coupe High-Rider) will come to the U.S., but it'll be powered by a 144 horsepower, 2.0-liter engine, be front-wheel drive, and mated to a CVT. While those aren't exactly pulse-quickening specs, I do think it looks quite radical, and downright mean as a rally car.

Judge Dredd Car

And is it just me or were the TRD C-HR and the cab from Judge Dredd separated at birth?

And for comparison's sake, here's what the stock C-HR looks like.

Toyota C-HR crossover

Toyota C-HR crossover rear

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Toyota to Debut Turbocharged 210 HP Yaris at Geneva

New Turbocharged Toyota Yaris - Subcompact Culture

With Toyota entering the WRC, there have been rumors of homologation and the return of a hot-hatch Toyota. Well, here are the first pictures of that vehicle.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

For Sale: 1971 Toyota Hilux

1971 Toyota Hilux for sale

The Toyota Hilux is the quintessential old-school Toyota pickup. We found this one for sale in Eastern Oregon and it could make for a cool project. So much potential for these awesome little pickups. And who doesn't love dog-dish hubcaps?

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

How Subcompact Sales Stacked Up in 2016

Kia Soul Turbo
Kia Soul Turbo
If there was a theme for the 2016 auto sales year, it might be that fuel prices were down and truck sales were up. (Fact: Ford sold nearly 65% more trucks than it did cars this year.) Generally, that's not great news for small car sales. However, it really wasn't all that bad; the little guys soldiered on with some highs and some lows. And while there might not have been a ton of new small car excitement, the earth kept rotating around the sun, dogs still chased cats, and small cars continued to sell.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Subcompact Culture Named to Top 25 Bloggers List on 'Thoroughly Reviewed'

Top 25 Automotive Bloggers on Thoroughly ReviewedWell this was unexpected. 

Subcompact Culture was recently named one of the top 25 automotive bloggers from Thoroughly Reviewed at This site brings a host of comprehensive reviews about a wide variety of products (including automotive). Pretty neat.

Subcompact Culture has been blogging for nearly nine years about small cars. Whether it's subcompact cars at rally races or the latest compact crossover reviews, we've been at it quite a while. Frankly, it's a labor of love.

We're honored to have been mentioned by Thoroughly Reviewed, as it's always nice to be recognized and discovered by other outlets. And in addition to Subcompact Culture, be sure to check out the other top bloggers, too.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Yaris WRC Debuts

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Yaris WRC - Front
Well small car junkies, here it is: the official Toyota Yaris WRC car by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing. It's powered by a direct-injected, turbocharged 1.6-liter engine making a screaming 380 hp and 313 ft/lbs of torque. And look at the insane aerodynamics. Just LOOK AT THEM!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Latest Article in OutdoorX4 Magazine: Trailer Supported Adventuring

Issue 18 OutdoorX4 magazine

The Teal Terror and our Dinoot J Series trailer are the focus of the latest installation of the Trailer Supported Adventuring series in OutdoorX4 magazine. Despite the fact the Suzuki is gone, it lives on in print. The Dinoot, however, is still safely parked under our carport.

You can check out the magazine at and read the PDF there, too (starts on P. 60).

Suzuki Sidekick in Moab

Monday, December 5, 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Custom Daihatsu Midget II Thinks it's a 1935-1937 Ford ... Sorta

Weird Daihatsu Midget II - Subcompact Culture
What the actual hell is this? I mean, I know what it is, but what the hell?

Well, it's technically a 1996 Daihatsu Midget II kei truck. Yes, the same one everyone drove in Gran Turismo. However, this one has been, well, customized to look like a 1935-1937 Ford if you're on acid. These are weird little beasts to begin with, but how do you make a weird car even weirder? Do I even need to explain? Look at at this damn thing.