Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Subcompact Surprise: 2019 Hyundai Veloster

2019 Hyundai Veloster N NAIAS
Photo courtesy of Exploring Elements
Well looky here: Hyundai has debuted the all-new 2019 Veloster at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. OK, that's not really that much of a surprise. However, the promise of a 275 hp Veloster is. Let's see what Hyundai has in store for the little hatchback.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

2017 Subcompact Sales Summary

2017 Kia Soul

Here's 2017's subcompact/small car sales info. There were a lot of big drops in sales vs. 2016, likely due to low fuel prices as well as a strong economy. And while both of those things are good for the U.S., they're not good for small car sales.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Doug DeMuro Doesn't Like the Mitsubishi Mirage. We Do. Here's Why.

Doug DeMuro Mitsubishi Mirage
Doug DeMuro on why the Mitsubishi Mirage is the worst new car on sale today. 
Maybe you've seen the 22 minute video that Doug DeMuro made about the Mitsubishi Mirage and why he says it's "the worst new car on sale." Hey, we're all entitled to our opinions, right? Personally, I found the video tedious to watch as Doug goes into infinitesimal detail about how cheap the car is, down to the color on the interior door lock mechanism. He makes more noise about the car's shortcomings than the the Mirage's CVT at full throttle. Doug can have his opinions, and I'm OK with that—really I am. However, I'd like to point a few things out.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Yes, You Can Still Have a Small Car With a Family


By Scott Huntington

Can you name the truck with four-wheel drive, smells like a steak and seats thirty-five? If you’re not a “Simpsons” fan or you somehow missed this episode, check this out.

The long-running animated series may have lost a step in recent years, but “The Simpsons” was never more on-point than it was with the satirical SUV archetype. Even in the 1990s, this is what it took for people to ask the question: “Does a typical family really need a seven-seat SUV?”

Friday, December 1, 2017

Here Are All of the New Subcompact Models From the 2017 LA Auto Show


Here is a photo of all the brand-new subcompact vehicles launching at the 2017 LA Auto Show. Impressive.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Review: 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatch Diesel

Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Hatch - Subcompact Culture
2018 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Hatch.
Words by Andy Lilienthal. Photos by Mercedes Lilienthal.

Let's just get all this out on the table. Volkswagen was the king of diesel cars in the U.S. until this whole dieselgate thing happened. As you're likely well aware, VW was caught cheating on emissions testing in late 2015 and the whole thing resulted in a global scandal. At this moment, VW no longer offers its formerly popular TDI-powered cars in North America.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Is Mitsubishi Getting a Turbo Mirage from Renault/Nissan?

2018 Nissan Micra
The latest Nissan Micra
In the not so distant past (aka, October, 2017), Mitsubishi announced it was investing a bunch of cash into its automotive brand and hoped to grow it up to 30%. In addition to that, it was reported we wouldn't simply see a host of re-badged Nissan products, since Mitsubishi is now part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. But is that now not the case?

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Review: 2017 Honda Civic Type R Touring

2017 Honda Civic Type R Touring - Subcompact Culture

Just mention the phrase "Type R" and you're bound to set any car enthusiast into a bit of a tizzy. The kind of tizzy depends on how the phrase is used. If used to talk about a real Honda Type R vehicle, you can expect passionate praise and respect. If you're talking about putting a Type R badge on the back of anything other than a real Type R, then you can expect vitriol and jest at the very least. However, if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the Type R gets a lot of flattery.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Mitsubishi Mirage's Tiny Tires and Wheels

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Tires - Subcompact Culture

It almost goes without saying, but our 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage has tiny wheels and tires. Our ES model has skinny 165/65/14 low rolling resistance Dunlop Enasave tires mounted on narrow 14x5.5 steel wheels with hubcaps (gasp!). Twenty years ago, many cars came with 14s. Nowadays, not so much. In fact, I believe only the Mirage and the Hyundai Accent still come 14s from the factory.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

We Bought a Mitsubishi Mirage. Here's Why.

We bought a 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

Well, we added yet another small car to the Subcompact Culture stable ... er ... carport. We bought a 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage. And we'll be selling our 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX. Before you have us committed to an asylum, read on.