By some definitions, Subaru's most popular compact car isn't actually a car. That best-seller is the Crosstrek — essentially an all-wheel-drive hatchback with some off-road-focused styling details and an elevated ground clearance. Subaru calls the Crosstrek a crossover, marketing it...
The first day of spring was a cruel joke for everyone. That was especially true this year, when the District was preparing for snow, eventually receiving more than four inches. But it was truest of all if you have a...
Let’s say this upfront: There's generally no practical reason to buy the two-door version of a four-door sedan. The two models usually feel identical from the driver's seat, but the sedans tend to be roomier and less expensive. But that's...
When you look for an entry-level luxury sedan, perhaps the first way to narrow down your list is to consider what level of sporty performance you desire. Most models in this class fall into the category of “sports sedan”...
On a daily basis, most of us are confronted by the rapid advancements in small display screens. Our phones and tablets are bright, crisp and responsive, and they offer wide-ranging and constantly updating applications. Most of today's cars haven't kept...
Most car-buying decisions require carefully weighing various tradeoffs. A common one: interior space versus gas mileage. Understandably, the roomiest vehicles on the market are not typically fuel economy standouts — it takes a big, thirsty engine to power a...
There are two main types of consumers who will likely consider upgrading from a mainstream seven-passenger crossover to a model from a premium brand. One type demands a drastic upgrade — an all-out luxury experience fitted into the boxy shape...
The Kia Niro can be considered a compact station wagon, or a tall hatchback. Kia calls it a subcompact crossover. But whatever you call it, the Niro is a versatile, fuel-efficient option that’s sized right for city driving. The Niro first...
When the Kia Soul hit the market as a 2010 model, it was an unexpected smash hit. In hindsight, though, its strengths were easy enough to pin down: a winning combination of head-turning looks, economy-car pricing and a surprisingly...
The subcompact crossover market segment has exploded with options in recent years, with more automakers providing mini-SUVs that are a size smaller than the best-selling Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, or Ford Escape.  Such vehicles make perfect sense in D.C. Compact...

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