Hatchbacks have made their way to high popularity in recent years in the US and it’s about damn time. For generations the Europeans and Asians have enjoyed hatchback on their native soils while we here in the US have snubbed our noses at these small and versatile vehicles. Whether it’s because the idea of a hatchback means a generic version of the sedan, or because we love our SUVs so much a hatchback doesn’t make sense, hatchbacks have finally made their way to popularity, mostly among the younger shopper, and are having their heyday here in the US.
So, choosing the right hatchback can be difficult because many of them offer some great features at very reasonable prices. With that in mind, here is a great list of hatchbacks ranked by their price and showing some features that will give you an idea of what you should expect to pay for a new hatchback that is a highly versatile and useful vehicle.
The Spark is just that, a sparky little car that offers some very attractive features. Thankfully for 2015 the Spark lost is larger than life headlights in favor of a more grown up appearance and makes a very nice choice to start our list off. The base Spark will only cost you $12,270 and gives you 31.2 cubic feet of cargo space along with a fuel mileage of 31 city/39 hwy mpg.
The Mirage is highly popular for the fuel economy and it offers some good space, but the drive takes some getting used to. This tiny hatchback from Mitsubishi will run you $12,995 and gives you a full 47 cubic feet of cargo space along with a fuel mileage of 34 city/42 hwy to take full advantage of and enjoy the drive. The Mirage makes a great city dweller or daily driver and has been a favorite for value for a few years.
The Rio offers a much larger passenger space than the previous two cars on the list, making it a great choice for comfort and driving. This alone makes it worth the increase in price which comes in at $13,990, still a very reasonable price. The Rio gives you 49.8 cubic feet of cargo space and a fuel mileage of 27 city/27 hwy mpg to fully appreciate the distance you can go without having to fill up.
This car has something going for it the previous three did not, expanded head room. While average height drivers will be comfortable in any of the cars discussed thus far, taller drivers will choose the Note for the increases headroom. Along with being taller the Note shows up with a price of $14,180, 38.3 cubic feet of cargo room and a 27 city/36 hwy mpg to enjoy.
For a small increase in price you can have a Sonic instead of the Spark when shopping at the Chevrolet dealers. The Sonic shows up with a larger amount of space, is a much better looking car and certainly offers more comfort. The Sonic comes in with a fuel mileage of 26 city/35 hwy, a cargo capacity of 47.7 cubic feet and a price tag of only $14,845 making it an affordable choice that is a great option for anyone looking for something a little more.
The Yaris has been around for a while and with a refresh for this model year it is an attractive and dependable vehicle. It has to be with the Toyota name on it and even though it’s not as good on gas as we might like it makes a great choice for a fun hatchback. The Yaris shows up with a price of $14,845, 15.3 cubic feet of cargo space and a 30 city/37 hwy mpg of fuel mileage to make it one of the most fun and cheerful cars to drive that can easily dart in and out of traffic.
As a fan favorite for many years, the Fiesta shows up with a look that is similar to the Fusion just smaller and in hatchback form. Because it is so closely related to larger vehicles the Fiesta makes for a great car to drive as it carries in some of the driving traits of the Fusion and Focus. The Fiesta offers you a price tag of only $14,855 along with 26 cubic feet of cargo space and a fuel mileage of 28 city/36 hwy mpg.
Hyundai has found its way into our hearts with many of the vehicles offered and the Accent is no exception. With the signature beltline that rises through both sets of door handles the Accent looks more aggressive than many of the other hatchbacks that are made to be more fun and funky. The Accent comes in with a price of $14,995, 47.5 cubic feet of cargo space and a fuel mileage of 27 city/38 hwy mpg.
If you want a look at a vehicle that is truly meant to be fun and funky, head on over to Kia and check out the Soul. This hatchback shows up with the looks of a small SUV and the appearance of a cartoon vehicle that has come to life. The Soul does have a great size for a cargo space at 61.3 cubic feet while offer fuel mileage of 24 city and 30 hwy mpg all for a price of only $15,190.
This will be the last year for this tiny hatchback as Toyota is ending its production after the 2015 model year. The iQ may have not caught on well in the US but it does fit a niche and fill a need some people have. This car is perfect for the city as it has the second smallest footprint of any car on the market and gives you a 36 city/37 hwy mpg to enjoy. Add to that the 16.7 cubic feet of cargo space and the price of $15,665 and the iQ just might be right for your needs.
The Fit is the last true hatchback Honda offers and with their focus on the SUV market with the CR-V and HR-V it’s not really surprising. The Fit makes a great choice as a reliable and fun driving car to own although it is a tad on the expensive side compared to its direct competition. One drive in the Fit will show this added price of $15,790 is worth it to gain the 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space, 29 city/37 hwy mpg of fuel mileage and the great refinements found in the Fit.
With the Fiat 500 you are paying for the name, but along with that name come the Italian engineering and engaged driving experience you would expect from this little dynamo. This car actually offers plenty of rear seat room which makes it a fun car to take a group out to the beach or for a night on the town. With the $16,845 price and 31 city/40 hwy mpg you will have plenty of cash to enjoy the drive and savings. Add in the 30.1 cubic feet of cargo space and you can haul what you need for a fun day easily.
The Golf has a ton of variations, some that reach up high and become nearly a luxury model when called upon and on the bottom rung of the structure the car is still and awesome little hatchback. This car shows up with excellent power, good looks and a fully engaging driving experience. The Golf will come to you at a price of $17,995 and gives you 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space along with 25 city/37 hwy mpg of fuel mileage to give you plenty of fun when driving this great hatchback.
The Veloster has been described as several different cars. The car offers two doors on the driver’s side and only one on the passenger. It has been described as an affordable sports coupe, but it really is a hatchback. As an exceptionally fun car to drive the Veloster takes off well and enjoys being a performer on the road at the price of only $18,000. The cargo area is generous at 34.7 cubic feet and the fuel mileage of 26 city/35 hwy help to keep this car going for longer runs in between fill ups.
Do you want a car that has all-wheel drive? The Impreza is the choice to make and considering it’s the only one on this list that offers the standard driving enjoyment of AWD. This makes the Impreza a great choice, especially in climates that will see more snow than others. The Impreza shows up at a reasonable $18,695 and gives 52.4 cubic feet of cargo space for the outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy. Add in the fuel mileage of 25 city/34 hwy which makes it easy to avoid gas pumps.
This new model of the Elantra appears to be poised to be a great seller in the hatchback world and offers fantastic style along with a great deal of features that make it truly a Hyundai. The Elantra comes into the new model year with a price for the GT of $18,800 and a full 51 cubic feet of cargo space to enjoy. Bring in the fuel mileage of 24 city/33 hwy mpg and you see a car that will change your mind quickly if you aren’t a fan of hatchbacks.
The Mazda 3 is one of the best looking and driving cars on this list from every angle. This car offers a fantastic interior for riding and driving along with having the style on the outside to make anyone take a second look. As the model that just precedes the luxury versions, the Mazda 3 comes to you with a price of $18,945, 47.1 cubic feet of cargo space and a fuel mileage of 29 city/40 hwy mpg.
The Focus is a top seller, but mostly in the sedan version. The hatchback is actually a great choice to gain some much needed cargo space even though it has less than the Elantra and the Mazda 3 at 44.8 cubic feet. The Focus is larger than the Ford Fiesta to give those along for the ride more room to enjoy the drive and comes in at $18,960 and has a fuel mileage of 26 city/36 hwy mpg. There is no doubt the Focus makes a great choice for a young and small family to grow a little with the car.
This car balances itself between being a hatchback and a small wagon. As a hatchback it offers the most cargo space at 68 cubic feet and offer a driving dynamics unlike anything else discussed on this list so far. The 500L is a longer 500 but is a lot of fun on the road, giving passengers plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy the ride. The price for this larger hatchback comes in at $19,345 and gives you a 25 city/33 hwy mpg to enjoy as well.
Finally we see a hybrid model on this list. The Prius C model comes in as an excellent car to drive in order to be a great city dweller. With a 53 mpg city rating its no wonder so many shoppers love this Prius in order to drive around town, especially when they don’t head away often. The highway rating is an enjoyable 46 mpg and the cargo space is 17.1 cubic feet with the seats up giving some great space to load up the groceries.
At the top of the hatchback lineup from Kia is the Forte5 which is stylish, offers excellent passenger and cargo room and has plenty of great features to fully enjoy. Even with all this on board, the Forte5 comes in at a price of only $19,690 and is the last car on the list below $20,000. The Forte5 gives you 23.2 cubic feet of cargo space and 25 city/33 hwy mpg of fuel mileage to make it easy to keep on going.
The CR-Z is a different looking, and in my opinion, attractive hybrid hatchback that shows up on this list at $20,145. Even though it has a very sporty look and great handling, the acceleration leaves a lot to be desired and as a two-seater hatchback the lack of person space makes it difficult to enjoy. The cargo space comes in at 25.1 cubic feet and the fuel mileage at 31 city/38 hwy mpg giving you a car that will keep on going even when you have tired of the drive.
Who doesn’t love a Beetle? With the classic style that reminds us of the Beetle from yesteryear it’s easy to understand why this car is still one of the favorites for the hatchback loving crowd. Even though you might expect the Beetle to offer some of the best fuel mileage, it doesn’t as the fuel mileage comes in at 25 city/33 hwy but with a $20,195 price tag and cargo space of 29.9 cubic feet the Beetle is still one of the most popular cars to take to the beach for some fun in the sun.
As a premium brand the Mini Cooper finds itself between the mainstream and luxury models as a model that is expected to deliver and continues to do so. Having a turbo engine in a car that is priced at $20,700 also gives you a car that is excellent when it comes to handling and the ride in this car. The Mini Cooper has made its way into our hearts as a fun car that also gives us 38 cubic feet of cargo space and fuel mileage of 29 city/40 hwy mpg.
This new all-electric model from Mitsubishi is the least expensive EV in any list and gives a niche crowd a car that will run solely on electricity, keeping them from the gas pumps forever. This car is meant to be driven in the city and has a small footprint to be able to be parked anywhere. This car comes in at a $22,995 price and gives you 50.4 cubic feet of cargo space. As an EV the fuel mileage is unreal at 126 city/99 hwy mpge.
If you have enjoyed a hybrid car before, but wish you had more space, Ford is offering it with the C-Max. This car gives you plenty of cargo space and makes it easy to still enjoy the outstanding fuel mileage that comes with a car that has a hybrid power plant. The C-Max makes this list at $24,170 and offers a full 52.6 cubic feet of cargo space. The fuel mileage comes in at 42 city/37 hwy mpg which is a bit lower than the Prius, but still not bad at all.
Do we really have to talk about the Prius? As the most popular and heavily advertised hybrid car to come down the line, the Prius is well-known around the world as a top hybrid performer and continues to be so even in the hatchback form. The Prius makes our list at a modest price of $24,200 and gives us a fuel mileage of 51 city/48 hwy mpg to continue to be a hybrid leader and squeeze out the mileage. The cargo space is a tad small at 21.6 cubic feet, but is plentiful for bringing home some groceries.
the next of the EV cars on this list is the Nissan Leaf. this car looks a lot more like a normal car than the previous Mitsubishi model. This one is more mainstream and has been a great performer already as one of the most popular EV cars on the road today. The Leaf has a price of $29,010 and 30 cubic feet of cargo space. The Leaf gives you a fuel efficiency of 126 city/101 hwy mpge to make it a great car to power up each night with no stops at the gas pump for this car.
Lexus went all in, or doubled-down, however you want to look at it by making a hatchback and a hybrid one at that. The CT 200h is a wonderful car that gives us a true luxury offering on this list from the value luxury brand from Toyota that comes loaded to the gills with great features to fully enjoy. The CT 200h shows up at a reasonable price of $32,200 with 14.3 cubic feet of cargo space and a fuel mileage of 43 city/40 hwy mpg to make this one excellent car to drive.
The B-Class offers you the top of the line for EV cars and makes a great choice when you want to have some awesome Mercedes-Benz driving. The dynamic suspension and exceptional handling are only two of the great feature of this car which takes our price range up to the $41,450 mark and gives us 54.6 cubic feet of cargo space. The fuel mileage comes in less than the other EVs but still an amazing 85 city/82 hwy mpge to be enjoyed in a small and engaging luxury hatchback.
The list wouldn’t be complete without this cool little hatchback. As the smaller cousin to the i8, the i3 shares some features such as the carbon-fiber use in the construction of the body panels and the advanced battery pack. This car is actually a lot of fun to drive with the expected BMW driving technology aboard. The i3 gives us the top price tag at $42,400 and shows only a tiny 11.8 cubic feet of cargo space. The fuel efficiency is off the charts for this EV model at 137 city/111 hwy mpge to make it the most efficient EV on the market.
That’s a lot of hatchbacks to choose from and with so many of them being 2015 models they might not last too much longer at dealerships. Regardless of what is important to you in a hatchback, these dynamic and versatile vehicles give you a way to handle some cargo with a car that is mostly very fun to drive and efficient.