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Sibling rivalry has never been so much fun by David Pratte
If you’re a motorsports fan or weekend warrior who takes your car to the track, you’ve undoubtedly heard the saying, “It’s more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow”. It’s tempting to write this off as a tired old cliché, but if you’ve ever driven a low-power but lightweight and nimble little sub-compact like the Mazda2, you’ll be familiar with the smile you tend to have on your face when you arrive at your destination.
That’s because there’s something inherently rewarding about fully wringing a car out, and if you’re driving a Porsche 911 or a Nissan GT-R, you simply can’t push it to its limit anywhere but at a race track. Hop behind the wheel of a plucky little hatchback like the Mazda2, though, and you can drive it like an utter hoon on public roads without exceeding the speed limit.
And if you want to take your shenanigans to the next level, for surprisingly little money you can prep it for road racing duty in the growingly popular B-Spec class and go rub shoulders (and maybe even trade a little paint) with pro drivers in the Pirelli World Challenge or Canadian Touring Car Championship.
Hatchbacks have a ton of versatility and use, and they're also quite affordable, not to mention fuel efficient.
When it comes to the most affordable hatchback, there's quite a few options out there. Unlike the Honda GEAR concept pictured above (which could preview a new affordable subcompact for the Japanese brand) all the cars on this list are easily attainable, and are competitively priced. Our top ten is seperated by a slim $4,000 margin from cheapest to most expensive. Check out the whole list, and see which cheap hatchback is the right choice for you!
Winter's icy stranglehold on the northern hemisphere has finally been broken. After months of gray skies and freezing weather spring is finally in the air. Automakers are responding to the warmth and sun by emerging from product hibernation. Companies located in places ranging from South Korea to the United Kingdom have unveiled a bumper-crop of new hardware ranging from sensible to insane. Here are the Top 10 reveals from the 2013 New York International Auto Show.