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We Sold our 2007 Toyota Yaris. Long Live The Yaris. Long Live Subcompact Cars

WE SOLD OUR 2007 TOYOTA YARIS. LONG LIVE THE YARIS. LONG LIVE SUBCOMPACT CARS

Today was a big day. Today we sold our 2007 Toyota Yaris. This marks a lot of milestones. This marks the end of an era. We bought our...

SMALL CARS ARE ALIVE AND WELL IN MEXICO

Suzuki Ignis in Mexico New subcompact car sales are nearly nonexistent right now in the USA. There are only a couple new tiny cars...

 
 
 
Suzuki Announces Plan to Return to North American Market - AGAIN

SUZUKI ANNOUNCES PLAN TO RETURN TO NORTH AMERICAN MARKET - AGAIN

Suzuki announced today that it is making plans to return to the North American automotive market in 2023. The Japanese automaker pulled...

TO BE DISCONTINUED: CHEVROLET SPARK

In what can only be described as "completely unsurprising," the subcompact Chevrolet Spark will be discontinued. There had been reports...

 
 
 
Wrecked: Awesome Lifted Suzuki SX4

WRECKED: AWESOME LIFTED SUZUKI SX4

Photo via C.Y. Lee Over eight years ago, I ran into one of the most badass Suzuki SX4s I'd ever seen. This lifted Suzuki SX4 had big...

Small Cars Are Still Here. So Are We

SMALL CARS ARE STILL HERE. SO ARE WE

Hey SCC readers. I know it's been a while. We've still been here, still been doing things, but just not as active on the website. For...

 
 
 
Top 5 Mitsubishi Mirage Myths Debunked

TOP 5 MITSUBISHI MIRAGE MYTHS DEBUNKED

Back in 2017, we sold our 265 horsepower Subaru WRX for a 78 horsepower Mitsubishi Mirage ES Hatchback. Crazy, eh? Well, this summer...

Driven: 2021 Nissan Kicks SR

DRIVEN: 2021 NISSAN KICKS SR

I'd wanted to drive a Nissan Kicks since they first debuted in 2018, but never got around to getting one for a press loan until just...

 
 
 
Subcompact Showcase: Wild Widebody Scion iQ

SUBCOMPACT SHOWCASE: WILD WIDEBODY SCION IQ

From 2012 to 2015, Toyota's Scion brand offered what might be the company's most unique vehicle. The Scion iQ microcar was squarely...

Subcompact Showcase: Jake Brown's Lifted Toyota Yaris

SUBCOMPACT SHOWCASE: JAKE BROWN'S LIFTED TOYOTA YARIS

I've said it before: lifting is the new lowering. In fact, I wrote about this trend back in 2014. Five years later, I keep seeing cars...

 
 
 
The Volkswagen Golf: Dead

THE VOLKSWAGEN GOLF: DEAD

We've lost a host of small hatchback choices over the last few years from the U.S. market. Most of these departures weren't terribly...

Meet the 414,000 Mile Mitsubishi Mirage

MEET THE 414,000 MILE MITSUBISHI MIRAGE

People criticize the Mitsubishi Mirage for being inexpensive, having three cylinders, and being basic. But guess what? The Mirage is...

 
 
 
Installing a Mitsubishi Mirage Throttle Controller

INSTALLING A MITSUBISHI MIRAGE THROTTLE CONTROLLER

We know the Mitsubishi Mirage isn't a performance car. But there are certain things you can do to make it more fun to drive and peppier....

Is Toyota Racing an AWD Prius Rally Car at Olympus Rally?

IS TOYOTA RACING AN AWD PRIUS RALLY CAR AT OLYMPUS RALLY?

We at Subcompact Culture are rally fans. We participate in TSD rally, we go to stage rally, and have always had a thing for the WRC....

 
 
 
We're Still Enjoying Small Cars

WE'RE STILL ENJOYING SMALL CARS

To be honest, I'm tired of writing about how small cars are disappearing in the U.S. and Canada. I originally started this post with...

Redesigned 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage Coming to North America

REDESIGNED 2021 MITSUBISHI MIRAGE COMING TO NORTH AMERICA

News just came in from Mitsubishi Motors North America that the reskinned 2021 Mirage and Mirage G4 will be coming to the U.S. and...

 
 
 
You're Witnessing the Small Car Die-Off

YOU'RE WITNESSING THE SMALL CAR DIE-OFF

Twelve years ago when we started Subcompact Culture on January 23, 2008 , we were witnessing the growth of the small car segment in...

Run What You Brung: Subaru Justy Rally Car

RUN WHAT YOU BRUNG: SUBARU JUSTY RALLY CAR

There's just something about getting out there with the car you got, having a blast, and going racing! As you may have seen with the...

 
 
 
Will COVID-19 Change Automotive Buying Trends?

WILL COVID-19 CHANGE AUTOMOTIVE BUYING TRENDS?

The Great Recession of 2007-2009 changed the automotive landscape. For a time, people's cash flow was lower and many traded in their...

The Fiat 126p is the Best Rally Car

THE FIAT 126P IS THE BEST RALLY CAR

We love rally cars. But I have to say that my favorite rally car in the world may be the little Fiat 126p. These were produced under...

 
 
 



10 States, 2,400 Miles and More Than 100 Classic Cars

Mechanical failure, sleep deprivation and esprit de corps are all part of the Great Race, an annual rally of vintage vehicles, some more than a century old. Read more ...

Top-tech Xpeng G9 SUV claimed to be world's fastest-charging mass-produced EV

Top-tech Xpeng G9 SUV claimed to be world's fastest-charging mass-produced EV

Chinese automaker Xpeng claims its new G9 flagship SUV will be the world's fastest-charging mass-produced EV, but it's unclear if it might eventually be sold in the United... Read more ...

Analysis: Electric pickups emit less CO2 than the average gasoline truck...

Analysis: Electric pickups emit less CO2 than the average gasoline truck anywhere in the US

Electric pickup trucks have a lower carbon footprint than the average gasoline or diesel truck anywhere in the United States, the Union of Concerned Scientists said in the... Read more ...

Truckmakers drop lawsuit challenging tailpipe emissions standards

Truckmakers drop lawsuit challenging tailpipe emissions standards

A lawsuit from an industry group, challenging California's Omnibus standard for heavy-duty trucks and vans aimed at dramatically cutting emissions, was dropped last week. The... Read more ...

Aston Martin DBR22, Porsche 911 GT3, Infiniti Q60: Today's Car News

Aston Martin DBR22, Porsche 911 GT3, Infiniti Q60: Today's Car News

Aston Martin revealed a sultry speedster inspired by 1950s race cars, the DBR22, ahead of its formal debut at Monterey Car Week. Though the two-seat roadster is a concept car... Read more ...

Infiniti Q60 to bow out after 2022

Infiniti Q60 to bow out after 2022

The Infiniti Q60 is not long for this world. Car and Driver has learned from Infiniti that the 2022 model year will be the last for the handsome coupe. However, production will... Read more ...

BMW M3 Touring Confirmed for South Africa But Not Right Away

When BMW took the covers off the first-ever M3 Touring we were inundated with messages asking if it was coming to South Africa and although we need to be a bit more patient, it... Read more ...

2023 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster spy shots: Hardcore sports car about...

2023 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster spy shots: Hardcore sports car about to drop its top

Aston Martin unveiled a new generation of its V12 Vantage in March, and sadly the car has been confirmed as the last of its kind. Aston Martin said at the time that just 333... Read more ...

Patent drawings likely reveal Volvo XC90's electric successor

Patent drawings likely reveal Volvo XC90's electric successor

Volvo is set to unveil a successor to its popular XC90 later this year, and the vehicle looks to have been revealed early by way of patent drawings filed by Volvo with the... Read more ...

2023 Kawasaki Ninja 400 First Look Preview

2023 Kawasaki Ninja 400 First Look Preview

Kawasaki's bantamweight sportbike is back for another round. The Ninja 400 and its variations are among the 20 other sport , retro sport, naked , cruiser , adventure-touring... Read more ...