19 Best Hot Hatchbacks

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These Are the Movers and Shakers of the Compact Car Class

While most shoppers are obsessing over crossovers, it’s time to consider that the popularity of that segment might owe as much to the history of the hot hatchback as it does to the SUV. As crossovers get smaller, they bear an increasingly striking resemblance to the peppy hatches that helped usher in the era of the sport compact. Let’s take a closer look at the current class of hot hatchbacks, which may be outliers in the small car market but are still enormously influential.

For this list, we pored through our hatchback, compact, and subcompact car rankings to find candidates that fit the bill. Each vehicle’s position on the list is based on its overall score, according to the U.S. News ranking methodology, which uses the criteria that matter most to new vehicle shoppers, such as performance, safety, and reliability. In the event of a tie in overall score, the vehicle with the lower price earns the higher position on the list.

Keep in mind that these scores may change over the course of the year as we receive new data.

Here are the best hot hatchbacks on the market.

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