Hatchback have enjoyed somewhat of a comeback during recent years. A hatchback is defined as a small- or mid-sized car that is equipped with a single door that opens across the entire width of the back. In other words, hatchbacks offer extended trunk space if you have additional items to store. Modern versions can provide several additional benefits that we will take a look at. So, what features does the typical hatchback employ, what are some popular models, how much can you expect to pay and where can you come across the best deals?

Hatchbacks: Features and Advantages

Hatchbacks are some of the most uniquely designed cars due to their small size combined with a decidedly impressive amount of rear space. Cars can be equipped with either two or four doors; a great option if you have a growing family. Unlike models of the 1970s and 1980s, modern hatchbacks are equipped with all of the creature comforts that you have come to expect. A handful of common accessories include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows and doors
  • Proximity sensors
  • LED headlights
  • Leather seats
  • GPS navigation systems

Another massive advantage of the majority of hatchbacks is that they can offer extremely high gas mileage; most models well above 35 miles to the gallon. Functionality should also not be overlooked. If you are in the market for a vehicle that can transport a good amount of items and yet cannot afford an SUV or a pick-up truck, the diminutive and yet powerful hatchback could be the best option. Let us now examine what you can expect to pay for the typical hatchback.

Average Prices for New and Used Hatchbacks

You will normally be able to find used hatchbacks (such as the 2009 Honda Fit or the 2010 Toyota Prius) for under $10,000 dollars. The price of newer versions will vary depending upon the make, model and size of the vehicle. For example, the 2016 Ford Focus hatchback is currently valued at between $17,000 and $35,000 dollars (MSRP). In the same respect, the MINI Cooper is normally valued at between $20,000 and $30,000 dollars. On the lower end, the Chevrolet Sonic is generally found between $14,000 and $21,000 dollars.

The main difference in all of the prices are the extras and options that you could wish to include alongside the standard package. Leather seats, extended warranties and additional levels of insurance are all examples here. Please note that many of the 2016 hatchbacks are also available as hybrids or completely electric units. These options tend to be a bit higher priced when compared to normal gasoline-powered units.

The Types and Models Available

Hatchbacks generally contain all of the same features. As mentioned previously, the main determinant is whether or not you choose a two-door or a four-door model. There are some other types such as those which offer four-wheel drive. These can be great options in more rural states such as Idaho or Montana.

Finally, hatchbacks can be classified in terms of their size. Some common variants are “mini” cars, sub-compact cars, compact cars and entry-level luxury cars.

The Top Hatchbacks in 2016

As with any other type of car, there are some models of hatchbacks that are considered to be a “cut above the rest”. In 2016, some brands have certainly earned top marks. The top five hatchbacks for this year are:

  • The Chevrolet Spark
  • The Fiat 500
  • The Mitsubishi Mirage
  • The Honda Civic
  • The Mazda Mazda 3

These all represent the different categories that we have just discussed above and they are not based upon price, but rather independent reviews. Keep in mind that there are dozens of other models that are also worth a closer look.

Where to Buy Hatchbacks

Thankfully, hatchbacks are some of the most common vehicles currently on the open market. Encountering the best deals should not be a problem. A handful of common resources can be through physical dealerships, used car forums, online auction sites and the websites of private dealers. Still, knowing your price range and what you are looking for is the first step in finding the best deal around.