Americans have fallen in and out of love with hatchbacks over the years, but automakers have decided it’s the right time to offer more models in 5-door form. With greater utility than a standard compact sedan, hatchbacks maintain the price point and footprint of a smaller vehicle while flexing to the storage of a larger vehicle. 5-doors also have distinctive styling for those who are tired of the same old sedans.
Two of the most appealing models in this segment are fresh on the scene for 2017. While Chevrolet has sold a 5-door form of the Cruze in Europe since 2011, only the second generation car (introduced in 2016) made its way to the states as a hatch. Honda, meanwhile, sold a Civic hatchback in the U.S. until 2005, when it discontinued the 5-door Si. This year, the Japanese automaker re-introduced the utilitarian body style with its 10th generation Civic’s design language.
In this article, we’ll compare the 6-speed manual versions of the Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback LT ($21,240) and the Honda Civic Hatchback Sport ($21,300) to find out which is best.