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author photo by Chris O'Neill July 2019

When buying a new car, it's important to look for as much value as possible. While some people want the latest cabin technology and others want high performance and a sporty exterior, it's hard to argue that just about everyone benefits from having more space for hauling things. This is why we love hatchbacks so much, and to help familiarize you with some of the best options currently on the market, we've outlined eight of our favorite new hatchbacks on sale today, many of which can be had fully-loaded for around $30,000 or less.

2019 Mazda3

2019 Mazda3

The Mazda3 is all-new for the 2019 model year and stands to take the Mazda marque to new heights with regard to style, luxury and refinement. Despite its mainstream price tag, the new Mazda3 wears bold, attractive styling with dramatic curves and gorgeous proportions. The luxury motif carries on to the inside, as well where the new Mazda3 uses upscale materials and a simple, flowing, minimalist design. Overall, the new Mazda3 looks to be a hit. Sedan and hatchback versions are offered, and for the first time ever, all-wheel drive is an option. Under the hood of every 2019 Mazda3 is a 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder making 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque, which is the same engine found in the outgoing model. Most examples come with a 6-speed automatic, only the front-wheel drive hatchback is available with a manual. The Mazda3 hatch offers 20.1 cu ft. of cargo room. For around $30,000, look for a top-of-the-line, loaded Mazda3 Hatchback Premium with AWD and an automatic transmission, which comes in at $29,820 before adding options. Find a Mazda3 for sale

2019 Subaru Impreza

2019 Subaru Impreza

Subaru differentiates itself by offering its vehicles with standard AWD, which makes them great for snowy climates and gives you some added peace of mind if you find yourself venturing down a dirt road. Introduced back in 2017, the current-generation Subaru Impreza is offered in both sedan and hatchback body styles. In addition to offering AWD, the Impreza places a high priority on fuel efficiency and safety. In the efficiency department, the Impreza gets its power from a 2.0-liter 4 cylinder making 152 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. This isn't a lot, but it enables the Impreza to return up to 28 miles per gallon in the city and up to 38 mpg on the highway. Factor in AWD, and the Impreza's powertrain becomes pretty compelling. On top of that, the Impreza can be optioned with a great array of active safety features including pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist. For just under $30,000, buyers can get a fully-loaded 2019 Impreza 5-door Limited, which includes a sunroof, blind spot monitoring and a Harmon Kardon audio system. Find a Subaru Impreza for sale

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback is, dare we say, kind of sporty. Pricing starts at around $22,000 and reaches just over $27,000 in loaded XSE trim. The Corolla hatchback uses a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 168 hp. Directing power to the wheels is either a continuously variable automatic or a 6-speed manual with a clever rev-matching feature that makes this one of the easiest manuals to drive. The XSE trim offers heated leather seats, 18-in wheels, fog lights and Apple CarPlay. Opt for a manual XSE model in the new "Blue Flame" exterior color and with the optional rear spoiler, and you've got a sporty little hatchback on your hands for right around $25,000. Find a Toyota Corolla for sale

2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI

If an affordable, performance-oriented hatchback is what you're after, stop reading this list right here, drive to your local Volkswagen dealership, and buy a GTI. The original hot hatch, the GTI is a legendary nameplate, and remains one of Volkswagen's most popular vehicles to date. Under the hood is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Transmission options are either a 6-speed manual or a quick-shifting 7-speed dual clutch automatic with paddle shifters and a unique launch control feature that optimizes power output to the front wheels for stoplight take-offs. Additionally, a new GTI comes with one of the best warranties in the industry at 6 years/ 72,000 miles. While a loaded GTI comes in at closer to $40,000 than $30,000, S and Rabbit Editions can be had for under $30,000. The Rabbit Edition comes with LED headlights, a plaid fabric interior, and passive keyless entry, and is offered in a unique Cornflower Blue exterior color. Regardless of how it's optioned, the GTI is among the best new hatchbacks on the market. Find a Volkswagen GTI for sale

2019 Honda Civic Hatchback

2019 Honda Civic Hatchback

The Civic is one of the most well-known vehicles on sale in the United States. Long offered as a hatchback, Honda abandoned the body style here in the U.S. for a number of years, opting to bring it back for the current generation alongside the Civic's more mainstream sedan and sport coupe variants. Five different trim levels are offered with the most expensive, the Sport Touring model, coming in at $29,680. For your money you'll get a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine making around 180 hp, an aggressive body kit, a sunroof, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a full array of active safety features, and 18-in wheels, all in a practical package with lots of cargo room. Find a Honda Civic for sale

2019 Hyundai Veloster

2019 Hyundai Veloster

The Veloster is unique in that it comes with three passenger doors -- one on the driver's side for a coupe like profile, and two on the passenger side for easier ingress and egress for back-seat passengers. An all-new Veloster was introduced for 2019, and is now available in performance-oriented N trim, which comes with a 250 hp turbocharged 4-cylinder engine paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. The Veloster N is aimed squarely at vehicles like the Volkswagen GTI, and carries a compelling starting price of just under $28,000. Buyers not requiring the Veloster N's performance can look to a more basic model, with the regular Veloster starting at under $20,000 and reaching around $29,000 in Turbo Ultimate trim, which comes with a litany of active safety features, wireless charging, and a head-up display, not to mention a 201-hp turbocharged motor of its own. Find a Hyundai Veloster for sale

2019 Hyundai Elantra GT

2019 Hyundai Elantra GT

Hyundai offers a few different small hatchbacks. If you want more space and less quirkiness than the Veloster, consider the Elantra GT. Sharing a platform with the Elantra sedan and coupe, the Elantra GT offers more standard features and a sportier ethos than either of the Elantra's other available body styles. We love the Elantra GT for its upscale build quality, excellent infotainment setup and potent 201-hp engine. The Elantra GT also comes with a great warranty at 5 years/60,000 miles of basic coverage and 10 years/100,000 miles of powertrain coverage. There's even an N-Line model that comes with a sport suspension, Michelin Pilot Sport summer tires and larger brakes. Add on the tech package, which brings features like a sunroof, ventilated seats, wireless charging and an 8-in infotainment setup, and the Elantra GT N-Line comes in at just over $29,000 fully-loaded, making it very compelling. Find a Hyundai Elantra GT for sale

2020 Kia Soul

2020 Kia Soul

The Kia Soul is all new for the 2020 model year and sports sleek, futuristic new styling. We love the new Soul for its standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, available 10.25-in infotainment system, efficient boxy design, and available turbocharged engine that puts out a healthy 201 hp, although we'd like to see AWD made available. A top of the line 2020 Soul GT Turbo tops out at around $28,500 and comes with everything you get on lower trims, plus LED lighting, a sunroof, a Harmon Kardon audio system, a head-up display and music-sensitive mood lighting. Find a Kia Soul for sale

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