Hatchback Value Squad: 5 Best Value Compact Hatches in 2022

The world loves a good hatchback. For a good reason, too. They’re small, easy to drive, and easy to park. Yet, the rear hatch allows for plentiful cargo space. They generally get pretty good fuel economy. Finally, they’re typically pretty affordable, too. When shopping for a new car, it’s hard not to look into purchasing a hatchback. There are, however, a lot to choose from. Let’s take a look at the five best value 2022 hatchback models according to Truecar.

2022 Mitsubishi Mirage

2022 Mitsubishi Mirage
2022 Mitsubishi Mirage | Mitsubishi

The 2022 Mitsubishi Mirage almost seems to be stuck in another time period because of how affordable it is. The starting MSRP for one is only $15,840. That’s for a brand new car! What’s more impressive, though, is the warranty. Mitsubishi offers an unprecedented 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. This is on top of the five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, too.

The Mirage uses a 1.2-liter inline three-cylinder engine. Additionally, it has a manual transmission. You certainly won’t be going anywhere in a hurry as it only makes 78 horsepower. However, this engine and transmission combination is good for 33 mpg city and 41 mpg highway.

For the price, it’s second to none in terms of fuel efficiency, cargo capacity, and warranty coverage.

2022 Kia Soul

A red 2022 Kia Soul driving down a highway with flat land and clear skies in the background.
2022 Kia Soul | Kia

The Kia Soul is a bit of a fun contender in the lineup of hatchbacks. It has a bit of a different shape than most hatchbacks you see. Furthermore, they are actually remarkably roomy on the inside. With a starting MSRP of just $20,505, it’s pretty affordable. Moreover, Kia also offers a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. So, while it costs a good bit more than the Mirage, it provides a bit more spirited driving experience, more power, and similar warranty coverage.

Standard models have a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that pumps out 29 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. However, a turbocharged engine is available with 201 horsepower and a dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters. So, you can have your sports car cake and eat it in a quirky hatchback!

2022 Hyundai Ioniq

2022 Hyundai Ioniq blue drive passenger side facing camera in front of sunset
2022 Hyundai Ioniq Blue | Hyundai

The Ioniq is undoubtedly where you should turn if you’re all about fuel economy. The Ioniq Blue is the most fuel-efficient car you can buy in the U.S. Furthermore; it too carries the same remarkable warranty coverage as the Kia and Mitsubishi. Its starting MSRP is $24,645, with prices going up for the plug-in hybrid and Blue drive models. However, even the base models deliver some unfathomable numbers.

The Ioniq has a 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine. It delivers an almost unbelievable fuel economy rating set with 54 mpg city and 57 mpg highway. Seriously.

2022 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Blue 2022 Toyota Corolla Hatchback XSE Driving down the road shot from front
2022 Toyota Corolla Hatchback | Toyota

How could the lovable Toyota Corolla Hatchback not make the list? It’s practically the embodiment of a modern hatchback. It’s got the classic hatchback shape, Toyota reliability, fuel efficiency, and a great interior. All of this for a surprisingly affordable starting price of $21,940.

Under the hood is a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine. IT has the option of both a CVT automatic or a six-speed intelligent manual transmission with automatic rev-matching. Though it isn’t the fastest thing on the planet, it’s undoubtedly a fun car to be behind the wheel of. Fuel economy ratings up to 32 mpg city and 41 mpg highway are just the cherry on top.

2022 Honda Civic

Of course, another car you can’t make an all-star hatchback lineup without is the Honda Civic. With a starting price of $23,365 and a stigma for reliability, the Civic has to make this list, despite its questionable “hatchback” shape.

Equipped with a CVT and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the Civic Hatchback sees up to 30 mpg city and 38 mpg highway ratings. Additionally, turbocharged variants with manual transmissions are available for those looking to enjoy the sportier side of things.

So many compact hatchback choices, so little time

It’s certainly a tough call to make when shopping for a new car. However, a great hatchback is available for virtually any budget when new car shopping. Whether you’re after something sporty and fun or just want the absolute best fuel economy you can get, there’s a hatchback for that!

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