• While some growing families may need extra space in their car, a crossover or SUV sometimes just isn't appealing. That's where a hatchback comes in. Typically offering more cargo space within the same footprint of a car, hatchbacks offer the flexibility that many families need without compromising on fuel economy.

    Here are five hatchbacks terrific for families that won't break the budget.

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2015 Ford Fiesta
  • 2015 Ford Fiesta
  • Sticker Price: $14,855-$21,435
    Smart Buy Price: $13,730-$20,224
    Fuel Economy: 26-27 mpg City, 35-38 mpg Highway

    Ford is out to prove that inexpensive cars don't need to be cheap on features. Standard amenities in this five-seater that was redesigned in 2014 include a seven airbags, 60/40-split rear seat and 26.0 cubic feet cargo capacity with the rear seats folded while heated seats, leather, remote keyless entry and voice-activated navigation are standard on some trim levels. All Fiesta hatchbacks are powered by a 120 horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine except for the performance-oriented ST model, which gets a 197 horsepower, 1.6-liter engine. 


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2015 Kia Forte
  • 2015 Kia Forte
  • Sticker Price: $19,690-$20,890
    Smart Buy Price: $18,313-$19,489
    Fuel Economy: 21-25 mpg City, 29-33 mpg highway

    The Forte had a mild makeover for the 2014 model year and all hatchback models come standard with six airbags, a six-way driver's seat with lumbar support, heated and cooled front seats and 23.2 cubic feet of cargo space. The EX hatchback is powered by a 173 horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, while the sporty SX hatch gets a 201 horsepower, 1.6-liter, I-4 engine. Available features include heated rear seats and voice-activated navigation.

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2015 Mazda3
  • 2015 Mazda3
  • Sticker Price: $18,945-$25,545
    Smart Buy Price: $18,135-$24,328
    Fuel Economy: 26-29 mpg City, 35-40 mpg Highway

    After getting a full redesign for the 2014 model year, the Mazda3 has sporty styling and a long list of features not typically seen in this segment. All five trim levels have a whopping 20.2 cubic feet of cargo space and maximum of 47.1 cubic feet, six airbags, cruise control, an auxiliary power outlet and power windows with one-touch up/down for the driver. Higher-end hatchbacks get dual-zone automatic climate control, power driver's seat with lumbar support, heated front seats, leather upholstery, heads-up display and blind spot sensor. Power comes from either a 155 horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a 184 horsepower, 2.5-liter I-4 engine.


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2015 Honda Fit
  • 2015 Honda Fit
  • Sticker Price: $15,650-$19,925
    Smart Buy Price: $15,603
    Fuel Economy: 29 mpg City, 37 mpg Highway

    With a redesign for 2015, the Honda Fit is smaller on the outside, but larger on the inside with five more cubic feet of interior space, bringing the total to 16.6 cubic feet with seating for five or 52.7 cubic feet when the 60/40-split rear seat is folded. Standard features include six airbags, six-way driver's seat, cruise control, two auxiliary power outlets, power windows with one-touch up/down driver's side, power door locks and an audio system with CD, MP3 and Bluetooth capability. All models are powered by a 130 horsepower, 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. 


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2015 Subaru Impreza
  • 2015 Subaru Impreza
  • Sticker Price: $18,695-22,795
    Smart Buy Price: $18,481-$22,291
    Fuel Economy: 25-28 mpg city,  34-37 mpg highway

    The Subaru Impreza has long been on family's short lists for cars thanks to its standard all-wheel-drive and spacious interior. As a hatchback, the five-seat Impreza offers a substantial 22.5 cubic feet of cargo space and an impressive maximum of 52.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. All models are powered by a 148 horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and come standard with seven airbags, power windows with one-touch up/down driver's side, keyless entry with power door locks and cruise control

    Higher trim levels feature heated front seats, leather upholstery and voice-activated navigation.


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