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Best Values for the money. various catagories.



  • ubbermotorubbermotor Posts: 307
    Small cars; Honda Civic, Mazda 3, Toyota Corolla and Nissan Sentra.

    "Entry Level" luxury; Volvo S40, Saab 9-3, Acura TSX.

    Mid-size sedans; Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion V-6, Hyundai Sonota LX, Hyundai Azura GLS, and Mazda 6.

    Mid-size coupes; Monte Carlo SS, Toyota Solara, Honda Accord.

    Mid-sized luxury; Acura TL, Infiniti G35, Lexus IS350.

    Full size; Dodge Magnum/Charger, Chrysler 300.

    Sports cars; Chevrolet Corvette, Nissan Z

    Roadsters; Mazda MX-5, Ponitac Solstice.

    Sporty coupe; Pontiac GTO, Ford Mustang, Infiniti G35, Mazda RX-8.

    Semi-sporty coupe; Acura RSX, Mitsubishi Eclipse.

    Chick car; Scion TC, Hyundai Tiberon.

    Pickup; Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger.

    SUV; Infiniti FX, Nissan Murano, Toyota 4-Runner.

    Big SUV; Chrysler Pacifica, Cadillac Escalade, Hummer H1.

    Real SUV; Jeep Wrangler, Nissan Xterra.

    Cute-Ute; Toyota Rav-4, Saturn Vue, Honda Element.

    Mini-van; Toyota Sienna, Nissan Quest, Honda Odyssey.

    Sports sedans small; CTS-V, M3, C55 AMG.

    Sport sedans medium; STS-V, S-type 4.3, M5.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    But what if you just had to pick ONE top value in each segment? Is it even possible? ;-)

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    Good list overall!!

    I would toss Azera (by the way, no GLS trim, only SE and limited) into the full size category; Sonata too if so chooses, since it does meet the large sedan requirement :)
  • harrycheztharrychezt Posts: 405
    I would not really call Tiburon or tC a "chick" car no more than a Mazda3, to be honest.
    You go to any Hyundai fan site, and it is 99% guys, 300-400 members, maybe 10 are women.
    Chick car? Well, I dunno.... VW's seem to have the most amount of females driving them the one's I see. when a male is driving, it is usually the VW Beetle(new) and Black in color(never any other). Have only seen 2 guys driving any VW.

    Tiburon? 75% guys, from what I have seen.
    tC? Do not know the specific stats, but at work, 2 guys own a tC, and one lady(1 out of 3 owners is female in this instance).

    Sonata: it seems to be about 50/50, in my area, but on almost any Hyundai/kia fan site, 90-95% of owners are men.

    Go to the service centers, men are there.

    Same for Scion . tC, xB, almost always men at the serivce center.
    Maybe some research, when I get a chance, to find percentages of buyers.

    Cobalt, on the other hand, I have only seen 1 guy out of 15 cobalts here. My neighbors got one, for the woman of the household -to drive to work and back- a grey colored model, in fact.

    I have seen about 50/50 for mix of buyers, for the Mitsubishi Eclipse , the newer model.

    I know more young women buy the Corolla than the tC!
    If my local Toyota/Scion sales person is correct.

    take care, not offense.

    PS: I read an article about the 1973 CVCC(now called Civic), and Women were the main buyers, due to the reliability and MPG :surprise: !
    Wonder if that still holds true? ;)
  • harrycheztharrychezt Posts: 405
    nowadays, with female racers always in the AutoWeek mags racing sections,etc.... what's a "chick" car? ;)

    I see mainly women driving the G6, and only guy I saw was driving the G6 Coupe, blue color.

    I live in SW Ohio. Your demographics(or whatever) may be different, and only guys drive G6 sedans, adn women drive only Magnums?

    LOL ;)

    Just kidding. hey, to me, drive what you like.

    Someone doesn't like it? Tell them you will drive whatever they think you should drive, as long as they make the payments. That usually works ;)

    Take care/Not Offense.
  • prosaprosa Posts: 280
    And of course Mercury is trying to position itself as a chick brand.
  • ubbermotorubbermotor Posts: 307
    Your right, I should have used the term "poser". In my day "poser" cars and "chick" cars were the same. Now days the chicks drive all the nicer cars, and the guys all drive wanna'be's with 300 lbs of FX's and a "performance" muffler.
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    Someone doesn't like it? Tell them you will drive whatever they think you should drive, as long as they make the payments. That usually works

    Well since I'm feeling kind I will buy you a Ford Fiesta and will make the payment for you. :blush: That would be $9.95 a month right ? :P J/K I couldn't resist. :D

  • au1994au1994 Posts: 762
    agreed. Case in point: got my wife an 06 Volvo S40 in August of last year, 2 weeks later the fuel pump control module quits. Fixed, no problems, got a loaner etc, no problems since.

    Going back, on the day dad picks up his brand new 82 Olds 98, take us to a ball game an hour and a half from home. Engine throws a rod. Learned a few new words that night on the side of the road. ;) He was still an Olds man until the end though. Got rid of his last one, a 1998 "88" last year for a Camry.

    2013 335i Sport Line Alpine White over Coral Red w/Black Trim

    2005 330cic ZHP Monaco Blue over Natural Brown w/Black Trim

  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    One could charitably call the category "Youth-friendly sporty cars" perhaps.

    That is, affordable coupes that usually look wild but act mild and are pitched at those who want something cool-looking but don't have a lot of money.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    maybe not the Ford Fiesta but the Ford Festiva did. The Ford Fiesta did come first, though, and it was sort of a Ford-produced "world car", with boxy, hatchback-type lines to it, IIRC.

    Now, when you're talking the Ford Festiva, come about 1988 or so, you're talking an entry by Kia Motors of South Korea, and now you're cookin' with some strong utensils nearby, rockylee.

    It was a very reliable little rig for the thousands and thousands of Americans who bought one to enjoy, and it rang the first "Kia Motors" bell I had ever heard. It battled the Chevy Sprint fiercely.

    The rest is history, as many have said.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    2 of my friends own Fiesta's. I however could picture me hitting a cattle truck once again in one. :surprise: Sardines anyone ? :blush:

  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    but you best be watchin' out for those Texas fires, I guess, too. Whoa, horsey! :surprise:

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • ubbermotorubbermotor Posts: 307
    Another "Olds man" that didn't just migrate to other GM divisions. Clearly not many did.
  • bumpybumpy Posts: 4,435
    Well since I'm feeling kind I will buy you a Ford Fiesta and will make the payment for you.

    Hey Rocky, I'll take you up on that. Make mine a Fiesta RS:

  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    What is that ? Is that sold here ? :confuse:

  • bumpybumpy Posts: 4,435
    It's a European Fiesta (one size smaller than the Focus) with a body kit and a 180hp turbo motor. The Fiesta ST is a milder version with 150hp in Euroland. The closest we ever got to that was the SVT Focus, which was killed as part of Ford's master plan to sell the dullest cars possible in the US.
  • au1994au1994 Posts: 762
    Nope, he shopped GM, Buicks mostly, but after riding in my sisters Camry it was a done deal. He had been a GM man almost exclusively for life: 8 Olds, 2 Caddy's, 4 Chevy's and a Buick. He did buy Mom a Dodge Omni once and a Mazda 626 once. He did have a 65 and 66 Mustang and a 56 T-Bird as hobby cars at various times.

    Now he's in the Camry and Mom has a Subie Outback. Or the 'Outie' as she calls it. That replaced a 99 Malibu.

    It is very painful for him to admit, but their current cars are far superior to the GM ones that they replaced in terms of comfort, features and styling. Like I said he was a loyal GM man despite problems on some of their products:

    The one Olds I mentioned that blew the motor.

    Another Olds ate 2 transmissions.

    Yet another went through axles.

    One of the Caddy's was burning oil so he ditched it.

    And these were not high mileage cars when the problems occured. Dad was one of those that traded every 2-3 years. Thats changed now that he's closing in on retirement.

    2013 335i Sport Line Alpine White over Coral Red w/Black Trim

    2005 330cic ZHP Monaco Blue over Natural Brown w/Black Trim

  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    and its kind of funny, I was tooling along in 1999 in a 1997 Ford Escort in purple metallic paint, enjoying the Ford but finally realizing it just plain looked dull. Dull. Kind of hapless.

    My friend had bought a white 1999 Kia Sephia and I asked him what he thought. He could have told me that it drove like the yellowest Yugo on the planet and I still would've looked into test driving my own 1999 Kia Sephia sedan. Really, there was more design intelligence in that 1999 Kia Sephia than the entire Ford lineup put together from 1970 to 1999.

    I did and the rest is recorded down in history for automotive junkies to feast upon. The Japanese and the South Koreans both have the ability to concentrate on and produce into production solid and cool little cars.

    History. It's a strong, solid thing. Watch Kia and Hyundai dominate the world automotive market. It will be fun. :D

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • oregonboyoregonboy Posts: 1,653
    Unbridled enthusiasm is a wonder to behold. :shades:
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