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Best Values for the money. various catagories.

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  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    nobody, I mean NOBODY, is more enthusiastic than iluv. It is good to see someone enjoying their ride so much. :-)

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

  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    Agree. He's gotta be up their as one of Kia's biggest fan. ;) What is there 4 or 5 of them. :surprise: J/K. I couldn't resist. I will say they are coming along very well, and if the Chinese don't gobble up there fair share of market share to quickly, they will be a major player eventually. ;)

    Rocky
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    Kia is a major player already - they have a more widespread dealer network than some brands that have been here longer (Suzuki and Mitsubishi come to mind, maybe Mazda, VW, and Subaru too). And they are recognized as a value leader, even if they also still have the rep that you toss a coin on dependability if you go for the Kia purchase. I am sure the warranty overcomes peoples' fears on that score in a lot of cases.

    Me, I think another value leader is Scion. All Toyota inside and out at Kia prices. If they have a model that meets your needs, they are one of the best deals going.

    I was watching this new show on prime-time last night - either Fox or NBC, I forget which - which is about this youngish guy that works for an airline, and he drives an xB! I chuckled.

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

  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Just sat in a Xa at the Mazda dealer while getting an oil change. It was a dark blue colored one on their used car lot. Incredibly comfortable seats in the front...even with my bad back, beat the snot out of my Sentra's rock hard chairs! Totally impressed with the ergonomics and the quality materials used on all the different surfaces. The speedo in the center stil would be a deal breaker for me though...absolute ridiculous place for it. I'd also hate to be in an accident with one to. Not much crumple space at all.
    But for someone on a tight budget, it probaly fits the bill perfectly. It's also got that "cool" factor going for it to! Would like to drive it once to see if it can indeed get out of it's own way.

    The Sandman :)
  • b3nutb3nut Posts: 83
    "Agree. He's gotta be up their as one of Kia's biggest fan. What is there 4 or 5 of them. :surprise: J/K. "

    hehehehe....well, I've been fairly won over as another Kia fan. Ended up pulling the trigger on an '06 Rio5 hatch, almost 1300 miles on it already and I've had it a week. :surprise: Well, I did take it on a quick road trip I had planned well in advance, didn't know I'd be trading the old ZX2 in before I left though! So far so good, I really like the car. Smooth on the highway, not luxury car supple but taut and controllable, and bumps are handled nicely. It's very nimble in town as well. We'll see how she does on the long haul, but it's certainly tightly screwed-together, they put a lot of thought into the design and engineering. It's miles ahead of what they were doing a few years ago. Won't be long and I'll have her in for her first oil change at 3K...

    Todd in Beerbratistan
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,914
    Hey, Todd.. Where is Beerbratistan?.. it sounds like a good place for my next vacation.. ;)

    Moderator - Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • b3nutb3nut Posts: 83
    The land of cheese, brats, and beer! :D

    Also known as Cheesecurdistan, for the deep fried cheese curds. Makes your arteries harden before you start even eating them!

    Todd in Beerbratistan
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,663
    called the Wisconsin Dells, right, Todd? Fun under the sun in sausage and beerville. Worth a trip to go see, I would think. :)

    BTW, Todd, in the size of car I like the one you bought could very well be the best value on the planet for what you paid. This latest round of Kia's steps them up and at least equal to Toyota/Scion's in the same range, IMHO.

    The Scion xA or the Kia Rio5 or the Kia Rio LX sedan are my current front-runners for futures.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    you've driven the new Rio, and you don't hate that shifter? I don't get it.

    Or did you drive an automatic? C'mon, you can admit it! ;-)

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

  • b3nutb3nut Posts: 83
    Yup, lots of waterparks. I have yet to actually go to one, though I did stop at the Cracker Barrel there on my way back home from a dog rescue transport. We're planning on taking our niece up there sometime this summer though...there's plenty of room in the back of the Rio5 for the munchkin. :D

    Todd in Beerbratistan
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,663
    nope, I have yet to test-drive the new 2006 Kia Rio, in either a slushbox or a manual tranny. Kind of hard to believe, isn't it?

    I have done the walk-around the rig thing at the dealer and peered at the sticker on the window, inside the rigs, etc. Someone bought the blue 2006 Kia Rio LX sedan, BTW, at my local Kia dealer.

    It's gone. :cry:

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    that's because you didn't pounce soon enough! :-)

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

  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,663
    'cause I'm forbidden to pounce at this time! :cry:

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,914
    Ahhh... there is a new casual dining chain from up that way.. that just opened here.. the name escapes me now..

    But, deep fried cheese curds is one of their specialties..

    However, I can get all the beer and brats I want, right here in Zinzinnati.. ;)

    Beerbratistan... nice..

    Moderator - Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • jlawrence01jlawrence01 Posts: 1,828
    However, I can get all the beer and brats I want, right here in Zinzinnati..

    Yes but what is generally served in Cincinnati as a bratwurst (a veal-pork sausage that is weisswurst) would not be considered a bratwurst in most other Midwestern cities.

    As for the restaurant, it is Culver's. And you can do a LOT better than Culvers IMHO.

    Beerbratistan... nice..

    I assumed that he was referring to Milwaukee.
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,564
    Gee, I stumble across this discussion and though I've lived in Wisconsin all my life I didn't know I lived in Beerbratistan! Southeast Beerbratistan to be specific, maybe I should change it to Millerwaukee?

    And sure you can do better than Culvers, but it has better burgers than the national fast food chains, a much more expansive menu, frozen custard to die for (try it you'll like it) and you don't have to stand at the counter to wait for your food, they deliver it to your table, all for only a slight premium in cost over the golden arches.

    There, in keeping with this discussion, I have managed to post nothing about cars, as appears to be the general theme lately.
  • pleiadespleiades Posts: 38
    It's time to replace my beloved 1986 Honda civic wagon....sadly honda doesn't make anything like it anymore. It was perfect for my needs...
    So...what car comes close? Doesn't have to be a Honda I suppose...but I loved the configuration (wonderful cargo area, high roof) and handling of that car (and still climbs our local hills at top speed), at a great low price....P
  • dglozmandglozman Posts: 177
    Have you tried Mazda5? This is the best kept secret in auto industry. This is not a mini van, but IMO it better then any wagons. Check it out. We just got one and we never even considered it!
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,897
    what about the Honda Fit?

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    the new Fit will be almost the identical size. Peppy, with good handling too!

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

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