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  • suydamsuydam Posts: 930

    Those all are great choices, but I don't think the poster specified MT. All of them are available in automatic or CVT. I have the Honda Accord CVT and actually can't tell the difference from an AT, so I wouldn't let that put you off. And if you want good fuel economy, most CVTs are better than most AT vehicles. Really drive a few and see what you like best and feel is the best bang for your buck.

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,885

    For $17K, you can probably get a 2010 GTI...

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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,686

    @suydam said: Those all are great choices, but I don't think the poster specified MT. All of them are available in automatic or CVT. I have the Honda Accord CVT and actually can't tell the difference from an AT, so I wouldn't let that put you off. And if you want good fuel economy, most CVTs are better than most AT vehicles. Really drive a few and see what you like best and feel is the best bang for your buck.

    No, he didn't say MT... but didn't specify automatic-only either. So I was giving my 2 cents on that subject. I think the stick is the way to go on all the cars I listed with the exception of the 2015 Fit. I've read that 6th gear is the same ratio as 5th on the current Fit, so RPMs (and engine noise) won't benefit from the extra cog. And those were the main reasons I didn't get a Fit a few years ago (got a used 328Ci instead :) ). So engine noise and RPMs should be significantly reduced with the CVT... as will the fun. :'(

  • texasestexases Posts: 5,528

    I'd go for a Fit or a base Mazda 3.

  • plektoplekto Posts: 3,738

    I've driven the Mazda and Fit and Focus and... I drove them all 9 months ago. And they all were like comparing different brands of American Cheese. After a while, it was nit-picking over small differences and none of them really felt like anything more than an econobox. My advice is get whatever is cheapest for the level of equipment that you get. Note that the number of gears in the transmission means nothing in a car this small as the 6th gear in most of them is designed to get high EPA ratings alone and never ever useful for anything other than perfectly flat pavement.

    Myself, I personally would get a base model (zero options) Mustang as one can be had for $19K and comes with the same options as most upper-trim economy cars. If you're just looking at yourself or two people in it, you'll never even care about the rear seat. It's what I bought since I only had a budget of $20K and wanted the most power and fun that I could manage. Dirt cheap fun for only a couple of thousand more than a basic Corolla.

    Note - you can also get a Camaro from time to time for $20K and a Challenger for $22K... All three are amazing deals for the money if you're just using it to get yourself around.

  • bbqplsbbqpls Posts: 2

    Thank you everyone for the input. I haven't driven MT in 11 years so probably will stay with the AT or CVT. I will be trying all the suggested cars I can get my hands on in the next week and let you know the outcome. (The short list so far: civic, accord, fit, focus, golf, mazda3, elantra).

    Out of curiosity, no one mentioned a Toyota or Nissan. Would this be due to the recall rate lately? Or would there be other variables?

  • suydamsuydam Posts: 930

    No, Corolla is fine, but Toyotas tend to be pricey even used. And unless you get the new one they are not as good on fuel economy as the others. Stellar reliability as always. And you might look at the Versa as it will be cheap and gets great gas mileage. I didn't mention them because you asked us to narrow the list so most of us went with 2 or 3 top vehicles.

  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108

    I agree with kyfdx

    I'd seriously consider a 5 door used GTI for that kind of money. Full load with nav, leather, dsg auto, 200hp turbo, and you'll probably have money left for a good extended warranty, and it should come in at around $20k.

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  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108

    @bbqpls said: Thank you everyone for the input. I haven't driven MT in 11 years so probably will stay with the AT or CVT. I will be trying all the suggested cars I can get my hands on in the next week and let you know the outcome. (The short list so far: civic, accord, fit, focus, golf, mazda3, elantra).

    Out of curiosity, no one mentioned a Toyota or Nissan. Would this be due to the recall rate lately? Or would there be other variables?

    I think it's because there isn't anything exciting from Nissan or Toyota. Maybe the Juke might fit the bill but it's tiny and pricey. There are so many other more fun choices from other brands in my opinion.

    2007 BMW 328i Sports Pkg, 1993 Honda Accord EXR (my 33rd car).

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,686

    @plekto said: I've driven the Mazda and Fit and Focus and... I drove them all 9 months ago.

    You didn't drive the 2015 Fit 9 months ago. :) And it's an all-new design, more power, CVT vs. regular automatic.

    And 9 months ago, was the redesigned 2014 Mazda3 out? I think it arrived here only about 7 months ago. If you drove a 2013 Mazda3, it's a different car than the 2014.

    But I knew the Mustang would show up eventually! ;)

  • plektoplekto Posts: 3,738

    Well, Ford incentives are large. It's like how GM used to build Toyotas side by side at the old NUUMI plant and then you could get the GM version for thousands less. The differences between all of these are minor. But the incentives are not.

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  • jclendejclende Posts: 1

    I’m trying to decide between a 2011-2012 Acura TSX, Infiniti G25, or Volvo S60. I’m primarily interested in a reliable car that will be fun to drive and have good features/tech. Any advice?

  • benjaminhbenjaminh Posts: 1,682
    edited May 24

    jclende: What's your budget in terms of $? c. 25k??

    I personally would go with the Acura of the choices on your list. You could, however, get a brand-new 2014 Accord EX for that price which would probably have better tech, and would definitely get higher mpg....

  • narcisissmanarcisissma Posts: 1

    Hi everyone, I'm trying to decide between the 2014 Mazda 3 iTouring and the 2015 Honda Fit EX. From what I understand they are both excellent cars receiving high reviews. I've test driven the Mazda, and I really enjoyed it. I can't test drive the Honda yet because no dealers around me will get them in for at least another two weeks. For now I've decided to put my decision on hold until I can drive the Honda, but I still thought it would be a worthy question to ask. I'm pretty confident that most of my decision-making process revolves around apples to oranges comparisons, namely style versus utility. The Mazda is super sexy although I've been driving a 1999 Toyota Corolla for about 12 years, so pretty much everything on the market right now is sexy to me. Still I'm trying not to let the Mazda dazzle me so much that I ignore the utility of the Fit. The Fit is an odd-looking creature, yes, but it has high reliability ratings, and the cargo space is unmatched for a small car. Is there anything I'm missing that would make one car a much better decision than the other, or am I right that it pretty much boils down to personal priorities?

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,686

    You're correct that this an apples-to-oranges comparison, in some respects. But they are both small, fuel-efficient hatchbacks, so maybe not so odd a comparison. And in fact I have both on my list when I get my next car in 2016, except I'd go for a previous-gen Mazda3i with Skyactiv and a base Fit.

    You really need to take each car for a long test drive, preferably back-to-back, to get an idea which you'd be happiest living with every day. I haven't driven the new Fit yet, but I've driven the new Mazda3i and I loved it. (But I loved the old Mazda3 too.) The Fit might be fun to drive too, but I'd be surprised if it were as fun to drive as the Mazda3. It could come down to how important cargo utility is for you vs. ride & drive. You didn't mention whether you want stick or automatic, but if automatic then it's the Mazda3's excellent 6-speed vs. the new CVT in the Fit. Some people don't like the feel of a CVT and they can sap performance, but maybe Honda did a good job on this CVT.

    One potentially big factor is that the Mazda3i Touring hatch is over $2500 more list price than the Fit EX.

  • stevel10stevel10 Posts: 1

    Can someone tell me which one is a better choice - these are the options from private listings: 1. 2009 Toyota Yaris 3 door hatchback, 31K mileage - price obo $9500 2. 2008 Honda Civic sedan, 71K mileage - price obo $10500

    Both cars are garage kept and in good conditions. Nothing special about their additional options - both of them are basically base models. The prices are within the range of KBB and NADA. My budget is to spend max $10K.

    I am a student who mostly needs to go from point A to B (my apartment is close to campus) but I might want to travel around states during holidays. Gas saver and low maintenance costs are my top priorities. Size is not my priority because I just need the car for myself.

    This is going to be my first car and I just recently learn driving. Any suggestions? Thanks so much!

  • benjaminhbenjaminh Posts: 1,682

    steve10: Go with the Honda if you can afford it. A Civic is a much better car imho than a Yaris.

  • texasestexases Posts: 5,528

    Agreed. A Civic is much more of a car, and will be safer in an accident, too.

  • cherri4cherri4 Posts: 7

    Go for Intrigue its nice.

  • ruthvik819ruthvik819 Posts: 2

    Hello everyone, I am planning to lease a lexus 2014 IS250 F sport for 27 month, 10,000miles/year. msrp of the vehicle is $45,482. adjusted price $39,682. I am leasing the car in New York. the deal I got was $2700 down including everything and $300/month. can you please let me know how good the deal is ?

  • wheels29wheels29 Posts: 5

    Hi, can you help me choose a car to buy based on my criteria? I recently accepted a new job out of town (it's a local area trucking job), and my 22 year old Ford truck is not suited for the commute. I want to buy a new car this week. But my time to do research is limited. I am hoping some of you here are knee-deep in research, and can share what you know. My price range is 16K-18K. I want the most car I can get after rebates and special incentives. I have excellent credit so I will be able to qualify for 0% financing if it is offered. My first choice of vehicle would be a Ford truck, but I just don't think I will be able to make that happen. My second choice of vehicle would be a sedan, Camry is a good example. If I can't make a full-sized sedan a reality, then a mid-sized sedan would be next, such as the Chevy Cruze. If I must settle for a compact car, then I really want one that gives me the most bang for my buck. Something that is on-sale, and offers great incentives. Thank you for your help. My Google search for "best car deals in July" really did not help much.

  • suydamsuydam Posts: 930

    You might want to start here. http://editorial.autos.msn.com/best-cars-under-dollar20000#1 Honda Fit or something like Kia Soul. Also check out Hyundai Elantra.

  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,130

    First thing to do is to decide what car you want. If price is the main concern, I think the Nissan Versa or the Smart4Two are the cheapest cars sold in the U.S.

    That doesn't mean they're good cars (they aren't), just the cheapest. I would also look at how much they cost to operate and repair, as that figures into it as well.

    From what has been suggested, I think a Honda Fit is a good idea. It's versatile. It's very reliable (Hondas always are) and likely to last a long time, It's inexpensive to operate, too.

    Look here...http://www.edmunds.com/tco.html?mktcat=tco&kw=true+cost+to+own&mktid=ga56677242&gclid=CjwKEAjw9LKeBRDurOugs43jnlgSJACUXqHx0OTyseVCiiM8ps88tf3EF_8Mg43oNMVoCpRpns8HSRoCB2Dw_wcB

    Not sure about financing these days. I know up until a few years ago, a dealer could finance just about anyone for anything with no money down. But, I understand things have tightened up just as quickly. So, probably not a bad idea to scrape together at least 10% down before walking into a dealership.

    Even a lease is going to require first month's payment, license fees, lease inception fees, etc.

    Good luck and let us know how it goes.

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,199

    well, of course, a lease doesn't REQUIRE you put that money down. You can roll it into the payment.

    Browse truecar.com to get an idea of street prices.

    Just to name a couple, a Kia Rio LX sedan with automatic and power package, with msrp of $17,160, is listed there for $15,924. A mazda3 svi automatic with msrp of $18790 is $17432. A mazda2 sport automatic at $16355 list is showing up for $12,380. I think that last one might be your winner.

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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,686

    Right now I think the best bang for your buck out there is the 2014 Sonata GLS. Hyundai has big incentives on it to move them out for the new 2015s. It's a mid-sized sedan but in the EPA full-sized class based on interior room. You can easily find these for under $18k nicely equipped (get the Preferred Package with alloys and heated seats). I've leased one since November 2012, mostly for my wife but I get to drive it quite a bit too. It's a good highway cruiser, has a smooth ride and gets excellent fuel economy on the highway especially if you keep it under 70. Comfortable driver's seat, especially with the heated power seat in the Preferred Package. Doesn't have as crisp of handling as something like the Mazda6 or Accord, but costs a lot less. Another plus is the 5-year bumper to bumper warranty and 10-year powertrain warranty.

    You might be able to find a great deal on a closeout 2014.5 Camry too if you prefer that car. IMO I prefer the Sonata for its styling (inside and out) and warranty, but the Camry is a solid choice also for a commuting car.

    I'd stay away from the Cruze if I were you. Much tighter inside than a Sonata or Camry, FE is no better unless you get the diesel or high FE model, has very sloppy steering IMO, and price-wise I don't think you'll save very much. Also Consumer Reports says the Cruze has been unreliable.

    @wheels29 said: Hi, can you help me choose a car to buy based on my criteria? I recently accepted a new job out of town (it's a local area trucking job), and my 22 year old Ford truck is not suited for the commute. I want to buy a new car this week. But my time to do research is limited. I am hoping some of you here are knee-deep in research, and can share what you know. My price range is 16K-18K. I want the most car I can get after rebates and special incentives. I have excellent credit so I will be able to qualify for 0% financing if it is offered. My first choice of vehicle would be a Ford truck, but I just don't think I will be able to make that happen. My second choice of vehicle would be a sedan, Camry is a good example. If I can't make a full-sized sedan a reality, then a mid-sized sedan would be next, such as the Chevy Cruze. If I must settle for a compact car, then I really want one that gives me the most bang for my buck. Something that is on-sale, and offers great incentives. Thank you for your help. My Google search for "best car deals in July" really did not help much.

  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,130

    @qbrozen said: well, of course, a lease doesn't REQUIRE you put that money down. You can roll it into the payment.

    Browse truecar.com to get an idea of street prices.

    Just to name a couple, a Kia Rio LX sedan with automatic and power package, with msrp of $17,160, is listed there for $15,924. A mazda3 svi automatic with msrp of $18790 is $17432. A mazda2 sport automatic at $16355 list is showing up for $12,380. I think that last one might be your winner.

    Q....I didn't know you didn't have to put money down on a lease. I thought it was first and maybe last month's payment, plus bank a licensing fees.

    I learn something new every day.

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 3,536
    edited July 21

    @graphicguy said: I learn something new every day.

    It depends on the state ... but, you can roll most of the up-front costs into the lease; the trade-off is that you'll pay a higher interest rate (money factor) in return.

    When I leased my Hyundai last November, I only gave them a check for the first month's payment - everything else was covered by the lease cash that was currently available.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,272

    When my son leased his Jetta it was all in. Only thing he gave them was a signature and a hand shake

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

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