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  • suydamsuydam Posts: 924

    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: 27,671

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

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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682

    @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: 5,511

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

  • plektoplekto Posts: 3,733

    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: 924

    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.

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

  • 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: 18,682

    @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: 3,733

    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: 1,680
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    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: 18,682

    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: 1,680

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

  • texasestexases Posts: 5,511

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

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