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Low End Sedans (under $16k)



  • That's just really too bad... very sad.
    It might be worth noting that the safety cage of the 1999-2005 Hyundai Sonata experienced serious intrusion and deformation during the 40-mph offset crash test. At higher velocities (especially those on the highway), fatalities, even of unbelted occupants, could easily occure with this degree of structural instability. Couple this with poor side-impact protection, and you have a severe problem. Hopefully, the '06 model has been meaningfully improved.

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 11,783
    i read that article at another site, and liked it. it's not totally scientific, but it's pretty good in a kind of a 'seat of the pants' way.
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  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    I want to make a note here that the Elantra and the Focus have "graduated" to a new discussion category - Economy Sedans (~$16k-$20k). That new discussion ties in directly to the just-posted 2005 Economy Sedan Comparison Test.

    I hope all of you will check out that article and join us in the discussion at that first link to talk about your thoughts.

    For the sake of clarity, I've slightly amended the title of this discussion. Any nominations to replace the Focus and Elantra in the under $16k category here?
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 KC MetroPosts: 6,869
    the "What's this discussion about?" heading up there. The Kia Spectra sedan retails for $13,390 and the Kia Spectra5 retails for $15,790. The Kia Spectra5 is a "crossover" wagon/sedan/SUV combo, though, so excluding it could make sense. The Kia Spectra sedan should be included, though, and even the sportier-tuned Kia Spectra SX that has a lot of the Spectra5 tuner goodies factory-installed, can be included here. It's selling for $15,250. The Spectra SX in electric blue is looking really good to me lately.

    BTW-does that mean new car prices are rising overall if we've changed the upper price limits to $16,000 now, instead of the old $15,000, for this "Low End Sedans" discussion?

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  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Aren't all prices rising? :-)

    If I left this one at the $15k upper limit and started the Economy Sedan discussion at $16k (which is the parameter defined by the article that precipitated it) we have nowhere to talk about the few that might fall in between. I couldn't change the article, so I changed the title here. :D

    Other nominations for inclusion, anyone? Not sure we need to make this about three Kias vs. three others, but what are everyone else's thoughts?
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 KC MetroPosts: 6,869
    of the most interesting threads on Edmunds, through the years, actually. I think this thread could become more important as gas prices rise, too. I'm always interested in what others are thinking regarding "low-end sedans."

    Anybody have any cars that they feel are being left out of this thread? :D

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  • I think the Aveo is a very good car also......before I bought it I read an auto critics take on the car. I decided to drive the car...and check it out myself. I am glad I did because like all critics they seem to have there heads in the high end clouds....I do amature photography and I do a lot of driving in the back areas of northeast Texas and southeast Oklahoma...and the car is very comfortable to drive and the gas mileage is very good. :D .
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    Why did you make this change?? Both the Focus and Elantra list at well under $16k. Even the top-trim Elantra GT lists at under $16k. If you are going to take these cars off this discussion, better remove the Sentra too because that car costs over $16k in some trim levels. You have just taken all the fun out of this discussion, for me anyway. Who wants to talk only about the Aveo, Rio, and ECHO all day? There are lots of other cars in the under-$16k category, including the Accent, Elantra, Focus, Cobalt, Spectra, Corolla, and even the Mazda3i (which as you will recall was top pick in the under $15k sedan category). I used to like this discussion because it was the one place in Town Hall where one could discuss all the small, reasonably priced sedans. Now it appears it is being winnowed down to just a few cars. That's really too bad.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    No, no, backy, you are taking this all wrong. :sick:

    The Elantra and Focus have been - by virtue of the article just posted that I linked, if nothing else - elevated to a bit of a higher status. That is beyond my control. I was tasked to ensure the new discussion fit the article, so that's what I did.

    I hope you will join us there to continue to discuss the Elantra, the Focus and the others in that new comparo. And I hope you will remain a participant here to discuss the vehicles in this category.

    I don't think there is any need to draw impenetrable lines between the vehicles based on some arbitrary retail price anyway. We all know that the price actually paid for any given vehicle will vary tremendously based on all kinds of factors. There isn't any reason not to treat these valuations as gray areas, at best.

    The Elantra and Focus have moved up a step, that's all. We are not winnowing down this discussion to a few small cars by any means - we just need to decide what other rock bottom entry level vehicles belong in this discussion.

    I hope you'll help up do that. :confuse: :)
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    Good--let's not draw lines based on price then. But that is exactly what has been done. So now we have a discussion with maybe all of four cars in it: Accent, Aveo, ECHO, Rio, instead of the much more interesting (IMO) discussion we used to have.

    Instead of grouping cars by price, why not by size, which is what much of the industry does?
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    What other cars do you want included here? Give me a specific proposal that fits your needs and allows the separate discussion to be based on the seven in the new article and we can certainly consider it.
  • I like the ideal of grouping the cars by size. I mean the Mini is a small car that is pricey but serves its purpose which is fun and sporty and small and doesn't devoure gas. I used to think the small Saturn sedan and coupe fit in, but they have vanished. There is also the BMW 3 series......or is that the new 1 series????anywho...some of the small cars are cheaper, some are more expensive ......but they all have something ....IMO.

    I love small cars.....
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    I already made my proposal, based on the restrictive constraints already put in place: Accent, Aveo, ECHO, Rio. That's assuming this discussion cannot cover cars like the Elantra (becuase they are covered in the other discussion) even though they cost under $16k. And if this discussion can't cover the Elantra then it shouldn't cover cars of similar size and cost like the Spectra, Forenza, Aerio, Focus, Cobalt, Corolla etc.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    No one said we can't talk about the Elantra (and Focus) here. I am not going to put them in the categories, but I'm not going to declare that they can't be considered against the other vehicles we want to discuss.

    I'm certainly open to redefining this by size which is what I thought you asked for. But if that's not what you want to do, that's okay ... I'll continue to seek opinions for which two rock bottom entry-level sedans we should connect this discussion to and leave the structure as it is.

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    If you include the Rio, how can you NOT include its cousin, the Accent (both based on the same platform for '06)? And how can you include the Sentra in this group and not include its direct competitors such as the Focus, Elantra, Corolla, and Civic?
  • grandtotalgrandtotal Posts: 1,207
    I could be wrong but I suspect the real problem is that the database gurus at did not forsee that the "What is this topic about" filed might need to accommodate more than so many vehicles and rather than change it they are happy to impose an arbitrary limit.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    That field is actually is going to be increased by 3 thanks to your host's whinings and pleadings and a temper-tantrum or two. ;) No, I don't know when, but it shouldn't be too long.

    But let's not go there ... we need to either be talking about the cars or what cars we want added to the categories here.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 KC MetroPosts: 6,869
    that you'll either find your discussion in this thread or the "Economy Sedans $16-20,000" thread, right? Let's not ask for cheese with our wine, shake hands and get down to some continued serious talk on automobiles in the "Low End".

    As the fuel econony issue becomes more prevalent these two threads are both going to be "must-go-to's" in the future. Look for trends in small cars-good trends, bad trends, trends that go bump in the night, you get the picture. Amend their headings and titles as wanted or needed but keep them both around for our continued participation. Gracias! ;)

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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    Re cars in this thread... note that the starting price of the Sentra is $13,100 + destination, and that is for a car with no A/C or power accessories. Prices go up from there, to about $19k for the high-zoot SE-R Spec V. The list price of a Sentra with any modicum of equipment is nearly $16,000. The starting price of the Spectra LX (also no A/C but 6 airbags) is $12,850 + destination, and for the Elantra GLS is $13,299 + destination (but that is for a car with A/C, SABs, and full power). So, why is it that the Sentra is considered a "low end" car but the Spectra and Elantra are not?
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    The Sentra was part of this discussion to begin with and was not included in the article that necessitated the need for the new discussion. Are you suggesting I eliminate it here?

    I can't change the fact that the editors included the Spectra and and Elantra in the "$16k-$20k" designation. If you want an answer on that, you could use the Help link and ask them about it.

    As I've said previously, I needed to fit a discussion to that article. I didn't want to close down what we'd been doing here, so I made a bit of higher category in an attempt to accommodate the new comparo and let this discussion continue.

    No one is telling you that you can't talk about the Spectra or the Elantra or any other car you want to talk about. I'm very glad to see you participating in the new discussion that includes them. We have lots of discussion options here, and if we need more, we'll just add them!!

    If you need to continue this conversation with me, we probably should do it by email. Thanks, I appreciate your thoughts. I have obligations to meet the needs of the site as a whole, though. I'm sorry that's not feeling okay to you.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    I'm not trying to be difficult here, I'm just trying to understand the rules of these discussions. You've asked me to provide my opinions on which cars should be covered here, and I've done that. I've seen several cars removed from the topic list, which means--usually--they are off-topic for discussion (at least on other discussions that would be the case). I'm glad that there is flexibility in this particular discussion to go outside the list of cars attached to the discussion.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    With all the exciting activity happening in the low-end car space, I'd like to suggest the following entries for this discussion:

    Chevy Aveo (the incumbent)
    Honda Fit (all-new in early 2006)
    Hyundai Accent (all-new this fall)
    Kia Rio (all-new now)
    Nissan Versa (all-new fall 2006)
    Toyota ECHO/Yaris (all-new now, at least in Canada)
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Excellent suggestions and consider it done. We do not have a category for the Versa yet, but I added everything else. I left the Sentra and will add the Versa when the category becomes available. (I can add up to nine vehicles now.)
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    OK, at least there is a discussion on the Versa already.

    That leaves room for three more, which we'll need as this segment keeps expanding. Maybe VW will bring us the Polo, for example.
  • Maybe VW will bring us the Polo, for example.

    I wouldn't be surprised that happens very soon. VW is probably already having its "bean counters" look at the cost to building the Polo in their Mexican or Brazilian assembly lines for sale to the entire North American market. With the major resurgence of interest in more fuel-efficient cars in the USA, I don't think VW wants to be left behind while the likes of Honda, Toyota, Nissan and possibly even Ford sells the B-segment cars to eager buyers. :)
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    That's right, there's also the Ford Fiesta as a possibility for import, or even the Ka, but that one might be a little too small for American tastes.
  • The Fiesta is likely, but I doubt the Ka will make it to the USA market due to its size and the fact it uses a very old engine design.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    I'd add the Scion xA to that set.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 KC MetroPosts: 6,869
    the Scion XA, even though a hatchback egg-baby, should probably be on this list. The only disclaimer may be that it's a hatch and not a sedan, but I'd add it to the list anyway.

    The Scion xA sells for just over $13,000 in stock form, and the xA RS 2.0, a souped-up Scion xA, for instance, retails for only $14,080. That's for a RS 2.0 with manual tranny, and they sell for about $14,800 with an automatic transmission.

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