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I'm going to stick my neck out here and ask if anyone has any recent experience in cross shopping more plebeian small cars. The wife and I are looking to replace her '99 Nissan Sentra with something a little less stone-age. While getting our Santa Fe serviced we sat in a '13 Elantra Limited and I was thoroughly impressed. Had just about every bell and whistle imaginable this side of cooled seats. The last time I shopped for a small car was in '05 right out of college so there's been quite a bit of turn over since then. Without doing a ton of research I think we'll start looking at the Focus, Elantra, Cruze, and Sentra. The Corolla and Civic are out on principal alone and the Mazda 3 is pretty obnoxious looking, so that's out too. I am having a hard time separating my needs (power & comfort) with the needs of my wife (mpg & comfort) so if anyone has a suggestion I'm all ears.

I should also note that I don't want to spend more than $22k, but I'd go higher if I was absolutely blown away by something.

1) New 2013 Civic is much better than the prior version
2) Elantra is nice
3) Focus depreciates like hell though recent models have been holding up due to fuel savings
4) Altima is significantly nicer than the Sentra
5) Honda Fit Sport (?)

I personally drive a Toyota Yaris sedan around NYC and wished that I spent the extra coin for Fit though my car has already taken a beating in 2 years (cracked grill, door dings, multiple scrapes on front and rear bumper). You cannot drive a car in the five boroughs for more than 5 yrs without it turning into shit.
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1) New 2013 Civic is much better than the prior version
2) Elantra is nice
3) Focus depreciates like hell though recent models have been holding up due to fuel savings
4) Altima is significantly nicer than the Sentra
5) Honda Fit Sport (?)

I personally drive a Toyota Yaris sedan around NYC and wished that I spent the extra coin for Fit though my car has already taken a beating in 2 years (cracked grill, door dings, multiple scrapes on front and rear bumper). You cannot drive a car in the five boroughs for more than 5 yrs without it turning into shit.

Did you buy it new?

My sister has driven a 2002 Kia Rio in NYC for the last 7 years. The car is a REAL piece of crap. Probably worth a grand total of $500 with only 80k miles on it. All the wheel covers are missing. Bumpers cracked many times. Almost every panel has dents and dings. AC and CD player no longer work...

Upsides are that it's really small, nimble, easy to park, great on gas, and you really don't care if someone bumps into it (or if you bump into something else).
post #9393 of 15705
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. . .

You cannot street park your car in the five boroughs for more than 5 yrs without it turning into shit.

FTFY.

I would also add that you should tip your parking attendants well too.
post #9394 of 15705

Exhaust note is fantastic.
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Wow, that show is like TopGear before they turned into rubbish. I've just enjoyed watching the new Exige episode also.

 

Cayman, though, I always thought it was a beautiful car, and they've gone and made it even more beautiful.

 

~ H

post #9396 of 15705
Yup, it's one of my favorite YouTube channels. They have multiple journalists, but Chris Harris is by far my favorite (and he's the most popular).

There's also a comparison of the SL63 AMG vs. the M6 GC -- I think I might have posted that a while back.

As for the Cayman.. I actually don't like how it looks.. particularly the rear-end.
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There's also a comparison of the SL63 AMG vs. the M6 GC

But why?
post #9398 of 15705
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Originally Posted by Find Finn View Post

But why?

Why not? :P
post #9399 of 15705
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

Why not? :P

Why compare a 4 door to a 2 seater cab?


Did a quick google and the test is actually M6 Coupe vs. SL63
post #9400 of 15705

Thanks to all who chimed in about small cars. I've been doing a lot of online research and I've discovered that they all pretty much suck. So I think we'll be looking in another direction.

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Driving a new 2013 Altima right now as a rental.

It's not too different from the previous one but there are some noticeable updates. I don't quite recall the weight of the old one, but the steering on this one is a bit light which isn't the greatest. Wider stance so it feels a little more planted. The interior is definitely a notch up in scale from the prior gen. Quieter too. The engine definitely can boogie when you want to and the CVT does a decent job of delivering it quickly. Looks great; I drove my co-workers to lunch since the company pays for the rental's gas, and they all really liked the looks.

Really not bad for the money if you're looking to buy new.
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The Altima is one of the "other directions" we've been looking at. I'm a bit skittish about buying the first year of a mechanical redesign after dealing with our '10 Santa Fe's transmission. Hyundai decided to start building there own 6-speed slushboxes and, yeah, you know where this is going. I've been reading online reviews about the '13 Altima and apparently they're using a new version of the CVT which has been less than reliable. The last thing I need is two cars with brittle trannsmissions.
 

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If all goes to plan, I will be in an m5 this Sunday!
post #9404 of 15705
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If all goes to plan, I will be in an m5 this Sunday!
you mean owning it? fistbump.gif

I read the edmunds "first ride" of the CLA AMG. they are saying 355hp/26 psi of boost , but without sacrificing refinement. this I have to see. the article seems to indicate turbo lag under 1800 rpm, which is not unexpected obviously, but that's what bugs me about turbo cars

http://www.edmunds.com/mercedes-benz/cla-class/2014/road-test1.html
post #9405 of 15705
My impression is that because of CAFE regulations all future high-performance engines are pretty much going to be turbo.
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