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    getting a new compact car

    Its time again to replace one of our cars, we will be looking at some small cars in the next week or so taking a few test drives. Some of the cars we will be shopping for I have driven already, but a reminder when comparing them will be helpful. What we will be checking out:

    Cruze, Mazda3, Corolla, Focus, Encore, Soul, Dart, Patriot. Hopefull I'll get to take the time to see all of them again. If the Jeep Renegade was available, it would be on the list also, but they aren't here yet.

    Right now, my early thoughts on the lead choices would be the Cruze, Mazda 3, and Focus, but I'm going to try to at least sit in (if not drive) the others again.

    If anyone is interested in any impressions, I will post them.

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    Re: getting a new compact car

    Cruze, Focus, and Mazda 3 are best is segment. Can't go wrong with either of them.
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    Re: getting a new compact car

    I shopped a similar set of compact cars. We went with a Sonic LTZ over the Cruze and absolutely love it. A would suggest taking a look at the Sonic as well. The RS version is nice.
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    Re: getting a new compact car

    I would have to throw the Golf in there because it's been getting rave reviews.

    If you're on a tight budget there is a Golf Launch edition to celebrate the new platform (MK7) that starts in the $18k range and now comes with the 1.8 turbo instead of the boring naturally Aspirated 2.5.

    Otherwise you can go up from there with a standard Golf, GTI or even the AWD R.
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    Re: getting a new compact car

    Do not overlook the Buick Verano. The Verano rates just under the Audi A3 for thousands less. Consumer Reports rating.

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    Re: getting a new compact car

    Quote Originally Posted by gorphil View Post
    Do not overlook the Buick Verano. The Verano rates just under the Audi A3 for thousands less. Consumer Reports rating.
    Our daughter looked very closely at a Verano before buying her focus, and I test drove it a few times. It is a very nice car, but just a bit too expensive and too far behind the others in fuel economy for us. I do know some people that own them and they like them a lot.
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    Re: getting a new compact car

    out of curiosity any reason the Impreza is NOT on your list? as I would consider the Impreza as a top runner EX if the Corolla makes the list and also the Honda FIT/Civic are worth a LOOK
    and where I like the CIVIC is on sale again making the price point pretty good

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    Re: getting a new compact car

    Quote Originally Posted by richmond2000 View Post
    out of curiosity any reason the Impreza is NOT on your list? as I would consider the Impreza as a top runner EX if the Corolla makes the list and also the Honda FIT/Civic are worth a LOOK
    and where I like the CIVIC is on sale again making the price point pretty good
    I agree on the Impreza. The material quality isnt the best but they seem to last forever. Our local Subaru dealer is expanding into a new huge building and they cant kept them on the lot.

    Fit is behind even with the new model. I was surprised at how cheap they are on the inside. Just bad. They pulled a Civic.

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    Re: getting a new compact car

    Check out the new 200. It's a bit bigger than the other cars you're looking at, but it's an excellent value and an overall excellent car. I was very impressed with it.
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    Re: getting a new compact car

    I would suggest leasing in this segment. If your in NY look up www.legendleasing.com

    http://www.legendleasing.com/leases.asp

    They have a 179 deal on nicely equipped honda civics...search under 200 a month and see what their specials are at this time.

    If your in Florida and want to buy? I dig the sonic rs and the cruise. The ford fiesta and focus I would only get the ST versions which are manual only...

    The new Chrysler 200 is a nice car as well. I like it.

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    Re: getting a new compact car

    Sonic bears a look I'd say.

    http://www.sonicownersforum.com/forum/

    The 200 of either generation is a fantastic bargain. Our 2011 V6 was an excellent car with only some trannie hiccups at low speed to muddy the experience.

    I'm not thrilled with the 200 class-standard anonymous-swoopy styling. I believe the 200 would be far more attractive and certainly distinctive if they'd mirrored the 300 rather than the Dart.
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    Personally I'd steer away from VW products. They get zinger reviews from time to time but those guys don't own them and pay for repairs four years later.

    I like the tall wagons. A few years back I was a dedicated sedanite.
    The ease of ingress-egress, huge headspace, big interior space with similar dimensions to an Impala or Charger, higher sightline, and general extreme maneuverability and convenience mark this class.

    I just don't like Soobies. I had a Forester rental some years back and it was an uncomfortable underpowered drone.

    If the new Corolla is new and improved, it might be worth a look. The last model was singularly uninspired even for a workplace drone.

    I'd have no problem buying a Civic. They have all the good qualities of a Soul except the roof is about 8" lower.

    Mazda3 and Encore should prove interesting.

    Drive a Soul, I'd recommend the middle + model. The 2.0 is plenty spunky and the 6A is a smooth reliable unit.

    Looking forward to your write-ups. BRING EM ON!!

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    Re: getting a new compact car

    Quote Originally Posted by big swede View Post
    I would have to throw the Golf in there because it's been getting rave reviews.

    If you're on a tight budget there is a Golf Launch edition to celebrate the new platform (MK7) that starts in the $18k range and now comes with the 1.8 turbo instead of the boring naturally Aspirated 2.5.

    Otherwise you can go up from there with a standard Golf, GTI or even the AWD R.
    The only reason I would not consider Volkswagen is its renegade quality issues and pricey options. Highly unlikely you will find one bone stock with no options on a lot

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    Re: getting a new compact car

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    The only reason I would not consider Volkswagen is its renegade quality issues and pricey options. Highly unlikely you will find one bone stock with no options on a lot
    Yeah I'm with you there. I would be tempted because of how much more dynamic it is than any of the other choices. Top Gear claims it's one of the best all around cars in the world. I personally have never driven one so I'm not talking from experience but the MK7 seems to be cleaning house with the competition in all of the reviews I have read and reliability also seems to be way up. Time will tell.

    The launch edition is exactly that, a low options car. I believe there are only a couple of option even available. They are only going to be available for short period at "launch" so they may be hard to come buy.

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    Re: getting a new compact car

    Quote Originally Posted by big swede View Post
    I would have to throw the Golf in there because it's been getting rave reviews.

    If you're on a tight budget there is a Golf Launch edition to celebrate the new platform (MK7) that starts in the $18k range and now comes with the 1.8 turbo instead of the boring naturally Aspirated 2.5.

    Otherwise you can go up from there with a standard Golf, GTI or even the AWD R.
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    Re: getting a new compact car

    You can complain about VW quality, and deservedly so. But a 200/Fiat can't be much better.
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