1. Post #1
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    After looking at how safe an older Civic was, I decided that I would rather live a bit longer in the event of an accident and I need a car sooner or later before it starts getting cold because I can't motorbike on slushy roads (although I manage fine without a car in warmer weather). Now, in the time since I sold off my hotrod Zed (a few months) I've grown an attraction to the newer fuel-efficient hatchbacks but out of these three cars from the brands I trust I can't really decide which to get after test driving each one because they all have their own upsides and downsides from interior to exterior design. So, is there one that is generally regarded the best balance of reliability, safety, fuel efficiency, looks, and comfort or is it more just personal preferences?

    If it comes down to personal preferences, I'll choose the one with the highest resale value or lowest running costs, but where would you find such information?

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    Fiesta.

    Yaris and Fit are a bit mundane, something your granny would buy.
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    I actually thought the fiesta was the most mundane-looking...
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    Fiesta.

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  7. Post #7
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    Fiesta it is, then. Thanks!

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    Fiesta.

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    Fit

  10. Post #10
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    Accent

    $12000, 6 speed transmission standard, plus 40 mpg and it's not bad looking either



    Fiesta and Yaris are ugly as fuck

    Edited:

    good warranty too

    and quite reliable
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    Accent

    $12000, 6 speed transmission standard, plus 40 mpg and it's not bad looking either



    Fiesta and Yaris are ugly as fuck

    Edited:

    good warranty too

    and quite reliable


    although it kind of looks like the retarded offspring of a GT-R and an Impreza, that price is hard to beat for a new car

    I'll look into test driving one I guess

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    Fiesta if you wanna have fun, Yaris if you want something boring but reliable, Fit if you want the middle ground

    Edited:



    although it kind of looks like the retarded offspring of a GT-R and an Impreza, that price is hard to beat for a new car

    I'll look into test driving one I guess
    looks like the front of a Focus and the back of a Matrix

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    Accent

    $12000, 6 speed transmission standard, plus 40 mpg and it's not bad looking either



    Fiesta and Yaris are ugly as fuck

    Edited:

    good warranty too

    and quite reliable
    Have a buddy with an Accent, great little car, and Hyundais are only getting better as time goes on.
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    although it kind of looks like the retarded offspring of a GT-R and an Impreza, that price is hard to beat for a new car

    I'll look into test driving one I guess
    well, the base price is actually $13,000 but you could still easily get one for $12,000 I bet, since dealers are pretty negotiable

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    I'd go against the fiesta basically because the only points mentioned were about looks, which wasn't your main consideration. Unless there's another reason

  16. Post #16
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    accent if you can, fiesta if not

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    Yeah, NEW Accent if Possible. If not, then the Fiesta.

    The interior is nice and smart, and if I'm not mistaken, it's the safest one too.

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    Yeah, NEW Accent if Possible. If not, then the Fiesta.

    The interior is nice and smart, and if I'm not mistaken, it's the safest one too.

    i wish honda would upgrade their interiors like hyndai does
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    Am I the only person that loathes hatches?

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    I test drove a Fiesta the other day, and wasn't that impressed.
    The things I didn't really like were

    1. The pedals

    - Way to small, and touchy

    2. The interior.

    - My opinion, but way to space-age and too flashy

    3. The automatic transmission, (if you get a standard, dis-regard this)

    - It had a mind of its own, plus some. It down-shifted too much. I wanted to move from 22mph to 25mph, so I gave the fiesta just a little gas. and it down-shifted, and the car jerked from 22 up to 25. Maybe its just me, but I wasn't really impressed by it.
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    disregard all three and get the hyundai accent
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    Whatever you get, don't get an automatic. They're always rubbish in small cars.

    Does it cost more in the US to get a manual?

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    Gotta admit, Hyundais are looking like pretty good cars these days. My dad had a '98 Hyundai Accent breifly when I was younger and it was a horrible car, so bland and had no feel to it. He traded it in after a couple of months and bought an Alfa Romeo. These days they are looking just as good, if not better than the competition in their class and a 7 year warranty is a huge reason to buy one.

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    Whatever you get, don't get an automatic. They're always rubbish in small cars.

    Does it cost more in the US to get a manual?
    No, but most of the time it's only offered on the base of the base models.

    Gotta admit, Hyundais are looking like pretty good cars these days. My dad had a '98 Hyundai Accent breifly when I was younger and it was a horrible car, so bland and had no feel to it. He traded it in after a couple of months and bought an Alfa Romeo. These days they are looking just as good, if not better than the competition in their class and a 7 year warranty is a huge reason to buy one.

    10 years here in the US.

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    Whatever you get, don't get an automatic. They're always rubbish in small cars.

    Does it cost more in the US to get a manual?
    no, it costs less. by about $1,000 generally.
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    Buy another MR2 fishy, I know you love them...

    But ever consider a Volvo C30?

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    But ever consider a Volvo C30?

    I like those alot except for their back... It could be more v60-like
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    Fit

  29. Post #29
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    Buy another MR2 fishy, I know you love them...

    But ever consider a Volvo C30?

    $25,000 MSRP for the base model? No thanks, I'm looking for a decently newer cheap and reliable car and my price ceiling is somewhere around $17,000

    Edited:

    If only that because of the Ford Fiesta and Fit Sport with the actual amount of money I'd comfortably spend being around $14-15k

    Edited:

    Whatever you get, don't get an automatic. They're always rubbish in small cars.

    Does it cost more in the US to get a manual?
    I personally don't see the point in getting a manual in a small car, though. Having owned a 240z and MR2t in manual, I found it more annoying in stop-go daily driving (and eating while driving) than anything and I've given up being a car enthusiast because it costs too much so I don't have any use for manual control of my car.

  30. Post #30
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    Accent is the only car in its class with a 6 speed auto AFAIK.

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    I would go with a Fiesta TDCI :)
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    no, it costs less. by about $1,000 generally.
    No, it's the opposite. Automatics cost more, usually to the tune of $1000 to $1500. Plus it puts a slight decrease to your MPG.
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    Ford. Fiesta.

    Do it.

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    You could look at a kia soul. Their looks are a love hate kinda thing but for the price they are great little car.
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    No, it's the opposite. Automatics cost more, usually to the tune of $1000 to $1500. Plus it puts a slight decrease to your MPG.
    the question was:
    Does it cost more in the US to get a manual?
    and automatics don't really put a slight decrease to your MPG anymore. they may have for older cars, but now they're equal and in some cases the automatic gets better mileage.
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    I do believe he answered that question.

    Depends on the driver.

  37. Post #37
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    Probably going to get disagrees but here goes. Why buy a new cheap car, when you can buy a fully loaded used car? I got my 99 grand prix for 4000, i get 24mpg city, and 32mpg highway. And it's a v6 with an automatic transmission. It has leather, bose audio, heads up display, heat warmers, everything you can imagine.

    I say used car.

    But if you have to get a new car, i say the Chevy cruze. I've always been a gm guy. I test drove one for fun and kinda liked it, but it lacked the power that I wanted. Something like 42mpg I think.

    http://www.chevrolet.com/cruze/
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    The steering wheels fall off on those, the interior is really cheap compared to the other cars he mentioned, and they lack power with an MPG that isn't really impressive. Plus it's not in the same class as any of those he mentioned.

    That's in the class of the Civic, Elantra, Corolla, and even the Impreza.

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    Probably going to get disagrees but here goes. Why buy a new cheap car, when you can buy a fully loaded used car? I got my 99 grand prix for 4000, i get 24mpg city, and 32mpg highway. And it's a v6 with an automatic transmission. It has leather, bose audio, heads up display, heat warmers, everything you can imagine.

    I say used car.

    But if you have to get a new car, i say the Chevy cruze. I've always been a gm guy. I test drove one for fun and kinda liked it, but it lacked the power that I wanted. Something like 42mpg I think.

    http://www.chevrolet.com/cruze/
    chevy cars are shit, and 42mpg isn't that special anymore
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    Whatever you say JDK.
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