Discussion in 'Motorized Vehicles' started by Gamer872, Mar 11, 2012.
You might wanna read this article from Oct. 2011 regarding the reliability survey.
Consumer Reports isn't a great source for anything honestly.
And why not? They might not be 100% accurate all the time, but in general they're pretty in line with my experiences and that of many others. Although I don't always agree with their assessments, there's not too many other unbiased third party data aggregators for automobiles that have as good sample sizes and breadth as CR.
Nissan's entry in the segment is pretty outclassed these days. Hyundai's Elantra isn't bad, just not terribly involving to drive.
Another vote for Mazda3. Fantastic car.
I've got an 8th gen Civic Si, which I love, but I'm not a fan of the 9th gen Civic, nor am I a fan of the non-Si Civics (fuel-efficient and reliable, but rattle-prone and too low to the ground for older passengers).
Can you find a Mazda 3 with an Automatic transmission for under $20,000? I looked at one dealer and their manuals cost something like $19,600
If you get a Mazda 3 get it with the SkyActiv engine, although it's probably gonna ring around $21,000 for an auto.
I bought my Mazda 3 last year for $18.5k with auto but it lacks an alarm from the factory or other extras like built in bt and gps. I tried a civic and corolla first and the Mazda was way more fun to drive.
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I'm pretty sure a manual transmission Mazda3 Skyactiv is around $18k. Very value priced and that 6-speed was amazing. The interior was satisfactory too for an economy car.
I picked a 2012 Subaru Impreza over the Mazda3 Skyactiv and made the wrong choice. The steering feel of the Impreza was better but it had the typical spongy transmission feel. However, road noise on my Impreza is too loud compared to other economy cars. For pure comfort, the Mazda3 will be a better car and is also cheaper.
In my opinion, skip the Impreza. I hate mine.
Wow the Mazda 3 Skyactiv 6 speed here is 18,700 automatic is like 19,500. My friend recently bought her Mazda 3 hatchback automatic, and she lives it, but her parents paid like 24k for the Touring, but it is a nice car but I would only buy a manual 3.
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