Best 4 door sedan/small suv

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by welder, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. jdiaz

    jdiaz .

    Feb 27, 2002
    Flyover State
    Omigod. Your dad deviates from his GM kool-aid for a Ford (no doubt on your recommendation) and the car immediately gets recalled? I bet you've been hearing about that every day. :lol3

    I'll be curious to hear what he thinks of the 1.6 turbo. That engine size and output seems perfect to me.
  2. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

    Jan 14, 2010
    Cin City, OH
    Have you looked at Mazda 3's? The 5 door hatchback is not only a good reliable gas sipping car, it's also fun to drive, which most small cars aren't.

    Look at some reviews and they all say the same thing.

    A one or two year old low mileage car would be in your price range.

    I have an '04 and liked it enough to buy another one new in '10. So far zero problems with either excluding wear items (tires, brakes).
  3. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

    Sep 25, 2003
    Hide Away Hills, Ohio
    Domestic manufacturer? Or domestic manufacturing plant?
  4. koncha

    koncha .

    Feb 8, 2005
    I was shocked. He swapped a 2012 Buick Lacrosse with e-assist for it. That car was a real POS. He had most of the hybrid drivetrain replaced in it.

    He had 3000 miles on the Fusion when the recall hit. He loves it. He says the seats are better then the Buick and the engine is the best he's ever had in a sedan. This is a guy who bought new Corvettes every other year from MY1959 to MY1965. He says the published mileage numbers on the Fusion 1.6 are lower than actuals. He is exceeding them by 2 mpg and he isn't even into the good mpg miles. He even likes the MyFord Touch system. This is a guy who still has a flip phone because anything else is too complicated.

    He was really upset with the recall and the Impala he was given as the rental.

    I wish I could say he bought the Fusion because of me but it is because of my new brother in law. My dad has a bromance going on with his new son-in-law.
  5. welder

    welder Long timer

    Feb 10, 2008
    ended up buying a 2010 hyundai sonata limited. spent 15000 + my old 1990 mazda. about 5k more than I was initially wanting to spend but I am very happy with it. 48,000 km's (30,000 miles) and drives like a new car. fully loaded, 3.3 l v6 with about 250 hp. heated leather and navigation. its a bit more car than i wanted but its nice to indulge once in a while. I love it. thanks for all your advice. cheers, Fergie
  6. Hastelloy-X

    Hastelloy-X Been here awhile

    Sep 17, 2007
    I realise you don't want any domestics; however... Take a look at the 2012-2013 Chevy Impala; last of the W platform.

    In November I bought a 2012 with 6500 miles for $17000. All the factory warranty transfered over to me.

    The car has a factory trailer rating of 1000 pounds.

    Worst mpg in below zero temps with a short 12 mile round trip commute I get an average of 19 mpg and the best I got is 27 mpg average in November before it got cold. This is a 50/50 mix of city/super-slab.

    The 2012's and newer have the 6 speed trans and 300 horse 3.6L engine. The car mag's claim the E-85 version when running E-85 will get 0-60 times in the high 6 second range.

    There are some smoking deals on left over brand new 12's and 13's in the $16k-$20k range. The new body style is coming out in late 2013 so there is going to be pressure to move inventory.

    They don't hold their value but for a cheap transportation appliance who cares.