New small car advice

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Chisenhallw, May 17, 2011.

  1. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    Markups are very small on this class of car. If you can get a $500 discount that puts you below invoice. There is 0.9% financing for them here in Cal.

    http://automobiles.honda.com/current-offers.aspx
  2. jonnytorch

    jonnytorch Been here awhile

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    I actually wound up going with the Civic, also. I had that Tacoma for so long I wanted an actual trunk and not a hatch and the 2012's that everyone seemed to hate but me was practically being given away. Couldn't be happier. Went with the LX with auto because it gets better mileage than standard. 98% city driving and I'm averaging low 30's in mpg.
  3. green hell

    green hell yawning or snarling

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    definitely digging the new gti. mileage has been good considering my short commute. fun factor is high. comfort is good, noise is fairly low and ride quality is much better than expected (especially on our lovingly maintained roads).

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  4. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    That does look nice, and fun! Too pricey for me though :deal
  5. Ursa Major

    Ursa Major Bemused

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    Go to truecar.com and put in your zip code. A 2013 Focus SE hatch with manual (the config I'd get) shows $3k off MSRP in your town (vs. $4k off in SoCal).
  6. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    Thanks. I hadn't heard of this website.

    I drove the Honda Fit base today, as well as the Chevy Sonic (also a 1LS Camaro for kicks and they had two marked at 19,900, so why not). Overall, the two cars are very similar. The Sonic has a few more bells and whistles, the Honda is larger on the inside, though it doesn't feel like it when driving. The Fit only has a 5-speed where the Sonic has a 6th gear. That kept the RPMs pretty low in 6th gear. The Sonic seemed to be a little quicker off the line, but it has 148 lb ft of torque to the Fit's 105ish. Of note: all the reviews I can find online have the 0-60 times as about equal even though the Sonic has 40% more HP and 50% more torque. The base Fit was being offered at 15,950; the Sonic LT hatchback this dealer was saying about 18,500 minus whatever rebates are available. I found a dealer in Austin and one in Dallas who both had the Sonic LT with manual transmission for 15,900.

    So essentially, they are the same price at this trim level. Same acceleration. Honda is a bit more "lively". Chevy is a bit more "techy". Chevy looks better to me at least; remember, the Fit was the base model not the sport which I think does look better. Oh, I have a GM card as well, so that gives me another $500 off whatever sales price we agree to.

    Overall, I think I am leaning Sonic right now. I just wonder if day in and day out the Fit would be more fun to drive :dunno After driving both, I just do not know, they both felt pretty good to me.
  7. cogitate

    cogitate What Marcellus Wallace Looks Like

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    Does reliability, longevity and resale value matter?
  8. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    I see you vote for the Fit :lol3
  9. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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