Wife and I might get a car for me to use as a commuter car and save the miles (and gas $$$) on my 2006 F-150.
Looking for something with better than 30 mpg, no hybrid (just a 4-cyl gas engine), sedan, auto, air, pw/pl, cruise control. Nothing too fancy. Looking new right now, probably in the $17,000 range.
So right now we are looking at things like the:
Honda Civic LX - 36 mpg
Toyota Corolla S - 35
Ford Focus SE - 33
Nissan Sentra S - 33
Nissan Versa SL - 33
Mazda3 i Touring - 31
Saturn Astra XE - 30
Chrysler Sebring LX - 30
Dodge Caliber SXT - 30
VW Jetta S - 29
I think we are going to drop the Caliber and Astra right away because my wife hates hatchbacks. Ditto for some others not listed (Matrix, etc).
The Versa seems too cheap quality-wise when the Sentra is about the same price.
The Sebring and Jetta are a little low on the mpg, just brushing 30. The Mazda3 isn't much better.
The Corolla has relatively low HP and torque (122 and 126, respectively), as does the Versa with 122 and 127. Not that I need a speed racer, but that just seems a bit wimpy.
Anyways, I am leaning towards the Honda, but want to look at the Mazda and Sentra. The Focus is just kinda hanging in as well.
Anyone have any input on these or any others I might want to look at?
We do not want any of the subcompacts. The Chevrolet Cobalt doesn't have enough headroom in the back seat. I looked at the Hyundais, etc, and just wasn't all that interested based on cost and features (on the internet).
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