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You are in the Sedans
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Toyota ECHO, Chevrolet Aveo, Kia Rio, Nissan Sentra, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Toyota Yaris, Kia Spectra, Suzuki Forenza, Sedan
#2309 of 3871 dinu and muffin
Aug 26, 2003 (1:16 pm)
You are right about the Murano influence on the hatchback. I really like it.
I saw the spy photos of the new 2005 Nissan Sentra recently and that also looks quite BMW ish albeit with a truncated rear. That could be interesting. I like Nissan cars but the current Sentra is built in Mexico and not much to look at. It is also one of the old Nissan designs - where they copy what Toyota does and make it even duller looking. The interior or the Sentra looks a lot like the last generation of the Corolla.
muffin: If you are in Japan you must get to see all kinds of interesting small cars that we do not get in North America. The only Suzuki car we get is the quirky Aerio - IMHO the worst interior available on any car today. Even worse than the Cavalier/Sunfire. The Aerio has a really cheap looking steering wheel and a digital dash. The car does drive well though and I do not mind the unique exterior styling. I am sure like other Suzuki products, it is a very reliable car.
Aug 26, 2003 (3:13 pm)
I lived in Japan for a few years, and left the flag on my profile, but I'm in California now.
A friend of mine owned a Suzuki dealership there, and the cars available are much different from here, as you might imagine. I agree with you about the Aerio, I was really turned off by the test drive, even though it's a good value.
Suzuki's strengths are in its small cars. They were building 8500rpm Swifts back in the late 80s. I'd love to see them build a presence based on their sport hatchbacks in the US.
#2311 of 3871 dunworth-yeah, I traded in my Kia Sephia in 2001 for a
Aug 26, 2003 (5:42 pm)
2001 Kia Sportage 4x4 and have really enjoyed it. It rides like a truck but handles itself fairly well around town for a 4WD rig. I usually get around 25 mpg, too, if that's a consideration. Kia is working on a new Elantra-based unitized body Sportage replacement for early 2004 as a 2005 model that will be FWD w/an available option of AWD. That should be interesting, too and not real expensive. No actual pricing is available on it yet. That Suzuki Aerio sedan looks interesting though I doubt I would be interested in it as a purchase it looks kind of lovably quirky. My mind seems stuck on the new Tibby...nice pics of the new M-6 dinu01! They've done what looks to be a fine job with it!
#2312 of 3871 M3 iluvmysephia, M3
Aug 26, 2003 (6:16 pm)
The M6 is out and we can all agree it's the best-looking midsize out there, right?
#2313 of 3871 Ahh, I was looking at the new Mazda M3?
Aug 26, 2003 (7:36 pm)
Just goes to show you how our minds can more accurately decipher and interpret information that we're MOST interested in, eh? Know what I mean?
Aug 26, 2003 (7:44 pm)
Mazda3 or Mazda Mazda3 or Mazda M3 or M3 or MZ3 - you got the idea.
#2315 of 3871 Mazda3 sedan
Aug 26, 2003 (7:54 pm)
Looks great, in and out. But... did they have to put the ION-esque (or Maxima-esque, to be kind) forward-slanting C-pillar on it? I'm already getting tired of that styling trick. If Mazda has dialed in a little more ride compliance on the 3, ala Focus, it will be the low-end car to beat (assuming they start at under $15k).
#2316 of 3871 dinu01 and iluvmysephia
Aug 27, 2003 (6:24 am)
Yes dinu01 the Mazda6 is the best looking midsize on the market - inside and out. No argument there. But there is no competition. I find the Camry/Accord too large and ungainly in the cheaper trim levels. I like the exterior of the Altima but not the interior and I find the whole car too large. Appearance wise I also like the current Sonata and the Kia Magentis/Optima (although the new chrome grill is not as nice as the old plainer grill).
iluv That new Tiburon is gorgeous. Absolutely the best looking coupe on the market, although I prefer the Acura RSX to drive. The Tib is no slouch to drive either, especially with the V6 but is is after all based on an Elantra (which I have owned). In the import tuner mags, they are really focusing on the Tib as well.
#2317 of 3871 dunworth, yep, Import Racer magazine has been really interesting
Aug 27, 2003 (7:10 pm)
to watch throughout 2003 as they tune the silver '03 GT V6 Tiburon. Hyundai has really been advertising the aftermarket possibilities-it was gonna happen naturally anyway, but with the Las Vegas SEMA show, etc. publicity was really spread on this coupe. BTW-I need to go see the newest Import Racer for the latest!
Aug 28, 2003 (8:11 am)
I saw the Tib being featured in several other mags as well that we get up here in Canada (like Sport Compact and some others). I just can not keep track of them all.
I am in my late thirties so I am a little older than the usual reader of such mags. Still I love cars and I like looking at well done tuner cars. When I was younger (ie the appropriate age for tuner) I was in engineering shcool and too poor to afford to buy a nice sporty car (non-tuned). Now that I have a decent job, also I have a family, so an RSX, Tib, Celica, or Eclpise no longer makes sense. Still, I can take my 5 year old to the car shows and both of us can enjoy the cars.