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Chevrolet Malibu, Nissan Maxima, Mazda MAZDA3, Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Lexus IS 250, Acura TSX, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#2848 of 3287 Re: Does this car exist? [pallotaw]
by kyfdx HOST
Sep 13, 2012 (4:32 am)
Number 4 is going to limit your choices...
Numbers 5/6 should be merged... If a car gets 30 mpg on premium fuel, that's cheaper than 27 mpg on regular.... so, restricting your choices to regular fuel only might be a false economy..
Most RWD cars are upscale...so, almost all will use premium...
If a sporty coupe is okay, there is the Hyundai Genesis coupe, Scion FR-S or Subaru BR-Z. Though, seating for four in any of those would be marginal..
The BMW X1 is basically a 5-door hatchback.... the cheapest model comes in RWD only... of course, premium fuel..
Porsche 911 coupe has back seats...
#2849 of 3287 Re: Does this car exist? [pallotaw]
Sep 13, 2012 (5:56 am)
I assume you're looking for new. #5 can be quite subjective....but a couple that come to mind and meet the criteria in my book:
Dodge Charger SXT. Actually a really nice car 19city/31hwy
Mustang V6 rated 19/31 also very well put together for 2012.
Camaro V6 rated 19/30. Aging a bit but if fits the criteria.
#2850 of 3287 Re: Does this car exist? [pallotaw]
by kirstie_h HOST
Sep 13, 2012 (7:00 am)
You left out a price range. Do you have one in mind?
#2851 of 3287 Re: Does this car exist? [kirstie_h]
Sep 13, 2012 (8:30 am)
Under $15,000 USD
#2852 of 3287 Re: Does this car exist? [pallotaw]
Sep 13, 2012 (8:36 am)
You still have too many variables. A NEW car such as that does not exist. It would be used ... which leaves you with many many cars that would fit the bill.
#2853 of 3287 Re: Does this car exist? [pallotaw]
Sep 13, 2012 (9:02 am)
Oh jeez. So we need more answers....how old and how many miles are you comfortable with. Please define "good mpg".
#2854 of 3287 Re: Does this car exist? [qbrozen]
Sep 13, 2012 (3:13 pm)
I can think of at least ONE new car that exists if it can be FWD instead of RWD... Kia Soul Base. Starts around $15k before negotiation and for 2013 is actually pretty well equipped, including a 6 speed stick and Bluetooth. And rides pretty nice also (tested one the other day, albeit an automatic).
Actually there's other possibles here as well if only the RWD requirement is lifted--most of these would be stripped, but could be had ~$15k new:
* Chevy Sonic and Spark
* Ford Fiesta
* Hyundai Accent GS - might be able to find one around $15k at discount
* Kia Rio base 5-door (at a discount... but for the money I'd take the Soul)
#2855 of 3287 Re: Does this car exist? [backy]
Sep 14, 2012 (8:37 am)
yes, there are several if FWD is allowed.
#2857 of 3287 Re: Does this car exist? [syeonwoo]
Sep 16, 2012 (8:15 am)
You could buy a car that met all those criteria, but it would have been made in the 1970s. The two OPEC oil embargoes led manufacturers to find ways to save weight and they jumped on the front-wheel-drive bandwagon as one of the solutions. Broadly speaking, FWD has been the norm since the 1980s, with the exceptions of performance-oriented cars and large relics of that earlier era like the Ford Crown Vic. Some models that had been FWD have moved back to RWD, but they tend to be large vehicles like the Chrysler 300. The smaller Chrysler 200 is FWD.
The early Japanese imports, including the Corolla and Datsun 510, were RWD, as were the American models designed to compete with them, like the (cough-cough) Chevrolet Vega and Ford Pinto. Honda's original and highly influential Civic and Accord were both FWD, as was the equally influential original Dodge Caravan.
That's a long-winded explanation about why the car you're looking for doesn't exist on today's market.