Last post on Nov 25, 2008 at 2:57 PM
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Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Mazda MAZDA3, Sedan
#750 of 879 test drove civic and corolla
May 09, 2008 (9:08 am)
hi folks,i recently test drove both the 08 civic lx coupe with auto and a 09 corolla with auto...the corolla i test drove was not what i was hopeing for...on the highway it got blown all over the place by trucks passing me and by the wind...i constantly had to fight the steering wheel to keep the car tracking straight ahead whenever a gust of wind was blowing.....i found this annoying since a good portion of my driveing will be done on the highway.....this corolla test drive was over for me permently....i then drove about 2 miles to the honda dealer to check out the civic...what a difference,first off on the highway the civic was well planted to the pavement and did not get blown around like the corolla did....the corolla just felt so inferior to the civic as far as quality of the interior,controls,and handling goes...
the civic to me just seems like a much better built car than the corolla...on top of everything else that i didn't like about the corolla was the additional adjusted market value of 1995.00 which is added to the msrp which for a basic corolla with no options came close to 20,000.00.........this was absurd....needless to say,i purchased a 08 civic lx 2dr coupe with auto for 17,000.00 plus TTT.....
#751 of 879 Re: Civic vs. Corolla vs. Mazda3 [pmc255]
May 09, 2008 (4:45 pm)
Being a college graduate and all i'm pretty sure you know that it rains and snows up there in seattle, you been to seattle right ? im sure you noticed a large percentage of the cars were either all wheel drive or four wheel drive, do they sell a corrola,civic or a mazda 3 equipped like that ? , a lot of subaru's in seattle , then again i suppose you could hang iron(trucker talk) would'nt want to see you miss work. live long and prosper.
#752 of 879 Re: Civic vs. Corolla vs. Mazda3 [tony78]
May 09, 2008 (5:32 pm)
Corolla and Mazda3 are currently available with traction and stability control (Corolla on both engines, Mazda3 only with the 2.3 I think). The Civic will have it for 2009. Next best thing to AWD, without the weight/MPG penalty.
The Impreza, on the other hand, can also have AWD, and is a pretty nice car, though that 2.5l engine and extra weight will mean fewer MPGs.
#753 of 879 Re: Civic vs. Corolla vs. Mazda3 [bpizzuti]
May 09, 2008 (7:08 pm)
And the hatch version of the Corolla, the Matrix, is available with AWD.
#754 of 879 Re: Civic vs. Corolla vs. Mazda3 [backy]
May 10, 2008 (7:37 am)
True but I hate that thing, even after the redesign. Besides which, only the larger engine gets AWD, and at that point it's not only more expensive than an Impreza hatch, but gets worse mileage. And the dash just looks ugly.
#755 of 879 Re: Civic vs. Corolla vs. Mazda3 [bpizzuti]
May 10, 2008 (2:39 pm)
Have you driven the SX4? Starts at around $15k. Word is that it will get standard factory nav for 2009--the lowest-priced car with that feature.
#756 of 879 Re: Civic vs. Corolla vs. Mazda3 [backy]
May 10, 2008 (8:55 pm)
Haven't driven it yet...looks like a pretty sharp hatch, but it's SLOOOOOW. And Suzukis get comparatively rotten gas mileage in general...I mean come on, a 2 liter engine that only gets 30 MPG? They should source the engine and tranny somewhere else if that's the best they can do.
#757 of 879 Re: Civic vs. Corolla vs. Mazda3 [bpizzuti]
May 11, 2008 (8:57 am)
But it is AWD. And I'll bet it can easily cruise at legal freeway speeds, or above. Or did you mean, it's not quick enough for you?
#758 of 879 Re: Civic vs. Corolla vs. Mazda3 [backy]
May 11, 2008 (10:44 am)
11+ seconds 0-60 is fairly slow, or as you say, not quick. One thing I have to worry about is highway merging...it might be able to do it, but it'd be the worse option (though yes, I'm sure that once it gets to highway speed it can hold it). Still I could probably make do except for the following.
The other problem is major: it barely gets 30 MPG. The Elantra beats it by 3 MPG, and is fairly close to the same weight (Under 200 pound difference). The Cobalt with it's 2.2L engine, gets better MPGs (along with more HP and torque) and is 300 pounds heavier.
Hmm, maybe Suzuki should think about sourcing GM's 2.2L instead of using their own mill. Because that Cobalt beats the Suzuki in a 0-60 run, despite the Cobalt being 300 pounds heavier.
Of course, at this point we're starting to get a bit off topic.
#759 of 879 Re: Civic vs. Corolla vs. Mazda3 [bpizzuti]
May 11, 2008 (12:03 pm)
I concur about the Suzuki, we took one out for a test drive (Mrs. Shipo thought it was cute), and we were stunned to find that our Dodge Grand Caravans were much quicker to sixty than the "Zuki". The poor acceleration combined with the relatively poor fuel economy got it immediately crossed off our list.