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#4604595 - 12/15/17 02:48 PM New Commuter Car ideas... maybe more fun
Smokescreen Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 3387
Loc: Alberta, Canada
I have had the Corolla since 2008...put many miles on it and it still runs great...so great that I am thinking that my son could use it for school next year as I totally trust it and want him to have reliable first car.

Anyway so that leaves me looking for a new commuter. I have been out of the 'car search mode' for so long I need some ideas. Corolla is great, but I could use some more driving dynamic, more peppy closer to 200hp. It still needs to get decent fuel economy though. Due to the nature of my employment (I work with the less fortunate) it needs to be somewhat low profile, not flashy.

Honda Civic SI is off the list...hate the body style.
No CVT = no Nissan
Golf TSI, GTI? (I had a 1992 VW Jetta Turbo Diesel it was temperamental for the cold weather, but gave awesome fuel economy)

...other choices?
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#4604597 - 12/15/17 02:51 PM Re: New Commuter Car ideas... maybe more fun [Re: Smokescreen]
Rand Offline


Registered: 08/20/03
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Loc: NE,Ohio
mazda 6 2.5turbo 6speed automatic 250hp/300tq

Mazda cars are usually "setup" to be more of a drivers car.

better handling etc.
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#4604599 - 12/15/17 02:51 PM Re: New Commuter Car ideas... maybe more fun [Re: Smokescreen]
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Registered: 03/11/12
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Loc: San Antonio, TX
Mazda 3 or 6 with the 2.5L and 6 speed manual.
Golf GTI- not sure how reliable it is though...
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#4604609 - 12/15/17 03:05 PM Re: New Commuter Car ideas... maybe more fun [Re: Rand]
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Registered: 05/25/05
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Loc: Alberta, Canada
Originally Posted By: Rand
mazda 6 2.5turbo 6speed automatic 250hp/300tq. Mazda cars are usually "setup" to be more of a drivers car.
better handling etc.


They don't sell these for 2018 in Canada. Used models have been rat-bagged and rare up here. Every Mazda I have seen has rust on the rear quarter panel where the bumper meets the body.
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05 LeSabre 3.8L-210Kkms(134Kmi)-PP,Wix
03 Sierra 2500 6.0L-204Kkms(127Kmi)-Sopus,Wix

All with mpg > EPA

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#4604610 - 12/15/17 03:05 PM Re: New Commuter Car ideas... maybe more fun [Re: Smokescreen]
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Registered: 04/20/14
Posts: 1179
Loc: South Central PA
Gonna sound biased, but GTI. The regular Golf is, ok, but for a couple grand more you can have a GTI. 220hp and 260ft/lb tq, it's a hoot to drive. You can expect around 32-36mpg on average using premium, but you can use regular. As far as reliability, as long as you don't mod it, you'll be golden.
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#4604611 - 12/15/17 03:06 PM Re: New Commuter Car ideas... maybe more fun [Re: Rand]
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Registered: 03/11/12
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Loc: San Antonio, TX
Originally Posted By: Rand
mazda 6 2.5turbo 6speed automatic 250hp/300tq

Mazda cars are usually "setup" to be more of a drivers car.

better handling etc.

I would have mentioned the new turbo but with the auto I am not sure. I had a skyactiv six speed transmission and it always wanted to be in 6th. Row your own.
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#4604620 - 12/15/17 03:15 PM Re: New Commuter Car ideas... maybe more fun [Re: Delta]
Smokescreen Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 3387
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Originally Posted By: Delta
Gonna sound biased, but GTI. The regular Golf is, ok, but for a couple grand more you can have a GTI. 220hp and 260ft/lb tq, it's a hoot to drive. You can expect around 32-36mpg on average using premium, but you can use regular. As far as reliability, as long as you don't mod it, you'll be golden.


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03 Sierra 2500 6.0L-204Kkms(127Kmi)-Sopus,Wix

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#4604628 - 12/15/17 03:20 PM Re: New Commuter Car ideas... maybe more fun [Re: Smokescreen]
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Registered: 04/04/12
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Loc: Southeast Florida

1. Elantra GT Sport
2. Golf TSi
3. Elantra Sport
4. Mazda CX3
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#4604646 - 12/15/17 03:46 PM Re: New Commuter Car ideas... maybe more fun [Re: Smokescreen]
dishdude Offline


Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 8819
Loc: Phoenix
I like the GTI suggestion.
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#4604665 - 12/15/17 03:58 PM Re: New Commuter Car ideas... maybe more fun [Re: Smokescreen]
OTCW Offline


Registered: 05/07/17
Posts: 49
Loc: Tennessee
The Focus is a fun, non flashy car. The automatic version is wonky though.
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#4604675 - 12/15/17 04:14 PM Re: New Commuter Car ideas... maybe more fun [Re: Smokescreen]
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Registered: 10/07/12
Posts: 2436
Loc: Staten Island, NY
Focus/Fiesta ST?

V6 Camry?
Turbo Optima/Sonata?
Fusion Sport?

I hear good things about the new Elantra GT
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#4604683 - 12/15/17 04:19 PM Re: New Commuter Car ideas... maybe more fun [Re: Smokescreen]
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Registered: 08/05/02
Posts: 14252
Loc: Silicon Valley
Low profile eh?

How about a Hyundai Elantra?
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#4604685 - 12/15/17 04:20 PM Re: New Commuter Car ideas... maybe more fun [Re: Smokescreen]
Cujet Offline


Registered: 02/15/03
Posts: 7215
Loc: Jupiter, Florida
Ford Fusion sport with the 2.7L V6 ecoboost and a tune smile Pick charcoal color. Looks like every other sedan on the road. Ultra fun with a tune.


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#4604688 - 12/15/17 04:23 PM Re: New Commuter Car ideas... maybe more fun [Re: Smokescreen]
Silverado12 Offline


Registered: 02/26/13
Posts: 3143
Loc: Central Virginia
Chevy Malibu or Impala.
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#4604700 - 12/15/17 04:42 PM Re: New Commuter Car ideas... maybe more fun [Re: Smokescreen]
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Registered: 11/14/13
Posts: 1885
Loc: Chicago, IL
What's the budget? Are you only planning to buy new? Auto (non CVT) transmission only? No manual transmissions? What size vehicle (Subcompact, compact, midsized)?

I don't know if they still make them with manuals transmissions, but maybe an Impreza? AWD might be a bonus, with decent mileage still. I do like the GTI option.

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