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Old 04-27-2014, 09:22 AM   #41
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My gf has a 2009 Hyundai Elantra. Great firm ride and feel. Quiet. But highway mpg is only 26 mpg. She may have the lowest mpg on the planet for a 4 cylinder car. I test drove a Honda Civic. Great ride, but too low to the ground. I ended up buying a Niissan Versa hatchback, since I want the room to transport stuff. I get 32 hiway and 26 city in my cute snappy Versa.
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Old 04-27-2014, 09:36 AM   #42
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Mazda 3 hatch with the Skyactiv engine. Puts the Honda's in the has-been camp.
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Looked at Honda Civic and Fit, Acura CSX (which is upgraded Civic and my current ride), Mazda 2 and 3, Nissans, VWs and Hyundai Veloster and Elantras. Finally settled on the Elantra GT. I have driven Hondas all my life but CR reviews and the styling made me settle on the Elantra as my new ride. Went with the automatic as the 4 kids are all now driving and easier to get them going on an automatic before teaching them manual on my CSX which I have kept as it is still in great shape and fun to drive - and yes the 4 kids!
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Finally settled on the Elantra GT.
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Went with the automatic as the 4 kids are all now driving and easier to get them going on an automatic before teaching them manual on my CSX which I have kept as it is still in great shape and fun to drive - and yes the 4 kids!
Good move to teach the kids how to drive a stick. For DD I pitched it as a safety issue (what if Bubba in the pickup with the stick - we're in TX - has a few too many Bud Lights and you need to get home). For DS, said it might be useful. Sure enough, at age 16 he was the most junior counselor at his camp and the only one who could drive a stick, so he got the assignment to drive the pickup around camp to shuttle supplies. He enjoyed being studly in that role.
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I drive a 2009 fit and DW drives a 2012 VW Golf TDI. Obviously we like hatchbacks. The fit is really handy for hauling things around, as long as they are not too heavy. The fit actually holds slighty more cargo than the larger Golf, but the Golf is better for tourist type road trips. My commute is 60 miles one way, and the fit has held up just great. I recommend it for city driving.
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Have you consider the new Mazda 3!!!
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Here is a few day old drive review of the new 2015 FIT design, by the LA Times:

First Drive: Redesigned 2015 Honda Fit is less fun to drive - latimes.com

I found it quite by accident, when reading about Toyota's upcoming announcement of US HQ move to Dallas 'burbs.
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Funny how successful cars get redesigned and pretty soon they all start looking similar.

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At first glance, the 2015 Honda Fit looks like it could be the love child of a Toyota Prius and a jellybean
2015 Honda Fit Review, Prices, Photos: New Car Test Drive
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