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Old 07-10-2008, 11:25 AM   #1
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I was looking to replace my old Acura Integra for a while now. Here is the elaboration of my thought process if it can help someone.

My need:
4 door
4 cylinder
No premium fuel
No big power
No big size
Good steering feel
Reasonably firm ride


In short I was looking for a compact car with little sporty attitude. I dislike current trend in style for higher belt line and higher trunk sacrificing visibility. I am also against giving up reasonable ground clearance for the sake of performance. It is easier to find a car with well planted ride if one is ready to compromise with ground clearance. In addition to reasonable ground clearance, I prefer cars not too tall as it affects the center of gravity.

Here are the cars I considered and declined.

Mazda 3:
- Poor rear visibility, blind spots
- Small ground clearance for performance in US but Canada, UK get bigger ground clearance and that's why performance is not the same. Is it the reason reviews of Mazda 3 are not so great in UK and Europe?
- Canada/US price disparity

Suzuki SX4:
- Too tall
- high Transmission ratio
- Canada/US price disparity

Nissan Sentra:
- Poor visibility
- Too tall

Nissan Versa:
- Floaty ride, soft suspension
- Numb steering

Subaru Impreza 2008:
- High belt line and high trunk resulting in poor visibility
- Soft suspension

Mitsubishi Lancer 2008:
-Poor visibility

Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart 2006:
- Small ground clearance

I did not consider older cars or European cars.

My final selection: Subaru Impreza 2.5 2007
I know I am sacrificing on fuel consumption but my annual KMs are low and I got $5000 cash rebate, so it is not that bad. Besides, in Canada AWD is a bit helpful.
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Old 07-10-2008, 11:51 AM   #2
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Old 07-10-2008, 12:26 PM   #3
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Old 07-10-2008, 12:42 PM   #4
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Does your new Impreza have a height adjustable seat? The greenhouse is quite large on the Impreza for a modern car.. but the seat is positioned low (very fortunately for those of us with long torsos).

Good choice. If you haven't lived with an AWD Subaru through a harsh winter, you're in for a treat.
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Old 07-10-2008, 01:05 PM   #5
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i think all the cars u've mentioned are ugly
the only one i like is the '07 2.5 so that would be my choice
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Old 07-10-2008, 01:09 PM   #6
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When looking at the 2008 Impreza did you just look at the sedan or did you look at the hatchback? I own an 08 hatchback and the only thing I agree with is the soft suspension. Thankfully though a soft suspension is easily rectified.
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Old 07-10-2008, 01:19 PM   #7
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My final selection: Subaru Impreza 2.5 2007
I know I am sacrificing on fuel consumption but my annual KMs are low and I got $5000 cash rebate, so it is not that bad. Besides, in Canada AWD is a bit helpful.
you know the answer.
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Old 07-10-2008, 01:34 PM   #8
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Does your new Impreza have a height adjustable seat? The greenhouse is quite large on the Impreza for a modern car.. but the seat is positioned low (very fortunately for those of us with long torsos).

Good choice. If you haven't lived with an AWD Subaru through a harsh winter, you're in for a treat.
Are you talking about 2007 Impreza? I felt okay!
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Old 07-10-2008, 01:36 PM   #9
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When looking at the 2008 Impreza did you just look at the sedan or did you look at the hatchback? I own an 08 hatchback and the only thing I agree with is the soft suspension. Thankfully though a soft suspension is easily rectified.
How easy is to rectify suspension? Is the modification acceptable by insurance company?
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Old 07-10-2008, 01:38 PM   #10
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i think all the cars u've mentioned are ugly
the only one i like is the '07 2.5 so that would be my choice
Would you please specify some better cars within my given constraints?
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Old 07-10-2008, 01:45 PM   #11
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How easy is to rectify suspension? Is the modification acceptable by insurance company?
Well the easiest thing to do is just swap out the stock springs for STI pinks. Granted you could always go a little farther with sway bars and end-links. But if you just do the springs I don't see why the insurance company would have an issue with swapping out the stock springs with a different set from the car manufacturer.
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