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Old 10-22-2018, 01:12 PM   #1
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Default Yet another what car

My first new topic in years, I'm a bit scared but can take it.

Looking for a decent sized sedan or wagon with 30+ mpg, somewhere around 15K. No pure EVs, this will be both my DD and our long distance people hauler.

So far I'm attracted to Passat TDI's and Chevy Volts. I borrowed my friends 2015 Jetta TDI over the weekend and liked it.

Also I hate interior rattles, that's the reason I got rid of my 13 WRX a few years ago.

Anything else I should be considering?
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Old 10-22-2018, 01:17 PM   #2
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Old 10-22-2018, 01:36 PM   #3
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Old 10-22-2018, 01:52 PM   #4
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Old 10-22-2018, 01:55 PM   #5
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Have you thought about maybe a Toyota, maybe like a Supra but with a Ford 289 in it?
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Old 10-22-2018, 01:55 PM   #6
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Prius or Prius V if you need the space.
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Old 10-22-2018, 02:17 PM   #7
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Mazda 3's have popped up on my radar as well.
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Old 10-22-2018, 02:36 PM   #8
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Mazda 3's have popped up on my radar as well.
A Mazda 3 is pretty small...not mid-sized IMO.

Does it need to be exciting? If not:
Accord
Camry
Malibu (these are actually pretty darn nice for their price)
Sonata (heck you can get one of these new if you are willing to put in just a little more dough...and its pretty cavernous inside)
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Old 10-22-2018, 02:37 PM   #9
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Sonata (heck you can get one of these new if you are willing to put in just a little more dough...and its pretty cavernous inside)
Plus he's already experienced in engine swaps
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Old 10-22-2018, 03:00 PM   #10
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No need for excitement. I will say the TDIs TQ was entertaining. I haven't considered the Malibu I'll check them out.
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Old 10-22-2018, 03:03 PM   #11
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You can probably get 10 for your price range.
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Old 10-22-2018, 03:18 PM   #12
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Old 10-22-2018, 03:30 PM   #13
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Mazda 3's have popped up on my radar as well.
A Skyactiv 2012-13 Mazda 3 would be my choice, and should be right in your wheelhouse. Both the 6-speed manual and automatic should get close to 40mpg.

I've had my non-Skyactiv 2012 7 years this month. Aside from the engine and transmission, it's the same car (Mine has the old MZR 2.5 and the 6-speed manual) It's cheap to run, fun to drive, and it's super easy maintenance-wise. I've got about 170k on mine and it's been great with very minimal issues.
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Old 10-22-2018, 03:40 PM   #14
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IMO the Mazda 3x looks nicer than the standard 3 with the lift and trim. Not sure if/how that changes the price, but I like the 3x looks more than my Crosstrek.

Crosstrek is paid off in 6 months and we're going to drive it for a long time.
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Old 10-22-2018, 03:43 PM   #15
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Buy a shell of a Toyota Supra from the junk yard. Over night parts from Japan.

Profit.
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Old 10-22-2018, 03:44 PM   #16
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Old 10-22-2018, 03:48 PM   #17
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IMO the Mazda 3x looks nicer than the standard 3 with the lift and trim. Not sure if/how that changes the price, but I like the 3x looks more than my Crosstrek.

Crosstrek is paid off in 6 months and we're going to drive it for a long time.
Except the fact that CX-3 is based on Mazda 2 and is even more cramped in there that the Mazda3. CX-5 is what is based on Mazda3.
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Except the fact that CX-3 is based on Mazda 2 and is even more cramped in there that the Mazda3. CX-5 is what is based on Mazda3.
Exactly. These are small cars we are talking about here.

OP needs to bypass anything below a Mazda 6 altogether if he truly wants something comfortable that can fit a family of 4 (or 3 even).
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Old 10-22-2018, 03:57 PM   #19
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Mazda 3's have popped up on my radar as well.
If you are considering the 3, how about the 6? My 2014 GT averages mid to low 30s mpg-wise. Bigger and more comfortable than the 3. And if you can find one with the i-ELOOP system, you can get slightly better MPGs.
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Old 10-22-2018, 04:16 PM   #20
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6 is probably a better choice. I just want more elbow room than my wifes MINI has.
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Old 10-22-2018, 05:52 PM   #21
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Old 10-22-2018, 06:25 PM   #22
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Nissan Versa S. Who needs power windows, locks, mirrors and... well power?

Edit: I forgot that you mentioned you hate rattles. Maybe the Versa isn't for you then..
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Old 10-22-2018, 06:32 PM   #23
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How old are you looking for? If excitement isn't something you necessarily need, but something you think you would enjoy, the Mazdaspeed 3 ticks most of your boxes, and gets upwards of 30 MPG on the highway (rattle-wise it is less than the WRX, but it still may have too much rattle if you are looking for an insanely quiet car.)
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Old 10-22-2018, 06:34 PM   #24
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