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Old 09-06-2019, 03:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all,

I'm thinking about replacing my WRX with something more economical, it's a fun car, but it's expensive and I drive enough that something easier on the wallet would really benefit my finances.

I generally prefer Japanese cars, but I'm open to trying different brands. I prefer hatchbacks over sedan/coupe, but I'm not overly picky. Needs to come in manual transmission, have a moon/sunroof and factory roof rack would be nice. Right now I'm looking at a Honda Fit to give you an idea of what I'm looking for.

Anyone have any experiences or thoughts they'd like to share?

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A coworker of mine bought a Chevy Sonic a couple years ago and it's been a really great little car. Cheap, and I drove it for a few days when my truck was in the shop and it was super smooth and drove really nice. Other than that I have good experiences with the Scion Xa/Toyota Echo, and Hyundai Accent.
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I love my Prius, roomy hatchback and amazing fuel economy - but it doesn't tick the manual transmission box.

Here's the Consumer Reports scores for Compact and Subcompact cars though:

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I had a manual Honda Fit. I didn't care much for it. Just so bland and cheap with a floppy shifter.
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Old 09-06-2019, 04:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The Honda Fit Sport is a blast, dude. There's a reason Spoon builds them into track cars.

If you're looking brand new, go test drive a new Corolla Hatch. They come in 6MT, are very fuel efficient, and they're a blast to drive. I test drove one a month ago when we started considering a second car.

I'm also a firm believer that Toyota's will outlast almost anything on the road. We're currently chucking around a 2003 Celica with 250,000 kms on it, and I haven't had any expensive repairs.
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Old 09-06-2019, 04:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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MazdaSpeed3 is cheaper than a WRX and still a lot of fun. I have a Focus ST, my sister has the Speed3 and you can really feel the extra ten HP, plus it sounds fantastic for a stock turbo4 motor. I'm not a huge fan of the manual, it's not super precise, but not bad either Decent MPG, about 26 in the city.

On the other hand I HATE my ST. Maybe I just got a lemon but it's had so many issues and it's just not as fun to drive as the Speed.
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Old 09-06-2019, 04:43 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I love my Prius, roomy hatchback and amazing fuel economy - but it doesn't tick the manual transmission box.

Here's the Consumer Reports scores for Compact and Subcompact cars though:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qn49886ly...t5lB0TjUa?dl=0
That's a deal-breaker for me, I can't stand automatic transmissions. Thanks for the dropbox link!

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I had a manual Honda Fit. I didn't care much for it. Just so bland and cheap with a floppy shifter.
What year? I've heard the earlier generations were very meh. I have yet to try a Fit, but they're well within my price range and they seem to suit most of my needs.

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The Honda Fit Sport is a blast, dude. There's a reason Spoon builds them into track cars.

If you're looking brand new, go test drive a new Corolla Hatch. They come in 6MT, are very fuel efficient, and they're a blast to drive. I test drove one a month ago when we started considering a second car.

I'm also a firm believer that Toyota's will outlast almost anything on the road. We're currently chucking around a 2003 Celica with 250,000 kms on it, and I haven't had any expensive repairs.
I agree with you there. My whole family (aside from my Subaru-loving self) runs Toyotas and they have been super reliable. I'm curious about the Corolla hatch, but I have reservations about their new semi-manual 6-speed. Did you try it?

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MazdaSpeed3 is cheaper than a WRX and still a lot of fun. I have a Focus ST, my sister has the Speed3 and you can really feel the extra ten HP, plus it sounds fantastic for a stock turbo4 motor. I'm not a huge fan of the manual, it's not super precise, but not bad either Decent MPG, about 26 in the city.

On the other hand I HATE my ST. Maybe I just got a lemon but it's had so many issues and it's just not as fun to drive as the Speed.
26 city is decent, certainly better than my WRX. Honestly man while I do love a good spirited turbo I just don't get the same excitement from aggressive driving as I once did. I have 0 experience with Mazdas. I've heard very bipolar reviews for the ST.
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Yea, my ST has just been problem after problem, I can't wait to get rid of it. The depreciation on it is ridiculous too, worth less than half what I paid just two years later and I bought it used for a good bit below blue book.

Her Mazda has been fantastic, she's almost at 100k miles and it hasn't had a single issue. That's with a heavy commute too. The premium model has comfortable seats, and the infotainment is new enough to support bluetooth and everything without being a mess.
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