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Offline Walker18

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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #15 on: August 08, 2012, 12:14:48 am »
Wife driving one way 40 miles to get to work and already unhappy with the Jeep Wrangler gas mileage. On a good day it will be about 15 mpg. So, we are tossing around the idea of getting a car that is good on gas (does not have to be 40 or 50 mpg), but also is stylish. Got the following in mind:

Mini Cooper
Honda CR Z
Hyundai Veloster

One other car that peaked my interest is the Hyundai Genesis. Looks like you can get a good package for under $30k.

Any thoughts or other suggestions? Do not prefer rear wheel drive car as this is snow country.




Going against the grain here.. When I test drove the Mini Cooper, I had a BLAST! I was hoping that I could tow with the
Countryman (4x4), but no dice. Bmw's 4 year 100K maintenance program too.. Plus I let my SO drive it, she smiled the whole time,
but we both purchased Subaru's, mine the 3.6 Outback, her's a Legacy, both awd's. If I didn't have a garage queen already, I'd consider
a John Cooper Works Edition Mini.. Here's an example of one..
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/John-Cooper-Manual-Hatchback-1-6L-CD-4-wheel-disc-brakes-ABS-brakes-AM-FM-radio-/110931271458?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item19d404df22
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #16 on: August 08, 2012, 05:06:25 am »
Going against the grain here.. When I test drove the Mini Cooper, I had a BLAST! I was hoping that I could tow with the
Countryman (4x4), but no dice. Bmw's 4 year 100K maintenance program too.. Plus I let my SO drive it, she smiled the whole time,
but we both purchased Subaru's, mine the 3.6 Outback, her's a Legacy, both awd's. If I didn't have a garage queen already, I'd consider
a John Cooper Works Edition Mini.. Here's an example of one..
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/John-Cooper-Manual-Hatchback-1-6L-CD-4-wheel-disc-brakes-ABS-brakes-AM-FM-radio-/110931271458?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item19d404df22
I dont know how much 'trunk' space the Mini's have, I can affirm that the Subaru's have good storage room in the back ::)
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #17 on: August 08, 2012, 05:13:15 am »
I dont know how much 'trunk' space the Mini's have, I can affirm that the Subaru's have good storage room in the back ::)

Ditto on the Jetta SportWagen.    ;)
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #18 on: August 08, 2012, 06:06:20 am »
Last night we scoured the local delearship. Not sure if we are slamming the plastic down, but it was fun to check em out.

No Focus ST anywhere to be found locally. Wife did not quite like the looks of Focus SE. So she deducing that she will not like ST either. Guess we shall see.

VW jetta is definitely under consideration. But we liked the looks of other cars better.

We talked about Minis. Our first choice, but we are both worried about maintenance cost.

Honda CR Z got some bad reviews. We went and checked one out - could not test drive. I am not too impressed by the 122 horses and wife not too impressed that you can barely through the rear-view mirror.

Good news is, we definitely liked the Hyundai Veloster!! Too bad they only had the non-turbo version. I told the wife, if we are buying it, we are getting the turbo version! :D



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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #19 on: August 08, 2012, 06:31:54 am »
I can definitely give a huge thumbs-up to my 011 Camry, although the styling is more "middle-of-the-road" than the others you're looking at...I'm getting 31 to 32 mpg on my 100-mile-a-day commute, and the comfort is unsurpassed in my experience....could not ask for a better commuter...that's with the 2.5L 4-cyl and 6-spd auto tranny....surprisingly good performance, great comfort and good styling, in my book...

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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #20 on: August 08, 2012, 08:15:42 am »
The Focus ST was supposed to be out already, now I hear September.  :o

You might checkout the Kia Optima... great looking car!  You can't beat the warranty on them either!
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #21 on: August 08, 2012, 08:52:13 am »
I didn't used to be a fan of Korean cars but Hyundai has made huge strides in quality.
If you like the Genesis then check out the Elantra.  One of my friends has one and the 2.0 turbo makes great power but you can also get 40 mpg on the highway with it.

The Chevy Cruze and Ford Fusion are also nice looking cars IMO that get good MPG's.

Chances are that Korean car was made in the good old USA, our 07 Santa Fe  was made in Alabama.
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #22 on: August 08, 2012, 08:55:42 am »
Chances are that Korean car was made in the good old USA, our 07 Santa Fe  was made in Alabama.

People don't realize that.

I have been to that facility, also I have been to Honda of Alabama, VW (TN), Mercedes manufacturing in Vance, Alabama. BMW in SC (4 times and their performance center/track), Nissan, and a host of others.

Made in USA with NON-union labor. 

Side note: My Tundra was built in TX, but I haven't been to the facility =)
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #23 on: August 08, 2012, 08:56:26 am »
BMW is expanding the SC facility as GM is expanding in China and Ford is still cranking out F-150's in Mexico.
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #24 on: August 08, 2012, 09:17:37 am »
Off topic I know.... But where did our beloved ZG1000 come from, somewhere in Nebraska right?
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #25 on: August 08, 2012, 11:30:25 am »
Ford Fiesta, hatch and sedan both get 39 hwy with an automatic. You can get a sedan with an "economy" option thats gets 40. The Mazda 2 is basically the same car, less features, less expensive, less power, less mpg, hatch only though.  Fiat is way underpowered and only gets 35mpg. VW is having some quality issues lately, but the Jetta looks nice, in my opinion, Diesel is the way to go, recouping your higher initial costs faster than with a hybrid or totally electric. Chevy's Sonic looks nice too, designed and built here-what a concept. 
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #26 on: August 08, 2012, 11:44:09 am »
Mazda 3 Skyactiv ain't too shabby.

- 27/39 mpg (SKYACTIV-G 2.0L MT)‡
- 28/40 mpg (SKYACTIV-G 2.0L AT)‡
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #27 on: August 08, 2012, 12:01:57 pm »
Fiat 500

I thought we suggested that for a wife GF already, along with pics of car and Italy.  hmmm...perhaps another thread =)
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #28 on: August 08, 2012, 12:28:20 pm »
Chevy's Sonic looks nice too, designed and built here-what a concept.

The Sonic is assembled in Orion, MI.  However, it is a joint Opel/Fiat design from Europe.  Worldwide, all of GM's subcompacts are going to the platform.  Chevy Spark and Buick Encore are the next vehicles.


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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #29 on: August 08, 2012, 12:39:47 pm »
Chances are that Korean car was made in the good old USA, our 07 Santa Fe  was made in Alabama.

Back around 1999 my dad bought some sort of Hyundai (used) and it was the biggest piece of crap that I had ever driven, but it is a completely different story now.

IIRC it has been almost two years that they have been making cars down in Alabama. 

When they came out with the 10 year 100,000 mile warranty several years ago, I knew they were for real. 

Keeping the economy going, one tank of fuel and two tires at a time.