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Test: Which New $20K Sporty Car?

Discussion in 'Car Forum' started by nucleus, Jun 29, 2006.

  1. nucleus

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    Okay, you have twenty grand to spend, and the car must be new, fast, good handling, and practical, ie must have at least four doors.

    Notice I said good handling, so no crossvers or SUV's. Upcoming models okay.

    Post Away!

    Nucleus
     
  2. bac1023

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    It might sound boring, but I'd go with the 4 door Honda Civic. The Accord is over the price range.
     


  3. epsylum

    epsylum Boolit Hoze

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    The same one I chose, Corolla XRS. I got mine for $16,000 used with only 5k miles.

    It has the Corolla GTS engine and 6-speed, 8200 rpm redline, and 4 wheel disc brakes with ABS. It will run 15s in the quarter, is limited to 135mph. I have gone past 100 and it was still pulling.

    Plus it is a Toyota, so it will last.

    [​IMG]
     
  4. Rob1035

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    Subaru WRX, Civic Si, Neon SRT4, maybe even a Miata or Solstice?
     
  5. ProfMoriarty

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    He wants 4 doors.
     
  6. nucleus

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    Wow, I didn't know this car existed! Thanks for the tip, I'm off to go build one online.

    Nucleus
    :supergrin:
     
  7. WellArmedSheep

    WellArmedSheep NRA Member

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    Ala-freakin'-bama
    Check out the Mazda 3...or if you can find one used in the most recent itteration, a Mazda 6. My wife and I test drove the Mazda 6 a while back. It was the most fun I've ever had (driving ;) ) in a four door automobile. This particular one had the 6 speed semi-auto transmission...what a hoot!

    ETA: the only reason we didn't buy it was because at $28,000 it was a bit out of our price range.
     
  8. epsylum

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    The 3 is another choice, but the 6, unless it is the bare bones model, is out of his price range also.

    I still think my XRS can take a 3 though ;)

    I am one of those guys that knows what he has (as in, no I don't think it can take a vette), but is willing to find out first hand. I am not too proud to loose. I keep wanting to race my buddies '00 Mustang GT, but he keeps making excuses.

    There is a guy on Toyotanation that has an XRS with simple bolt-ons that is staying with RS-X Type Ses and regularly beats Sentra SE-R Spec Vs and SVT Focuses at the track. All that and he has 4 doors, roomy interior, a nice sized trunk, etc.

    If you can test drive the XRS. That is what sold me. I went in to get a Scion tC and left with a Corolla XRS. The Corolla fits me better and gives me more room. Plus, I LOVE the six speed manual (VERY short throw for an OEM shifter). Once I dorve it, I had to have it.

    One last thing. One downside is it takes premium gas only. IIRC it has around an 11:1 compression ratio. I only fill it up with Shell premium and only run Mobil 1 synthetic oil w/ a Mobil 1 filter.
     
  9. JosieWales

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    Should be able to do an Accord for 20
     
  10. arrowdriver

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    With some of the deals Mazda is making on the RX-8 now, it should be getting close to 20K for a base model......
     
  11. epsylum

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    That or the TDI for the even better MPG.

    My dad's friend has a TDI Jetta. He likes it so much he is planning on getting another one for his wife.

    I hate to brag agian, but the XRS stays with the new Jetta GLI through the quarter. ;)

    I am a VW fan too though and wanted a Jetta GLI pretty bad.
     
  12. adamgh81

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    I know you said NEW, but I've always purchased used cars with low mileage that are only a year or 2 old. I love my 2000 Nissan Maxima SE...4 door, V6 222hp, 5spd(or auto if you'd like), great styling and performance. 2000-01 have 3.0l v6 and 2002-03 have 3.5l v6. I'd get a 2003 if I were to get ride of my 2000. But if your looking for better gas mileage, my 2000 gets 27-30mpg highway, 24-26 city with A/C cranked.
     
  13. ShipWreck

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    Love my Toyota Matrix. Have had it over 3 years now. 1st car I could ever say that I plan to buy another one eventually.
     
  14. epsylum

    epsylum Boolit Hoze

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    I hope you aren't waiting for that thing to wear out. You may not be around to get another one. :supergrin:
     
  15. WellArmedSheep

    WellArmedSheep NRA Member

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    I think he's insinuating that Toyotas are very durable and reliable automobiles, and that you're probably not gonna wear it out anytime soon.
     
  16. ShipWreck

    ShipWreck FN & HK Fanatic

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    That's kinda what I thought he meant - I realized it after my post
     
  17. GroovedG19

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    Sporty 4 door? How about a used Mitsubishi Evolution?:supergrin:The sound of the turbo hissing when you shift gears is very addicting.
     
  18. nucleus

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    Well I thought the answer would be the Mazdaspeed 3, but I am afraid that it is going to come out at like 23K rather than 20K. Nice little pocket rocket with about 250 HP. Check it out here.

    I have looked at the Corolla, but I think it is too slow for the money. A better choice would be the Yaris or the Fit, and put the money difference into a turbo kit. Smaller cars are inherently sportier and funer to drive.

    I noticed that the Yaris has an option of 18 inch wheels from the factory, that little car could be a good autocross car in stock class with such big wheels from the factory.

    Nucleus