RNOcommctr From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 833 posts, RR: 3 Posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1218 times:
The United States is finally waking up to higher gasoline prices and now, like the rest of the world, we will be seeing quite a few new subcompact cars hitting the market. We have already seen the Scions, the just-released Hyundai Accent/Kia Rio, and over the next several months we will see the re-designed Chevy Aveo, Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris, and Nissan Versa. All will sticker in the $10,000 to $14,000 range.
Many will have a surprising amount of value and content for inexpensive cars-- for example, multiple air bags, antilock brakes, and IPod connections. At our recent local auto show in Reno, I sat in the Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio and was pleasantly surprised-- lots of interior room and comfortable seats.
The Scions and the Yaris (all Toyota products) drive me nuts with their center-mounted instrument clusters, but perhaps not enough so to keep me from buying one.
So... which ones, if any, do you like? Which do you think will be successes in the market?
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13555 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1183 times:
There are many working people who need a cheap commuter or local use car with a low base price and fuel costs. One can buy for $12,000 or so a new smaller car or that amount for a 3-4 year old mid-sized car with maybe 40,000 or more miles on it. The smaller new car will be more reliable, not need any major work done on it and it's expense and have better fuel mileage while the used older larger car will be near the opposite.
If they can make these American market subcompacts with a little pizzaz, well screwed together with some boot in the power department then they will sell to certain buyers.
AvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2479 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1160 times:
Absolutely these cars will succeed, especially if and probably when U.S. gas prices spike past $4./gallon, possibly as soon as this summer. Folks who don't need more car will learn to live with less and be better off for it. The Fit and Yaris in paarticular should prove popular but the new Accent and Rio should also do very well.
"Try driving them. They're like putting wheels on a refrigerator box and catapulting down the freeway at 70 mph. I think the refrigerator box would have a smoother ride."
I've been very happy with the ride of my Ford Focus so I doubt these only slightly smaller cars would ride much worse. If you're used to something a lot bigger, of course, it's an adjustment but one worth making if you're serious about saving gas. Naturally, if you really do NEED something bigger, they're not for you.