DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7718 posts, RR: 17 Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1769 times:
Well you have cars ranging from $16k to $28k. Seems like a rather broad price range to be looking at. But to be honest there isn't much to complain about with any of those choices.
Just a few heads up the 2006 Accord is due out in a few months with sigificantly different styling, platform remains the same as this is a mid-cycle refresh. So you may want to see if you can find a pic of the 06 to see if you prefer the styling to the current car (I am actually in the minority in that I like the current car better, well the sedan at least).
If it were me, and money was no object, I would be in the TSX without any hesitation. Decent size, good mileage, plenty of power, and fun to drive. If money were an object I'd be in the tC. There isn't as much that draws me to a regular RSX, type S would be a diff story. Ditto for the Accord coupe, never warmed up to the new one as much as the previous car.
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PROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5526 posts, RR: 5 Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1763 times:
If price is your main consideration, the Scion would be the logical choice. The Honda and the RSX would be at least $5,000 more expensive, and the TSX close to $10,000 more.
Scions are sold at fixed prices like Saturns. That could be an important factor if you're not in the mood for haggling with dealers. I've heard that Honda dealers can be quite aggressive and high-pressure, and Acura dealers probably are the same way.
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PROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5526 posts, RR: 5 Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1750 times:
You also might want to check out the newly restyled Mitsubishi Eclipse. It's similar in price to the Honda and the RSX, somewhat less than the TSX. The Hundai Tiburon is another possibility, and is in the Scion's price range.
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Kay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3 Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1705 times:
what a selection... where did you know about these cars? I never knew the existence of any of them. They all look alike, and each is as forgettable as the other. In fact, as I type here I already forgot how they looked in the pictures of this very page.
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31750 posts, RR: 73 Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1697 times:
Solid cars...but all four of them are just, well, boring. Check out the new Volkswagen Jetta or Passat. Volkswagen gives a lot of car for the money...they are especially known for their upscale interiors. Also check out to Volvo S40...edgy design and a very cool Scandanavian-design "pass through" center display. On the upper end of your price range, though.
There is nothing wrong with the four cars you chose, and if I had to take one I would get the Acura TSX (which, FYI, is the edgier, smaller European/Japan-market Honda Accord). You can't go wrong with reliability with a Honda or Toyota, though the cars have me-too styling and personality.
Quoting Kay (Reply 9): what a selection... where did you know about these cars? I never knew the existence of any of them.
None are sold in mainland Europe except the Acura TSX, which is the same thing as the European Honda Accord.
Cactus739 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2407 posts, RR: 33 Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1693 times:
Tough choice..... I'd go with the tC or the RSX. Both are on my short list of cars when it comes time to replace my Lancer.
I'm leaning towards the Scion... but if you've driven one, you know that practically that entire roof is glass, and its not pleasant to get into if its been sitting in the sun for more than 5 minutes....
Mikey711MN From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1381 posts, RR: 8 Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1693 times:
I bought a 2006 tC back in June and I absolutely love it. And it's an incredible value for the price: the number of standard features is astounding, the no-haggle pricing allows you to buy based on the merits of the dealer (instead of who can simply stomach the lowest margin), and the number of options available make the car something you feel is truly your own.
Speaking of my own, I posted a few pics I took [forgive the photo quality, but they're from my cell phone] here if you want to check it out.
It's a smartly designed car, giving you some no-nonsense features that makes you begin to wonder why you haven't seen them in other cars before: rear seats pushed back for ample legroom that themselves can recline or fold forward for an incredible amount of cargo space (facilitated only because they ditched a small trunk door and made it a hatchback), ASL [automatic sound level] control on the radio headunit that adjusts based on road noise (i.e. turns up the faster you go), etc. etc. etc. The differences between the 05 and 06 models are pretty minimal, but the addition of steering wheel controls in itself is worth the extra $200. As a more subtle yet still meaningful bonus, it's insurable as a compact car, not a sports car, which will save you a few hundred bucks a year.
Anyway, I could go on and on...so good luck with your purchase! Each model listed definitely has its pros and cons, but having compared those models myself against my basic criteria, it was truly an easy decision.
Komododx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1652 times:
I own a 2006 Scion tC and must say it's a great buy! Best bang for your buck in its category (Mazda 3, Ford Focus, Nissan Sentra, etc). My friend has an RSX Type S and yes, performance wise it leaves the tC in the dust, but comfort wise I find the tC to be better and more solid.
Komododx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1647 times:
Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 11): Check out the new Volkswagen Jetta or Passat. Volkswagen gives a lot of car for the money..
Don't get a Jettolla! (Jetta+Corolla tail lights, get it?) There have been numerous reviews from car magazines saying that the new Jetta is a total mechanical nightmare. If I would go under VW, I would go the Audi way, although I would wait for the 2-door A3. That's my next car