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Old 03-28-2011, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Another option to consider is the Buick Regal.
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Out in the Badlands
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Oh my - I am drowning trying to decide which car to buy. I was hoping someone might be able to give me some ideas or help me narrow my choice down.

So..... I am a twenty-something female. I want to buy a NEW car, not lease.

I have test drove the Acura TSX, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Fort Fusion, and VW CC.

My two favorites are the Camry and TSX. The Accord was too big as well as the CC. The Fusion was pretty good.

I require a car that is safe, blue tooth compatible, electric seats, decent sound system.

I am going to spend 25k-30k (tops)

A new Passat is coming this summer - so I don't know if I should wait for that - or just buy a Camry, TSX, or Fusion.

Are there any good cars in my price range that I have overlooked?? Is the TSX, Fusion, or Camry superior to one of the others or are any of them terrible?

Thanks for any help you can provide - my head is spinning (this is a lot of money to me!)
I would also cross/shop the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima. These brands have come a long way, especially the 2011 version of both cars. They have similar engine/platform but look and drive differently from one another. Optima is on my list for next purchase. Although, likewise, might wait to check out the new 2012 Passat.
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:17 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I actually took a quick look at some prices on used BMWs myself when I saw this post. I saw a pretty decent selection of 328i with about 20K miles for around 25K.
Yeah I missed out on an 06 330i with 54k miles and EVERYTHING from the parts list + CPO and maintenance for the next two years or 100k miles, whichever came first.

Price? $18.750 +ttl from a very legitimate dealer. I've bought another car, but I'm still insanely bummed about losing out on it, it was put up online late Saturday, I found it very late Sunday and called on it 09 am Monday, at which point a deal was pending.
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:44 PM
 
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I second looking into the Nissan Altima. Get the upgraded Bose Sound system and bluetooth. Also, look into the hybrid, there's a tax incentive available for it, and it's got more horsepower than the 4 cyl, yet is much more economical than the v6.
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Old 03-29-2011, 07:45 AM
 
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It seems like the OP is leaning towards a higher end / image look, but also values all the little bells and whistles. With that said, you can't have them both at your price point. You either need to give up the badge and gain the tech or vice versa.

For instance, your budget will barely swing a base model TSX. While that includes a decent stereo, bluetooth, iPod integration, heated leather seats and dual zone climate control, if you want a navigation system and the better stereo, you are going to be adding about $3k to the price of the car.

On the other hand you could get a Honda Accord or Fusion pretty much loaded including navigation with a V6 for less money. However, you will have given up the brand prestige you seem to be going for.

I would personally lean towards the TSX of the options you are considering, but I would also give a strong look at the new Buick Regal that is essentially a direct competitor to the TSX and both carry about the same amount of brand cache, heck Buick is probably more prestigious than Acura at this point.

However, I think you would be better off looking at used CPO luxury cars. You could easily get a slightly used (about 3 years old with 36k miles) BMW 3-series, Mercedes C-class or Audi A4 with all the options in the $25k-$30k range. So, do you want something NEW where you may have to pick between all the options you want or the brand you want or go with something slightly used and get it all, for probably less money.
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:13 AM
 
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I have a 2007 Fusion, great car and very reliable. mine has all the bells and whistles including AWD and it was around $26,000 brand new. i would recomend!

I definitely wouldn't go with a Volkswagen. I had a passat a few years back and had nothing but problems. There is alot of expensive maintenance involved with german cars.
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Old 04-08-2011, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale
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In case anyone is curious - I bought a brand new Acura - what a very happy car!

Thank you everyone for your input and ideas
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:11 PM
 
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In case anyone is curious - I bought a brand new Acura - what a very happy car!

Thank you everyone for your input and ideas
Good Choice.
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Old 04-11-2011, 07:14 PM
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Location: Central TX
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In case anyone is curious - I bought a brand new Acura - what a very happy car!
Good choice! Thanks for letting us know, drive safely.
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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Congratulations on the new car! Enjoy!
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