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Old 04-30-2011, 10:18 PM
Location: Houston, TX
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Originally Posted by jdhall1 View Post
I was a given a Yaris sedan when I requested mid size from Hertz a couple weeks ago, for my trip into NYC (about 70 minutes away) for the night and then off to JFK in the morning. Felt car was ver underpowered, didn't like the inteior set up and didn't feel the safe driving it on the highway because it's too small (my usual car is a late 90s Jeep Cherokee). Thank god they gave me a big discount to take it...
I also rented a Yaris sedan as a rental from Hertz in Long Island, NY since they were out of F/S cars. Drove it to New England for the weekend and boy was that car a POS! As you've said very underpowered, brakes far too sensitive for my tastes, interior quality and handling left much to be desired and the pedals were way too close to each other. Just too many negatives to list. The thing is cheap to fill up though....I think a full tank was like $40 bucks and it think it lasted about 400 miles which is good. Another positive strangely enough was that the factory sound system was very good for a crapmobile. Bass was definitely rocking! lol
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Old 05-01-2011, 11:24 AM
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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According to the websites, a new Nissan Versa (the all-new 2012 model) starts at $10,990.

The new base Cruze LS starts at $16,900, but may can get a discount?

Hyundai Accent even the loaded one may be around $13K, or a base Elantra for around $13K.
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:27 PM
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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I work for a major Car Rental company and drive many different model cars at work. Economy wise we get the Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Nissan Versa, Sentra, Toyota Corolla, Chevy Cruze, Aveo, Ford Focus and Fiesta. For your price range and dependabilty Im going to suggest the Accent and Rio basic models. Depending on the dealer and discounts offered I would say between $9000 - $11000. It will be a base model roll up windows no power locks. Personally I don't need that and I guess you don't either if it brings the price down. For a get around town type of car with excellent gas mileage I think these are a good bet. I wouldn't recommend one for someone doing alot of long distance travel on a regular basis though.

Cars are way overpriced now. I see our Focus and Cruze with $21,000 price tags on them.

Personally Im very impressed with the new Hyundai Elantra. Great smaller car but bigger than the accent and feels like a mid size car. Gets 40mpg with plenty of pep and a solid ride. stylish design. It is not in the price range of the Accent though and sells closer to the high teens.
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Old 05-04-2011, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by montanamom View Post
I just bought a Kia Rio Today.

It was between a Hyndai Accentand the Rio. Both were 2010 models, both had mild hail damage (to be repaired by dealer upon purchase), and each was priced at about $12,000.

I had originally gone out to find a good used car under $10,000; and found there are NONE to be had, unless you want to buy an older car with very high mileage and no warranty from Joe Blows sign and go, and take your chances.

People just aren't trading in cars like they used to, especially small cars.

The Hyndai was in a color I preferred, but I thought it had absolutely no pick-up, and it was even worse with the air conditioner on. It had 37,000 miles and was still un the manuracturers warranty. It was stripped down ( no power window, etc.) and I think it was probably a former rental car.

The Rio had definitely more get up and go (for a 4 cylinder econobox), and much more interior room for a car about the same size externally as the Accent. It has 15,000 miles on it.

I have heard better things about Hyndais reliability than I have Rios, but I bought the Rio anyway because I like more "pep" in a car, especially in a car with an automatic transmission.

I purchased the extended warranty with the Rio which added an extra $20.00 to the payment each month, for my peace of mind. Should I have done that? I'm reconsidering now - it was still under the manufacturers warrenty up to 60,000 miles.

I put $2,000 down, financed the rest, and my payments will still be under $200 for a car that is practically new.

If I could have found one, I would have loved to have had a Toyota Echo. Wonder why they stopped making those.
I saw a Rio parked next to me the other day and i liked its styling. Did you investigate its reliability thru online owner reports ? That is a BIG consideration for me as id have to travel some 45 miles one way for in warranty repair of a Kia whereas theres a Ford and Chevy dealer right here in my tiny rural town.
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