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Old 05-28-2008, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Mechanically speaking which is the best built of the three ?

Mazda 3
Honda Civic
Hyundai Elantra

It's for my wife so speed is not an issue, but reliability and safety are.
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Old 05-28-2008, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Scranton
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Mechanically speaking which is the best built of the three ?

Mazda 3
Honda Civic
Hyundai Elantra

It's for my wife so speed is not an issue, but reliability and safety are.

I would definitely recommend the Civic. I have a Honda Accord and its great....no problems whatsoever. I'm not familiar with the Mazda...but I used to have a Hyundai Elantra and it was the most unreliable piece of garbage I've ever had the displeasure of owning.

We also have a 2007 Toyota Corolla and love it so far. Its track record speaks for itself.

The Elantra is also not very well built....it seems Hyundai likes to cut corners and use cheap parts....cheap interior, controls, paint...and the car always seemed to be out of alignment....and we never have that problem with the Honda or the Toyota. My Honda has 111,000 trouble-free miles on it.....our Hyundai needed a new transmission at just over 40,000 miles.
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Old 05-28-2008, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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As a Women...I like the Mazda 3. Civic's are nice too but it depends what year you are wanting. I like the new 08 styles. They look sturdier. I only say that because I was in an accident in a civic a few years ago. nothing bad at all but the front end folded like paper.
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Old 05-28-2008, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Broward County
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Mechanically speaking which is the best built of the three ?

Mazda 3
Honda Civic
Hyundai Elantra

It's for my wife so speed is not an issue, but reliability and safety are.
Honda Civic AND it has much better resale value than the other three....a MUST to consider when you want to sell it...whether 2 years from now or 20 years from now.
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Old 05-28-2008, 01:55 PM
 
Location: TX
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Mazda 3 is supposedly the successor to the Protege. Heard that it's a fun car with better than average reliability.

However, I recommend the Civic. It scored 5 stars in crash tests across the board. Be sure that it comes with side airbags, or the side driver and passenger will drop to 3 stars and 4 stars respectively. For some reason, sedans score a little better than coupes. EX trim and higher come with ABS.

Not sure why, but Hyundai's look like Japanese knock-offs. Sonata resembles a Camry, Elantra resembles the Corolla, Azera looks like the '03 Accord. It's biggest selling point is long warranties. 5-year base, 10-year powertrain.
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Old 05-28-2008, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Scranton
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Not sure why, but Hyundai's look like Japanese knock-offs. Sonata resembles a Camry, Elantra resembles the Corolla, Azera looks like the '03 Accord. It's biggest selling point is long warranties. 5-year base, 10-year powertrain.
The new Elantra looks nothing like a Corolla. I think the new Elantras are butt ugly....they look like eggs on wheels. I always thought the Sonata always looked like an Accord knockoff (the Accord circa 2006).

Either way, Hyundais are junk with horrible resale value.
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Old 05-29-2008, 01:19 AM
 
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Mechanically speaking which is the best built of the three ?

Mazda 3
Honda Civic
Hyundai Elantra

It's for my wife so speed is not an issue, but reliability and safety are.
Mazda 3, another car I would recommend is a Toyota Corolla
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Old 05-29-2008, 02:16 AM
 
Location: WA
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As a Women...I like the Mazda 3. Civic's are nice too but it depends what year you are wanting. I like the new 08 styles. They look sturdier. I only say that because I was in an accident in a civic a few years ago. nothing bad at all but the front end folded like paper.
Cars are built with crumple zones for safety. They may end up looking bad after an accident, but it is built to save your life.
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Old 05-29-2008, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Honda Civics are always a great choice. Resale value, reliable, and inexpensive.
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Old 05-29-2008, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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I just bought a Mazda 3 and love the thing! The civic was our second choice but to much like driving a mini van inside. The 3 is very sporty, if you do not buy it, atleast take it for a test ride, its a sweet car.
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