Honda Car Forum


 

Go Back   Honda Car Forum - Accord Parts Civic Tuning Acura Racing > Discussion > Honda Technical

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 30 Oct 2007, 04:42 pm
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 3
Default Buying an New Car help please-Civic, Mazda 3, Jetta, Matrix?

I'm going to be purchasing a new car in the next month or so. I will be driving on the highway a fair bit so i want something very reliable and good on gas. I will be doing a lot of winter driving as well. I'm interested in the civic, mazda 3, matrix, jetta, and would rather a 4 wheel drive because of winter driving but know that gas and payments will be high. Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 30 Oct 2007, 05:21 pm
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 100
Default

civics are great on gas and really not bad at all in snow and ice.. good prices too
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 30 Oct 2007, 05:24 pm
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 1
Default

deffinetly a jetta.they are so cute.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 30 Oct 2007, 05:27 pm
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 607
Default

according to different magazines the civic or mazda 3 have excellant ratings. test drive them both, get prices and then decide. take your time and do not be pushed into buying the car until you are sure your have picked the one you want and can afford. check out what your insurance will cost before you purchase.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 30 Oct 2007, 05:30 pm
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 1
Default

Actually, I would recommend checking out the Rabbit instead of the Jetta(IF you are interested in a German car). The Jetta is made in Mexico...the Rabbit is built in Germany, and the reviews have been very positive.The Civic/Mazda/Matrix are all good cars, but the noise levels on these entry level Japanese cars is high, and the overall driving experience after the excitement of bling/flash has died down is not on the level of the German car. I would do a side by side comparison on all the models and drive them as well(especially the HWY...)In todays modern car with traction control, 4-wheel drive is not really needed...just a good set of snow tires. For example, the VW comes standard with 4-wheel disc brakes...I believe the Matrix comes with drums on the rear(VERY dated technology)...also research the traction control/ABS airbags, etc, and see who gives the best bang for the buck.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 30 Oct 2007, 05:33 pm
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 1
Default

I've driven the AWD Matrix, looks like a solid car, gets good mileage, looks sporty.I did own a Rabbit for five years (back then it was called a Golf). I had a bunch of problems with the engine.
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 30 Oct 2007, 05:36 pm
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 3
Default

In your list, only Civic, Matrix/Toyota Corolla/Pontiac Vibe, and Mazda3 stand out in terms of reliability. VW has diesel models which can save you money on gas. Honda has a very reputation for producing good-mileage cars with a very high quality and resale value. And they've been doing it for a long time. Mazda3 is a very nice and well-rounded car as well with good mileage. But they are not as reliable as the Civic.Please note that VW, while it is a German Company, does not produce cars with qualities as good as other German brands like the BMW, Mercedes. VW's small cars, especially the Rabbit and the Jetta are good and project that yuppie image but they do not come without problems in the long-run. The Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe is a very good alternative to the other cars because of its versatility. But it does not come with 4-wheel drive. I think for driving in the snow/ice, traction control, stability control, and ABS should be sufficient to help you drive safely. Another one to consider is the Honda Element which comes with a full-time 4 wheel drive. Problem is, you pay for the gas. I'm assuming you, as a prospective new car buyer, have visited websites such as Edmunds.com or Cartalk.com to get more info.
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 30 Oct 2007, 05:42 pm
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 235
Default

The Toyota Corolla is very good value for the money. It also has the best crash scores, so you'll want that kind of safety when you are on the highway.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Honda buying Mazda? drewsifer06 Honda Technical 3 13 Oct 2007 03:54 pm
2007: Mazda3, Honda Civic/SI, or Toyota Matrix? Paul M Honda Technical 7 24 Sep 2007 02:10 pm
Honda Civic or Volkswagon Jetta? davidgherron Honda Technical 8 23 Aug 2007 02:48 pm
accord vs jetta vs camry dufffman@gmail.com Honda 3 20 17 Aug 2005 08:41 pm
Comparison b/w Civic SI, Civic DX-G, Corolla, & Matrix? griffin Honda 3 50 24 Aug 2004 11:56 pm


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:38 am.


Attribution:
Honda News | Autoblog
Powered by Yahoo Answers




Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2 © 2011, Crawlability, Inc.
HondaCarForum.com is not affiliated with Honda Motor Company in any way. Honda Motor Company does not sponsor, support, or endorse HondaCarForum.com in any way. Copyright/trademark/sales mark infringements are not intended or implied.