I'm going to explain myself a little bit. We were in the market for a new
car and decided on a small one. Not Aveo/Yaris/Fit small, but
Cobalt/Ion/Corolla/Civic small. Did extensive research and test driving of
the Cobalt, Ion, Corolla, Mazda3 and Civic. This was the short list, the
original list also included the Sentra, Spectra and Sonata, but they got cut
shortly after sitting in them.
We used the "Cato and Vaughan Test Drive Formula," available here:
We tried really hard to like the Ion, but it just wasn't up to snuff. The
Cobalt was junk. The Corolla was excellent, but didn't have and "pizzazz."
The Mazda3 was our second pick, the Civic beat the Mazda3 by only a slight
The Honda, Saturn and Toyota dealer experience was way above anyone else.
The Chevrolet dealer wouldn't give us a price on what we asked for and the
Mazda dealer was WAY too pushy. The first Honda dealer we went to told us
flat out "I'm not going to give you a price unless you are going to buy a
car." We turned around, walked out the door and went to another Honda
Price wise, lowest to highest: Cobalt, Ion, Corolla, Mazda3, Civic.
Bang-for-the-buck wise, lowest to highest: Cobalt, Corolla, Mazda3, Ion,
Features, lowest to highest: Cobalt, Corolla, Mazda3, Ion, Civic.
Our "score," lowest to highest: Cobalt, Ion, Corolla, Mazda3, Civic. (I
actually scored the Corolla higher than the Mazda3, the wife was the other
I haven't been turned off GM, they just didn't cut it for what we needed
now. If I was in the market for a full size again, I'd be hard pressed to
buy anything but an Impala or Monte Carlo.
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