I was not planning to buy a new car anytime soon until i saw the new lancer GTA. Since then i cant stop thinking about it. However, when i search about reviews of the GTA from the internet, the reviews are quite mediocre if not totally negative.
Then the other day, i saw the Subaru impreza sedan and i was quite impressed with its overall appearance (inside and out) and its features. Now i'm confused. Please help me decide. I'm planning to buy soon. Thanks
I was in your shoes few weeks ago when I was deciding what new car to get.
My choices were Lancer EX GLS, Subaru Impreza sedan, Ford Focus TDCI.
Any of the above mentioned choices are pretty good by themselves. All have good reviews. Focus TDCI
- powerful turbo diesel engine, great looks, handles like it's on rails. Downside, suspension is stiff as nails because it has been up-rated to handle the heavy engine/tranny combo. Gives one of the best fuel mileage numbers in this car range. There is also a big potential for simple aftermarket modifications to the engine for big HP gains as well. BTW, the tranny is a DSG type tranny or a dual clutch transmission. Mechanically it's like having two manual trannys controlled by a computer. Potentially faster shifts and less power loss through the drive train.Subaru Impreza 2.0L
(sedan) - the latest offering from Subaru. The car is basically the same mechanically as it's hatchback version. Comes in two variants, manual or automatic. The manual gives the best use of the engine's power. The automatic turns a potentially good & exiciting performance car into a grocery getter though. Mitsu Lancer EX GT-A
- great car that combines a good chassis, powerful engine and good A/T tranny. Doing mid-turn downshifts for fast corning exits with the paddleshifters becomes second nature after a couple of minutes of driving the car. The suspension soaks up road irregularities well enough even with the large 18 inch wheels. The digital multi-info display located between the guages gives you more information than you would want. Only downside would the CVT itself, no fast takeoffs and potential early failure if driven too hard too often.