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Old 10-19-2013, 10:05 PM   #1
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Default Best mid size sedan $30,000 or under?

I'm thinking about a new car. It will be a sedan, mid size.

It must have good power and handling and be fun to drive.

Anyone have any suggestions?

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I'm thinking about a new car. It will be a sedan, mid size.

It must have good power and handling and be fun to drive.

Anyone have any suggestions?
In 2011 my wife and I bought a new Chevrolet Malibu. It is a 4 cylinder. She likes it. I have driven it a few times. Does ok. It's not the V6 version though. Make way better gas mileage than the 2000 jeep Cherokee limited with AWD and a V8.
We test drove.the V6 version of the Malibu. It's pretty nasty for what it is. She said she was fine with the 4 cylinder. It also has the 6 speed transmission.
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No idea of price- but my current company ride is a Ford Taurus 6 cylinder. Sucker is QUICK- will lay you back in the seat. Excellent handling. Comfortable ride. have had 2 other Tauruses as company cars- NOTHING like this one. Still finding all the bells and whistles on this one.

Just a thought- go to website for Insurance Institute for Highway Traffic safety- Nonprofit supported by the insurance companies. They are the folks that do the crash testing and safety rating of different cars.

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No idea of price- but my current company ride is a Ford Taurus 6 cylinder. Sucker is QUICK- will lay you back in the seat. Excellent handling. Comfortable ride. have had 2 other Tauruses as company cars- NOTHING like this one. Still finding all the bells and whistles on this one.

Just a thought- go to website for Insurance Institute for Highway Traffic safety- Nonprofit supported by the insurance companies. They are the folks that do the crash testing and safety rating of different cars.
They are very nice, iirc they run in the upper 20k range. Up to like 36k for the supercharged SHO. *drool*
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I like the Malibu, but I LOVE the Nissan Maxima!
End of year you cna always pick up base models for udner 30k new.

We're taking a fantasic and "bulletproof" CVT transmission mated to the famous 290 hp VQ35.

The interior looks like a modernized mix of a 70's S Class Mercedes with a early 90's Infiniti Q45.
In other words good looking in a no nonsense teutonic way.

@0 gallon fuel tank too.
Despite being a large and powerful Sedan I get 27 mpg on the hiway on a trip where i keep the needle mostly above 85 mph.
20 Gallon fuel tank too!

Love it.

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I'm thinking about a new car. It will be a sedan, mid size.

It must have good power and handling and be fun to drive.

Anyone have any suggestions?
You probably couldn't call it mid-size, but my V-6 Charger SXT Plus has plenty of power and is a lot of fun to drive. Mine is pretty much loaded, and it came out at $32K sticker. They can be had for under $30 without a lot of sacrifices. The best part is the 8 speed transmission which gives me 32-33 mpg highway.

If that is too big for you, consider the Avenger with the V-6. You can get well within the budget and load it up very well. I don't know if the Avenger is rear wheel drive, but the Charger is.
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We rented a 2013 Taurus V6 from Hertz and hammered 3000+ miles on it on a road trip
in May. (Oregon to Grand Canyon and back, with side trips)

I was stunned. Nice car, leather and power EVERYTHING. Wife's daily driver is a
supercharged Riviera, and the Taurus would kick it's butt. Averaged 28.6 mpg for
the trip, which was far from all freeway and we had it loaded down with a
trunk full of guns and ammo. Only thing I didn't like was the touch screen
interface----it takes some getting used to and is about like texting when it comes
to taking your attention away from where it should be.

I've pretty much been a GM guy for quite a while, but that Taurus got my attention.

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Before we bought out Malibu I was searching for a Pontiac G8. That's a good one to have.

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Kia Optima or Ford Fusion. Good power, fun to drive and lots of bells and whistles available. I have heated and air conditioned front seats on my Optima. They are both around $29-30 very well equipped.

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