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Hi - I am looking for a new mid size sedan that is somewhat sporty while still being reliable and economical. I currently drive a 2017 Mustang GT 6MT and due to commute times and traffic congestion I am looking to move to something a bit more economical and fuel effcient while still being fun to drive. Also looking to move to an automatic as my legs can't take the manual anymore but I don't like the way CVTs feel.

I have been looking at Accords but I'm not sure how the handling is given FWD. Otherwise been looking at Q50, TLX, and IS350 which all take premium gas and don't have the best infotainment systems.

Would be nice to have:
AWD
Android Auto
Regular gas

Dealbreakers:
CVT

Priorities: Reliability & durability / Powertrain performance / Handling

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 60000
Maximum age: 5 years

Maximum price: C $ 25000

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Response from AcuraT

2:51 pm October 2, 2019

Probably the most sporty, relialble mid-sized sedan is the Mazda 6, hands down. The Honda Accord with the two liter turbo is probably the second most sporty. These are the best of the normal family sedans as far as sporty goes.

If you are willing to deal with a five door hatchback I can do a little better at a higher cost. That would be the Kia (yes, the Korean brand) Stinger. The 2.0 L engine is quite sporty and gets good gas mileage, and the car has excellent handling. Downside? Backseat is really small. My 13 year old kids hated it back there when I went to the auto show and has them sit in the backseat. Only reliablity issue so far is some rattling - from hard driving.

Better in the backseat and about as reliable? The Buick Regal made by Opel in Germany. It has good handling but not as sporty as the Stinger (but more sporty than the Honda and maybe marginally more sporty than the Mazda 6). It is also a five door hatchback so like the Kia they both carry a lot more than the Mazda and the Honda in the trunk. It is the most luxurious of this group and is the same price as the Kia in the 2.0 L turbo mode. Front wheel drive is less sporty than the AWD version, and the V6 version is more sporty as well (just like the V6 Turbo Kia Stinger is a very sporty car). However once you go to the V6 on both the Buick and the Kia you are paying a lot more for the car and are outside your price range.

On the Mazda and the Honda you may have to go a couple of years old to get under $25,000 if you want them optioned up. For the Buick and Kia you would have to go back to 2018 and see if you can find any in your price range as you may not be able to as they are very popular cars used.

Best of luck, any of those four are probably your best bets.

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Response from LectroFuel

1:06 am October 11, 2019

A 2016 or newer Mazda 6 with the Mazda Connect infotainment system is what you should be looking at. Very efficient compared to cars in its class, looks good, handles great, and it has a 6 speed auto. They depreciate more than Hondas and some other brands, so it should be easy to find a loaded model in your budget. If you get that Connect infotainment system, there is a retrofit available to add CarPlay and Android Auto.

The new Accords are too expensive for a decent trim and the previous gen IIRC didn't handle as well as the new ones.. A Stinger won't be much better on gas than a Mustang, but you might like it. A used Acura TLX might be more your style. I'm not a fan of the car, but it is a cheap luxury car on the used market and that makes it appealing for a lot of people.

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Response from Avertus

9:52 pm May 12, 2020

LectroFuel

what about the ninth generation Honda accord sport? I wonder why mazdas depreciate more than hondas though are they less reliable somehow? or just less desirable or just less popular.

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Response from LectroFuel

4:48 pm May 14, 2020

Avertus, the Accord Sport is a good car, but doesn't have AWD, has a CVT, and isn't sporty like the OP wants.

Mazda has the reputation of their cars rusting. This has not been a problem with recent Mazdas ever since around 2010, though it depends on the model. Honda's have great resale value and have a reputation for building quality cars. Mazdas are a great deal on the used market right now. Honda's infotainment systems and A/C seem to be the biggest problems with their cars. Oil dilution has only happened in certain conditions and has been more of a forum horror story, so I wouldn't count that as a big problem.

Mazda's problems are with their earlier versions of the Mazda CONNECT infotainment systems. But they extended the warranties on those systems.

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Response from Avertus

9:22 pm July 6, 2020

isnt the accord sport or the v6 for example a very sporty german like sedan?

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