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Hello - I've gotten the response I wanted. Thank you to everyone who replied. I've decided that for now I am keeping my current car. Thanks again.

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Sedan

Car Needs: Errands about town

Primary Driver(s): Senior driver

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider new cars only

Maximum price: US $ 38000

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Response from Rodney

6:37 pm February 27, 2016

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6:38 am February 28, 2016

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10:41 am February 28, 2016

Response from jrhesse

9:58 pm February 28, 2016

Subaru WRX STI, Jetta GLI, Buick Regal GS. If you want performance luxury brand, I guess the 1 series from BMW wouldn't be a bad look or an IS from Lexus of some sort (they offer lots of trims and levels)


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Subaru WRX
Buick Regal
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Response from rnrouss99

11:33 pm February 29, 2016

The Buick Regal GS is a compact sedan with 259 hp and available all wheel drive and falls in your price range. The Subaru WRX also falls into the compact sedan catagory and pumps out 268 hp. The Subaru is a little more "boy racer" looking compared to the understated Buick. But either might be a contender. Drive them and see what you think.


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Buick Regal
Subaru WRX

Response from mkaresh

2:20 pm March 2, 2016

You're correct that most manufacturers have given up on cars sized like the original TSX. I'm assuming you want to stay with at least a semi-premium car, so nothing from Mazda, Subaru, etc.The Mazda3 is available with a 184-horsepower engine that makes it at least as quick as your TSX. But, as much as I like the Mazda3, it has the materials, sound, and feel of a less expensive car, because it is a less expensive car.

The same can be said of the latest Acura ILX, though it's significantly more expensive than the Mazda3. The TLX 2.4 is the closest direct replacement for your car from Acura. One is worth a look--unless you already know you don't like how it looks or its larger size (about a half-foot longer than your car).

The most compact BMW 3-Series competitor is the Cadillac ATS. I really like how the ATS handles, but reliability has been iffy.

I'm not sure what you mean about the Lexus IS getting much larger. It's very close in exterior dimensions to the car you own. Maybe you saw a different Lexus model and confused it with the IS? In the past I've felt that the IS 250 was underpowered. For 2016, though, the IS 250 had been replaced with the IS 200t, which has a more powerful yet also more efficient four-cylinder turbocharged engine. The difficult part: the IS 200t's base price with no options is $38k. You should be able to discount that a bit, so one with the options you want (if not many) could come in near your maximum.

You might also like the Volvo S60. The reliability of recent model years has been good so far. Fuel efficiency with the FWD powertrains is quite good. I most recently reviewed the related V60 wagon.


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Lexus IS
Volvo S60
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Response from SidSB

6:02 pm March 5, 2016

Some great suggestions above. Was thinking of the Audi A3 which starts @30k for the base 1.8l car, but if you step up to mid Premium trim, with the 2.0l Turbo, you get the AWD and come in at @$36900. That gives a little room to check some option boxes (like the $800 Sports Pack). That Premium trim does give you a lot of nice features. One of the main negatives may the size of the A3 vs your TSX, the A3 is @ 8 inches shorter, but unless the back seat is going to get a lot of use, maybe okay. Another negative is that maybe the tech pack with extra infotainment/nav stuff looks very tempting, but it is a $2700 extra so breaks the $38,000 limit.


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Audi A3 / S3 / RS3
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