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Pickup/acceleration, road holding, comfort. (V6 or Turbo). Drove Subaru Legacy V6 and really liked it. Wondering about 2014 Chrysler 200 (new) which is available to me for about $22,000 (plus tax). Tried a few 4 cylinder cars (Camry, Sonata) and did not like them as they lacked acceleration/pickup. Camry V6, Kia Optima V6 were ok.

Priorities: Reliability & durability / Handling / Powertrain performance / Safety & braking / Ride smoothness

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Sedan

Car Needs: Daily commuter / Errands about town / Long trips

Primary Driver(s): Short driver

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider new cars only

Maximum price: C $ 30000

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Response from Member6078

11:26 am June 15, 2014

I prefer AWD, and I like theSubary Legacy 2.5 based on handling (v6 too heavy),initial cost, MPG, ingress/egress, relability, and I love the paddle shifters.If I didn't have to contend with inclement weather in Upstate NY, I would go with a FWD, and definately considerthe VW Jetta (compact size) or the Passat (larger/nicer apointments) for handling, interior space, longevity (less prone to rust),and the 1.8 turbo motor's torque blows the normally asperated competiton away, while gettingclose to 40 MPG on the highway (Alex on Autos). Great time for consumers.

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Response from mkaresh

11:42 am June 15, 2014

The 2014 Chrysler 200 doesn't ride or handle nearly as well as the others, which is one reason it's so cheap. The 2015 is much better, and is also offered with a V6. Way too soon to know how reliable it will be, though.

The Kia Optima would have been a turbo four. No V6 is offered. It also doesn't ride or handle as well as some of the others

The Honda Accord V6 could be the best fit for your listed priorities. Of the powerful midsize cars I like driving, it has the best reliability record.

The Ford Fusion could be the best for comfort, handling, and a premium feel. Reliability is much better for the 2014, but too soon to know how it'll do in the long term.

I also liked how the Chevrolet Malibu drives when equipped with the 2.0-liter turbo. (Most reviewers haven't been so kind.) We have no reliability data on this one. Possibly still worth a look.

Subaru is redesigning the Legacy for 2015. I'll be able to provide some impressions a week from now.

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