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Want a fun car that is able to get up and go but is still modest on fuel consumption and can transport young children to school in a bind.

Priorities: Reliability & durability / Powertrain performance / Handling / Exterior styling / Fuel economy

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Coupe / Convertible

Car Needs: Daily commuter / Family transporter / Errands about town / Fun toy

Need minimum of 4 seats

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

Maximum price: US $ 30000

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Response from mwcten

4:19 pm June 26, 2014

Wow, there's a lot of ways you could go here. Assuming you're serious about going the 4-5 seat coup route and dropping $30k you could get a Scion FR-S or Subaru BR-Z, or the Scion TC as a budget option. For raw power in a compact (thus good MPG) there are the Ford Focus/Fiesta ST's or a Mazdaspeed 3 or a Civic Si, although only the civic comes as a coupe. The Civic or TC will really be your most reliable options. Then there's luxury nameplates, but most of that is some combination of sedan or 2-seat or unreliable. Theres the Acura RSX from a few years back; way below your budget and older than your parameters, but they're nice reliable sporty cars. You could get a used Infinity G37, but they're kind of big/lower mpg. I'm ignoring all the european stuff here for reliablility concerns.


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Subaru BRZ
Acura RSX
Scion tC

Response from Snowblaster99

12:26 am June 29, 2014

I am also looking for a Coupe that is sporty, yet practical (as much as a coupe can be practical) The previous post has some good suggestions, I especially like the Scion TC, it looks dynamic, it iis a hatch and has ample room for storage, the rear seats are more roomy than most Coups and has a 2.5 engin with 180 hp.

Unfortunately there is no information about reliability etcetera in the Consumers Report Used Car Buyers Guide, I think that not enough of their members drive one. I hear glowing reviews from people that owne one, but I like have the the stats before I buy.

I'm considering buying an Altima Coupe 2010-11, I like the way they look and they get pretty good rateings overall, although they don't have much trunk space, unless you fold the back seats down. The 2.5 is quick, the 3.5 is fast/powerful.

Thats my two cents worth ;)


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Response from mkaresh

3:02 pm June 29, 2014

The Altima 3.5 rides very firmly. Not a problem if the roads in your area are very smooth. The Accord Coupe is a better all-around car, but it also handles like the larger car it is.

The FR-S / BRZ are very loud on the highway, but a lot of fun on a curvy road.

Fuel economy is the primary weakness of the G37.

For some people the Genesis Coupe strikes a good balance between the FR-S and the G37. Just make sure the ride is comfortable enough for you on the roads you drive.

Check our reliability stats for the BMW 3-Series and Audi A5. Recent years haven't been bad. Unclear how they'll age, though.


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Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Response from Member6121

12:49 am July 12, 2014

Honda Accord Coupe with a V-6 and a manual might work for you. Should be fun to drive and economical and big enough to drive the kids around....


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Honda Accord
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