Yes I’m still shopping for a car and yes I know its quite a few choices but bare with me. I do extensive research when I buy cars and these are the ones I’ve narrowed it down too that I should be picking up before the end of the month. Here are my pros and cons. Other pros, cons and suggestions would be appreciated as well:
2015 Mustang Convertible V6 for $18,900 33,400 on the odo
- Stylish, especially with the standard HID’s and LED DRL’s.
- Relatively fuel efficient for being a V6.
- Plenty of power that bests or matches pre 5.0 GT’s of previous generations.
- Its a convertible.
- Surprisingly large trunk.
- Depreciation. Brand new and with the options that the example I’m looking at has, this thing was pushing 35 grand. In a little over 2 years with less than 50 thousand on the odo its lost $17 grand in value. That’s a big hit to me.
- Not that this matters much but this car could have a stigma with it. Ford positioned the V6 as the base car so this thing is pretty much a poser rental special.
2013 Challenger R/T for $17,984 with 57,000 on the odo
- Its got a Hemi.
- Being on the LX platform means it has sedan like interior room, even in back.
- Its got the best styling (at least I think so)out of the pony cars.
- Its heavy, which could mean its thirsty.
- Old school in the best and worse sense, mainly being good only in a straight line.
- This is a 2013, before the recent refresh. Which means it has crappy interior quality that reminds me of my aunts 09 Avenger.
2011 Camaro SS for $16,980 with 75,515 on the odo
- 6.2 liter Small Block means tons of relatively cheap performance options and tons of stock power.
- This particular car has the RS package so its a looker.
- Still holding on to its value even though its 6 years old.
- Its 6 years old.
- Its like sitting in a bathtub with shit visibility.
- GM’s hit or miss reliability.
2013 Focus ST for $15,585 with 69,000 on the odo
- One of the best if not the best hot hatch ever made.
- Excellent power from its turbo 4.
- The way it takes corners makes you forget its FWD.
- Everyday livability and practicality.
- The induction sound that’s piped into the interior makes a nice growl.
- Growing aftermarket support.
- Its still a Focus before anything else, which hurts its value in the long run.
- Mis mash of interior designs and angles makes it look confusing.
- Torque steer will make you wish for the RS’ AWD system.
2017 Civic Hatchback for $22,800
- Its a brand new car.
- Honda reliability.
- Interior room equatable to an Accord of 3 generations ago.
- Damn near 40 MPG with the CVT.
- Pretty much guaranteed to hold its value pretty well.
- The hatch’s styling is a looker.
- Dealers overcharge for them. MSRP’s for base LX hatches according to Honda is just over 19 grand. Most dealers I’ve inquired with are listing them within a few hundred bucks of a base Accord such as this example.
- Has a CVT.
- Cant find any Sport models with the Manual.
- From certain angles its a bit over styled in some places.
ll these pros and cons come from me having test driven each model. What are you guys thoughts on these?