Over the weekend the engine in my brother’s ‘14 Focus suffered a coolant-starved death. Since it’s almost a guarantee the repairs will cost well more than the car is worth he’s asked me to start compiling a list of possible replacements.
The details of his requirements may evolve over the next couple days/weeks, but at the moment they are a hatch/wagon with a manual, heated seats, and a fuel economy over 25/31 city/highway. Needs to be no older than three years and under $25k. Doesn’t need to be sporty or quick (though it’s a plus), does need to be reliable. Sunroof a big plus but not a necessity.
So far what I’ve come up with is:
Honda Civic Sport Touring
Hyundai Elantra GT N-Line
Kia Forte SX
What does Oppo say, any suggestions to add? Any warnings against what I’ve already got on the list? For those wondering location he lives in central Connecticut.