What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?

So my GF’s Mazda 3 looks something like this:

Illustration for article titled The car search to replace my GFs rusty Mazda 3
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...along with having other issues. It has been a good car for her and has lasted her 15 years.

What she wants is something new that is just like her old Mazda 3 in terms of how it drives, but with a hatchback. She doesn’t need a hatch, she just likes the look and the idea of the added flexibility.

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Stuff that the car must have:

  • Automatic
  • 4 doors with decent enough trunk and rear seat space. If it’s the same as her old Mazda 3, that’s fine.
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And she wants to keep the payment below CAD$500 when financing it over 60 months.

The four candidates she has test driven already:

1. Since she has a Mazda, I said that the new Mazda 3 should be a logical candidate

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Illustration for article titled The car search to replace my GFs rusty Mazda 3

2. The Corolla hatch... test drove one in exactly this colour which I love, but she hates:

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Illustration for article titled The car search to replace my GFs rusty Mazda 3

3. Hyundai has come a long way and the Elantra GT hatch his highly rated even by Consumer Reports

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Illustration for article titled The car search to replace my GFs rusty Mazda 3

4. Some people hate it, but I always liked the way the Civic Hatch looks.

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There is also a 5th wildcard candidate... the Tesla Model 3 SR+... which we will be test driving this weekend. But it’s a solid ~CAD$25,000 more expensive than the regular contenders.

But I think it’s also way more awesome compared to the regular contenders.

And I know she actually CAN afford the Model 3, but she just would prefer not to spend that much.

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You can’t justify the Tesla based on fuel savings.

The ONLY way she’s gonna buy a Tesla is if she absolutely falls in love with it to the point that she wants to spend the extra money.

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Anyway... of the 4 test driven candidates, take a guess which one is the leading candidate overall and take a guess which one she prefers just from a pure driving-experience perspective?

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