Okay all you sezzy Oppo boys/girls/tyrannosaurs/pterodactyls/Doges.
I have collected all of your suggestions for my budget based future purchase of a new car. This is as follows:
2015 Volkswagen Golf R
2015 Subaru STi
2015 Audi S3
2015 Jaguar XE
2015 Volvo V60 Polestar
2015 Cadillac CTS
2015 Ford Taurus SHO
2015 Ford Fusion Platinum AWD
2015 Ford Flex Platinum w/Ecoboost
2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan
2015 Dodge Challenger
2015 Lexus IS-350 F-Sport
2015 Infiniti Q50
2015 Cadillac ATS
2015 BMW 328i
2015 Acura TLX V6 AWD
2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen TDI 4Motion
2013-2015 Lincoln MKS and MKT Ecoboost
2012-2013 Lexus RX 450H
2012-2015 Acura MDX SH-AWD
2015 Volkswagen Tiguan R
2015 Dodge Charger R/T
2015 Ford Edge Sport
2015 Volvo V60 R-Design
Now here is what I need from you lot:
Time permitting today (because it's Thursday and we all barely give any fucks) if you would kindly assist me in optioning up a car from this list on the corresponding automakers website configurator and post in the comments below your findings.
Remember the goal here is to stay as close to $40,000 as possible. I will accept anything below $45,000 - but I live in an 11-12% sales tax state so i'm going to get butt rammed when taxes are added to my purchase.
Once I have the configurations, or if you are especially crafty and find locally listed versions (Nashville, TN) I will be adding them into a personal preference poll so we can generate their ranking before they go in to the bracket. Once in the bracket, my wife and I will test drive each vehicle and make a "test-drive" review of each candidate with pros and cons (think like Top Gear's Top Trumps). After posting those findings to Oppo, I will collect Oppo opinions and also consider them in assigning a victor or each match up all the way until we reach the final candidate.
After careful reconsideration, I will also accept FWD vehicles, nicely equipped crossovers, and small luxury SUVs as candidates as I need to flush out the full bracket. I have not figured out what their conferences will be whether by Drivetrain, engine, or geographical characteristics.
Bear in mind this is a real purchase that is going to happen and whatever we end up with it needs to be something that will outlive it's finance period and up to 15 years of life. We are not the kind of people who by the newest thing and chuck the old one out immediately. We need 4 doors, decent cargo carrying ability, luxury amenities (leather heated/cooled seats, sat-radio, bluetooth) but NO NAV.
Also include any manufacturer purchase incentives, such as Volvo's extra $2,000 on your luxury car trade-in.
Have some footwork by Senna with properly synced audio.