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Hatchback Love

So after seeing the new Honda Fit ad in ReadyMade, I got all worked up about the hatchback offerings in this country again. Yeah, yeah, I've been talking at length to myself about my evil desire for a new Mustang, but can I really ever justify that to myself? No. So let's get back to nature: the hatchback. (Longtime readers will remember my threatening letters to Toyota regarding their unwillingness to bring the Echo hatch to the US. Maybe they heard me!)

My Hatchback Comparison Grid.

I spent an unreasonable amount of time (and lost a certain amount of sleep, obviously, it being almost 2am) tonight fooling around on auto websites to bring you this, the smart buyer's guide to hatchbacks (and one wagon, because I heart the Outback) in one simple page. If I have missed any hatches available in the US, please let me know. Or if there's something I didn't compare (I left off warrantees because it was annoying me) let me know and I'll add it.

There are some clear winners in certain categories: Yaris/Fit for gas mileage. Aveo for price (who knew you could still get a car under $10k!). Yaris for color choice (there's a whole essay on the stupidity of only having blue, silver, white, and red to choose from welling up inside me as I write this). Scion for audio options. Kia and Chevy for not populating their brochures with inane flowery verbiage.

The Aspire 3.0 just hit 105,000 miles. Some of you may remember back in November last year when I spent $900 getting some bearings in my tranny replaced... that was about 6 months ago. I think $150/mo is not so bad. I remember thinking "if it just lasts three months I'll be okay with this..." but now I would be happy if it got me another year. I am optimistic. Doesn't stop me fetishizing other cars. The Aspire understands. I'm just polyautomotive.

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snidegrrl
May. 19th, 2006 05:39 am (UTC)
I should really go test drive each one for the hell of it.

As a side note, I am having the worst night suddenly and how the hell am I going to sleep.

And we won both softball games, that was pretty awesome. I got RBIs, something that never happens.

And I'm starting to feel serious angst about my procrastinating the rock camp blogging. I was going to do it tonight, and then see... there was dinner... and then I just wanted to make this grid real quick... and... and...

I am terrified to go to work tomorrow. Terrified.
kitty_pitchfork
May. 19th, 2006 06:43 am (UTC)
105,000 miles already? oh my gawd! my car's like 9 years old and only has 78,000 on it!
kitty_pitchfork
May. 19th, 2006 06:44 am (UTC)
wait - why are you terrified to go to work? did i miss something?
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ex_nostradom25
May. 19th, 2006 11:00 am (UTC)
NUM!
I was eyeballing the Honda hybrids just the other day. Automotive adultery!!!

I'm still blown away by that one car getting 60 mpg. WHEEEE!!!
snidegrrl
May. 19th, 2006 01:24 pm (UTC)
Re: NUM!
I keep reading all this stuff about how the extra boatload of money you pay for a hybrid can't be made up in its lifetime by the amount you save on gas. I'm a littly loopy to look for links, but it's put a damper on my desire to get one - in addition to the damper that it would potentially put on my bank account up front. And with the mileages on the Fit and Yaris, I'm all, Hmmmm.
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judithiscariot
May. 19th, 2006 11:05 am (UTC)
MY CAR IS A HATCHBACK. don't be a hater. :)
snidegrrl
May. 19th, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
PPPHhhhthbbhbt.
squeegibo
May. 19th, 2006 11:20 am (UTC)
Hee, "Nature beckons"! When it beckons to me, I get *out* of the car.

Unless they're implying that there's some new features in the Outback's seats that I wasn't aware of.
snidegrrl
May. 19th, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
That's exactly what I thought. Of course this quote was on a page with a beautiful picture of the outback straddling a flowing creek.
examorata
May. 19th, 2006 11:38 am (UTC)
Yaris? Cute piggy bank ads. FOR THE WIN!

Seriously if I had to get a new car tomorrow that's probably where I'd go. There, or a Scion (which has an Echo engine, which I am made to understand will easily get you to 100K with nothing but standard maintenance).
snidegrrl
May. 19th, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
I was trying to make some sense of what model year we're in for the Yaris, guts-wise, but was tired and gave up. But you're right. That one, the honda, and the mazda are the front-runners for my affections in this group. Although I am most fond of the look of the Aerio. If I ever see one on the road I always go, "ooooh!".
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jfboyd
May. 19th, 2006 11:46 am (UTC)
Based completely on nothing other than my own personal biases, I recommend the Mazda5, the Scion, or the Yaris.

I've personally had two Mazdas as my last two cars, a 1990 MX-6 and my current car, a '94 Miata, and they've both been spectacular cars.
snidegrrl
May. 19th, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
Noted! I never hear almost anything about mazdas so I am glad to hear some firsthand experience.
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snidegrrl
May. 19th, 2006 01:33 pm (UTC)
I know quote a few people with Golf and GTI experience, and I've heard great as well as terrible things. At the moment the terrible stories are outweighing the bad, hence the low "brand trust" score. Also do you have any idea if they finally got past the whole windows-falling-into-the-door thing? Everyone I've ever known who's owned a VW has had the windows give out on them. Hopefully new models don't have that problem.
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angela_la_la
May. 19th, 2006 12:52 pm (UTC)
I must admit I've been won over by the Yaris, although I haven't seen the above-mentioned piggy bank ads. I just think it's the most attractive of the bunch, I like the mileage numbers, and Toyotas tend to be pretty tough cookies. Though I do love the Mazda 5's storage capacity and engine specs--I have such a boner for Mazda. I'm just not sure, based on what I know of your lifestyle, that you'll use the rear capacity enough to make the lower MPG worth your while. Unless you plan on moving your drums more?

Out of curiosity, why such a low trust score on VW?
snidegrrl
May. 19th, 2006 01:40 pm (UTC)
Actually, I have kind of been wanting a pickup truck, and moving drums (assuming I start gigging someday) is definitely a consideration. I don't think any of these cars qualify as entire drum kit movers, although, that would be an awesome thing to ask them to let me test.

You can see my answer to lawlesslawyer as to the low score for VW. I will add that watching examorata's interior appointments deteriorate unreasonably made me wary. I just don't hear about VW "hey they make tough cookies". On the other hand, I know so many people who own Golfs and wax poetic about them, I should probably take that into account.
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snidegrrl
May. 19th, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC)
Awesome, thanks! I might just take you up on that because I loathe going into car dealerships.
catsaurus
May. 19th, 2006 01:31 pm (UTC)
I'm down with the Yaris...although I'm holding out for the Smart car to come to the US. Those things are the coolest!
snidegrrl
May. 19th, 2006 01:43 pm (UTC)
I am so not holding my breath for that. Americans? Buy a Smart Car? Surely you jest! ;)
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snidegrrl
May. 19th, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC)
I didn't consider minis because I seemed to recall they were over $20K which was an unstated ceiling for my survey, and because they have no cargo room. None. I mean, they say they have cargo room, but you can't fit a friggin' cat carrier in the back of that thing. I mean, I love them for their tininess, but for my own purposes I want to be able to put stuff other than me in my car.

Thanks for the note about curb weight, you make an excellent point and I'll add that to the chart tonight.
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