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      01-10-2019, 01:06 PM   #1
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Looking for a daily driver suggestion

Hi,
My M3 is and will always be a garage queen... so with that in mind, Im looking for a daily driver. I am 66, so looking for a larger vehicle.

Here are my must haves:
1. Manual transmission
2. 4 doors (family utility)

I drive about 20-25K per year, so Im looking for something that will last. I have cross referenced all current (new) and recent (2-3 year old certified) models and I have come up with the following list:

2018 Mazda 6
2019 Honda Accord
2019 Genesis G70
2018/2017 Audi A4 (size MAY be a concern)
2016/2018 BMW 3 series (size is DEFINITELY a concern)


Am I missing another alternative? I live in the northeast, so 4WD is a definite plus, but not an absolute necessity.
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I'm driving a 2017 Civic hatchback as my commuter. Have you tried to sit in one of them?

I drive about 30-40k/year and I'm already at 60K on my car. I get about 38mpg on the average.
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      01-10-2019, 01:22 PM   #3
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Newer 4 door Mini Cooper S (F55)! You'll be super surprised how much space is in one of those things and it is a hell of a bargain for what they sell for on the used market. I drive the two door F56S and it's literally a BMW inside. Super happy.
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I'm driving a 2017 Civic hatchback as my commuter. Have you tried to sit in one of them?

I drive about 30-40k/year and I'm already at 60K on my car. I get about 38mpg on the average.
Similar to the Mazda 3, I fit perfectly in a civic but no one can sit behind me.
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Newer 4 door Mini Cooper S (F55)! You'll be super surprised how much space is in one of those things and it is a hell of a bargain for what they sell for on the used market. I drive the two door F56S and it's literally a BMW inside. Super happy.
the "new" mini cooper, along with the 4 door version and countryman, are the ugliest piece of shit on the road...no wonder the sales went down overall compared to last yr... funny because R53 and R56, although refinement was crap, was good looking cooper
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Aren't the Minies one the least reliable cars?
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my buddy (6'2) has GTI and it's surprisingly comfortable for him, and most importantly, it's really fun to drive in 6MT and MPG is amazing. I had the car for about a month, the manual is so easy and it's overall a very well made vehicle.
I honestly am very anti-VAG (VW + AUDI) but GTI is one of my favorite cars after my short ownership of GTI

at 6'6, it might be too tight, i'd say Accord would be your best choice.
it has gotten bigger, and if anyone has experience of owning a recent 17+ honda models, it's just a perfect daily driver, comfortable, good ergonomics + MPG, easy to toss around
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I'd check out the Infiniti sedans as well..
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      01-10-2019, 02:25 PM   #11
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I have a 2016 Mazda 6 sport with the manual. I love it as a daily while reserving my m3 for fun only.

I'd say factory tires (which were yokos) were horrible. Swap those out and you've got a very nice handling ride. I'd buy another 6 again, particularly with how cheap you can get one.
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The Hyundai G70 is a incredible car. With the former M boss leading the development, it will only get better. With that being said, I've only driven the 3.3L TT version(auto only) and it blew my expectations. Wish I had a chance to drive the 2.0T manual as well. I would definitely test drive both versions.
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The Hyundai G70 is a incredible car. With the former M boss leading the development, it will only get better. With that being said, I've only driven the 3.3L TT version(auto only) and it blew my expectations. Wish I had a chance to drive the 2.0T manual as well. I would definitely test drive both versions.
the manual version was just tested in C&D and they did not like it
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Newer 4 door Mini Cooper S (F55)! You'll be super surprised how much space is in one of those things and it is a hell of a bargain for what they sell for on the used market. I drive the two door F56S and it's literally a BMW inside. Super happy.
I agree. Great little car, manual has great feel and heft

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the "new" mini cooper, along with the 4 door version and countryman, are the ugliest piece of shit on the road...no wonder the sales went down overall compared to last yr... funny because R53 and R56, although refinement was crap, was good looking cooper
I think the F56 looks great, puts a smile on my face whenever I see it
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the "new" mini cooper, along with the 4 door version and countryman, are the ugliest piece of shit on the road...no wonder the sales went down overall compared to last yr... funny because R53 and R56, although refinement was crap, was good looking cooper
Well all right then!

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Aren't the Minies one the least reliable cars?
Not the new F gen. R gen cars had quite a few problems, yes.

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I agree. Great little car, manual has great feel and heft

I think the F56 looks great, puts a smile on my face whenever I see it
Yeah I've always liked the new styling. Not nearly as go-karty as the previous gens, but still a hoot of fun. For a daily driver, the F gen no doubt.
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the manual version was just tested in C&D and they did not like it
Bummer. Looked promising with the AWD
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I'd check out the Infiniti sedans as well..
No manual transmission
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the manual version was just tested in C&D and they did not like it
I wonder if it was a pre-production car... this is their 1st luxury branded product (in this segment) .. no way they didnt test the shit out of it to cross every t.
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I wonder if it was a pre-production car... this is their 1st luxury branded product (in this segment) .. no way they didnt test the shit out of it to cross every t.
it's a shame

Methinks the 3.3T version is the 'good' one while the 2.0 is more of an afterthought

https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews...by-the-numbers
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