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DSCOTY '06: Economy Cars
What is the Dieselstation Economy Car of the year?
Chevrolet HHR [ 4 ] ** [5.71%]
Honda Civic (excluding Si) [ 17 ] ** [24.29%]
Hyundai Accent/Kia Rio [ 2 ] ** [2.86%]
Subaru Impreza (excluding WRX and STi) [ 15 ] ** [21.43%]
Volkswagen Golf MkV (excluding 2.0T models) [ 30 ] ** [42.86%]
Volkswagen New Beetle Coupe [ 2 ] ** [2.86%]
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post Dec 6 2005, 05:45 PM
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For more on the Dieselstation Car Of The Year '06 competition, please see this thread.

Chevrolet HHR
Base MSRP:
$15,990
Available Engines: 2.2 liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 143 HP and 150 ft.-lbs. of torque; 2.4 liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 172 HP and 162 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive
Curb Weight: N/A

Chevy’s HHR compact wagon uses its retro styling to recall the original Suburban SUV, but in a much tidier package. Meant to attract the young crowd, the HHR offers a good combination of interior space, spunky performance (being based off the Cobalt) and lots of style all at a reasonable price.





Honda Civic
Base MSRP:
$14,360
Available Engines: 1.8 liter SOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 140 HP and 128 ft.-lbs. of torque; 1.4 liter SOHC 8-valve inline-4 with electric hybrid system with 110 HP and 123 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission; CVT (Hybrid only)
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive
Curb Weight: 2593-2875 lbs.

The Honda Civic has become a symbol of the automotive landscape. Consistently one of the world’s best selling cars for nearly 30 years, the Civic enters its 8th generation with a radical new look inside and out. New powerplants, a funky and youthful interior, and a reputation for safety and reliability make the Honda Civic, once again, at or near the head of its class.





Hyundai Accent/Kia Rio*
Base MSRP:
$11,110
Available Engines: 1.6 liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 110 HP and 107 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive
Curb Weight: 2365-2403 lbs.
*note: specifications and price refer to Kia Rio

Kia’s little Rio has been the cheapest new car in America for several years. The old model was a desperate tin can of a car, with no power, no refinement, and a pitiful interior. The 2006 Rio, and its twin car, the 2006 Accent, aim to turn that around. A new DOHC motor with more power, a much nicer interior, and more refined styling aim to make the Rio a more serious car in the eyes of the buying public, while its low price and loads of standard equipment carry on the legacy of affordability that the old car offered.





Subaru Impreza (excluding WRX and STi)
Base MSRP:
$18,295
Available Engines: 2.5 liter SOHC 16-valve flat-4 with 173 HP and 166 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission
Available Drivetrains: Permanent All-wheel drive
Curb Weight: 3016-3120 lbs.

The 2006 update to Subaru’s evergreen Impreza models brings the controversial new styling from the B9 Tribeca to Subaru’s cheapest cars. A slight power increase as well as improvements to the transmission and chassis components makes this a worthwhile update, but at just over $18k the Impreza is starting to stretch what people are willing to pay for an economy car.





Volkswagen Golf mkV (excluding 2.0T models)
Base MSRP:
$16,000 (estimated)
Available Engines: 2.5 liter DOHC 20-valve inline-5 with 150 HP and 170 ft.-lbs. of torque; 1.9 liter SOHC 8-valve inline-4 turbodiesel with 100 HP and 177 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic with manual shift mode (2.5 only); 6-speed dual-clutch semi-manual transmission (1.9TDI only)
Available Drivetrains: Front-wheel drive
Curb Weight: ~2800 pounds (estimated)

The fifth generation of Volkswagen’s legendary Golf is larger, cleaner, faster, and better to drive than ever. Although it’s been on sale in Europe for 2 years now, it will finally make it to US shores in early 2006, most likely with the same engine options available in the new Jetta.





Volkswagen New Beetle Coupe
Base MSRP:
$17,180
Available Engines: 2.5 liter DOHC 20-valve inline-5 with 150 HP and 170 ft.-lbs. of torque; 1.9 liter SOHC 8-valve inline-4 turbodiesel with 100 HP and 177 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic with manual shift mode (2.5 only); 6-speed dual-clutch semi-manual transmission (1.9TDI only)
Available Drivetrains: Front-wheel drive
Curb Weight: 2884-3016 lbs.

Updating a design classic like the New Beetle is a tricky challenge. For their 2006 updates, VW was very conservative, keeping the car’s shape intact while adding some fresh touches, including new lights, bumpers, and wheels. The car retains its original cuteness while looking suitably modern. Under the skin VW has placed a new range of engines borrowed from the 5th generation Golf cars.



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post Dec 6 2005, 05:49 PM
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post Dec 6 2005, 05:51 PM
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post Dec 6 2005, 05:52 PM
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Agreed with DZ on Civic. I discounted all the others almost immedately except the Golf. Because of VW having quality control issues I chose the Civic, because since this is for economy cars you have to take into account maintenance costs. The Golf has a better interior, and i'd probably enjoy it more, but the Civic is the better all around choice as far as interior, features, speed, looks and price go.
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post Dec 6 2005, 05:53 PM
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post Dec 6 2005, 05:57 PM
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Personally, I'm torn between the Golf and the Impreza. The Civic is a technically excellent car, I cannot disagree, but I hate its dumb gauges and the cloth seats feel shitty.

The Impreza has AWD and I personally like its spartan interior, but it is the most expensive car in the poll and it is undeniably rough around the edges. I do find it ridiculously charming though; the Golf will have to wait for the GTI to get a vote from me.

Also, I decided it was silly to have the Civic Si in the economy car poll when it obviously belongs with the Boy Racers. If anybody would like to change their vote because of that I can edit the poll accordingly.
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post Dec 6 2005, 05:57 PM
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Impreza for me.
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post Dec 6 2005, 05:59 PM
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QUOTE(clarkma5 @ Dec 6 2005, 08:57 PM) *
Also, I decided it was silly to have the Civic Si in the economy car poll when it obviously belongs with the Boy Racers. If anybody would like to change their vote because of that I can edit the poll accordingly.

Well then, if no si change my vote to the golf.
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post Dec 6 2005, 06:00 PM
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post Dec 6 2005, 06:06 PM
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chose the Golf.

it's not cheap but it has the most refinement out of all the candidates.
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post Dec 6 2005, 06:08 PM
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i still pick the civic. it's going to have a much lower ownership cost over the long run than any of the other cars.
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post Dec 6 2005, 06:14 PM
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post Dec 6 2005, 06:31 PM
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Subaru...the only way to go.

by the way...slightly off topic...are the headlights in the "new" beetle the same as in the porsche 993? 993 ends production in 1998 (i think thats when they stopped making the Turbo...)VW buys the tooling for the lights for its new beetle...a concevable story...
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post Dec 6 2005, 06:39 PM
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Surprisingly the New Beetle is the most hetero of all of the choices, which isn't saying much.
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post Dec 6 2005, 07:16 PM
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1) VW Golf MkV. I think this will be the best all-around package for a small car in the US when it comes here... safety, refinement, character, fun to drive, solidity, and a touch of prestige. I would get it with the 1.9L common rail direct injection turbodiesel or hopefully the 2.0L TDi with 134bhp... that'd be a fun car.

2) Subaru Impreza- the Impreza is definetely rough around the edges (it's just a light facelift of a car that debuted in 2001 and wasn't really all that nice back then, but a GOOD car.) but it's VERY charming to drive and own. The single cam flat four is unbustable and adequately torquey, and has a nice sound to it. Four wheel drive is great for foul weather and just general driving confidence... i'm a fan. I might have bought this if it the facelifted impreza had been out when i got my car... but... meh.

3) Honda Civic. It's very good. It's a Civic.

4) Beetle. It's much improved. But... it's still a beetle.

5) Rio/Accent: nah thanks.

6) HHR: We already have a PT Cruiser, kthxbye.
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post Dec 6 2005, 09:22 PM
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I autocross. I chose the Impreza.
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post Dec 6 2005, 10:56 PM
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The Golf. Decent handling; understated, classy, styling; and excellent build-quality. Plus there's the halo-effect of the Phaeton, sure the Phaeton itself was a failure, but now the Golf, Jetta, and the Passat all benefit from having the image of being the Phaeton's smaller siblings.
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post Dec 6 2005, 11:04 PM
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We all know that I like the HHR. I would pick the Golf but as snobby as I sound, unless its a GTI I'm not interested. Looks great but meh at golfs tongue.gif
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post Dec 6 2005, 11:07 PM
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not much competition here. Golf for looks, drivability and fun factor.
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post Dec 6 2005, 11:37 PM
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Civic all the way. Even discounting the fantastic transmission and the butter-smooth, revvy engine, the Civic:

* Is the safest.
* Is the most fuel efficient.
* Is the most reliable.
* Depreciates the slowest.

In an economy car contest, these practical factors count a lot. And it's hardly a boring car to drive either. I think it's fun as hell.
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