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DSCOTY '06: Sports Sedans
What is Dieselstation's Sports Sedan of the year?
Audi A3 [ 8 ] ** [11.94%]
BMW 3-series [ 22 ] ** [32.84%]
Lexus IS [ 15 ] ** [22.39%]
Mazdaspeed 6 [ 20 ] ** [29.85%]
Volkswagen Jetta GLI [ 2 ] ** [2.99%]
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clarkma5
post Dec 6 2005, 09:19 PM
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For more on the Dieselstation Car Of The Year '06 competition, please see this thread.

Audi A3
Base MSRP:
$24,740
Available Engines: 2.0 liter DOHC 16-valve turbocharged inline-4 with 200 HP and 207 ft.-lbs. of torque; 3.2 liter DOHC 24-valve VR6 with 250 HP and 236 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual (2.0T only) or 6-speed dual-clutch semi-manual transmission
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive (2.0T only); Permanent All-wheel drive (3.2 only)
Curb Weight: 3263-3500+ pounds

Alright, so it isn’t a sedan, but it does compete against sedans! The A3 isn’t the first luxury hatchback to try to make it in the U.S. (BMW 318ti, Mercedes C-class coupe), but by all accounts it’s the only one to have succeeded. Its sporty but understated body covers strong mechanicals, all at a price that undercuts almost every other luxury car sold here. How could it not succeed?





BMW 3-series
Base MSRP:
$30,900
Available Engines: 3.0 liter DOHC 24-valve inline-6 with 215 HP and 185 ft.-lbs. of torque; 3.0 liter DOHC 24-valve inline-6 with 255 HP and 220 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission
Available Drivetrains: Rear-wheel drive or Permanent All-wheel drive
Curb Weight: 3285-3781 lbs.

The 3-series has been the benchmark for sports sedans for well over a decade…but is the new one more of the same? It has more power and a better sorted suspension, but it weighs significantly more and has BMW’s love it or hate it Bangle styling, plus it’s gotten even more expensive. So…is it still the one to have?





Lexus IS
Base MSRP:
$30,580
Available Engines: 2.5 liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 204 HP and 185 ft.-lbs. of torque; 3.5 liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 306 HP and 277 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual (RWD IS250 only) or 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive or Permanent All-wheel drive (IS250 only)
Curb Weight: 3455-3651 lbs.

Lexus’s old IS, based on the Japanese market Toyota Altezza, stuck out like a sore thumb in Lexus’s luxurious lineup. With a tight and downmarket interior and a distinctly boy racer flavor, it just didn’t fit in with Lexus’s image. It was, however, adored by enthusiasts…so when Lexus went to update the IS, they wanted to improve on performance while also making it appropriately luxurious. It’s got more power, more toys, more space, and more weight…does that make it a disaster or the car it was always supposed to be?





Mazda Mazdaspeed 6
Base MSRP:
$28,555
Available Engines: 2.3 liter DOHC turbocharged 16-valve inline-4 with 274 HP and 280 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual transmission
Available Drivetrains: Permanent All-wheel drive
Curb Weight: 3589 lbs.

Mazda’s 6 has been praised since the day it was introduced as the sportiest in the family car market segment, but Mazdaspeed have turned up the heat with a higher performance version of the 6. With a powerful and advanced direct injection turbo engine, all-wheel drive, and all sorts of performance goodies, the Mazdaspeed 6 represents a great value for its performance, practicality, and levels of equipment.





Volkswagen Jetta GLI
Base MSRP:
$23,790 (estimated)
Available Engines: 2.0 liter DOHC 16-valve turbocharged inline-4 with 200 HP and 207 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual or 6-speed dual-clutch semi-manual transmission
Available Drivetrains: Front-wheel drive
Curb Weight: 3308 pounds

The GLI is essentially a Jetta with all the go-fast GTI bits stuck to it. Like with the mkV GTI, the new GLI represents a rebirth of sorts for a legendary performance nameplate. An excellent and teutonic interior, a great engine, and sharp handling bring back the feelings of GLIs of old while still offering a refined and classy image for the 30-something junior executive.



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post Dec 6 2005, 09:40 PM
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Gonna have to choose the 3-series.

There are so many powertrain combinations so chances are, you'll be able to find one that suits your needs. Plus it has a proven track record as one of the best feeling driver's cars.
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post Dec 6 2005, 09:44 PM
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I went for the Mazdaspeed 6 personally. I love the A3, I really do, but it's a bit too woolly in the controls to be an enthusiast's car. It's more of a rapid budget whooshmobile. The 3 is technically good but I dislike its styling, dislike its interior, find it far too expensive, and the whole snobbery is just too much to bare. The new IS has no passion (and no manual tranny with the 3.5 liter V6), and the Jetta has the same problems as the A3 does. The 6, then, leaves itself, and it's a really good car...it's a fantastic value, it's a niche vehicle, it's got great mechanicals, and is simultaneously aggressive and sporty but soft and comfortable.
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post Dec 6 2005, 09:49 PM
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wtf, evo 9!?!?!?!
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post Dec 6 2005, 09:52 PM
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wait for the boy racers, goota. these are luxury grown-up mobiles.
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post Dec 6 2005, 09:55 PM
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I voted for the GLi, cuz I turned one down from my parents!
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post Dec 6 2005, 10:05 PM
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3-series. IS with a big motor has no manual, Jetta is FWD, Mazdaspeed is heavy, A3 is heavy too.
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post Dec 6 2005, 10:20 PM
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A3 is not a sedan.
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post Dec 6 2005, 10:37 PM
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IS is not a sports sedan until it has a manual. Voted 3 series because I like the styling more than the MS6, other than that the MS6 is right behind it.
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post Dec 6 2005, 10:44 PM
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Voted for the 3. It still reigns supreme amongst the compact sports sedans. Best handling, best engines, and although I preferred the previous generation's styling, the new ones are growing on me.
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post Dec 6 2005, 11:01 PM
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I choose the MS6 for its true sleeperness.
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post Dec 6 2005, 11:08 PM
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Gotta be the A3 for me. It's the only one in this lineup that I don't feel is completely boring, and it's got the most subtle styling!
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post Dec 6 2005, 11:35 PM
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QUOTE(clarkma5 @ Dec 6 2005, 09:52 PM) *
wait for the boy racers, goota. these are luxury grown-up mobiles.


then i have no place in this thread biggrin.gif

and i choose the IS

edit: i read dweezil saying it doesnt have a manual, therefore i retract my statement and choose the A3, even though my vote went to the IS =\
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post Dec 6 2005, 11:42 PM
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I can move your vote for you goota.
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post Dec 6 2005, 11:44 PM
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I voted A3 (yes, Clarkma, I am finally acknowledging the Audi). The E90 3-series is just too ugly and too overpriced to get my vote. Plus, they quit using Clive Owen in advertisements. Those BMW films were the greatest thing about the company.

Anyway, the A3 is fun, fuel-efficient, fun, safe, fun, affordable, and fun. And for automatic fans (i.e., 90% of the real world), DSG kicks butt.

For the record--the IS250 DOES have a manual. It's only the IS350 that lacks a manual.

By the way, was the 2006 TSX not updated enough to get a mention? New bodywork, more powerful engine, more interior gadgets (memory seats, bluetooth, etc)?
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post Dec 6 2005, 11:46 PM
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GO GO BANGLE RACER!
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post Dec 6 2005, 11:48 PM
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Mitlov: No, the TSX's updates were too minor, though I did consider it. But in the end...it just didn't change very much.
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post Dec 6 2005, 11:59 PM
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Lexus IS350. mid 13s stock, good looks, decent handling, what's not to like?
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post Dec 7 2005, 12:13 AM
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QUOTE(DZ302 @ Dec 6 2005, 11:59 PM) *
Lexus IS350. mid 13s stock, good looks, decent handling, what's not to like?

(1) No manual transmission.
(2) All the interior space of a 1999 Civic coupe. Especially the back seat.
(3) No switch to deactivate the traction control.
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post Dec 7 2005, 12:18 AM
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QUOTE(Mitlov @ Dec 7 2005, 12:13 AM) *
(1) No manual transmission.
(2) All the interior space of a 1999 Civic coupe. Especially the back seat.
(3) No switch to deactivate the traction control.

1. alright i didn't know that, strike one
2. i prefer cars with smaller interiors
3. that also sucks

i still would take it over the others. the A3 is too slow and incredibly overpriced. the BMW 3 series is ugly IMO. the Mazdaspeed 6 is a fat pig (although i do like the engine, it's still a fat pig). the Jetta is just gay...
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