Help me choose a car. I need shift paddles.
July 11, 2010 11:31 AM Subscribe
I need a car for traffic, but don't want it to bore me to death. Any ideas?
posted by rybreadmed to travel & transportation (22 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I live in LA. I drive to and from downtown everyday. I've always driven a car with a manual transmission, but doing so in traffic is as enjoyable as rolling around in a pool filled with rusty nails. Also, my wife only drives automatic. I'm curious about cars with automatics that would be at least somewhat engaging--steering wheel-mounted shift paddles or buttons are a must. New or lightly used. Transmission, in this case, is crucial. I don't want an Accord V6 since there are no paddle shifters (which is stupid, I know, but I'm weird). I plan to keep this car and drive it daily for 5 to 10 years.
Here are characteristics I'm most concerned with:
* Dual clutch transmissions or good-performing automatic transmissions.
* Steering wheel mounted paddle shifters or shift buttons.
* Not boring.
* Somewhere in the neighborhood of $25k if new; $20k if used.
* Long term reliability.
Secondarily, I'm concerned about these characteristics:
* Gas mileage.
* Four door or hatch, though I'd consider a coupe. I love wagons, too.
Not interested in the following:
* Suzuki Kizashi
* Honda Insight
* Large SUVs
I am most interested in the following at this point:
* VW Jetta TDI Cup Edition DSG
* VW GLI DSG
I want your input. Maybe you really like the TSX (of which I have no idea how it drives). Let me know if you have any ideas.