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I am so bummed.  I have been shopping for a car for months and I just can't find the right combination.  What I want is a hatchback, with a manual transmission that doesn't require you be 130lb to fit inside.  I'm not a huge guy, but no way can I drive a VW GTI for example.  This whole bolstered seat thing has got me seeing red.  Oh, and I want something that has at least 1/2 decent acceleration.

A Honda Civic Hatch might work, but you just can't find any.  People are so desperate for the Type R that they are buying up all the Civic manual hatchbacks as well.

So I'm asking for suggestions.  If I give up the manual tranny, what is there out there?  Or have I missed something?  So far in a manual I've driven a VW GTI, Honda Civic Hatch, Ford Focus ST, Mazda 3 Hatch, Hyundai Elantra GT (though not the 2018 one) Kia Forte 5, VW Golf Wagon.  And the Audi A3 and the Kia Soul auto trans. 

Something I can actually take a corner at reasonable speed, has good acceleration, and that I can put 4' flourescent tubes in the back.  Not asking for much I know :).  But I really would like suggestions.

Thanks so much guys.



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All that has changed with the 2016 Mazda CX-9, which gains a passenger compartment that is every bit the equal (and in some cases, the better), of class leaders from Ford, Toyota, and Honda. In addition to the expected fabric seats and modestly-appointed interiors available with entry-level models, Mazda has finally embarked on a re-think of what the brand traditionally has offered in terms of materials quality, fit, and finish. In addition to the availability of two different Mazda Connect touchscreen infotainment systems, the CX-9 features genuine wood trim, Nappa leather, and elegantly-styled door panels, dashboards, and center consoles as part of Mazda's new design vocabulary.


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Have you tried the Sonic with 1.4l Turbo?
Or what about the Hyundai Veloster? (I know, not really a hatchback, but close).

Mazda MX5 Miata?

Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Nissan 370Z


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I have tried to simplify the process through a list to follow when planning to buy the car.

  • Do the Research
  • Know Which Car to Buy - Sedan, Hatchback, Jeep, etc.
  • Finances - Workout the Finances before Buying the car EMI, Down Payment, Other Financial Commitments
  • Look at New Cars - (Used Cars Come with Surprises)
  • Avoid Impulsive Decisions (Take Your Time)
  • Do not buy the Add-ons (That could be taken later after Knowing what your car actually needs more)
  • Do not buy the Extended Warranty
  • Buy the car You can Afford (Do not get Excited and land up buying expensive car for yourself)
  • TAKE A TEST DRIVE of the car
  • Factors of Insurance Cost

This list will simplify on which car to finalize for your self. In terms of reliable brands than Tata Motors offers the best passenger cars. It manufactures and sells cars in America, Europe and Asian countries. 

Tata Motors in Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri lanka, Thailand, Philippines, etc is a pioneer in manufacturing passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Visit the site to know the technical specifications & features of the cars and easily book a test drive online

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