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I have never owned a Honda, but need a replacement for my wife's Jetta TDi.
I was originally looking at the Chevy Cruz and Mazda 3. I ruled the Mazda out after seeing how small the rear seating was. I was sold on the Cruz, until I saw a black Civic Hatch at a local dealership. After driving both the Cruz and Civic back to back, I love them both. The Honda definitely has performance on it's side, which is important to me.
I signed up so I could track the issues that pop up with these cars, before I purchase early next year. So far, they seem pretty reliable.:D
 

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Welcome to the forum!

Haven't seen all that many problems pop up for the hatchback, Honda probably learned from their mistakes in the sedan and coupe.

Any specific trim you're looking at?
 

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Welcome to the forums. The Chevy Cruze is a great contender in this segment as well. Purchasing early next year, you shouldn't have too many issues, if any. They seem to be ironing them out real well. The Civic also has a vastly larger aftermarket support over the Cruze so that's a big plus as well :)
 

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Thanks!

4Tires- That's what I figured would happen. The hatch is only different in body, so the mechanical/electrical issues should be ironed out. I'm looking at the Sport Touring, but my wife would be happy with the EX-L Navi. I guess we'll have to see what the price difference will be. I still can't find pricing on the Sport Touring.

B20-The Cruz was a very cimfotable car. It drives like a larger car, in the way you don't feel the road as much. That can be good or bad, depending on how long the trip is. I have the HP Tuners Suite, so I can plug right in to the Cruz, and easily add 30-40 horse safely. Being my wife's car, this isn't really that big a deal. She won't let me mess with her cars too much.:(
 

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Sigh... the wives always killing our fun :(

Wellp, I guess if she won't let you mess with it, the Civic would be the way to go to get more of a drivers feel out of it. Should be better on fuel too !
 

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Sigh... the wives always killing our fun :(

Wellp, I guess if she won't let you mess with it, the Civic would be the way to go to get more of a drivers feel out of it. Should be better on fuel too !
MPG was the major goal, but sporty driving was a close 2nd. Replacing an '09 TDI is not easy. We got 50 mpg, hugged corners, bashed through snow, had a full suite of comfort options. Of course the mpg was a farce, because they were cheating to get their.
As for tuning, we are opting for the cvt. All of our cars have been sticks, but she wants her sister to be able to drive. I thought her to drive stick, but she isn't comfortable with it. I believe the cvt an seriously limit tuning.
 

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Black Friday just passed, but you can probably wait for a good deal on Boxing Day. Someone on the forum just got $1000 off the lowest written price, maybe something similar will pop up after christmas.
 

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Black Friday just passed, but you can probably wait for a good deal on Boxing Day. Someone on the forum just got $1000 off the lowest written price, maybe something similar will pop up after christmas.
Unfortunately, we're stuck between getting the money from VW, and the availability date of the Sport Touring Hatch. Haven't even seen final pricing yet.
 

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MPG was the major goal, but sporty driving was a close 2nd. Replacing an '09 TDI is not easy. We got 50 mpg, hugged corners, bashed through snow, had a full suite of comfort options. Of course the mpg was a farce, because they were cheating to get their.
As for tuning, we are opting for the cvt. All of our cars have been sticks, but she wants her sister to be able to drive. I thought her to drive stick, but she isn't comfortable with it. I believe the cvt an seriously limit tuning.
My other car is a Cruze diesel. The new gen Cruze diesel might be a contender for you as well for the MPG.
 

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My wife is done with diesel. Me too, really. Gas engines put up nearly the same mpg, have a wider powerband, and run on gas that averages .50 cents/gal cheaper.
 

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If flash pro lives up to its hype you should have no problem getting performance out of that cvt!
 

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We've decided against the Sport Touring. It sounds like it will be a $4000 option, for basically heated rear seats, body kit and center exhaust. My local dealer just priced out an EX-L Navi at $24,900, including destination. I should be out the door with some accessories for $27k...$2 less than the Sport Touring. I'm sure the aftermarket will provide ground effects and exhaust options rather quickly.
 

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Hey kid, I have an EX-t and I just did a road trip from Dallas to Shreveport then back to Dallas and I averaged 40 mpg at 75-80 mph so while its not 50, you can definitely get good really good mileage out of these. Last time I did the trip I had some city romping on it too and still got 37.5 mpg for the trip
 

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Hey kid, I have an EX-t and I just did a road trip from Dallas to Shreveport then back to Dallas and I averaged 40 mpg at 75-80 mph so while its not 50, you can definitely get good really good mileage out of these. Last time I did the trip I had some city romping on it too and still got 37.5 mpg for the trip
I know I'll be happy with the mileage. My wife used to have a 45 minute commute, each way. She now works from home, so she doesn't drive much. Something people forget to factor in about diesels, is the premium cost of fuel. Around me it's 60 cents/gallon more. Averaging 42 in the TDI, is closer to high 30s in cost/gallon. Really looking forward to picking her up. I got the price to $26,577 out the door. Supposedly, that's $140 below cost.
 

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Welcome,after owning 6 Civics over the last 9 years I'm loyal to the brand and can say you won't be disappointed.
 
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