Originally Posted by sagpatel
I was also in US some time back.. I have driven all of them. But it really depends on the year and model of the car. also how many miles has the car on it. Civic is fantastic, more on the sportier side. corolla's suspension would be more on the softer side compared to civic. Cruze is a fun car to drive (with all the gizmos) but really cramped at the back. I drove a friends sentra didnt like that much (pick up, suspension).
Since you want a car only for 6-7 months you could also look at slightly bigger car with little more miles. I had a maxima (V6 3.5L 255BHP) and it was superb.I also had a camry super soft ride.
Whichever car you decide to go with, take it to a local firestone and get it inspected ($30 max).
Thanks for your suggestion buddy. But the thing is that i wont get a good condition maxima in that price range. I checked few though but all the good ones were above $12K.
Originally Posted by 350Z
Honda Civic should be a sensible choice. Honda’s hold a nice resale value almost everywhere and reliability will not be a concern either.
There’s also a useful online service to know an exhaustive report of a used car. Do check out: CARFAX® - Official Site - CARFAX® Vehicle History Reports
Thanks for your suggestion Vibhor. I am more likely to go with the Civic as well. And yes you are right about the Carfax report. Every dealer provides you with a free carfax report for the vehicle yo want to buy. Other wise it costs around $35. That is the first thing i ask every dealer, before i even look at the car.
Took TD for 3 cars today. Civic:
TD a 2006 Honda Civic which had 107000 miles on it. The engine was quite, liked the pick up felt like a new car even after so many miles on it.
Big windshield, so the visibility is nice. drivers seat is well positioned. Feels like spacious from inside and the seating position is quite comfortable. Also offers a nice ride and the i just love the digital speedometer. The rear seat is comfortable as well. Sentra:
The second and third car i TD was the 2006 Nissan Sentra. The pickup was bit lower than the civic as Sentra has 126hp compared to Civic's 140 hp. And somehow it didn't handle nearly as well as the Civic. The engine was bit noisy and the interiors are dated. But overall it's not bad, good substitute for a civic or corolla. Corolla:
Will be taking a TD for 2006 Corolla tomorrow.