gotta have the hatch/wagon/suv rear door, for me. No sedans!
Always lie to the dealer IMO. Some people might lose sleep over it, but hey... you would've gotten that test drive if you did.Update: went to my local Kia dealership to check out the Sportage EX. The salesman came out and brought one around. Started talking about how new they were and they only had a couple. I told him I was planning on buying at the end of the year. He left it running and told me to take it for a spin in the parking lot. I loaded the family in and drove it around. Then I parked it - and waited, and waited. We wandered to another EX on the lot. He came out with a brochure. I asked if we could take it out for a proper test drive so I could get an idea of acceleration and such. He shrugged and said "well you aren't buying until the end of the year and Sunday is one of our busiest days so call me when you're ready. A weekday would be best" and walked away. Meanwhile there wasn't a single customer on the lot.
I'm seriously thinking about contacting the dealership manager and Kia about that awful experience. I've pretty much crossed the Sportage off my list just because of how I was treated. Maybe I'm overreacting?
I shouldn't have to lie. I'm researching a $25-30K purchase - I'm not trying on a new shirt. Also - I've test driven a few other vehicles and told them the same thing. This is the first time I've been treated like that.Always lie to the dealer IMO. Some people might lose sleep over it, but hey... you would've gotten that test drive if you did.
Great info. I didn't break any of those rules. That guy was just a jerk. I was wearing shorts, sandles and a ghostbusters shirt though. At least I showed up in the Armada though.how to get a proper test drive, in CarandDriver's opinion:
How to Get That New-Car Test Drive - Feature - Auto Reviews - Car and Driver
I don't think you'll fit in a juke @ 6'7. I'm ~6'1, and my head touches the roof basically.I'm looking to replace a Celica, so I'm more drawn to the sporty side than the crossover side. Not really looking for what the marketers call its competition so much as what you personally are considering.
Sporty, yet fuel efficient cars with manual transmissions <$25k.
Fits my 6'7 self - don't care about rear seats, but am used to a hatch's cargo space.
Emphasis on handling, light and tossable. Fun to drive.
Quiet at highway cruising speeds, but plenty of feedback otherwise.
Here's what I'm considering:
Juke(FWD, SL, 6 speed)
Altima Coupe(2.5, base as base can be)
Hyundai Genesis 1.8T
Mini Cooper S
Kia Forte Koup SX
Mitsubishi Lancer GTS
Honda Civic SI Coupe
Honda CR-Z(worth looking at but highly skeptical of it)
And maybe hold out for the Toyota FT-86 to be released sometime in 2011/2012/who knows when
The Kia and Mitsu get bonus points due to their excellent warranty. Drive 110 miles/day for work, all highway, so I'd chew through a standard warranty rather quickly. Of course better off just not needing to use one at all.
Also interested in the sort of ranges people get as far as fuel consumption. My Celica is only rated 31mpg highway, but on my all highway commute I'm consistently in the 38-40 range. Hoping that's a driving style/environment quirk that carries over to another car rather than my particular celica being extra thrifty)
No other image besides a four clowns in a tiny little car came to mind .I'm able to fit in a Juke at 6'7. And the Mini actually fits me better than any car I've sat in at a car show.