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Best City Car

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ocnblu    733
City living can be rough on a car. Parking by feel, heavy traffic, stop&go, pot holes, manhole covers, etc., can age a car quickly. Which new car would you nominate as C&G's Best City Car, 2006? Edited by ocnblu

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Drew Dowdell    4,990

Crown Vic/Grand Marquis/Town Car

It's got the low end punch

It's got the duribility

You can see the corners of the vehicle

and people get the hell out of your way when they see you coming.

Edited by Oldsmoboi

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z28luvr01    170

A bicycle. I wouldn't bother with a car if I lived in a city.

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Camino LS6    866

Bit off-topic but, my favorite car to take downtown was my '82 Olds Toronado. It just seemed to belong there( this was in the early 90's). It was big enough,comfortable, too old to be stolen, too ugly to vandalize, too inexpensive for me to worry about, and too invisible for the cops to take notice when I was "out late". I called it my "Urban Camoflage" .

I'll post some pics when I get a scanner.

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turbo200    6

I dare you to try that.

In certain cities, where public transportation is great, this is possible. Not in LA, though, as we've discussed.

I say the best city car is probably Civic. It's greatly refined, gas-efficient [which greatly matters in cities with all the stop and go as well as idling in traffic], and incredibly space efficient [you'd be more comfortable in the back seat of a Civic than a G6, MB CLS, STS, CTS, etc]. It's not all that passionate, but as a practical reliable city car, you could not get a better compromise.

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z28luvr01    170

I dare you to try that.

Okay, you're on!

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Croc    268

In certain cities, where public transportation is great, this is possible. Not in LA, though, as we've discussed.

I say the best city car is probably Civic. It's greatly refined, gas-efficient [which greatly matters in cities with all the stop and go as well as idling in traffic], and incredibly space efficient [you'd be more comfortable in the back seat of a Civic than a G6, MB CLS, STS, CTS, etc]. It's not all that passionate, but as a practical reliable city car, you could not get a better compromise.

Disagree. The Prius is the best city car. One of my bros has one, and as much as I want to hate it...I can see the appeal. It is crypt-quiet. Very space-efficient.

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Croc    268

Okay, you're on!

You could prolly do it in NYC...but def not in LA, Houston, prolly not in Chicago, St. Louis......it would be doable in SF, Portland, etc.

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turbo200    6

Disagree.  The Prius is the best city car.  One of my bros has one, and as much as I want to hate it...I can see the appeal.  It is crypt-quiet.  Very space-efficient.

Civic will last forever, outpower a Prius, and is nicer inside as well as roomier while being a smaller package on the outside. Smaller package really does make a big difference, parking and just driving the freeways is much easier here because of it. Civic will do all this for cheaper price than Prius. But the Prius would be up there.

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Croc    268

I pick the Prius due to the little traffic problem LA has. LA is the epitome of the worst of city driving, and I think the Prius beats the Civic by getting great mpg and not being an eyesore. Perdón, el "Civic" no me gusta.

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z28luvr01    170

You could prolly do it in NYC...but def not in LA, Houston, prolly not in Chicago, St. Louis......it would be doable in SF, Portland, etc.

NYC actually has some pretty established bike routes throughout the city. Plus, I think you can take them in bus/fire lanes. The only other major city I'd consider living in, Phoenix, is probably the only city I'd consider having a car in. Traffic isn't terrible, plus biking in broad daylight in PHX is asking for trouble.

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91z4me    0

I am going to catch h*ll for this but Saturn Ion. It has plastic panels so you don't have to worry about dings, gets good gas mileage, and has a pretty space efficient interior.

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pow    106

I pick the Prius due to the little traffic problem LA has.  LA is the epitome of the worst of city driving, and I think the Prius beats the Civic by getting great mpg and not being an eyesore.  Perdón, el "Civic" no me gusta.

You get HOV lane access with the Prius, too. Oh, wait, you can with the Civic Hybrid, which is a more substantial and isolated car, good for relaxing in traffic, IMO.

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ocnblu    733
How about a new Rio5? Cheap and relatively "throwaway", with tidy dimensions, and those huge black rubstrips to hide the inevitable multitude of door and bumper dings.

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capriceman    0

A Geely (sp)!

i pick my Caprice as best all around car. I can take it down town, can handle pot holes, GREAT on the hiway, decent on gas if your not always on it, and has the most comfy lazyboy seats. I can Parallel this thing pretty good. can turn on a dime. Good sound system to listen in traffic. its got enough dings to not care about. The bumper can with stand a 7 mph accident with out a ding. (thats been tested not intentialy though)

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Croc    268

Rio5? Civic? Prius? ION?

I think you guys are misreading the thread title. It's not 'Best $h!ty Car'...

I'd never call the middle two "$h!ty." Ugly, maybe, but they are very well-made and do their job well.

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BlkHhr104    0

The problem with hybrids in the city is that the electric engine would be running 24/7 with all the stopping and going yeah it would be great for the gas milage but not that great for the battery

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Croc    268

:rolleyes:

That's all you got? Sweet. Easiest argument I've ever won. w00t!

The problem with hybrids in the city is that the electric engine would be running 24/7 with all the stopping and going yeah it would be great for the gas milage but not that great for the battery

It actually isn't a problem like that. I don't have the technical knowledge of the hybrid powertrain, but I don't believe there's a risk of that ever happening. Edited by Croc

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F**k the Hybrids... those are for clueless yuppies who are too dumb to do math and or want to spend a premium on a car that's all about image. If I was to spend $25K on a city car form toyota it'd be a gently used 5-spd IS300.

But if I lived in the city and wanted to be able to park in tiny spaces & negotiate narrow roads I'd spend $1500 and get a mint condition 1983-or older VW Rabbit. No emissions test, 5-speed makes it fun to drive.

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