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    Quote Originally Posted by Force McCocken View Post
    Toyota Matrix. They are available with a 5sp or 6sp manual. The pre-'09 XRS models have the 180hp engine from the Celica and MR2(?). The seats fold flat in the back. Even cheaper is the Matrix sister car, the Pontiac Vibe. The Vibe can be found for less than the Matrix. The 09+ versions have the FR-S engine. Less power, more torque. There are options like AWD, but I don't remember if they were available with a manual trans.
    Are you saying the '09+ were available with a Subaru engine?

    I agree though, I've always like the Matrix and think it's a good all around car.
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    Thanks for the catch! I meant Scion TC. The 2.4l
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    Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic. They are tanks for a beater.
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    Mazda 2! So much fun. Only downer is the mpg suffers over 70mph on the highway. Lack of power isn't really bothersome, though I can see it being annoying with an automatic.
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