After Kizashi - What New Vehicle?

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KlutzNinja
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n8dogg wrote: Fri Nov 11, 2022 6:55 pm I play this game a lot...If my Kizashi were to die today, what would I get? I lean more toward practicality, but if I can have some fun that's a plus! I usually just commute, but my wife and I enjoy long road trips as well. So if there is one thing I might look forward to in our next car, it would be quieter cabin and maybe slightly larger. The AWD and handling of my Kizashi are some of my favorite features while I'm commuting so I'd definitely hate to lose those for the sake of comfort...oh the dilemma! And while bigger price tags cars may easily fit this bill, my practical side thinks I'd have to go to the used market if I want a car with any bells or whistles!
Recently I stumbled into this: 2020 Buick Regal GS. AWD and 301 hp Naturally Aspirated V6. MPG is reportedly on par with what I get with my Kizashi ( I'm getting 21 calculated at the pump). Plus it's kind of rare and quirky (i don't usually think Brembo brakes when I think of Buick!) Not everyone has one, Kind of like the Kizashi! So I haven't actually seen a Regal in GS trim in person, but it's on my radar!
Second might be a Toyota Camry in TRD or XSE trim with V6. Reliability for sure! AWD can only be had on 4 banger, BOOO! Not as unique and cost more. We all pretty much know what you get with a Toyota, so I'd like to explore the Buick a little more. What do you guys think?
I personally like the Buick (Opel) Regal - it’s not Chevy-based like some other Buicks, and like you more or less said, they’re rather uncommon. Especially the recent ones, for some reason. I’ve been seeing some mid-2010s recently, but not the outgoing generation. I’d imagine the drive would be somewhat different from the Kizashi’s, but an otherwise fine experience. I’m not sure I’d want to get a car that large, but if I did, I’d definitely consider it.
The V6 accepts regular gasoline, too, whereas the turbo I4 in other Regal trims prefers premium.

The Camry is a decent car; I think someone else here got one after their Kizashi. I’m not sure they shared their thoughts on the ownership experience, though.
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I like the Buick Regals too, though like the Kizashi, they were a sales flop and since discontinued, not to mention Opel is no longer under GM. While I like the last gen sedan, it's the wagon version that really intrigued me. The Regal TourX seemed like an upscale Outback with less offroad ability but a better powertrain. These are also Kizashi-rare, at least in my region. I sometimes toy with the idea of getting a wagon like the TourX or VW Golf Alltrack but can't seem to really justify letting the Kizashi go for them. These wagons are also now discontinued and probably don't have much aftermarket support.
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Has someone tried Subaru Levorg with 1.6 turbo petrol engine?

This car might be as rare on the streets as Kizashi, but that is one of the reasons why it woke up my interest. In my personal opinion it looks outstanding for a wagon, has simple but smartly layed out interior, not a fan of a smaller turbo engine but what the heck, 170hp is reasonable power for daily ride, automatic transmission with simulated gears, lots of space in the trunk, and most important of all, Awd paired with that beatiful, low placed boxer engine which, combined with firmer suspension, gives really good driving impressions.

Anyone else likes the Levorg?
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NickL wrote: Sat Nov 19, 2022 11:06 am Has someone tried Subaru Levorg with 1.6 turbo petrol engine?

This car might be as rare on the streets as Kizashi, but that is one of the reasons why it woke up my interest. In my personal opinion it looks outstanding for a wagon, has simple but smartly layed out interior, not a fan of a smaller turbo engine but what the heck, 170hp is reasonable power for daily ride, automatic transmission with simulated gears, lots of space in the trunk, and most important of all, Awd paired with that beatiful, low placed boxer engine which, combined with firmer suspension, gives really good driving impressions.

Anyone else likes the Levorg?
The Levorg is not sold in the United States. However, some like myself are aware of it. I've personally seen them in Japan and checked one out closely at Subaru's headquarters in Tokyo where the lobby was a showroom. The Levorg was initially released as a wagon version of the JDM WRX. Much like the WRX there, it's only available with the CVT. I think later versions and/or export models were offered with a smaller turbo engine. A 1.6 liter turbo is not offered in the US for any Subaru. All WRXs here are sedans as of now and the STi is currently not sold (awaiting next gen). Subaru's presence in the US largely consists of the Outback, Crosstrek, and Forester. The new WRX has not sold too well, according to reports.
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Firefly wrote: Sun Mar 01, 2020 1:22 am Been six years since I last drove my 2011 SLS, and still remember it fondly as possibly my favorite ride. Have any of you moved to something that compares to the overall Kiz experience? What new vehicle today compares best?
I have had several cars since selling mine back in 2015. I sold my Kizashi and my wife's convertible in order we could cut down to one car, which was a Vauxhall Cascada. It was a large and quite luxuries convertible. Unfortunately having only one car didn't work for us, so it got sold and I bought a Fiat 124 spider for her, and a Vauxhall Meriva for myself. We still have the Spider, but I replaced the Meriva with an MG3, then 18 months later I splashed out and bought a Kia Niro Hybrid. The Spider is hilarious fun, and very fast, whilst the Niro is technically the best car I have ever owned, or even driven. That said, it cost me £5k more than my first house. The Kizashi was fantastic, although the fuel economy was dreadful. My only complaint other than that was it lacked a sat nav, which I always found strange considering the rest of the very high spec
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