I amlooking at replacing my 1995 Toyota Camry. I am looking for a one-or twoyear-old car with all the standard categories of good pricing, good safety, good running and repair costs, good fuel consumption, good warranty, good road handling (as in wellcontrolled) yet smooth and quiet, with oomph for pulling away/taking off. I have about $20,000 plus to spend. As expected, my list includes name brands like Toyota Corolla, Mazda3, Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus and Hyundai i30. I use my car daily for work, a 20km return trip, plus the odd trip into the city, a 40km return trip, plus a four-times-a-year return trip from Melbourne to Mansfield. It needs to be an auto, and I’m looking at keeping it long term.
The best car on your list is the Mazda3, which is also Australia’s small-car favourite, while the best value is the Hyundai i30. You should testdrive both and pick the one that works best for you.