Herald Sun - Motoring - - Readers Write - Jenny P, email

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.

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