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Three Japanese Models as a replacement


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Have been enjoying your YouTube channel for several months. It is time to get a different "new" sedan for me and have narrowed it down to three different Japanese vehicles.

2012 Toyota Avalon Limited

2017 Honda Accord EXL V6 sedan

2018/2017 Mazda 6 Sport - manual

Obviously the Toyota and Honda have the V6 while the Mazda has the 2.5l 4 cylinder but will have the manual transmission. I have read on the Toyota is the Lexus of Toyota's and the 2012 was the last year before they redesigned. The 2017 Honda was the last year of the V6 before they stopped offering that engine.

You have been having glowing comments about the Mazda 6.

All have low mileages for the specific year.

I am replacing a 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis. Yes, all three are smaller but the "new" replacement will give me years of dependable service, following basic maintenance procedures. 

Thank you

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So first of all it would have been helpful if you had stated the exact mileage of each car, asking price, and if from private party or dealership or used car lot. Also, it would help if you could state your budget and how much you want to spend. In todays market there are many instances in which buying new is much more worth it especially if you plan on keeping the car for a long time with a new vehicle you own it from day one and you can do the maintenance yourself and really make it last.

For longevity I would chose a manual transmission so first the Mazda, then Avalon, and last v6 Accord only if it doesn't have cylinder deactivation. Again depending on price you might want to consider a brand new manual Civic or a base Camry with automatic transmission.


That’s an interesting mix. I’m assuming mileage consistent with each age with respect to reach other. Assuming the cats check out. 

If they were all the same model year, I would go Avalon, Mazda6, Accord. 

But with such a vast age gap, I prefer the Mazda6, and then the other two.