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Q: I am interested in a high quality four-door My son will soon be 15 years I believe it is important for him to learn how to a car with a manual transmission. cars today have I call a clutchless manual

I am not looking for this type of I would like your and suggestions.

— Mark


A: While the number of available with manual seems to be shrinking quickly, are still several sedans at a of prices that let you stir the If I had to pick a favorite it would be the BMW bmw.xe -0.08% Bayerische Werke AG Germany: Xetra 84.73 -0.07 -0.08% 28, 2013 5:35 pm Volume. P/E Ratio 10.64 Market Cap Billion Dividend Yield Rev. per Employee €721,448 German Luxury Auto Conf.

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That car had only four gears but was perfect for someone to shift. I think the best for beginners with manual have shift levers and pedals that offer a amount of resistance to movement. help keep the driver that he or she is operating a machine.

My old BMW had just the right mechanical and contemporary 3-Series models have it.

A friend who learned to on a Honda hmc -0.21% Honda Co. Ltd. ADS U.S. NYSE $ -0.09 -0.21% Nov. 27, 4:05 pm Volume (Delayed 197,190 AFTER HOURS $ 0.00 0.00% Nov. 27, 4:05 pm Volume (Delayed 200 P/E Ratio 17.97 Market Cap Billion Dividend Yield N/A per Employee $614,394 More details and news hmc in Your Your Change Short Accord never quite a smooth shifting and clutching

I think that car’s clutch pedal and limp were partly to blame. Of today’s Hondas are better, and sturdiness and reliability make good candidates. Either the or the smaller Civic would

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Q: We have a 1986 Ford Station Wagon with miles on it, and feel it’s to get something new. We would a small station wagon the Escort with our three important criteria being mileage, reasonable price and The car is use for hauling dogs and stuff Home Depot.

— Peter Clark,

Beach, Calif.

A: A number of wagons like the Toyota and Honda Accord have from the market since Escort was built, but there are a few that should suit needs. The two that come to right away are the Subaru and Volkswagen Jetta. Both are equipped, pleasant to drive and can a surprising amount of cargo.

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With our oldest off to college in the we still want to own an SUV but want to to a 5-seater with a decent of cargo room and a fuel-economy north of 20. We’ve enjoyed the that the Eddie Bauer offers and are having difficulty one that suits our taste. Any

— G. Brodsky,


A: You sound like a candidate for a the type of vehicle that an automobile chassis with the and utility of a tradition truck-style There are many on the market and the of models keeps growing, but of my favorites that I have recently are the Toyota tm +0.22% Motor Corp. ADS U.S. $ 125.21 +0.28 +0.22%

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The Highlander offers an optional seat, but those seats are and I think the five-passenger version more sense.

Q: In researching level luxury cars CTS, Lexus IS 250 AWD vs. IS 350 RWD) I am confronted with the same getting a bigger engine or drive. I can’t afford How do you see this?

I live in Virginia and infrequently snow.

— GD Rothenberg,


A: Since you don’t drive in often I don’t recommend drive. That feature can improve performance on wet roads and in dry conditions, and many drivers by it. However, I think it is an unnecessary expense that also up adding to the owner’s fuel and costs.

This doesn’t that I advocate getting the upgrade, either. Sometimes, in the case of the Cadillac CTS, the engine is more efficient as a bonus, more powerful. But for like the Lexus IS, Audi A4, C-Class and BMW 3-Series, the available upgrade turns a powerful car an overpowered one.

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