Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Colorado Springs
Unless you want a new car every two years, leasing is a bad idea. My advice would be to decide on the car you want, then buy a Consumer Reports pricing printout for it. It's typically under $20 for the printout and it can save you a bundle! Either take the printout it to a dealer and use it to negotiate a killer price, or use a buying service, such as through USAA or a credit union. Again, use the Consumer Reports printout to compare the actual dealer cost to the buying service price.
You should be able to get a Subaru Impreza with a turbo that isn't a WRX. The WRX has a lot of extra bling you probably don't need or want anyway. The turbo Impreza should be less expensive and easier to get than a WRX.
FYI, the Ford Fusion used to be a good car. But my wife had a 2012 Fusion rental car while her Subaru was in the shop for hail damage repair. That Fusion was an absolute turd on treads. Apparently, Ford seriously cheapened the car hoping to cash in the good reputation they built on the previous Fusions. That 2012 Fusion was noisy, the whole car rattled while at stop lights, it was weak on power, the interior was cheap and generic looking. I'm sorry to say I have nothing good to say about the 2012 Fusion.
You might try CarMax for a used Infiniti G37. I rented one while on vacation several years ago and it's an amazing car. A friend of mine was shopping for a used G37 and all the dealers wanted a price very similar to a new example. He found a very nice G37 for a good price at CarMax.
Last edited by Klutch; 11-14-2012 at 02:18 PM.