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I'm looking for a new car as well so here's what I found during my test drives:

I currently drive a '93 Altima 2.4L 150HP. I love the car, it has adequate power, roomy up front (back kinda tight), and has a very smooth ride. But its getting old and starting to show its age.

RSX:
I never tried (car seems too small for my needs)

Matrix XR 1.8L 130HP:
pros: roomy, nice dash board
cons: suspension stiff - harsh ride (maybe preferable to some), engine loud, lacks power, ugly exterior

Corolla CE 1.8L 130HP:
pros: sits high - good view, nice exterior, fairly smooth ride
cons: acceleration and brake pedals touchy, lacks power but feels more powerful than the heavier Matrix.

Lancer OZ 2.0L 120HP:
pros: nice looks (except front grill), fairly smooth ride
cons: no power at all, abit small for me (test vehical with moonroof - lower clearance).
 

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Yup, I'm waiting for the 3 to come out to give it a test.

what what I can tell from pictures, and the specs - it looks roomy like the matrix, looks very good in and out, and seems to have more power than my current car. Best of all its cheap!
 
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