- Nov 13, 2017
I’ll second the ST. Great handling cars, super fun, and they’re pretty quick too. They were practically giving away new ones a couple years ago. The used market must be pretty cheap.this is probably not what you want to hear but if your goal is to get a used, reasonably reliable/won't break the bank when repairs are due, compact daily driver then you should go for the civic, corolla, mazda3, etc, like everyone else especially if you only need it for 2 years, drop down the manual tax if feeling sporty is really that important to you - save the used boxter/cayman/JDM import once you're really ready for it. I do not think you get any substantial benefit from getting a dart over any other compact commuter car, but test drive a few and see for yourself - my feeling is that you will find it is not especially sporty and the build quality will be lacking compared to the "boring" cars, but if it really clicks and you've done the research on the particular trouble areas for that car, go for it! Other options to consider that might be more fun/engaging to drive compared to the civic/corolla while remaining reasonably practical would be the Ford Fiesta especially in the ST trim, and i've heard similar things about the Honda Fit - may be worth researching as well.