As your family grows and matures, you are faced with an ever-evolving need to have your transportation adapt to your family. At some point, a sedan may make more sense than any other type of vehicle. A sedan offers a great balance between passenger space, cargo capacity, and fuel economy; sort of a sweet spot for families.
With so many models on the market to day, it can be hard to decide which is best for your family’s needs. There are many things to consider: seating, power, fuel economy, and your budget. The budget issue can be addressed by buying a used car, but that brings up a concern about the amount of mileage on the car.
We thought we would address several of these concerns in a single blog post by offering a short description of four reliable sedans that we have available with low mileage.
Toyota first offered the Belta for sale as part of the 2006 model year. It is badged as the Toyota Yaris in North America and Australia and as the Toyota Vios in most Asian markets outside of Japan. The last model year of the Toyota Belta was 2016.
Considered to be a compact sedan, the Belta is powered by a variety of economical petrol engines. The base engine is a 996 cc I3, followed by a 1,298 cc I4 capable of 84 bhp and 121 N-m of torque. The top engine is a 1,497 cc I4 that is capable of 109 bhp and 141 N-m of torque. Gearbox options include a five-speed manual, a four-speed automatic, and a CVT. All three engines offer superb fuel economy, but the top numbers come from the combination of the 1,497 cc and the CVT. A belts so equipped can achieve up to 15 km/l on the highway.
Inside, the Toyota Belta is able to seat five in a cabin that is quite spacious for a compact sedan. Compact cars are notorious for their lack of creature comforts. Toyota offers a middle ground with the Belta. The Belta features power windows and mirrors, LCD headlamps, and an updated infotainment center. It also offers a full compliment of safety features.
Nissan Bluebird SYLPHY
The Nissan Bluebird SYLPHY is an outstanding compact offering from a resilient automaker. First offered in 2000, the Bluebird SYLPHY is currently in its third generation. This generation went on sale as part of the 2012 line-up, so few units have made their way onto the used car market. Let’s have a look at the second generation cars.
The second generation of the Nissan Bluebird SYLPHY encompasses the model years 2005 to 2012. Under the bonnet, buyers will find either of two petrol I4 engines. The base powerplant is a 1,498 cc I4 that is capable of 100 bhp and 148 N-m of torque. For buyers who prefer a tad more power, there is a 1,997 cc I4 that offers up 134 bhp and 193 N-m of torque…perfect for just about any driving conditions. Gearbox options are a five-speed manual, a four-speed automatic, or a CVT, with the automatic and the CVT being the most widely available. Fuel economy numbers are 15.0 km/l when equipped with the smaller engine and a four-speed automatic or 13.4 km/l if you opt to buy the larger engine paired to a CVT. The SYLPHY can be found in FWD and AWD.
Inside, a Nissan Bluebird SYLPHY can be equipped with the CARWINGS navigation system, rearview camera, front foglamps, intelligent keys, engine immobilizer, and wood grain and leather in the cabin.
The Honda Accord may be the most widely known sedan offered by the automaker. Honda introduced the Accord in 1976, making it the longest running production car from the company. It is now in its ninth generation, with no end in sight. The bulk of the used Honda Accord’s on the market today are from the seventh and eighth generations, so we are going to offer a general brush over those two generations.
Under the bonnet, the seventh and eighth generations of the Honda Accord can be powered by several engines. The most common are a 1,998 cc I4 capable of 156 bhp, a 2,398 cc I4 capable of 198 bhp, and a 2,198 cc diesel I4 that offering 147 bhp and 350 N-m of torque. A 3,471 cc V6 petrol is available in some markets. These are the output numbers for the eighth generation cars. Seventh generation cars use the same engines, but output is slightly less. The standard gearbox is a five-speed automatic, but a CVT can be found in later model units. The fuel economy of the Accord varies by engine and gearbox combination, but averages 9.9 km/l, pretty good for a mid-size sedan.
Inside, the Honda Accord is often fitted with top-of-the-line equipment. The equipment that you may find includes: bi-xenon headlamps, keyless entry, full power accessories, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power front seats, a sunroof, a premium sound system with subwoofer and satellite radio, leather upholstery, automatic headlamps, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a navigation system, and voice-activated controls.
The Mazda Axela, also badged as the Mazda3, has been in production since 2002 when it was offered as a 2003 model. The Axela is well known for its fuel economy and safety in every market where it is sold. It is now in its third generation, but we are going to concentrate on the second generation that was built between 2008 and 2013.
The second-gen Mazda Axela can be equipped with any of seven powerplants: four petrol and three diesel. The most common petrol options are a 1,998 cc I4 capable of 148 bhp and a 2,498 cc petrol that offers up 167 bhp. The most common diesel engine is a 2,150 turbodiesel I4. Gearbox selections include five and six-speed manuals alongside four, five, and six-speed automatics. With so many engine/gearbox pairings, it is hard to give all of the fuel economy numbers; however, an Axela equipped with a 2,498 cc petrol and a six-speed automatic is able to achieve 12.3 km/l on the highway.
The interior comforts and technology that you may find in the Mazda Axela can include: a 60/40 fold-down rear seat, tilt-and-telescoping steering column, power windows and mirrors, air-conditioning, remote keyless entry, cruise control, Bluetooth, foglamps, rear lip spoiler, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, automatic bi-xenon headlamps, heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, leather upholstery, power driver’s seat, a sunroof, a 10-speaker surround-sound system, keyless ignition, satellite radio, and a navigation system with steering wheel controls.