PHOTOS: Cleveland New Car Show

North Canton Patch blogger Rob Netro recently went to the Cleveland International Auto Show to look at new and exciting cars. Check out the gallery to see what caught his eye.

With a looming new addition to our Stark County family, my wife and I thought it would be a good time to keep an eye out for a possible replacement for my suddenly small Mazda 3 hatchback. I've always liked my car's combination of light weight, fuel economy and hatchback spaciousness. The problem with finding a replacement lies in the fact that car makers have been dropping manual transmissions and wagons from their lineups.

It appears that what I'm looking for at this point is a normal mid-sized sedan. They have made improvements recently in fuel economy, power and features in the mid-sized segment. I'm excited to try some of the new models that have been recently introduced.

The new class of car that would seem to make the most sense for me would be some type of crossover. I often use my car to haul catering and camera equipment around. Now, in addition, the back seat of the car will be property of car seats and diaper bags. A crossover is a sedan-based car that looks like an SUV but sits somewhere in between as far as height, weight and fuel economy are concerned. They distinctly lack manual transmissions, though, and don't appear to handle as well as what I'm used to.

The Cleveland New Car Show recently came to town at the IX Center, so we took the opportunity to see a variety of cars in person. I found it was valuable to go directly from one car to another to compare the comfort of the seats. Check out the gallery for the cars I've found interesting or as possible replacements.

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demo rat March 05, 2012 at 01:46 PM
The VW Jetta wagon is pretty impressive with its panoramic moonroof and 6 speed manual transmission.
demo rat March 05, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Subaru might still have a manual option in their Forester, also.
Morgan Day March 05, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Looks like this is a fine time to remind folks to please use their real first and last names when commenting on Patch. It's part of our terms of use that you agreed to when you created your accounts: http://northcanton.patch.com/terms
Rob Netro March 05, 2012 at 01:51 PM
DR, thank you for the helpful comment. I forgot to look at the Jetta while I was at the show, but it would be very interesting, especially with a diesel engine for good economy. Let's hope the rear seat space is up to spec. Looking forward to comments about any other cars I might have overlooked.
demo rat March 05, 2012 at 03:04 PM
my first name is Demo, my last name is Rat. Take it up with my parents.


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