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Old 06-24-2014, 02:11 PM
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Now that my poor car's theft has a final conclusion (totaled car ), I'm going to be looking for a new car. I know we have a few people on here in the industry, so I thought I'd ask here and see if there is a particular brand that is better suited to what I need than a Civic would be.

Non-negotiable:
- good gas mileage. AT LEAST 35mpg. My Civic got 50+mpg on our last 900mi road trip, although averaged a commute of around 34-36mpg. Don't really want to go much lower than that, although I may give up some fuel economy for more storage.
- four doors
- I refuse to have rear wheel drive
- I can only afford to pay a max of around $350 for monthly payments. Cheaper is better. The initial price I was quoted for my Civic was around $380 a month, but we got it down to $335 after haggling a bit, so I'm not above giving up "perks" to lower my payment.
- I'm not putting premium gas into anything.

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- Prefer a high resale value in case we need to trade it in for something bigger (ie, multiple kids) down the line
- big enough for two adults, two crate-less dogs, and potentially a wee one in the next year or two.
- bonus points if the trunk space is bigger than the Civics'. We couldn't even fit Abrams' collapsed crate back there, I can't imagine touting baby stuff around in it. That was the one downside to the car.
If the trunk space isn't bigger...that's okay. I was under no illusions that my Civic was going to be a comfortable ride with dogs and a baby, nor that it would be able to tote around a ton of stuff. We would have survived. And things like playpen/cribs/etc. will likely be kept in duplicate at my parents' house (just like a crate for Abrams LOL), so big ticket items won't need to be hauled, just baggage.

This car will be driving thousands of miles a year. Not just 12,000. More like 20,000. I need it to be reliable, I need it to be comfortable, I need it to be economical, and I need it to hopefully be able to tote around human/baby and dog crap.

I don't need a ton of extra stuff. I liked that my Civic had bluetooth capabilities, but beyond that, I'm good. I don't need a built in GPS, butt warmers, or anything like that.

I'd like to buy brand new due to the amount of miles I'm going to be putting on the thing, but if someone has a suggestion for a newer, reliable used car, that would be just fine, too. I have had an awesome experience with Honda, and wouldn't mind sticking with the company. I'm also very familiar with the Subaru company, as we had a plant in my hometown and my parents drive Subaru vehicles.

Annnnnnd...GO!
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Old 06-24-2014, 02:31 PM
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Not sure if it'll fit your payments, but I'd go for an Impreza hatchback if you can - loads more cargo flexibility, great mpgs for an AWD vehicle, and safe and reliable as all get out.

Other hatchbacks that might be possibilities: Honda Fit (I've heard great things about cargo capacity), Toyota Prius V (hybrid so great mpg and a surprising amount of cargo space), Mazda 3 (DH has a sedan Mazda 3 that he adores! It gets about 38-40mpg, mostly highway), Kia Soul (I have friends who love theirs, and the brands reliability has gotten a lot better), Toyota Yaris (I think MandyPug on here has one - they seem like neat cars).

I got a Toyota for my next vehicle because of the reliability. I'm expecting to get 300k out of my RAV. Honestly that's the biggest reason I stayed away from the Kia that was my other finalist - I just know my RAV can handle my 36k/yr driving and I wasn't sure a Kia could keep up.
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Old 06-24-2014, 02:34 PM
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Also, I ended up calculating out how many extra years a new car would get me driving high mileage and tbh it wasn't worth the extra cost to buy new, so you may want to look at the numbers again.

My RAV is a 2011 with 105k already. It came to me with 42k 2 years ago because it was a rental and I got it for $18,500 TOTAL. List price for the new model was going to be about $25k. So $7k more for about 18 months of extra driving. Nope. Not worth it.
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Old 06-24-2014, 02:51 PM
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Also, I ended up calculating out how many extra years a new car would get me driving high mileage and tbh it wasn't worth the extra cost to buy new, so you may want to look at the numbers again.

My RAV is a 2011 with 105k already. It came to me with 42k 2 years ago because it was a rental and I got it for $18,500 TOTAL. List price for the new model was going to be about $25k. So $7k more for about 18 months of extra driving. Nope. Not worth it.
Hmmm, good point. I'd be interested in purchasing a newer model car with low(er) miles. How easy is it to find a car that is being resold after a lease, or something?
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Old 06-24-2014, 03:12 PM
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Hmmm, good point. I'd be interested in purchasing a newer model car with low(er) miles. How easy is it to find a car that is being resold after a lease, or something?
Rental car companies release vehicles every 2 years from what I understand, so if you like a model that's a popular rental car you can have a LOT of options.

Not sure about lease vehicles - I bet Zoom would know, though!
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Old 06-24-2014, 03:18 PM
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Fit is better than the Civic cargo wise. Drop the rear seats and you could probably fit crates. The new ones get mpg in your range, but we've been doing ~31 with a road trip record of 40+ with an '13.
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Old 06-24-2014, 03:41 PM
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When I looked at my Civic I also looked at Fits, and I just couldn't like them. I tried, really really hard, but I hated the interior. So a Fit is likely out.
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'15 was a fairly major redesign. Don't know if they updated the interior. It got a CVT and better mpg though.

What was wrong with the interior? I don't have the bluetooth or nav, but it has a steering wheel and cupholders. I did get the flappy paddle shifters. Not the nicest interior luxury wise, but I've seen a lot worse.
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I recently had to get a 'new' car and ended up with a Nissan Versa hatchback. It isn't exactly what I went searching for but I really like it. I was looking for a smaller SUV (think Toyota Rav or a Hyundai SUV)

I got a 2012 model with about 34k miles on it and my payments are very affordable (under $250) with mediocre credit, lol.

It ticks all of your boxes, except mine didn't come with bluetooth, though it does have an Auxillary hook up so I can plug in my phone and play music over the speakers.

The only thing I wish were a little different is that the rear seats folded down flat with the bottom of the cargo space. It's not a big deal but would allow more storage. The leg room in the back is amazingly roomy and I easily and very often fit two adults up front and 2+ dogs in back plus folded metal crates for 40lb dogs in the cargo area.

Good luck on your search, I don't enjoy car shopping one bit!!
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'15 was a fairly major redesign. Don't know if they updated the interior. It got a CVT and better mpg though.

What was wrong with the interior? I don't have the bluetooth or nav, but it has a steering wheel and cupholders. I did get the flappy paddle shifters. Not the nicest interior luxury wise, but I've seen a lot worse.
I honestly can't really put a finger on it. I didn't like the way everything came together. More importantly, I didn't like the way looking out the windshield "felt". I'm sure I would have gotten used to it, but it and I just didn't click. I prefered the Civic's "feel".

I've been browsing some of the car rental used sales and there is quite a lot of selection! I'm thinking that may be a good compromise for my husband and I...let's just say it will be interesting in us agreeing on a vehicle without first blowing up at one another. LOL He is more interested in low cost, I want a car that will suit my needs and not need major repairs anytime soon.
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