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GarrAarghHrumph
09-23-2011, 09:47 PM
As some of you know, someone in a large SUV rear-ended my car, and it's a total loss. I am fine, but alas, my car is not. So now I'm looking at new and recent-model used cars. Help me pick my next car!

I've only ever owned two cars, both Honda Civics. I tend to keep my cars for a very long time, and put a lot of miles on them. My commute is far, and mostly highway, although I do drive in the city sometimes. I don't treat cars kindly - I might occasionally change the oil, for example. So keeping all that in mind, I'm looking for cars that are:

- Extremely reliable
- Go forever
- Great on gas mileage (35 mpg or higher)
- Smallish
- Have excellent visibility, making it easy to change lanes/back up
- Cost around what a Civic does, or less
- Have some pick up, actually respond when you push down on the gas pedal

I've done a poll of all the cars I've test driven so far. I've also put "other", for those who'd like to suggest other models. Thanks!

MacMadame
09-23-2011, 09:57 PM
Toyota Corrolla

BigB08822
09-23-2011, 10:07 PM
Volkswagens are really reliable and run forever.

DarrellH
09-23-2011, 10:22 PM
Chevy Cruze

peibeck
09-23-2011, 10:23 PM
I have a Hyundai Elentra and it has been very reliable for the last 7 years. The 2012s are a lot more stylish, and they now get up to 40 mpg on the highway. They are less expensive than the Civic, and have the 10 year or 100,000 mile powertrain warranty (that I don't believe Honda offers either).

I think the 2012's come pretty well equipped and start at about $19.5k.

Vash01
09-23-2011, 10:28 PM
Toyota Corolla, which is in the same size group. I have had great experiences with Toyota. The Corolla is very fuel efficient and easy to drive.

vesperholly
09-23-2011, 10:29 PM
Toyota Corrolla

This, this, this! I had my 99 Corolla for 11 years. The only things I ever needed to fix were cosmetic or wear-and-tear: brakes, shocks, mounts, tires, etc. I had some rust issues but on a door panel that was not original to the car. It was around $17K back in 99. When I totaled it, I got an obscene amount of money from my insurance company for an old car with 105K miles, so the value stays. Interior is smartly designed, great visibility, zippy little car.

Are you considering hybrids (I don't recognize one on the poll)? I'm not sure there are many cars, even small ones, that get 35 mpg.

No Fords. There's a reason they're called Found On Road Dead. Everyone I know who has bought one has had major, weird problems. Two people I know have Focuses and they're awful.

VWs are nice looking, especially the Mini Coopper, but I've heard parts are astronomically expensive. Plus they tend to cost a lot out of the gate.

smurfy
09-23-2011, 10:47 PM
I have had great luck w Honda/Acura. They make good dependable cars. I know many that have Toyotas and they seem pretty happy.
I had a 2002 mini. It was really fun, but it was the first yr in the us. I bought it new. It seemed cheap plastic in some areas, and some things broke while under warranty (gas line, windshield wiper motor) and post warranty (spent $1600 on 2 repairs - steering wheel motor and some other part a belt of some kind). Again it was the first yr in the us, but I was really dissappointed w the dealership. There are limited number of dealers, and the second closest one was 80 miles away, so I got rid of car at 4.25 yrs old.

Vash01
09-23-2011, 10:48 PM
Before my current Corolla I had a Toyota Camry. It lasted me 15 years, with only minor repairs toward the end. My brother's Corolla (in the past) lasted him about 13 years; no problems. Toyota service has been great too over the years.

Gazpacho
09-23-2011, 11:16 PM
Volkswagens are really reliable and run forever.Volkswagens these days are among the least reliable cars. Their quality control has gone down the drain. Minis are unreliable too.

My vote is for the Ford Focus. A colleague's father has a dealership that sells both Hondas and Fords, and he said the 2012 Focus is an amazing car, as reliable as any of the Hondas. The reviews have been great too. Make sure you get the 2012 model, not the 2011. They did a major engineering overhaul for the 2012. It starts out a bit pricier than the Civic though, and it's been selling very well and outpacing supply, so you probably would have a hard time getting a good deal.

The 2012 Civic has gotten pretty disappointing reviews compared to previous versions, though it does get better gas mileage than before. The sales have been lackluster, which is why Honda is already offering a great financing deal on the 2012. For other models, they're only offering the deal on the 2011s. If you have credit above 710--maybe it's 720--it's only 1.9% for 60 months!

I'd also suggest looking at the Toyota Corolla and Honda Fit. The Chevy Cruze has gotten great reviews too, though I'd still be less confident buying a Chevy. I would recommend the Hyundai Elantra if only they didn't make the asinine move of eliminating the spare tire. They wanted to get a gas mileage rating above 40, and apparently eliminating the spare tire was one way to do that. :rolleyes:

Wyliefan
09-23-2011, 11:20 PM
I have a Hyundai Elentra and it has been very reliable for the last 7 years. The 2012s are a lot more stylish, and they now get up to 40 mpg on the highway. They are less expensive than the Civic, and have the 10 year or 100,000 mile powertrain warranty (that I don't believe Honda offers either).

I think the 2012's come pretty well equipped and start at about $19.5k.

I looked at a 2012 Hyundai or two when I was in the market for the car this summer. Didn't like the design; the roof slopes in a way that made me feel like it was about to cave in on me! Not good if you have any problems with claustrophobia. :) I ended up with a 2009 Hyundai Sonata, which feels more spacious and has worked out really well.

Before that I had a Toyota Camry, which ran great for many years until it developed a stalling problem. (I've since learned that some Camrys do have a tendency that way; it wasn't just an isolated case.) It took several trips to the mechanic to get it fixed -- he couldn't find the problem. But I think he finally got it right; I eventually sold the car to my sister after the repairs were all done, and she's reported no problems.

attyfan
09-23-2011, 11:24 PM
My husband drives a 2006 Toyota Prius and loves it ... it is extremely reliable, and averages around 45 mpg (except when he is only doing very short trips). Don't know what the new ones cost, though.

mrr50
09-23-2011, 11:29 PM
My Subaru Legacy ran for 214000 miles and 13 years, it was still running when i donated it to Goodwill. I've had a Subaru Forrester for 7 years and 85000 miles. I've had VERY few problems with either one. I live in Wisconsin which requires very dependable driving in snow/ice/blizzard conditions. The Legacy had 13 years of hockey trips. I prefer the Forester for the ground clearance(snow depth). Gas mileage was @28-30mpg on hwy.

My husband has a Prius. He loves it.

modern_muslimah
09-23-2011, 11:31 PM
I have a Hyundai Elentra and it has been very reliable for the last 7 years. The 2012s are a lot more stylish, and they now get up to 40 mpg on the highway. They are less expensive than the Civic, and have the 10 year or 100,000 mile powertrain warranty (that I don't believe Honda offers either).

I think the 2012's come pretty well equipped and start at about $19.5k.


I looked at a 2012 Hyundai or two when I was in the market for the car this summer. Didn't like the design; the roof slopes in a way that made me feel like it was about to cave in on me! Not good if you have any problems with claustrophobia. :) I ended up with a 2009 Hyundai Sonata, which feels more spacious and has worked out really well.

Before that I had a Toyota Camry, which ran great for many years until it developed a stalling problem. (I've since learned that some Camrys do have a tendency that way; it wasn't just an isolated case.) It took several trips to the mechanic to get it fixed -- he couldn't find the problem. But I think he finally got it right; I eventually sold the car to my sister after the repairs were all done, and she's reported no problems.

I also recommend the Hyundai Elantra. My mother has a 2010 Elantra and before that a 2005 Elantra. They are very reliable cars. It's one of the reasons why my mother likes it so much. They have really good gas mileage and drive well. It also has good pickup. I drove her car a couple of weeks ago and the gas pedal was very sensitive (at least compared to what I normally drive which is my husband's 1996 Geo Prism). You barely have to push on the gas pedal for it to go.

Hyundai's bumper to bumper coverage is also really great! It's another feature that my mother loves. It's also less expensive than a Honda. :)

Aussie Willy
09-24-2011, 12:15 AM
Anything with a Japanese engine. Generally they are most reliable.