Post # 1
a new car. What do you ladies drive? Any recommendations? we are looking for a 4 door mid-size. It’s been so long since either of us have bought a car. I would love to hear what you guys love/hate about what you drive.
Post # 3
I drive a Ford Edge and I absolutely love it. This is my fourth car and I have NEVER liked a car as much as I like this one.
Post # 4
@SFreeman2187: i just looked that up. those are really nice. What year is yours?
Post # 5
I have driven lots of mid-size cars (my ex was a manager at Hertz). My favorites have been the
– 2010 Ford Focus (great milage – I got 33 city)
– 2011 Toyota Camry (not as great on milage, only got 24 city, but it was HUGE. I got into a major accident totaling the car, and I was completely unscathed)
I do NOT recommend
– 2009 Suzuki Forenza (will not accelerate properly, had much engine trouble, and only about 8,000 miles on the car)
– 2010 Dodge Caliber (does not handle well, very awkward)
Some that I liked, but were not my favorites are:
– 2010 Chevy Cobalt (milage was so-so, not as roomy as the Camry)
– 2010 Toyota Yaris (smaller engine, does not accelerate quickly, but not as bad as the Suzuki)
– 2011 Hyundai Elantra (good milage, but the Focus felt roomier, and the Focus has better milage)
Hope this helps!!
Post # 6
I drive a honda accord and I love it, this is my 2nd accord so far
Post # 7
I have a 2007 Nissan Sentra and had zero issues with it, tho probably a bit small for you. I used to work at a dealer so I was confident buying a nissan. I knew it was a good buy. I love the new maximas. I’ve seen a lot of horror storeies too. If you have any particular questions feel free to message me.
Post # 8
I have a Honda Fit and I can’t rave enough about how much I love it. The car is great. The seat configuration was the big selling point for me – I can fit an amazing amount of stuff in it. It feels safe. It’s a honda so it will run forever (well.. close). It’s low enough that our dogs can step right in (another selling point). The hatchback has been a nice bonus for camping and tailgating. It was a little more than I had planned to spend when I set out to buy a new car, but 100% worth it.
ETA: also, I know this varies based on how you drive. I’m not the most efficient of drivers, but on a recent trip I got about 34mpg, and I routinely get 28mpg or so with all the city/suburb driving I do.
Post # 9
Mazda 3 is my vote!! I have the sport (hatchback model) and FI had the sedan. Both loved them, great in the winter, no major issues, great on gas!
Post # 10
I have a Nissan Maxima 4 door 2004. It is a V6, so a little lower on the MPG, but I am easy on the accelorator (more so than DH..lol… he thinks hes a race car driver) and get 28mpg. DH can fix it for reasnable prices, and if we have to take in its pretty economical.
I had a VW Jetta 1.8T, and HATED it. It was a 2002, and it is horrible to fix. DH is a trained mechanic and would still have to take it in because they make them so it is really hard to near impossible with out the VW tools. We had to replace a 4″ plastic hose and it was $80 just for the part. Ended up needing 4 different sections, and a sensor, and it would have been about $600-$800 (price was depending on how long we were willing to wait for the parts.) Also insurence was enormous. German cars have expensive parts, and insurence takes that into consideration.
Oddly our Nissan gets the same boost without a turbo as the VW did with. VW also had issues all the time, and had 2 recalls on parts within a year.
DH has a 1986 Honda Civic. He LOVES it. Get crazy good gas millage, has had a few break downs, and was able to do all repairs with just a little google serarch and a stop by the auto parts store.
You should also ask what KIND of gas and oil they take. VW- Premium and fully sinthetic… doubled price of oil changes, and gas was about .25 a gallon more.
Nissan-regular, and regular.
I havent dealt with American cars much, my parents had 2 that ended as lemons so it kind of jaded me, but I have seen more reliability and more economical maintness on the japineese cars.
Post # 11
Oh, and the Nissan is bigger than the sentra… I have more space in the back seat than almost my MILs Explorer, and a good sized trunk, but it doesnt feel like I am driving a boat
Post # 12
I have a 2003 VW Jetta and a 2010 VW Passat and I LOVE them both!
@weeonebride: Our insurance hasn’t been any more expensive with our two VWs than with any other cars my family has owned.
Post # 13
I have a 2010 Mazda 6 w/ Touring Package. I love it. Great size inside without feeling like you are driving a huge car. Has a nice sporty look to it too. No complaints!
Post # 14
@sheilad72: the mazda 6 have caught my eye i love the way they look. As for room in the back. do you feel like it’s really cramped? i’m just trying to plan for the future with a carseat in the back and probably the dog too 🙂
Post # 15
@weeonebride: that is exactly what DH is worried about with the VW’s. right now he has a 96 honda accord and he loves it too. what is it about those hondas. i do like the nissan’s as well. and most of the work is pretty easy to do? DH isnt a professional but he does all the repairs on his honda right now.
Post # 16
We have a Volvo S60. Love it!