Post # 1
I’m in the market for a new car and I’m having trouble deciding between two types (there are multiple cars that fit in each of these categories, but I need to figure out which makes the most sense first).
I currently have a car that gets very good gas mileage, in the 38-40mpg range. I commute long-distance (120 miles roundtrip) but only do so once or twice a week. The good gas mileage has been great, but it’s not a necessity given that I don’t do a long drive every day. Here’s what I’m trying to decide between:
A. A hybrid that gets the same or better gas mileage that I currently get, but really only offers good gas mileage and nothing else (i.e., a base model with no ‘extras’: sunroof, navigation, heated seats, etc.) ETA: Because a lot of people are going to ask, I am talking strictly about a Prius here.
B. A car that does not get as good gas mileage (more like in the 28-32 mpg range) but would be ‘loaded’ (i.e., with a sunroof, heated seats, leather, navigation, etc.). This car would also be better for winter driving, which is a plus.
My brain says to go with option A, but my heart says to go with option B. I love getting good gas mileage but I can’t get it all with this purchase considering the prices of each type of car. So what makes more sense? Get the car that’s boring to drive but gets good MPGs, or the car that is more enjoyable to drive, has nicer features, but gets worse MPGs? What would you do?
BTW, I know this is totally a first-world problem, but I’d like to make a decent decision based on what others have experienced and/or regret.
Post # 3
First world problemmmssss!! lol. I would totally go with the hybrid 100% of the time, every time. I looove our Prius, and it is BARE BONES. No sunroof, no heated seats, nuthing (and people still think that the dashboard looks like a spaceship. lol). I think of it this way.. when I save tons of money on gas, I can buy myself pretty things. I’d rather my butt freeze for a few minutes in the morning in the absense of heated seats if it means that butt is rocking a totally cute new skirt. <3
Post # 4
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Post # 5
@catnip: isn’t there a car that can meet some sort of compromise on these points? i’m not sure what your winters are like but for me, safety first.
Post # 6
Some of the fully loaded extras are nice, but you don’t really miss them if they are gone. My parents’ cars have sunroofs, mine does not and I don’t think it is necessary. I do have heated seats and used them during the winter, but again it was just nice to have a warm butt and I would have survived without it. There are affordable GPS systems out there plus most smart phones are able to be a GPS, I don’t think having a built in navigation system is something that would make me pick one car over another.
What is the cost difference between the two cars? If the hybrid is more would the gas savings over time make up the difference? Those would be more important in my decision making process, the others are more unnecessary conveniences, nice but you don’t really miss them if they are gone.
Post # 7
i would only go with car B if it’s a subaru. i love subaru’s but if that wasn’t an option, i would get a prius c. i don’t think the extras are that great but that’s just me. i don’t like sunroofs. navigation would be cool but i can live without it.
Post # 8
I voted fully loaded. When I wrote my car off in December and got a new one that’s what I went with. 2012 turbo Beetle, 8 speaker + sub Fender Audio system, touch screen navi, heated leather seats, panoramic moon roof. FI was pushing me to get a more “practical” car but I love my beetles! The car I wrote off was a 2002 Beetle, nicely loaded (power everything, heated leather seats, but no sun/moon roof, and no turbo). I looked at simpler cars but they just didn’t do anything for me. And living in a city where we can get temperatures of -70 with the wind chill, heated seats were a MUST for me. I would have loved to also have a heated steering wheel as well as cooled seats and steering wheel (black leather is not so much fun in summer when it’s 30 celcius and sunny!). But I love my car and it’s super fun to drive!
FI has a hybrid Camry and it’s okay, nicer on the highway than my car, but I don’t do a lot of highway driving, and it’s pretty bare bones. It feels like an old man car, and the colour doesn’t help that any! I hate driving it too becuase it’s so big compared to my car… I keep worrying that I’ll hit something when I back up or pull into a parking spot!
Post # 10
A Prius is a good car and does get great gas mileage. I will say that my parents own one that they bought new and it has almost 180,000 miles on it and they have never had to do ANY maintenence on it other than routine e.g. new tires and changing the oil. A downfall for me, to the Prius, is that the battery costs roughly $3,000 if you need a new one and if the battery dies and you need to jump it it’s hard to get to (in the back of the car, under the trunk), but those might not be things that concern you if you’re not as forgetful as me…
I have to disagree with the PP that said they would only get Car B if it was a Subaru. They’re good winter cars, but I have known quite a few people with “lemon” Subarus that have issue after issue. Personally I would go with a Toyota or a Honda that fits option B – the Rav4 and the CRV are decent on gas and can be upgraded with the things you mentioned. Toyota/Honda will not let you down – uber reliable. I’m actually in the market for a Car B type so I’ve been doing lots of reading up on them. Kia has a great warranty right now, but I still think that Toyota/Honda is the way to go! For your extras though, navigation is worth next to nothing imo since everyone has a smart phone and/or a handheld GPS system. You’ll pay more for the navigation feature than it’s actually worth. I do like a sunroof and leather, though!
Post # 11
28-32 mpg is actually pretty good gas mileage wise. I actually just got option B mainly because option A would only be a smaller car then what I am use to. I like my SUVs too much.
Post # 12
@catnip: Hybrid forever. I don’t need extras.
Post # 13
@feufighter: I’m pretty happy with my non-hybrid sonata. I’ve only had it for 3 years but haven’t had a problem with it and it’s a comfortable, smooth ride.
I’d lean towards the non-hybrid, but being from Maine would want to know more about how each drives in the snow.
Post # 14
It depends on what you’re looking at for option B. There are fully (or at least more) loaded cars that still get great gas mileage. I just got a Nissan Altima SV (middle of the line, you could go up one more for leather and all that jazz) and my last tank got 38 mpg.
Post # 15
I’d pick B! That’s basically my car. It’s a Mustang and I think the mileage is decent, plus it’s f-ing awesome to drive. A hybrid with no options would bore the cramp out of me honestly.
Post # 16
The gas mileage on the first car would be awesome, but the gas mileage for option B is still pretty good. My car only gets about 20 miles to the gallon, and I really hate it. I drive a lot and it just adds up so fast. I would love to get a car with 30 miles to the gallon. For you however, downgrading 10 miles to the gallon is definitely going to feel like a hit as far as your gas cost goes, so do think about that.