Which car would you get?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Which car would you choose?
    Hybrid with no 'extras' : (49 votes)
    48 %
    Fully loaded car with worse gas mileage : (53 votes)
    52 %
  • Post # 3
    367 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    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
    97 posts
    Worker bee

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    Post # 5
    11379 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @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
    2565 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    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
    2527 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    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
    1116 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    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 # 9
    3846 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We love our Prius.  

    Post # 10
    2286 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    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… Tongue Out

    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
    991 posts
    Busy bee

    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
    4698 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @catnip:  Hybrid forever. I don’t need extras. 

    Post # 13
    498 posts
    Helper bee

    @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
    12900 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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
    10748 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    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
    178 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    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.

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