Post # 1
I’m getting financing through USAA today and then going to buy a used car this week. I’m looking at 2007-2008, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion or similar. I might consider a small SUV like the CR-V or Escape too.
I have a five year old, and my husband is legally blind, so he is always the passenger and I’m always the driver. It needs to comfortably fit all three of us (he’s about 5′ 10″, average weight). So, what do y’all think?
Post # 3
COming from a mechanic’s wife, I am of the opinion that Honda is the best for longevity and cost of maintanence. I don’t care for Fords. but Nissan’s are good. The CR-V is great, my moms had one since 97 and its got almost 300k miles on it, my dad’s 6’9 and fits in it fine. If you want a van, the Odyssey is the best IMO.
Post # 4
do you have a real reason to buy an suv? like, do you need to carry big loads of stuff with any frequency? if not, I would not get one. a car can comfortably fit three and it gets much better gas mileage which will save you money. I don’t know anything about ford fusion but I’ve ridden in newer accords and altimas and they’re both nice. I like that the altimas have the keyless start now because thats cool… but its kind of just a gimmick. 🙂 I think you should go test drive all three and see which one is more comfortable for you.
Post # 5
Out of the choices you listed, I would definitely go with an Accord. I have had the BEST experiences with Hondas, and they retain their value really well too. I have a Civic that my fiance is now driving (because he needs the fuel efficiency more than I do) and I just got an Audi A6 wagon because I need the extra space for my puppydog, but I kept wishing they made an Accord wagon because they are just such great cars.
Personally, I looove car shopping. 🙂 Good luck!
Post # 6
Hi, CorgiTales – no real reason for the SUV other than wanting the extra space for things like trips to Home Depot every now and then, and the possibility of getting a dog soon.
Post # 7
I like both the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima. Fiance has an accord, although it’s slightly older than a 2008.
However, I know that when I have kids, I’m going to want an SUV. But that’s just my personal preference.
Have you looked at the Nissan Rogue?
& I may be biased (because at one point my whole family each owned one), but I love Subarus! I have an outback sedan and it’s fantastic.
ETA: Ha, I guess my post isn’t too helpful in narrowing down your choices! But I will agree with other posters: Hondas do last a very long time and really retain their value. My neighbor had a Honda that lasted a good deal over 250,000 miles.
Post # 8
I have heard many great things about Hondas in general. They are not only great looking cars but the best for your money. They retain their value the best so it will be better for you when you need to trade it in or sell it.
Post # 9
Another vote for Honda – my parents drive a 2004 CR-V and it is spacious without being a huge SUV. We also have a 1992 Honda Civic that we can still drive short distances to the store and stuff!
This wasn’t one of your listed choices, but I have a Honda Fit and I LOVE it. It has a huge trunk for a hatchback, and even spacious backseats. It’s fuel efficient (I average about 37 mpg) and under $20,000. I think it would be roomy enough for a tall guy and a child and even a dog… but that’s just me. 🙂
Post # 10
I have an ’03 Honda Civic right now, and my next vehicle will definitely be a Honda. This car has impressed me beyond belief. I had a Toyota previously, and loved it too. But, so far I swear I have done nothing more than oil change, tires, brakes. It’s the easiest car to maintain ever. I’ve also had several Groomsmen cars in the past, as well as a Chrysler, all of which were nothing but problems. I don’t think you can go wrong with any Honda vehicle.
Post # 11
I have a 2008 Nissan Alitma and I love love love it. I have the sedan.
Post # 12
Honda or Nissan!!!!!!
I had a Nissan Sentra that lived for 14 years and had 360,000Km on it (over 220,000 miles) on it. And technically it could have run longer but the alternator went and we didn’t want to put more money into it. I am sure someone fixed it and it is still driving around out there.
I currently have a 2001 honda civic – it is 9 years old and I haven’t had to do ANYTHING except routine maintenance. AWESOME BRAND!
Post # 13
I have an accord and I love it. I was in a ford fusion rental and I really liked it too. But I don’t know how reliable they are in the long run. My accord is a 2004 and it has about 100k miles on it. Plus, I got 4 cylinder one, so it’s definitely a great on gas. It’s still going. I already know what car I want to get next a Nissan Murano, although ford egde or chevy equinox looks nice. I’m not not in the zone to look at cars yet, so I have officially decided what car is better.
I always like looking at the user ratings at cars.com
Post # 14
What about a Toyota?? They were very good cars until all of these recalls started happening. I still think they are very reliable cars like Hondas… I just don’t want to get a hybrid because I don’t want my car to be posessed when I put it on cruise control. haha
Toyota is really trying to get their customers back and that 0 % APR is a great!
Post # 15
Between Fiance and I we haev had almost each of those cars (but the fusion!)
I love a Honda! The accord drives amazing, but I prefer SUVs, the extra room always comes in handy–especially with a kiddo. That being said, I don’t like the interior of the CRVs (too utilitarian). Fiance currently drives a Ford Escape–It’s ok, but I don’t like Ford much. We’ve never had any problems with it, it’s comfortable, and it drives well. If I were you, I would search around for a used Honda Pilot—Mmmm they’re GREAT (but possibly bigger than you want/need?)
@Terry–I LOVE my toyota. I drive a 3 year old Highlander…it’s big but drives like a sportscar, it’s got a great interior, decent gas milage for the driving that I do….The news with toyota has been very scary, but I plan to buy another toyota in the future. Just not a prius. 😉
Post # 16
I have a Honda CRV and love it. It’s comfortable and goof for long trips. I’ve had it for a little over 4 years now and it has been good to me. Good luck!