Post # 1
Darling Husband and I are downsizing to one car – hopefully a new one, we don’t mind if it’s SUV or a sedan but we do want to get above 25 mpg and we can’t do hybrids since the batteries are so dang expensive.
Right now we have a Honda Element and a Cadillac SRX (the crossover SUV thing)
Our main problems with them are:
- BAD, bad blind spots (the element)
- The Cadillac is too expensive to repair and has non-stop problems
- The SRX gets about 14 mpg, the Element 20 mpg
What we love:
- The SRX is extremely comfortable/quiet to drive in
- The bells are whistles are a plus but we don’t need them
Does anyone have any great suggestions for a new car that’s less than $30,000?? We aren’t big fans of KIA’s yet although they have improved…but we are still open to anything with great gas mileage/good warrenty
Post # 3
Hondas and Toyotas always rock! I have a brand new Chevy Cruze and love it.
Post # 4
Depending on whether you want a car or a hybrid type vehicle, I have always had great experiences with Nissans. I have an Altima and I can drive 180 miles round trip to my parent’s house and only use a half tank of gas. My FI’s parents got a Hyundai Santa Fe and it’s pretty awesome as well.
Post # 5
Get a Subaru Outback or Forrester. They run forever and get great gas mileage!
Post # 6
I have to second the Altima. I love mine! I drive pretty hard and I get between 23 and 28 mpg depending on where I’m going. We drove from Orlando to Houston and only stopped for gas 2 times (well technically once: We filled up when we left and filled up once right outside of FL).
Post # 7
I have a a 2007 Volkswagen Jetta that I absolutely love. The new ones aren’t all that great but the Volkswagen CC’s are awesome. Not sure mileage wise on those though. Depending on the size you’re looking for the Mazda 3 and the Mazda 6 are both great cars. I almost bought a 3 instead of my Jetta.
I’d also seriously look into the new Honda Accord. My dad has always been a luxury car person (Volvo, Mercedes, Cadillac, etc) and he shocked my whole family by buying an Accord Coup. It’s really nice and it has some power behind it. I wasn’t impressed by the new Civic though, test drove one and I was shocked by how little power it had.
Post # 8
I haven’t checked out chevy’s or Hyundai’s in a long time – so I’m looking those up right now! I love the chevy volt but I think it starts at $40k, its also an electric car and it makes me a little nervous…
Anyone have an electric car?? I’m completely dumb about them
Post # 9
For $30K you could get two new economy cars. My sister just bought a Honda Fit. 33mpg. MSRP from 15. Hyundai’s have gotten waaaaaaaaay better over the years. They are highly rated now. You could definitely get a couple of Hyundais. Or you could get one of Hyundai’s SUVs and a decent used car as well (or keep one of your cars).
Post # 10
I second the Altima! I lovvvve it! Even the base model has lots of bells and whistles, the ride is really comfortable and it gets amazing gas mileage. I get about 400 miles per tank.
I don’t know about their warranty, because mine is leased, but I am considering buying it when the lease is over because I love it so much.
Post # 11
@Aure: oooh LOVE the cc’s! I’m going to look those up as well. I’m kind of disappointed with the new jetta’s :-/
Post # 12
@Heatherloveskenny: re: Electric cars…get a Nissan Leaf before you get the Volt. The Leaf is a much better value.
Post # 13
Or a Mazda 5 (it has a minivan style sliding door) if you want something roomier.
Seriously, Mazdas drive so much better than any other car I’ve driven. I love them!
Post # 14
Anything from Nissan. 🙂 Fiance just bought a new Jetta (2011) and we love it. Much better than his 2006 we think.
Post # 15
I second Nissan. We had an Altima that still ran perfectly at 224,000 miles (6 years old) and it had never had any major issues and still got 25 mpg on the highway with that many miles on it. It was a great car.
Post # 16
@napabridekelsey: I was reading about the leaf–but I thought it only gets 100 miles per charge, so I’m confused about it still…can you only go 100 miles everytime you drive it?