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For the last 5 years, Darling Husband and I have been a one car household, and have managed just fine. We both use public transit to get to work, so it’s never been a big issue aside from a few weekends where we both wanted to use it. Now, I’ve accepted a job that requires me to drive every day with no public transit option, so we’re in the market for a second car (our current car is an older Subaru, and probably wouldn’t hold up too long on a 60 mile a day round-trip commute). I’m looking for a mid-size sedan, hopefully less than 20k (don’t mind used if it’s a 2013 or newer). Any suggestions on cars that you love or hate, and why?
Post # 2
What kind of price range are you looking at?
Post # 3
JiminyCricket: Love my Nissan Rogue! It has a car body so it doesn’t feel like driving an SUV and it’s super roomy and I get fantastic gas milage !
Post # 4
I love my VW Jetta, although it’s a tad small. Fiance has a Passat, which he got brand new for about $20K (basic model) It’s very roomy and comfy!
Post # 5
JiminyCricket: I drive a 2014 Corolla S and I love it. I’m not really sure what qualifies as mid-sized, but you really can’t go wrong with Toyotas, they’re so reliable.
Post # 6
JiminyCricket: We have a Subaru Impreza and we love it (this is our second one). It’s the cheapest AWD sedan out there (I don’t know if you need AWD) and it drives well. It gets great gas mileage, and we’ve never had a single problem with our car or the Impreza we had before.
Post # 7
annb9: Ahh, I want an Impreza! When I looked (briefly, online), I think they were a bit more than we were looking at spending, at least new. It’s definitely one of the ones that made my short list though. We have a Forrester now and love it, but it’s definitely getting a bit old…
Post # 8
JiminyCricket: I get a new car for work every few years and travel frequently for work with rental cars, so I have driven lots of cars! We own a Jeep Grand Cherokee V8, which I love, but its not practical for daily use as its a gas guzzler. We need it to tow our boat – I told my Darling Husband if we ever were to purchase a second car it would need to be a Prius to make up for our environmentally challenged SUV.
My favorite work cars were probably the Subaru Legacy and the Outback. They are basically the same vehicle, but the Outback is styled like a station wagon (which my Darling Husband HATES). I actually prefer the Outback because I like the storage in the back/trunk area. Both come with nice standard options, get good gas mileage, and handle well in bad weather.
Some of my least favorite were the Ford Escape, Jeep Liberty, and anything Mitsubishi (personal preferences only).
Post # 9
I used to have a Ford Fusion as a company car. I think it is in the price range you are looking at. I had 3 different Fusions over the course of several years and I have to say they were the most reliable cars ever. I racked up a lot of mileage on them roughly 100k and drove them pretty rough. I never had a single service issue, other than routine maintenance. (Unless you count 1 flat tire) They also make a hybrid fusion now that is slightly more expensive but I would assume would be worth paying more upfront for tax credits and saving on fuel costs.
Post # 10
I’m a HUGE Honda fan. They last forever and are super reasonably priced, not to mention the newer models get amazing gas milage. I actually just bought a brand new one, I will add im in CA so we all know MSRP is higher, and my car was under $20,000 brand new. I highly recommend you at least test drive a Civic or if you want a little larger, try an Accord.
Post # 11
I think I’m the only person on earth that has a Subaru and isn’t in love with it. I mean…it’s fine, but my VW handled New England winters way better not to mention got better gas mileage and more “vroom vroom”. If you already have a big enough family car I’d recommend getting the smallest car you can – it only needs to fit you during your commute so don’t pay extra for a big car that drives around half empty all the time.
Post # 12
LilliV: Really good point! It’s just me and Darling Husband for now (no kid discussions on the horizon, either) — I mostly just want something reliable to get me to and from work. I’m outside DC, so we get some snow/ice, but nothing like New England (where I’m from) — mostly decent weather most of the year (save for the excrutiatingly hot summers, haha).
Post # 13
JiminyCricket: My advice would be to focus on mileage not model year for a used car. If you are not somewhere where you need AWD, I would get a used Honda Accord or maybe even a new Civic. The cars drive well, are very well made, have good gas mileage, and will get you to 200,000 miles. My Civic is 100,000 miles in now and still has half its value if I were to sell it (which I’m not because it still drives and looks awesome).
If you need AWD, I would get a used Toyota or Lexus, just try to stay under 60,000 miles so you can still get a lot of driving out of it before it needs major maintenance.
Post # 14
- Wedding: May 2018 - City, State
It’s a little small for what you’re looking for as its technically a compact but I LOVE my Hyundai Elantra. It’s surprisingly roomy and gets fantastic gas mileage. I have a 120 mile round trip commute so the 40ish mpgs are amazing. Its not terrible in the winter, low maintenance costs, 10 year bumper to bumper warranty, and it drives surprisingly well (coming from a former Audi A6 owner)
Post # 15
I love my Hyundai Elantra! I bought her new in 2009 and she’s moved all over the country with me. She has 72k miles and I’ve only had to replace the tires once (they were probably stressed after moving from Texas to Nevada and back, then Pennsylvania…) No mechanical problems so far.
I don’t really love my car in snow, though. A heavier car would be nice if you have to drive in it, although we’ve survived three winters together.
Oh, I can also attest to safety. My first Elantra was an ’07 (same generation as my current one.) While I was driving, another driver ran a stop sign and I t-boned her. My car was totaled, but all of the airbags inflated and I didn’t have any injuries. Soooo that’s a bonus.