(Closed) NWR- what kind of car do you drive, and would you recommend it?

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Post # 76
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I like little Japanese cars because they get good gas mileage and they run forever. Currently driving a Honda Fit, and I love it! You can adjust the seats so it can fit as much stuff as an SUV inside.

Post # 77
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

Toyota. I bought both of them used and never put more than routine maintenance into them. I drove the rav until it had almost 240,000 miles on it and my solara has almost 200,000 on it now. I was looking for safe and reliable (lots of highway driving).

Post # 78
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Busy bee

I have a 2014 Lexus IS250 hard top convertible- I adore it! It’s super fun to drive and I love having a hard top convertible. We don’t have to worry about snow in Vegas so that’s not really an issue. I had a 2013 Nissan Altima before this and really liked that car, before that I had a Jeep Cherokee which I really enjoyed.

I like Lexus because it’s a Toyota- they go forever and maintance is affordable. Darling Husband has a 2015 Toyota Camry and he loves it. We are looking at the new Toyota Highlander when we move back to Minnesota next year and need an SUV for the winter- so far we really like them!

Post # 79
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2017

I have a 2014 Mazda6 and I love and it and recommend it to everyone! Before my current car, I had a 2008 Mazda3 so I love the Mazda family…

The fiance has a Subaru and he really likes his car as well.

Post # 80
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

I have a 2014 Nissan Versa SL.  I’ve had it for almost 2 years (I bought it Fall 2013).  It’s fine, but super entry-level… It’s wonderfully fuel efficient (about 41 mpg on average) and it’s quiet… BUT it rattles a bit when the highway is windy and I know it’s safety rating in the back leaves something to be desired.  It’s not what my Fiance will get when he has to replace his car… we’ll look for a bigger car with better safety, since we’ll get that car right before we want to have a baby (and baby carseats barely fit in a small sedan like the Versa)

Post # 81
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Your choices are all over the place.  What do you need to use it for?  Is gas mileage important?  Do you need to put kids in the back?  A dog?  

Post # 82
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

uglycatsweater163:  If you live in Vermont, AWD is a MUST. I wouldn’t even bother to look into the Chevy’s or Ford’s unless you are getting an SUV. They are useless in the snow and aren’t worth the headache if they aren’t AWD. My cousin has the Fusion and she LOVES it, but she also has an Impreza and her husband has a Jeep which they drive when the weather is bad.

Post # 83
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’ve never heard anyone complain about Subarus. Can’t say the same for any American car sadly. I’m currently driving a leased 2012 Toyota Corolla (it will be 3 years in September) – no complaints here. I live in Appalachia so winters suck to drive around in. During snowstorms I’ve seen people ahead of me crash into the side of the mountain while on the highway.. but my Toyota has been good to me..

Post # 84
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We have one car, and we’re getting another soon. Currently we’re driving a Ford Festiva (quite old). I actually love it. It’s small, drives smooth, but has had its fair share of issues. I would recommend a newer model tbh.

Post # 85
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I drive an Acura TSX and I love my car. It’s comfortable, easy to drive, and doesnt give me any problems. My fiance has a Scion because he wanted a cheaper back up (he rides a motorcycle 99% of the time, it’s his 2nd love lol) that was standard and I HATE that thing. I had surgery once and he picked me up in it. I felt every bump it was so painful. On the other hand my Acura is so smooth. On top of that my Acura can really haul butt when I need her to (merging, etc). I once had one car try to speed up and cut me off so they could get ahead but they couldn’t keep up and had to go in back of me.  

Post # 86
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

uglycatsweater163:  I drive a Mazda CX-5 AWD Grand Touring.  I bought it new in 2014.  I live in the northeast as well and was looking for something safe in the winter.  I am also a RN and have to go into work no matter what. This car is a complete TANK and very safe.  We got dumped with so much snow last year and not once did i slip or slide.  I also love the utility of the car…i can fit my two large labs in the backseat comfortably!

Post # 87
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352 posts
Helper bee

BMW X3 – love it and winter driving is a dream.  I am fortunate that I have a son who is a BMW mechanic.  Maintenance and repairs are VERY inexpensive.

Post # 88
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

uglycatsweater163:  I have a Honda Accord. It’s a 2003, but still runs great (I got it used in 2007 and only had 35K miles on it). I’ve only had to have minor things fixed – new tires, ignition switch, battery, etc. The last time I brought it in for an oil change, they said it was in great shape for how old it is. Plus, I’m just over 90K miles on the thing – Darling Husband drives most of the time.

Darling Husband just got a 2015 Ford Explorer – and that is pretty sweet. It only had 60 miles on it when we got it a month ago and drives so well. He had a 2003 Explorer before this and it was time to upgrade. He didn’t look at anything else and has no regrets. It has some good features with it too (the XLT model with the appearance package), like in-car naivigation system with weather and travel (some of that is from SiriusXM though). We love it.

Post # 89
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I have a Chevy Impala, it’s older than what you’re looking for (2003), but it is a great car. Super fuel effecient, roomy, and economical. My Dad bought it new, and it’s never had any issues, and all of us have loved driving it. I’m sadly parting with it at the end of this month. My brother has just finished his Master’s degree and is moving back to the prairies, where getting around without a car is impossible, so I’m giving it to him. It’s not worth much anymore, and he wouldn’t be able to afford to buy himself a car, so I’m being a nice sister. I will really miss it though! I have no idea what I’m going to replace it with. I asked my hubby if I could just get exactally the same car, but he thinks we should get something a little newer, lol.

As far as having to have AWD because of the weather, I live in Saskatchewan, and we have snow and ice for 6-8 months of the year (if not more), and my Impala was easily the best vehicle for winter that I’ve ever driven. It sits lower to the ground than an SUV or truck, so it hugs the road, and it isn’t super light like a compact car. I’ve never had an issue with slipping and sliding. I also live in the country where the roads are not plowed often and rarely have any trouble getting through. I drove a 4×4 truck for a while (my husband drives it now) and even with the 4×4 on I slid around way more than my Impala. My parents have a Subaru Forester with AWD, and it’s not any better in ice and snow than my Impala. If you want AWD I think that’s fine, but don’t feel like you must get a vehicle that has it. The Forester is a nice vehicle though, if it were in my budget I would consider one. It handles nicely, gets good mileage, it’s fun to drive, and very reliable. They’re just a little pricey for me.

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Post # 90
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878 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

uglycatsweater163:  We have a 2012 Subaru Outback and love it!! We bought it new, so we’ve had it for about 4 years now. We went with the 3.6L engine and find that it’s a pretty incredible machine with plenty of power. Further, it has awesome handling in the snow (we live in Ontario and have had extremely bad winters the past two years) and we only have all-seasons on it. It is very comfortable to drive – the blinds spots are great (I find some newer SUVs have terribly big blind spots); the interior is comfortable, intuitive, and looks nice (it also has a great camera for reversing); there is so much space inside – in 2012, it had the largest interior space for an SUV in its size class. We honestly haven’t had any problems with it and we highly recommend it. Hope this helps!

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