(Closed) What car do you drive?

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Post # 47
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I drive a 2015 Honda Pilot.  I got it before they redesigned it for 2016 so I got a great deal.  I kind of wish I had something a bit more luxurious as I drive clients around all the time, but then I do worry about coming across as too pompous with something like a Lexus.

My Fiance drives a BMW 3 series (I think).  It’s a 2007 and he’s looking to get something bigger next year, maybe the X3 or X5.

Post # 48
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I drive a 2016 Kia Soul +.

I’m used to bigger SUV’s. However, I just really enjoyed our test drive with the Soul when we went looking and I think it’s better on gas than previous cars. I like sitting high up in SUV’s so I do kinda miss that aspect. However, I really like the features of the soul and the room. It feels spacious in the front and the back seats. A lot of back seats have minimal leg space but the soul has a nice amount imo. The trunk is definitely smaller than I’m used to coming from an SUV. However, the back seat is easily adjustable to give me the space needed if trasporting bigger items. We aren’t TTC yet but it is a car that I feel comfortable for having kids in when the time comes. I think the trunk space although tight with the seats up  is adequate enough for the strollers we’ve seen. The back seat has plenty of space for the car seat and bags. The sound system is nice to me and the bluetooth setup has good audio imo. We don’t really haul a bunch of groceries at one time as we usually go daily for fresh foods…so needing a lot of space for one large grocery haul isn’t something that affects me. Since it’s more compact than a suv, it’s easier to park in certain areas or spaces. The rear view camera is nice and I like my hidden storage compartment in my trunk. It’s like a panel that lifts up on the floor with storage organization. We have a hitch on it for attaching a trailer if we really need to haul something for an extended road trip.

I think the best thing you can do is just gauge what types of cars you like and go test drive some. Test drive some out of your tastes to see if you might find something you didn’t expect. Then research/compare and think things over before pulling a trigger.

Post # 49
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2017

My car (although we trade off a lot) is a 2013 Jeep Compass. I got it 2 years old with 13,000 miles for $10,000 less than a new one. I love it, it has 4 wheel drive and gets amazing gas mileage. I wanted an SUV because we have 3 dogs and it’s much easier to haul them and out stuff around than a car. I was also happy they had a middle model that has the things I want (seat warmers, remote start) but not leather seats which don’t work well with the dogs.

My fiancé has a 2013 Silverado that we just got in April. We got a crew cab so baby seats and such (and the dogs)  will fit someday. It’s his baby and he uses it to tow stuff all the time. He works at his dads mechanic shop so he’s always hauling stuff around. The gas mileage isn’t awesome but it’s very roomy and comfortable. 

Post # 50
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I own a black Nissan Teana

It’s got a HUGE trunk/boot and is uber comfortable with electric seats etc. It’s also tiptronic.

Post # 51
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I drive a 2013 Toyota Corolla. It’s practical, reliable, affordable, economical, and super cute. It’s my communter car. My fiancé drove a Dodge Charger until we moved in together and he saw how easy and practical my car is to drive. He traded it in for a Honda Civic. We both love our cars. They’re very common but for good reason!!

Post # 52
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I drive a black on black 2016 BMW, it’s a lot of fun to drive.

Post # 53
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2006

I drive a Toyota Prius. I swear I have a love affair with this car. I’ve had it for 4 years and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else lol! I love the gas mileage, the size, and the features. My huge dog fits perfectly in the hatchback, and I love being able to go everywhere without feeling like it’s a waste of gas. If I ever needed to get a new one I would get the Prius V.

Post # 54
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have a Honda Civic and it’s actually the 4th one I’ve owned. I leased a lot in college so I constantly just got the latest and greatest version. For a sedan, trunk space is pretty incredible, we can fit our jogger stroller in there so that’s impressive in my opinion! 

Post # 55
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

This probably isn’t helpful, but I just bought a minivan!  Not something I ever imagined myself doing.  We don’t have kids, this is for the dogs–German Shepherds.  It’s a 2011 Honda Odyssey and I really like it.  One of the GSDs has bad hips and the van spares him the jump down to exit that he has with our SUV.

We also have a Lexus RX350 SUV–love it!  Full time AWD, handles incredibly well in bad weather.  Also the most dependable car I’ve ever owned.  Never a problem.  Alas, it can only hold two dog crates comfortably.  It is quite roomy, though.  I can’t say enough good things about the Lexus.  I drove it across country last year without a hiccup.  I expect 200K miles out of her easily.

Post # 56
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Bumble bee

Oo yay car thread! I’m a big car fanatic and love helping people choose cars. I’m also from UK.

I have an Audi A5 currently. Biggest boot I have ever had, not that i need a big boot particularly! It is my second Audi and I am so impressed with thems (previously owned Ford, Fiat and Mini)

I also wouldn’t have a BMW because of the RWD issue. My Darling Husband has had 2 BMWs and I find the drive feels a bit out on control. BMW have introuduced 4WD in most models now though which would resolve the issue.

What is your budget? Are you looking for new/used? And what is the reason for wanting boot space?

Post # 57
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I just traded in my 2007 VW Rabbit for a 2016 VW Jetta. I bought a 2nd VW because my 1st was incredibly reliable and was so much fun to drive. I was adamant I buy another manual tranmission and VW always seems to have them on the lot. My Jetta has the biggest trunk out of any car I’ve ever owned; it’s absolutely huge! And it also gets great gas mileage for non-hybrid or TDI… 28/40

Post # 58
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: Backyard

I drive a Jeep Liberty. We also just bought a Fiat 500 last night!

Post # 59
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

I drive a ’14 Toyota Corolla S. The Corolla is the number one selling car in the world for a reason. I love mine. It’s a Toyota, so it’s reliable. I haven’t had any issues with my car, though it’s still pretty new anyway. I drove a 14 year old Toyota 4Runner before this one and it never had a single issue beyond routine maintenance. The gas mileage is quite good, which is good for me because I have an hour commute one way. The trunk and backseat are pretty big. I’ve carried quite a bit in there, including some smaller furniture (end tables, chairs, coffee tables). I would totally recommend a Toyota (or a Lexus if you’re looking for a luxury brand, since they’re made by Toyota). 

BMWs are super cool, but there’s a reason that even rich people choose to lease them instead of buying them. They are very finicky and expensive to maintain. But man, are they fun.

 

Post # 60
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception/The Gallery

I currently have a 2005 Mini. I love it and it’s oh so fun to drive, but it’s starting to show it’s age. And with TTC on the horizon, it will soon be even more impractical. Darling Husband has a 2016 Silverado with a crew cab, so we have a vehicle with room, but he drives a ton for work, making that not so practical for me. 

So–car shopping has begun. We’ll probably buy in early 2017 and we’re looking at small/mid-sized crossovers. On the list are the Volvo XC60, Lexus NX, Cadillac XT5 (or maybe the rumored 2018 XT4) and the Land Rover Evoque (my top choice but Darling Husband is pretty dead-set against it). I’m so ready for something a little more luxurious (and that doesn’t drive like a go kart. Fun but bumpy!)

 

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