What kind of car do you drive?

posted 7 months ago in The Lounge
Post # 31
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Helper bee

I drive a Mazda 3 and prior to that a Honda Civic. Both great cars. I live in Southwestern Ontario (Canada) so i’m sure we have similar winters. Both cars handled great in the snow. I love my mazda as it’s a great pricepoint for what it is. I was able to add on blind spot indicators, rain sensing wipers, heated seats, navigation, etc for a great price. If you are more into SUV’s I would recommend the Cx5- it handles even better and DAMN it’s beautiful!

Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

We are about to buy a 2019 Honda CRV touring with AWD. it’s big enough but not too big and good for winter driving. Can’t wait! 

Post # 33
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Bumble bee

I have a VW GTI and a BMW X1.  I love the GTI for the small size, sportiness, and I love driving a stick shift!  I drove it year round before I got the XI but now will drive it mostly in the spring and summer. It is small, fast, fun, but also very safe.  I love the X1 as it’s a bit bigger and higher up and has AWD which is great for the harsh winters we have here.  And also very safe and strong.  It is a crossover SUV so not huge to drive. Both come fully loaded and are turbo-charged and I love driving them – best of both worlds! My husband has an Audi S4 Quattro. We love our euros!  LOL.

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2021 - British Columbia, Canada

Mine is a 2014 Chevy Trax, manual transmission, I don’t know the exact MPG but I average around 500-600 miles per tank and it costs around $35-40 to fill up. It’s got decent clearance and the combination of good winter tires and stick shift make it awesome in the Canadian snow.

Post # 35
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Busy bee

A GMC Sierra 4×4 truck, which is totally not helpful to you, I understand. But I have always had GMC’s/Chevy’s (both trucks and cars) and have never had to put a ton of money into them, and I usually drive them till they are well into the 200K – 250K+ mileage range. 

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

TravelingBride31 :  While my cars are newer, I can see how this could we true.  I also have a Toyota Corolla that’s 5 years old it is very easy and affordable to maintain.  I haven’t had issues with my Subaru but the overall maintenance has been quite a bit more expensive.  I don’t think this would have bee the case with a RAV4.  Sometimes I wish I bought the RAV4 rather than my Forester.  Hopefully I don’t regret it too much in another 5 years. 

Post # 37
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Helper bee

mrsclaymls :  We have a 2018 Nissan Rogue SV with the tech package. Honestly it’s great, we live in Northern Canada, and it’s so grippy on the road, I’m happy it has all wheel drive. Bonus features it has the leather wrapped heated steering wheel, heated seats and heated mirrors, and remote start is included. These were all such huge bonuses for living in a climate where winter is pretty much 6 months of the year. We tested the S speck and it didn’t drive the same, the SV was much better and drove a bit more like a sedan than a truck, which my Darling Husband and I had always had sedans. Our neighbourhood never gets plowed or salted, and I feel very comfortable in this car. We didn’t get the SL which is the highest spec because the only difference was leather seats and a slightly better audio/stereo system. We didn’t want the leather seats since we have a big dog and her claws would shred the leather hahahaha! We noticed a ton of cars getting beached in the snow in our neighbourhood during big snow falls, and we never have any issues. We also got much more features for the price than a hyundai tucson/santa fe. We also looked a subaru, which is excellent too, but it was a lot more money for the features we wanted, so Nissan Rogue was best bang for buck! 

Post # 39
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Honestly I think answers will be all over the place and it just depends on what your needs are in a car.

I have a Toyota Highlander Limited, which I purcahsed brand new, so it definitely wasn’t cheap. Plus side is that they run forever and hold their value – even still I doubt I’d buy brand new again. I love that it drives great and is a very comfortable car. My second row has the option to be captains chairs or a bench – simply by swapping out the middle “seat” with the included console. I usually always keep it captains chairs w/ console but love that I can swap it should I need it to be a bench. I also keep my third row folded almost all the time but the option to have those back two seats is great. 

This car worked great for me when it was just Darling Husband and I and dogs. We could easily travel the 4 of us and our luggage. Now that we have a baby in the mix it just feels way too small. A simple trip to visit family and we’re packed to the gills. My stroller takes up half the trunk space. By the time we try and get stroller, Pack N Play, luggage, etc there’s no room. 

Honestly I feel like once kids are in the mix, if you travel a lot & need a thrid row, nothing beats a Suburban (or a minivan, but I refuse to go that route). Anything smaller and you can’t use the 3rd row AND have trunk space. That goes for any mid-size SUV of any brand…including a Tahoe. When I’m ready to get a new car I’ll be getting a Suburban simply for the space. 

Post # 40
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350 posts
Helper bee

2017 Jeep Wrangler.  Best thing I ever bought especially in this snowy winter we are currently experiencing.  Topless and doorless in the summer – doesn’t get better than that!

 

Post # 41
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3532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 29th, 2016

mrswannabemomma :  Great minds think alike! 🙂 I totally agree with getting more for your money in terms of features with Nissan. My husband was looking at Honda CRVs because his mechanic recommended a Toyota or Honda, but he wasn’t impressed with its features even at the higher trim levels (his Murano was a limited edition and had all the bells and whistles). 

Post # 43
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988 posts
Busy bee

I drive an AWD Dodge Durango. It handles great in the snow. Lots of nice comfort features. Plenty of room to haul kids, people and the dog.

Great for road trips and driving daily. I drive 25k miles a year. I have to go to work in the snow

Post # 44
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

mrsclaymls :  I miss my old Ford Escape! Wish I was still driving one.

I currently drive a 2014 Honda Pilot. Good in snow! It get decent gas mileage, but it’s a large car.

For smaller SUVs, if I could choose, I’d probably get another Escape (with 4WD this time) or a Hyundai Santa Fe – I always like driving those when I get rentals.

Post # 45
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Busy bee

I always loved Grand Cherokees. I have the Durango because it has the third row and the grand Cherokee did not. Once the kids are out, I will go back to Grand Cherokees. I second the fully loaded versions. 

It telling me to call to schedule an oil change when it needs it and dialing the number are amazing features! Cheekie0077 :  

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