Got hit by a drunk driver a few years ago -- I was in a Pontiac, he was in a mini-van. I was stopped -- 4th car back from a stop-light. He hit me so hard the only thing that saved me was the under-the-bed spare tire of the truck I went under and the crumple-zones in the hood of my car - the hood ended up partially on the roof.
About a year later a car coming up a freeway on-ramp drove straight into the rear quarter panel of my parent's nissan and spun them into on-coming traffic.
Little cars get great gas mileage and are great fun to drive ( I loved my Sundance and my Sunbird)-- I miss being able to park anywhere-anytime, but I am sticking with my Explorer SUV -- there are just too many distracted/bad/drunk drivers out there.
Love, love, love my Subaru Impreza Hatchback. Great gas mileage for all wheel drive, handles snow like a champ, fun to drive and I can shove a bunch of stuff in the back.
Fitness Minutes: (11,796)
5,855 7/16/13 3:18 P
After years of driving huge SUV's, we made the choice of getting a KIA Optima. I have some difficulty getting into the car, but I can honestly say this is the best car I have ever owned. We don't drive much so it should prove to be a good choice for us. We just passed 4400 miles and the car is exactly 12 months old.
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10,089 7/16/13 2:26 P
Honda Fit is a good choice.
Fitness Minutes: (23,600)
1,230 7/16/13 8:44 A
I traded in my Dodge Durango for a Hyundai Accent hatchback. The 1st week I wasn't sure if I liked it. I felt like I was sitting on the ground and could not see anything. After that I absolutely love it. It is so fun to drive and not mention that I can fill it up about 2.5 for the same price as 1 tank of gas in the Durango.
I don't have any experience with the very fuel-efficient models, but I would suggest checking out both Consumer Reports and kellybluebook.com.....great sources of information. I also heard a commercial about a web site that compares what people are paying for new cars, but I didn't catch the whole thing. The more information you can go in with, the better you'll be able to bargain when the time comes.
Fitness Minutes: (76,885)
2,953 7/16/13 8:04 A
I have a couple of friends who have the Fit and really like it!
Fitness Minutes: (14,455)
415 7/15/13 9:46 P
Fitness Minutes: (55,972)
5,611 7/13/13 5:01 A
I love my little 1987 Toyota MR2. My most loyal car ever
Fitness Minutes: (15,546)
307 7/12/13 11:31 P
we love our lexus
Fitness Minutes: (25,379)
34 7/12/13 11:30 P
I have a Honda Fit. I really love it. I travel out of state a lot, and the 40 MPG on the highway is great. It isn't too bad comfort-wise, and the maintenance hasn't been too expensive. It has a maintenance minder system, so the car tells you when to do things like change your oil, rotate tires, get transmission fluids changes, etc.
I will say, though, that while other maintenance has been minimal, the tires that go on the Fit were very expensive, and when I had a flat, I quickly found out that not many tire shops keep that size in stock.
I have a Toyota Camry hybrid but that sounds a bit bigger than you are looking for. Its really nice though. My parents and sister both have Prius and like that. I have drive it. My only complaint is the back window seems really small. Other than that, I love how quiet they are.
Fitness Minutes: (6,555)
2,276 7/12/13 1:15 P
I have a Hyundai Accent (hatchback) in the lime green color and I love that car. The accelerator could be a bit better, but I think they improved that in later models (I have a 2012). The warranty is outstanding (10 years/100,000 miles and free roadside assistance). I had an electrical issue and Hyundai had my car towed to the dealership, checked out, and back to me in about 24 hours. I did not pay a dime.
Fitness Minutes: (36,402)
1,021 7/12/13 1:11 P
I drive the Toyota Prius-C, and my car is the love of my life! (after my husband, of course )
It's a hybrid, so I average about 50 mpg highway and 55 when driving locally, and it's much less expensive than the original Prius (entry level Prius-Cs are around $17K-18K, while the original Prius is more like $25K). It was a little more expensive up front than, say, a Fit, but when I figured out how many miles I drive a month (around 1600), the gas savings more than made up for the higher selling price.
If you're not interested in a hybrid, I have 3 friends who recently got Mazda3s, and have nothing but rave reviews for them as well.
Fitness Minutes: (40,069)
4,472 7/12/13 11:44 A
DH drives a Ford Focus. He's been happy with it. It is kind of a noisy ride (lots of road noise)
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