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HAPPYJAY SparkPoints: (17,353)
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7/16/13 8:57 P

some nice cars are for older people !!!

AGGIETERR Posts: 2,179
7/16/13 8:54 P

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.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 15,222
7/16/13 4:13 P

I will keep all of those in mind

7/16/13 3:49 P

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.

FIRECOM SparkPoints: (107,673)
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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.

CAMEOSUN SparkPoints: (86,566)
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7/16/13 2:26 P

Honda Fit is a good choice.

LKS2GAB2 SparkPoints: (37,765)
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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. emoticon

DMJAKES Posts: 1,634
7/16/13 8:08 A

I don't have any experience with the very fuel-efficient models, but I would suggest checking out both Consumer Reports and 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.

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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7/16/13 8:04 A

I have a couple of friends who have the Fit and really like it!

HAPPYTUHA SparkPoints: (16,378)
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7/15/13 9:46 P


MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 15,222
7/15/13 8:39 P

Test drove the Fiat on Saturday. I love it

GUDDIGO Posts: 1,081
7/13/13 9:35 A

Honda Accord

KIM22211 SparkPoints: (123,717)
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7/13/13 5:01 A

I love my little 1987 Toyota MR2. My most loyal car ever

HAPPYJAY SparkPoints: (17,353)
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7/12/13 11:31 P

we love our lexus

BRANDIW7 SparkPoints: (32,820)
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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.

KURS10B Posts: 5,017
7/12/13 8:54 P

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.

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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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.

BEANBYDESIGN SparkPoints: (31,283)
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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 emoticon )

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.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (149,716)
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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)

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 15,222
7/12/13 11:34 A

Thinking about small fuel efficient cars. Does anyone own one that they really like?

I like the Fiat but there are mixed reviews on it. Seems like the owners love it or hate it.

Other considerations.
Honda Fit, it comes in purple
Ford Fiesta, not really sold on this one
Nissan Versa, looks too big
Really ambivalent about Kia and Hyundai

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