March 29, 2011

New Ride

Along with the meaning of life, why Owen has the proclivity to laugh hysterically while newly asleep, and how Mia's hair came to smell like cumin, Beth and I keep returning to a now-familiar question - which of our cars is going to explode first?

Beth and I last bought cars in 2003 and 2004 respectively. While I understand that this does not, be definition, make our cars explode-worthy, it does make them more subject to the whims of Murphy and his laws. And with two children, we cannot afford to be down a car. Beth drives a reliable Japanese car. I do not. I drive, instead, an unpredictable German car, the back door of which only recently started opening which balances off the intermittently working stereo and the sensor switches that seem to misfire and trigger warning lights just before safety inspections.

And yet these things are tolerable because both cars are - wait for it - entirely paid for. That's right. We have no car payments. And we love it. But we're starting to deal with the fact that my car's going to be the first to go...and we might as well replace it in the near future.

I don't need anything fancy or expensive. I don't want to worry about my car. There's actually something quite nice about driving a beat-up, paid-for VW. It's worry-free. But I would like something with an electronic system that doesn't shut down when you go over a bump. Little things.

So, what should I buy? What do you drive and what do you want to drive? Is there a difference between the two?

Posted by Chris at March 29, 2011 7:11 AM

With kids you should probably get a Honda CRV or Golf GT.

I have a new Mini Cooper and it's the only car I want to drive. People ask why I don't drive the Cooper S. I tell them the truth: I hate holes in my car. And that's why I'll never lust after a sporty super car.


Posted by: Aurelia at March 29, 2011 7:27 AM

My VW is from 2001. Bet it explodes first.

Posted by: jodifur at March 29, 2011 7:44 AM

I currently have a 2007 mitsubishi eclipse, and I love it. Though, not practical for you with kids. What I really want, is either the new Mini Cooper (AWD ftw) or a jeep. But the jeep would be in conjunction with the eclipse, because really? Who can afford to gas up a jeep that often. But I need a vehicle with 4 wheel drive or AWD, and I'd like to be able to fit more than one person in my car. I didn't really think when I bought my eclipse.

Posted by: Kim at March 29, 2011 8:01 AM

I drive a 1997 Mazda that I regularly rattle-can paint as the original paint job disintegrates. So I'm probably not the person to ask ;)

I've been driving Mazdas for about 20 years. The Mazda 6 would be a nice compromise between sporty and family friendly. And they tend to run less expensive than a comparable Honda or Toyota, which is nice too.

Posted by: COD at March 29, 2011 8:11 AM

Here is a little piece of advice. Get a good solid car, one you like, good on gas, but do it like this: Buy a used car. A program car, formerly leased, one year old car. You'll get a huge discount, and yet a new or nearly new car, and the taxes on it won't be as crippling either.
I did that with my Caddy DeVille, and I simply LOVE that car.

Posted by: Maribeth at March 29, 2011 8:12 AM

2001 Dodge Dakota 4-door. My husband recently said we should try to get a million miles on it, so I'm going to be driving it a loooooong time. But when I heard gas prices were going to skyrocket I looked into cars and I decided that the Golf TDI would be a good option. However, the truck is paid off and nothing is as cheap as a paid-off vehicle.

Posted by: Mary W at March 29, 2011 8:41 AM

I drive an 08 Nissan Altima and I love love love it! Its great on gas, big enough trunk, comfy and I will keep it til it dies (or I accidentally have another baby, HA!)

My husband drives a 04 Nissan Sentra and he loves it. Its not ideal to throw 3 kids in (2 is perfect), its awesome on gas, nice looking inside and out.

In 2008 was our first Nissan purchase, we were always die hard GM drivers... and wouldnt touch a VW with a 50 foot pole - I saw first hand that they are electrical time bombs (worked at a VW dealer while in college).

With all that said, I vote a new Nissan. :)

Posted by: Leanne at March 29, 2011 8:46 AM

We have a 3 year old Dodge Grand Caravan, which I love, and a 2001 Saturn SL2 with 105,000 miles on it. We are going to drive that Saturn until it explodes, or more likely rattles itself apart. After that, we will get something small and super fuel efficient. I'm hoping it will last until a great all-electric comes along, or until we can get a car with hydrogen fuel cells, both of which seem equally likely at this point! :)

Posted by: Elizabeth at March 29, 2011 8:51 AM

Both of our cars are paid-for too. We were in a big load of debt a few years back and when we got it all paid off we decided never to go back to that place. At the time we lived overseas and drove POS cars but we didn't have far to drive. We saved up $10k to buy two cars when we came back and with that bought a 1999 SUV for me and a 1989 SUV for my husband. When he sold a motorcycle he had and didn't use we sold his POS and upgraded my ride to a 2004 SUV. Both cars have over 100k on them but they're both top of the line models for their years. And we love them because we have the titles free and clear. That makes us happier than any brand or features of a brand new car.

Posted by: Heather @Critter Chronicles at March 29, 2011 8:52 AM

My car is paid for, too, and I love it. On days I think, "OO! I want one of those!" I am reminded that it comes with a financial commitment and quickly change my tune to, "Sure is cute!" instead.

I currently drive a Ford Edge. Miserable gas mileage, but I like the car, as a whole.

I WANT to drive a Nissan Juke!

Posted by: Emily at March 29, 2011 8:56 AM

I'm single, female & spend a lot of time on the road. I cant afford for my car to beakdown, both financially and safety wise. I've been driving a Hyundai Tucson for 4 years, with not 1 single problem (*knock on wood*). I completely love this vehicle. If you check consumer reports you'll notice that Hyundai's reputation is up there with Honda & Toyota, which says a lot. If the Tucson is a bit on the too small side, check out the Santa Fe... I have family members & friends who have that and love them too. Very Reliable!

Good luck in your quest!

Posted by: 3jaysmom at March 29, 2011 8:57 AM

I drive an '08 VW GTI and absolutely love it. In about a year, it'll be paid off. Being a four door hatchback, it's easy to get to the car seats, load strollers, etc. We just bought my wife a new Subaru Forester - love the ride height and spacious interior. All that being said, my next car is gonna be a Subaru WRX STI - four door hatchback, AWD turbo beast. It's my compromise between a family car and sports car that can battle our Chicago winters.
If you're not really into cars but want something cheap and reliable, I'd look at the Hyundai Elantra or Sonata - both are excellent bangs for the bucks. Really, though, I'd drive your car into the ground so I could save as much as you can. Good luck!

Posted by: Jesse at March 29, 2011 9:05 AM

We are in the same situation with having vehicles that are entirely paid for with no car payments. We just put new tires on both of them and really are hoping for the best since neither of us want to buy anything right now. Thugh when we do it will more than likely be a GM product as we both get the family discount.

Posted by: Jody at March 29, 2011 9:07 AM

In 2009, after driving & loving my 96 Saturn SL2 for 13 years, I finally sold it to my niece. It just got too small for a family of 4, including 2 growing 9 yr olds. She is still driving that car today! I bought a 2009 Santa Fe. Best thing I ever did!! Plenty of room, 350 miles on a tank of gas and $50 to fill it. Not too big & not too small!

Posted by: DeLurking Di at March 29, 2011 9:10 AM

I WANT to drive the Mini Cooper S that I had up until I was pregnant with my first son. I miss that car.

I AM driving a Buick Enclave (which, surprisingly, I love). I had to have something big enough to carry 2 kids and our 90 lb. dog.

Posted by: Robyn at March 29, 2011 9:48 AM

I've always been a truck guy so I don't know if I can help you much. However, my friend was a car guy until recently when he bought a four-door Toyota Tacoma and loves it as a commuter and a good homeowner/family vehicle.

Posted by: Brad at March 29, 2011 10:03 AM

My husband drives a Rav-4 and loves it. Lots of space and good on gas. My inlaws drive a Subaru Forrester - they're boaters - and they love the space in it for their travels. Also good on gas.
I drive a Lexus...not good on gas, but comfy as heck :)

Posted by: Kellie at March 29, 2011 10:08 AM

Wow, that sounds terribly pretentious!!! (I inherited it - I was a ford focus girl beforehand!)

Posted by: Kellie at March 29, 2011 10:09 AM

We also have a Nissan Altima (an '05), that I used to drive daily but now my husband drives daily. Because I drive about 80 miles a day, I'm now driving a '09 Ford Focus. It's a fun little car to drive. I get a little thrill every time I parallel park it with no problem. Not much room in the back seat, though.

Both of our mothers have a Toyota Matrix, so I feel I should throw in a vote there too.

I'm not generally picky about what brand of car I drive, but I run like the wind from any GM product.

Posted by: Jaime at March 29, 2011 10:11 AM

I have a car payment for the first time ever at age 37. I don't like it. :-( But this is the first time that I've bought a car in "like new" condition (just 3.5 years old) as opposed to a junker that my parents were getting rid of. My car is a Chevy Malibu, and I love it, but I don't love the new, restyled shorter-in-height Malibus so I wouldn't necessarily add that one to your list.

I do like having a car that I don't worry too much about. Even though it's much newer than my other cars, I don't feel like it's a target for theft and I won't worry if it gets scratched up by a grocery cart or something. :-)

Posted by: Sandy at March 29, 2011 10:16 AM

We are in the same situation as you. I have Honda CRV and my husband has an Explorer. Both are far from new, but both are paid off. We're just waiting to see which one dies first at this point. Now that our son is in kindergarten and having playdates, I routinely have 3 kids in the car and it's a real tight squeeze with the CRV. I have actually caught myself weighing the pros/cons of a minivan! Our Explorer is too beat to be carting kids around in (especially other peoples kids). I'm not sure what we will get next, so I'm not sure what to recommend, but since you also have 2 kids (same ages as mine), I would recommend looking at something bigger than a CRV.

Posted by: akofaolain at March 29, 2011 10:32 AM

When I first read this I thought you had written which of your "cats" was going to explode and had a very interesting visual.

Anyway, I drive a completely paid for 2004 Jetta, but I've put absolutely no miles on it, so it's still going strong. I'd love a BMW again, so apparently I like finicky German cars.

Posted by: Heather at March 29, 2011 10:38 AM

Oh my goodness, I remember when you BOUGHT that car. There's no way it's that old!

I drive a Mazda 3 and absolutely love it. It's a good, sporty little car that didn't cost me a fortune.

Posted by: Dawn at March 29, 2011 10:58 AM

This is currently my dream car:

But I drive a car-payment free 1998 Ford Windstar my husband has had since college. Like you, we are looking for a bit up an update. But, we are working are being completely debt-free and are going to buy a new-to-us car we can buy free and clear. We like Ford because they are the last line to be constructed in America. We have yet to start seriously shopping yet, but will need to soon.

Good luck with your shopping!

Posted by: Tess at March 29, 2011 11:01 AM

I currently drive a 2009 Toyota Corolla. Prior to that I drove a 1999 Toyota Corolla that was pushed 1/4 mile down a highway by a MACK truck using me as a hood ornament. I didn't flip over and I made it out alive with minor injuries and a totaled car...hence why I bought another Corolla....I figured if it withstood that, it was well worth me buying another.

Posted by: Deirdre at March 29, 2011 11:04 AM

I drive a Saturn....they are no longer made so I don't recommend it. My hubs bought a Honda Accord last year (two kids and he finally needed a four door car) and he LOVES it. I was a Ford girl my whole life until my last one, the Escort, blew a rod at 75,000 miles. In the daycare parking lot. It was a wake up call of sorts. My mom is an enthusiastic Jeep driver and if I had alot of cash to blow, i'd got for a boxy, oversized, totally reliable Jeep thingamajig.

Posted by: rebecca at March 29, 2011 11:22 AM

I drive a Saturn minivan, Hubby currently drives a Nissan Rogue that we just bought a couple months ago, and we have a paid off Ford Explorer that is waiting to explode, but we keep around for hauling things. The Rogue is more gas efficient than some other small SUVs and comfortably fits all three of our kids.

I highly recommend going to CarMax or a place like that. You can find a low mileage car in very, very good shape (we bought the Saturn there and it had less than 15k miles despite being 3-4 years old). Getting a vehicle that was owned by a business or a rental agency means you get one that was well kept and has nice features and not a lot of miles on it.

Posted by: MamaKaren at March 29, 2011 11:46 AM

My "reasonable" dream vehicle is the CRV. (I have a civic now that was my 19th birthday present, *cough*spoiledbrat*cough*, a 2003, and it being out of warranty still scares me a bit.) The *real* dream car, well, then we're talking James Bond kind of stuff haha.

Posted by: Heather at March 29, 2011 12:01 PM

I drive a 2004 Toyota Highlander V6 2WD. I love it. It has 125,000 miles on it and it runs reliably and well. I put a bad-ass Pioneer stereo in it and I love to drive. If I had my druthers, I'd buy a 2011 Highlander, 'cause damn, those ads are seductive. But I don't have the money, my current car is paid for, and I like it.

Posted by: Brooke at March 29, 2011 12:06 PM

Currently, 1998 Volvo 850 wagon, 197,000 miles on it. Looks like hell, drives great. Paid for because she's an ebay car. Again (my 2nd ebay Volvo, 3rd Volvo wagon) She's leaking oil now, and fixing the leak will be expensive. I'd like a newer Volvo Cross Country, or a Dodge Magnum Wagon. I hate car payments, so I might just get the leak fixed and drive Black Betty til she just can't go no mo. Like her two Volvo predecessors.
Must have wagons for the craft show biz.

Posted by: Amy at March 29, 2011 12:19 PM

We have two Toyotas, a Camry and a Rav. Both have been great, reliable, few repairs, nothing to inspire anyone in terms of looks, a dime a dozen type of cars. Prior to the Rav, I had a Corolla for a good 12 years and besides a few maintenance repairs that beast never had any issues whatsoever!

Even with the current unwanted publicity that Toyota has had, I would say over all we love our Toyotas and I would likely buy another one unless something GREAT came our way... like a free car or a lottery win! We totally talked about getting a mini van too. This just makes me chuckle but it will likely be the next vehicle after the Camry goes (it's a '00 and getting close to 100,000 miles on it.#

Not sure I care much about the cars I drive other than wanting them to be paid for, reliable with good gas mileage but if I really had a choice I would love to drive one of those old muscle cars #like '67 Mustang OMG that would kick arse!) which is very impratical for a family of four in terms of space, gas mileage and cost ;)!

Posted by: Christina at March 29, 2011 12:35 PM

We traded in our 2004 Chevy Silverado for a 2010 Hyundai Elantra in December. We don't have kids, but it's a rather roomy compact car if such a thing exists. We bought it because it was affordable, gets decent(ish) gas mileage, although we don't really get anywhere near the gas mileage posted on the window sticker, and it has the amazing Hyundai 100,000/10 year warranty. Plus we get free oil changes from the dealer for the life of the car. Overall, it's a pretty good deal.

But we can't fit our bicycles in the back. So I dream of a slightly larger car where we can put down the back seats and put our bikes in the back. But I'm satisfied.

Posted by: NGS at March 29, 2011 12:36 PM

I drive a Civic. I will likely not consider what I will drive for my next car until I have to do something about it. When I bought the coupe just over two years ago, I considered it my last "kid free' vehicule. I will likely buy a 4-door, kids or no kids, because the doors are just too big on a coupe.

Posted by: Heather at March 29, 2011 12:43 PM

What sort of car do you want?

Posted by: Heather at March 29, 2011 12:44 PM

Up until my accident, I was driving a 2006 Nissan Altima. I am now waiting on word whether it is totalled or being repaired. Seeing how I loved that car from the moment I bought it (and have done only scheduled maintenance on, without a single issue, and it's a super fun V6 that gets good gas mileage, fits both boys and all of their stuff along with boyfriend), and seeing how safe it kept me during said accident, I can promise if it's totalled, I will be getting another Nissan Altima.

Posted by: Mindy at March 29, 2011 12:54 PM

Three years ago, I decided that safety is my primary concern in a car. I went with a Honda CR-V. 5-star crash rating all around. Love, love, love it.

Posted by: James Proffitt at March 29, 2011 1:45 PM

I have an 04 Pontiac Vibe (rebranded Toyota Matrix ). LOVE it. It is comfy as heck, fun to drive, great on gas, and cute. :)

It has 132k miles on it and does not even give a HINT of wear. Of course, now that I just said that, Murphy is taking notes. My car should break any day now. :P

Prior to this, I was a Nissan gal. We had an 02 Xterra and an 05 Frontier LE. Both sweet rides, but hard on gas. I have a torrid love affair with the Frontier. I WILL have another one, one day...

The good thing about the Vibe is that I can STILL toss my bike in the back, or stuff camping gear in there and just go. I thought I would miss that part of having a truck, but.. well.. nope. :)

Posted by: Jen at March 29, 2011 1:59 PM

I didn't read all the comments, but I second (or whatever) the above comment(s) about getting a Mazda6. I just bought a 2009 Mazda3 and I love it. I could only love it more if it was the 2010 Mazda3 I really wanted but couldn't quite afford (it was prettier. The engine stuff was about the same, but, y'know, a year newer). The Mazda3 would be too small for you with the kids, but the 6 is a great car too.

I bought it from Hertz, and I'd recommend that process as well.

Posted by: Judy at March 29, 2011 3:03 PM

God, I love VW. Or well I do until about 80k when it starts to cost an arm, a leg and another arm ever 10 weeks like clockwork.

I traded mine in last fall. I have a Hyundai Santa Fe, which I love. I loved their Tucson too, but it was a bit too pricey.

Posted by: Issa at March 29, 2011 3:28 PM

I love my 2007 Nissan Versa. It is a hatchback and is very roomy in the back seat. The one problem it had turned out to be a service bulletin type thing so they fixed it for free out of warranty.

Posted by: Erin at March 29, 2011 3:30 PM

My cars are a 1997 Subaru Wagon with power steering, and that's IT, and a 1999 Mazda. THat one has power windows.

They've been paid off for so long, I can't remember making car payments. But they are starting to show their age a little, and don't think I don't know how lucky I am that they're just now starting to peter out.

My advice? Get something with a 3rd row. It's impossible to lug your two kids and one friend ANYWHERE once they're over, like, 60 pounds. Do yourself a favor and go a little bigger.

I've been eyeballing those new Mazdas. Preeeetty.

Posted by: Mr Lady at March 29, 2011 3:51 PM

Two Jeep Wranglers bought and paid for. Four door and two door. I regularly squeeze three kids into my 2003 two door soft top. Nothing like shoehorning three ninth graders stinky and sweaty from football into that car. Good times. Why would I do that, because it's paid for :)

Posted by: greenie at March 29, 2011 5:18 PM

Driving a 1994 Honda Accord with 192K miles. Changing the oil regularly and can't wear it out!

Posted by: chris at March 29, 2011 7:19 PM

Hi Chris, Ford girl here all the way, first car was a 64 ford falcon, mustang for the 18th birthday(had to share with my, married a ford guy who had a Bronco, next was a
taurus, just because of my mom's abiliity to get in and out.....after mom passed away, moved on to the ford escape, which carted my then high school, hockey loving boy,and friends and his grandfather, who found it easier to get into than the taurus, and drove him(grandfather) 150 miles three times a week to dialysis, and is still going strong!!!240,000 kms later, hubs bought a new ranger in March 2010, no problems....guess you can call us a
ford escape gets great mileage and has lots of room....ranger we needed cause we live in a rural area and ya just gotta have a truck!!lol....happy hunting!!!

Posted by: Roberta at March 29, 2011 10:49 PM

You have my sympathies on the 'car waiting to explode' thing - my car is the same. It is a 1991 Uno Fire that has given me nothing but grief since the day I got it. It is essentially a tin can on wheels - you so much as sneeze on it and it dents (the last time I was in an accident, the assessor actually could tell that I had replaced the front bumper with pirate parts because it was the only part of the car not damaged!!). Even after having had a full service, my car will randomly break down or cut out & refuse to start for no apparent reason. The only plus side is that she has loads of boot space and she is fully paid off. I can't afford a new car though but hubby and I have agreed to sell her as neither of us feel it is a safe car to use when the baby arrives - can't risk breaking down in the middle of nowhere with a baby in the car!

I can, however, highly recommend the car my hubby drives: a Mitsubishi Lancer. Ours is an older one, a 2003 model I think, but I personally feel it is nicer than the newer ones. It is an awesome car. We picked it up at a great price 2nd hand 2008 and we have not had 1 single mechanical breakdown with her (apparently they are known for their mechanical soundness). The only thing we've ever had to replace so far is a pipe in the engine. The model we have is a 1.6L GL and it came with power steering, ABS breaks, front airbags etc. Handles like a dream too, and because the lancers are essentially modeled on rally cars, if you accelerate you can really feel the car grip the road. Ours also has the sport kit on it which I personally think makes it look nicer, but there is nothing I don't love about this car and I'd recommend it to anyone.

Hope you find a car that suits your needs!

Posted by: Delia at March 30, 2011 3:36 AM

I love my little Honda Civic Hybrid - great gas mileae and very reliable.

Posted by: Kris at March 30, 2011 6:34 AM

I still look for my old car, since I had it for eleven years and it was the only car I ever had. Until now.

I second getting the Pontiac Vibe. They're no longer made, but you can get AWD and a metric crapload of space in a car that's actually smaller than a sedan. And? Because it's an "American" brand, they're ridiculously cheap. Even though, again, it's basically a Toyota Matrix.

We got the certified pre-owned, and it was a year old. I love it.

Posted by: alektra at March 30, 2011 7:40 AM

If I could have, I would have bought another 4-door Geo Prism but they don't make them any more, though I don't know why. Though not stylish, it was an excellent, well made car. I had one for 10 years and put 240k miles on it and the only problem I ever had was it blew a freeze plug once and I replaced it myself (the part was under $1). I'd probably still be driving it but I hit a deer driving to work one day and crushed the hell out of it.

So I bought my current car brand spanking new - a 2008 4-door Toyota Yaris. It screams 'I have kids' but is spacious for a sedan and was able to comfortably fit both a teenage son and carseat in the back seat. With a combination of city and highway driving, I get about 34 MPG and it is so reasonably priced, I paid it off in 3 years instead of the usual 5. I have about 54k miles on it and have had no problems so far.

Posted by: fauve at March 30, 2011 9:21 AM

Funny you should mention that. My lease is up in about a year and I just started looking into new cars. My first step was to ask LW if she wanted to go with an actual car or stay with the SUV type (we have a Rogue and I love it).

When her reply was "It can still be a lease", I decided to table the issue for a while. ;-)

Posted by: LeSombre at March 30, 2011 9:33 AM

Ah the dreaded car issues. We were in the exact same situation as you until my car finally died a few months ago ( the repair was $3000 so there was no way that was happening).

We then spent 10 hours going round and looking at various cars with the thought being that it would be the family car. After very many horrible sales people and cars we just didn't like (We didn't have a big budget as were about to move) we were getting discouraged when we drove by a couple of Mini Coopers and I joked with my wife that we should take one for a test drive. She must have been sick of cars because she actually said why not and we ended up buying it!

Its a 2006 Mini cooper convertible, one previous owner with only 20,000 miles. Not exactly a family car but my son can fit comfortably in the back and its a great car to drive!

For a family car however I strongly suggest a Subaru. You keep envisioning yourself as owning one and the basic Forester is fairly reasonable price wise and its a top pick for safety. But if its a car just for you buy a Mini Cooper, Its the first car I have ever loved driving and not just a car to get me from A to B.

Posted by: Steven at March 30, 2011 10:29 AM

I drive an 04 Scion xA and the wife drives an 04 Honda Odyssey. Both are paid for. Both of them have served their purposes, and even though my car only has 44k miles on it, it will probably be replaced first.

At this point I can't fit everyone in my car. So if something happens to the van we are SOL. We will probably end up getting another mini-van and getting rid of my car.

Posted by: Rex at March 30, 2011 10:41 AM

We have a 2001 Mazda MPV and a 2008 Nissan Versa. Since Jeff works from home the Versa is my running around car. We mainly use the MPV for family trips or to haul a bunch of kids.

My recommendation would be if Beth's car is a sedan, maybe consider you taking over her car and getting her something like a Mazda 5. It's got a 3rd row which you're going to need at some point. There's probably car pool for school in Beth's future if she's not already doing it. Also you've got the cargo space for sports gear, road trips, etc.

Posted by: Kelley at March 30, 2011 12:05 PM

We have a 2000 Honda CR-V and a 2005 Toyota Corolla - both paid for... I LOVE the Honda, but it is coming up on 160k miles and I think we will be trading it in for a Subaru Forester/Hyundai Santa Fe/Kia Sorento... Someone gave me the suggestion of heading out to Carmax to test drive just about anything without sales pressure.. I'd love to get another CR-V, but there are visibility problems out of the back with the way they redesigned it. Happy shopping!

Posted by: Sue R at March 30, 2011 12:11 PM

I drive a 2008 CX-9. I really like the car, but the paint on this car stinks. It always seems to be chipping or scratching. Great car for road trips and quite comfortable.

For my next vehicle, I will probably consider getting the Lexus Hybrid SUV.

Posted by: One Mom's Opinion at March 30, 2011 8:33 PM

im particular about cars....and i have wayy too many of them for someone who loves to take the metro.. and the bus... buti feel like i can speak on this... ;-)

i have very sexy very expensive german convertible that is NOT reliable and costs too much $$ and is wonderful but i would NEVER recommend to anyone...its work.. (guess if being that sexy was easy..everyone would do it)

AND i recently added a 2010 Ford Focus to the "fleet"... that IS reliable.. great gas mileage... fun to drive... lots of pick up... lots of gadgets (back up cameras {great with kids}..ipod thingy.. someones in your blind spot thingy..etc) anyway was lots of bang for the buck...
and i would TOTALLY recommend it to anyone looking for a newish mid size (ez to park but can fit the family) bargain...
have fun shopping!!

Posted by: suicide_blond at March 31, 2011 1:21 PM

I just bought 2011 Hyundai Sonata and I LOVE it! Definitely a HUGE adjustment and learning curb having driven a beat up 1996 Toyota Corolla for 11 years. We bought ours through Costco and didn't get SatNav--we use our Android for that. VERY reasonably priced for such luxury! And Robin Hood, what I named the car, is beautiful.

My friend who has 2 kids as well has Honda Element for 4 years now but is looking at a Toyota Sienna.

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