Which Whip should I Wish for? (Help me choose my next car)
May 12, 2010 2:44 AM Subscribe
My car was totaled, (totally not my fault) and I'm in the market for a newer car (yipee!). I was in a 2003 Mercury Sable and found it was too much car for me, now I'm leaning towards a coupe or smaller hatchback. Help me decide!
posted by Advocate, I to Travel & Transportation (24 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'd like it to be fun to drive, at least decent on gas mileage, and for it to last. My scope has been focused on a 2008 or newer Volkswagen Rabbit, 2009 or newer Toyota Matrix (preferably S), or a Honda Civic Coupe (2008 and newer). I've heard horror stories about Volkswagen maintenance costs and reliability but find that the newer Rabbits are highly recommended by Consumer Reports. The Matrix is by Toyota and well... you know their story, so I dunno about that. The Honda is the safe bet, probably most reliable and cheapest to maintain. I can't make up my mind!
What do I want?
Please share your experiences on the cars listed above and convince me what I should/shouldn't get. If you think there is another car that I'm neglecting, let me know. I want out of my rental and into the fast lane!
Bonus: Some of the above models may have the option of being a manual transmission and I don't know how to drive those, however, I wouldn't be against learning. Should I do it? What factors would a stick shift car change in the equation (Cost/Reliability/Fun)?
More Info: I'm 26, male, and live in Central California, and I like to go places (Monterey, LA, SF, PS, Yosemite, etc.)