help me pick a car
October 8, 2012 1:55 PM Subscribe
"Snowflake" car purchasing question: Ford Focus vs Mazda 3 vs Honda Fit vs Hyundai Elantra.
posted by annie o to Shopping (55 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My car has finally bitten the dust.
We are interested in the following cars, probably new, possibly lightly used if we can find a good one. We, unfortunately, need to purchase fairly quickly as our only car is "dangerously" broken currently (although running).
I've driven all of these options before except for the last one.
1 - Ford Focus 5-door. More expensive, also what my gut wants.
2 - Mazda 3, sedan or 5-door. Sedan seems to be a good price, the 5-door seems to be comparable in price to the Focus. Would be pretty happy with this.
3 - Honda Fit - size class down, still a good car. Less expensive - but worth it since it is a smaller car?
4 - Hyundai Elantra - everyone's been saying the new Hyundais are great. But... I'm not sold.
If you drive one of these would you recommend it? Are you a car nut with a good sense of the value of these cars - i.e. is it worth it to spend a little more on the Ford I most want, or should I really just get the Mazda 3 sedan and save myself a couple thousand dollars? Any of these have major known issues I should be aware of? I've been led to believe they're all pretty solid picks - or is there a clear winner on this list?
I'm not really interested in other suggestions, but if you can't restrain yourself, feel free to shout it out. We are in Los Angeles, so stuff like AWD or whatever isn't really an issue (i.e. we don't want a Subaru).