I guess there’s never a good time for a car to break down. But, of course mine kicked the bucket on Tuesday morning as we were leaving the house. We knew the end was coming soon… just not this soon!
So we need a new car quick. I just started browsing the internet, and I’m interested in a couple. But we want to hit the car lots this weekend with a narrowed down list.
Here are our car “wants”:
– Good gas mileage: Although I’d love to get a hybrid. We can’t afford it. So anything with a combined MPG of 25 or more would be nice.
– Decent interior room: I know you usually sacrifice on space for better gas mileage. But with two growing kids, and opportunities to carpool, I don’t want anything too compact.
– Good cargo space: Another thing I hate to give up. My Isuzu Rodeo had lots of great trunk space. So, instead of a Honda Civic or a Toyota Corolla (which I know are great cars), I want more of a hatchback model.
– Safety: Besides it’s mechanical issues, the Rodeo was as safe as cardboard box. So for my new car, I want a little bit more piece of mind, knowing it’s both reliable and safe.
Here are the cars I’m considering:
Nissan Versa Hatchback – Nissan just came out with the Versa in 2007. I don’t think I’ve seen one in person, but I like the look of it. They say it has plenty of interior space, and it’s one of the Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Cars according to Edmunds.com.
Toyota Matrix – A new one might be too expensive for us, but I’m interested in a used model. The only thing I don’t like about the Matrix is it looks a little too station wagon-ish.
Mazda 5 – This is another one I don’t think I’ve seen in person, because I think it’s fairly new. What I like is that it has a 3rd row of seats! It looks like a mini mini-van, but a little sporter. The gas mileage is okay. The new 2008 model gets a combined 23 MPGs, although a used 2006 or 2007 is more in our budget.
Help me! Do you love your car? Or are you looking, too? I’d love any advice.
UPDATE: As of June 1, I’m the happy owner of a 2005 Pontiac Vibe! Thanks for all the great car advice.