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16 March 2008 @ 11:50 pm

Say I were to get a new car. Say I was looking for something with great mileage, something that could handle our crazy winding back roads and hills, and something that could deal with changeable weather (rain/sleet/snow). I wouldn't need an SUV. I would have no need for major bells and whistles.


Say I were to get such a car. Any ideas what I might want to look at?

Seriously, guys. I'm completely at sea, here.
I feel: curiouscurious
Jenthatwasjen on March 17th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
La Petite Souris Scientifiquemelebeth on March 17th, 2008 04:08 am (UTC)
Not any more. Not only is the mileage terrible, the repair costs are ridiculous, and they've become just expensive Fords (I've had 3 Volvos. My current car is the first non-Volvo I've ever had, because of the above.)

I love my AWD Subaru. It's so much fun to drive over the mountain, the safety rating is high, and the mileage is midrange to good. For great mileage you might want to look at the Saturn Aura Hybrid. I, personally, didn't like driving any of the other hybrids or high mileage cars but YMMV. If you want to talk about this in detail I pretty much drove every high safety rating car on the market about 6 months ago and would be happy to give you my opinion. (For me safety was first, mileage second, but again YMMV) We need to get together anyway for book chat.
Jenthatwasjen on March 17th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, well. I've never had a Volvo myself -- I love my VW (new) Beetle, but I can't recommend it in this case because the mileage is merely pretty good.
Molly: Hiro sillyzapthatmonster on March 17th, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
We have a scion and it is totally jokes. I love driving it. It was fairly cheap, gets like 38-40 miles to the gallon, and is easy to drive and has held up very well.
Kel: vrooom!TARDISladyjoust on March 17th, 2008 04:18 am (UTC)
I was looking at scions on the internets tonight. What model do you have, if I may be so bold? And is it automatic or standard? Oh, heavens, but I miss driving a stick.
Molly: Across the universezapthatmonster on March 17th, 2008 04:27 am (UTC)
We have an XA (discontinued) stick. If you have the windy roads you gotta have a stick, dude!

The new equiv. to the XA is the XD.

Kel: Nine/Tardisladyjoust on March 17th, 2008 04:37 am (UTC)
Oh, believe me, I've missed having a stick on windy roads and in snowy/slippery conditions. SOOOOO much more control. And it was the XD I was looking at tonight, so, yay! (was looking at the XB, too). In any event, it's good to hear the car holds up well.
Jobs, baby, Jobs!: doctortenfivepicoland on March 17th, 2008 10:36 am (UTC)
Nissan or Honda-all wheel or front wheel drive- great gas mileage, almost zero maintenence.
harpiegirl4harpiegirl4 on March 17th, 2008 11:31 am (UTC)
Get a Honda CRV!!! I absolutely love mine. It's got all the good parts of an SUV (4 wheel drive to handle the rough terrain, enough space for, say, a bunch of drums and a couple of band members, but not an overly decadent amount), but also all the good parts of a car (it's about the size of a car, but SUV-shaped, has a car engine so the gas mileage is really good, etc.). It's also a Honda so it will last you until Doomsday. In fact, it might even live THROUGH Doomsday. And as an added bonus, the Honda CRV has a removeable picnic table it its butt, which comes in handy if you're on the road and it happens to be tea time. Just pull over, take out your picnic table and thermos, and whammo! Instant Tea. (Please note that this only applies to used CR-V's. The newer models are sans picnic tables)

Buying my CR-V was by far one of the best purchases I ever made. I absolutely love it!

Peregrinejperegrine on March 17th, 2008 12:57 pm (UTC)
Mini Cooper

That's what Lynette drives these days. Specifically the Cooper S with the sports package. It eats windy, slippery roads for breakfast and gets somewhere in the mid 30's in terms of MPG. The bloody things are built with Tardis technology - they are bigger on the inside than out. The back seats fold down completely so the entire rear of the car can be storage space. I could go on and on about the features.

It's well worth checking out.
Rennierengirlie87 on March 17th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
i vote anything toyota.

however, this from the girl who called her dad and asked him what the teapot light meant.
(aka low-oil light)
Mairearanturas on March 17th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
I'd have to vote for a Toyota -- I loved the first for the 125,000 miles and am loving the second one as well. It's a stick shift so it handles well in the icy, snowy - ness that is the northeast. My brother has the Toyota Hybrid SUV, so you can get your four well drive without the life destroying elements of the SUV guilt.

Annephloxyloxy on March 22nd, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
We've had pretty good luck with Toyotas in Minnesota. They usually get pretty good mileage anyway, but since *I* really want a hybrid, I'm going to recommend that you get one, too. Not that I know much about them, but still.