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Old 07-29-2008, 05:06 PM
 
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I'm about to relocate to another state and purchase a new car. I decided to sell my old one here, so I'm not thinking of trading in at all. Here's my dilemma. I want a high mpg car with a good enough resale value. I know that Honda fits the bill, but I've driven Hondas all my life and am really eager to drive something else. None of the Toyota cars appeal to me. I've been thinking of either getting a Nissan Rogue, other crossovers (which, again, offer good enough mpg), or a Jetta. But which would cost more to insure? Should I get a hybrid crossover, even though they are pricier? I've checked edmunds, consumer report, kbb.com etc. but still can't make up my mind. Also, I plan to pay in cash, and my budget is 23K at most.

Thanks in advance for your advice/input.
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Old 07-29-2008, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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Well at 23k, you are very limited in crossovers. The Nissan Rogue or Toyota RAV4 or even the Subaru Forester may fit the bill. You will have to settle on the base models though.
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Old 07-29-2008, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Middleton, Wisconsin
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VW's have had problems. I would stay away from them, I would say Subaru is pretty reliable as well as stylish.
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Old 07-29-2008, 08:49 PM
 
Location: appleton, wi
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high mpg and nissan rouge, or any other kind of "crossovers" don't belong in the same sentance. try a mazda3 hatch. you should get low to mid 30's on the highway.

i've got a subaru impreza wrx, but if you're looking for gas mileage it's only rated at 27mpg highway. the forester isn't better but the base model impreza is. my subarus are terrifically reliable. first wrx had 40K when i sold it and never had a warranty claim. current one has 21K and likewise. also my wife's mazda 6 now has 50K and only 1 claim - at 1500 miles the sun visor would not stay retracted fully (oh noes!!!)
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Old 07-29-2008, 11:31 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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If a Rogue gives you good enough MPGs, consider also looking at a Subaru Impreza hatbhack, without the WRX trim.
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Old 07-30-2008, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Southwest Missouri
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I've checked edmunds, consumer report, kbb.com etc. but still can't make up my mind.
Have you actually driven any of the vehicles in question yet?
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Old 07-30-2008, 08:10 AM
 
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Have you actually driven any of the vehicles in question yet?
Thanks guys. No, I haven't test driven any of them. I will eventually after narrowing down the options. Seems like people have suggested Subaru, but I heard that Subaru resale price isn't great though.
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Old 07-30-2008, 08:34 AM
 
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For 23k, you're limited to compacts if you're buying new. A hybrid takes years and miles to recoup the cost, so its not necessarily the best choice. I know you're bored with Hondas, but the fact is, Honda is the only manufacturer that went with small cars with small engines when everyone else went towards big engine SUVs, and that's a great thing to have these days. Tha bad side is Hondas are selling at full price as they are in such demand now.

If you are looking at the Rogue, you probably want to look at the Subaru Forester - its considered a better car and it was just redesigned. Subarus have about the highest reliability you can get, and resale is fine. Both get similar mpg, but its low 20s. Compared to a Civic of Fit that get 30 mpg easily, you're looking at real money in gas savings, so you have to make that choice.

I suggest you go to dealer lots and look at the cars in question - salemen can be pushy, but just go and put your hands on the cars and get a feel for them, what you like, dislike, etc. Take notes, then think about what cars make your short list and what you can live with or without - things like high mpg, cargo capacity, etc.
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Old 07-30-2008, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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How long do you keep your cars? I wouldn't worry about resale value unless you're intending to keep the car for less than four years.

Test drive cars you can afford and that have the features you want, and buy what you like, not what you think someone else would like years down the road.
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Old 07-30-2008, 03:21 PM
 
Location: appleton, wi
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Thanks guys. No, I haven't test driven any of them. I will eventually after narrowing down the options. Seems like people have suggested Subaru, but I heard that Subaru resale price isn't great though.
Where the heck did you hear that?!? It's excellent.
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