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Old 11-16-2016, 10:35 PM
Location: Phoenix-Valley of the Sun
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i have a honda fit and it's a cool little commuter car. I get about 38mpg and i like it.
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Old 11-16-2016, 10:44 PM
Location: Middle America
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Originally Posted by gwarnecke View Post
Consider a Prius. Thanks to cheap gas, they've depreciated a lot and make a great used-car buy.
Prius C.

I bought one new, and even new, was close to your stated price range. I've never been happier with a vehicle.
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Old 11-17-2016, 02:01 PM
Location: Liminal Space
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I got a 2015 Honda Fit new for just under $16k, which I currently use for my commute of 100 traffic-free miles per direction per day. It easily clears 45 mpg with no special effort on my part; putting a modest effort into hypermiling gets me up to 48 or 49 mpg. Also it's fun to drive.

Our criteria when looking for the car was to balance efficiency with the ability to fit two car seats in the back. That's why we went with the new 2015 model which added a few inches of depth in the backseat.

I created a spreadsheet to compare the 10-year cost of the Honda Fit vs. Prius based on various assumptions for gas prices, and determined that gas would have to average at least $10/gallon over 10 years for the Prius to end up a better deal (over the past year and a half since I ran this comparison the price of gas went down significantly). This only took into account purchase price and gas price, it did not take into account maintenance and insurance costs which would likely be higher with the Prius. However, because of our car seat requirement I only ran this comparison on the regular Prius not the Prius C.
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Old 11-17-2016, 02:24 PM
Location: Forests of Maine
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You do need to factor in all uses of a vehicle.

We keep the back folded down and use it for hauling pigs around.
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Old 11-17-2016, 02:48 PM
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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For fuel efficient pay attention to engine choices available, one car may have different choices that effect fuel economy. It's common for small cars to have a performance engine option that's 2.5 liters and an economy engine option that's 1.8 liters. That will effect fuel economy up to 8 mpg. For example a Mazda 3 with skyactive 1.8 engine gets 26/38 but the 2.5 liter engine only gets 21/29.

Also... be very cautious about small cars with CVT transmissions. Some companies like Ford are having major issues with them that can not be fixed. Nissan CVT are good up to 100k miles and then start having issues.
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