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Old 02-06-2021, 06:59 PM
 
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I did a lot of test driving today. I went to this place where there is a bunch of dealers all in a row on one road and test drove all the vehicles I am interested in. I drove a mix of makes and models some even in different classes. I learned a lot about cars looking good in theory not panning out to be good for me.

I pretty much narrowed down my choices to two: Subaru Crosstrek and Mazda CX-30 (the CX-30 wasn't even on my radar before, I wanted a CX-5 and a CX-30 is almost the same price so I figured get CX-5. But I didn't like the feel of the CX-5 when I drove it. It was too big and awkward to me. I wanted it to be smaller and that CX-30 in the showroom looked like it fit the bill).

Anyway. So now I am torn. I took notes halfway though and at the end of each test drive. Looking at those notes, I have just as many pros as I do cons for both vehicles (but for the most part they really aren't that different). I think I lean towards the CX-30... but then I like the better gas mileage and range of the Crosstrek. Then I think I like the Crosstrek and then I think about the CVT in it and like the CX-30 again. The prices are pretty similar too. Although the CX-30 is cheaper... but then I am drawn to the Crosstrek's (maybe) cheaper insurance and fuel costs with better gas mileage. I said maybe cheaper insurance because called the insurance agent to get a quote on both and I am waiting for that.

When you are torn between two or even more vehicles, how do you decide?

I swear it wasn't this hard with my Vibe I bought 17 years ago. It was a one of a kind... well, there was the Matrix (same car) but the Vibe was cheaper.
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Old 02-06-2021, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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Here are a couple of thoughts:

1. Try to rent each one of them for a weekend or a week so you can get a better feel for which you enjoy driving more.

2. Flip a coin. How you feel after the coin toss will tell you which one you really want to buy.
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Old 02-06-2021, 08:17 PM
 
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Look at resale value. Crosstrek by a landslide.
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Old 02-06-2021, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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Look at resale value. Crosstrek by a landslide.
If I were buying new off the lot, this would be one of the most important factors.

I'd probably buy Toyota.

And that's also why I don't buy new off the lot.
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Old 02-06-2021, 08:21 PM
 
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Here are a couple of thoughts:

1. Try to rent each one of them for a weekend or a week so you can get a better feel for which you enjoy driving more.

2. Flip a coin. How you feel after the coin toss will tell you which one you really want to buy.

Your first idea is such a simple one I wonder why I didn't think of it. I just need to figure out who rents what. Getting the trim I want might be hard though. I am looking at higher end trims and I think rentals are usually more basic. And it does make a difference in engine size.

I did the coin flip and it came up Mazda and I said, "Okay" to myself. I didn't even try a best out of three flips or anything. Maybe that's telling me something.
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Old 02-06-2021, 08:23 PM
 
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Look at resale value. Crosstrek by a landslide.

I drive my cars until they die so resale is irrelevant to me. In fact, it's a negative since my state charges yearly property tax based on the value of the car.

Driving my cars until they die is also part of the reason I am struggling with car shopping. It's been 17 years since I last bought a car and so much about cars has changed. They are like spaceships inside now. haha.
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Old 02-06-2021, 09:45 PM
 
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Here are a couple of thoughts:

1. Try to rent each one of them for a weekend or a week so you can get a better feel for which you enjoy driving more.

2. Flip a coin. How you feel after the coin toss will tell you which one you really want to buy.

Okay, this may be a stupid follow up question. How do you find a place that rents a specific car? Every place I look I can't find the models I want or even the makes. I even tried a site called Turo (like air B&B for cars) and I couldn't find any Mazda CX-30s near me or a Subau Crosstrek.
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Old 02-06-2021, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Mazda and Subaru are also probably some of the less common fleet sellers to rental companies. When Hertz was trimming their fleet last year, there seemed to be 50 Hyundais or Nissans for every base model Forrester they had. And the CX-30 and Crosstrek are both popular enough that their manufacturers can sell almost all to all of what they make to dealers/single buyers at a better price than they'd get selling bulk to rental car companies.
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Old 02-07-2021, 07:39 AM
 
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Your first idea is such a simple one I wonder why I didn't think of it. I just need to figure out who rents what. Getting the trim I want might be hard though. I am looking at higher end trims and I think rentals are usually more basic. And it does make a difference in engine size.

I did the coin flip and it came up Mazda and I said, "Okay" to myself. I didn't even try a best out of three flips or anything. Maybe that's telling me something.
My daughter in Fl bought a used Mazda mid size CX5 suv about 10 yrs ago and the only issue she really had was needing to run a special cable to plug her Apple Music device into when she drove
She upgraded to a minivan 2 yrs and got a new Pacifica because the seats fold down totally flat and some other reasons...has been very happy with it...

I drove her Mazda and loved the acceleration and handling...
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Old 02-07-2021, 07:57 AM
 
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Mazda and Subaru are also probably some of the less common fleet sellers to rental companies. When Hertz was trimming their fleet last year, there seemed to be 50 Hyundais or Nissans for every base model Forrester they had. And the CX-30 and Crosstrek are both popular enough that their manufacturers can sell almost all to all of what they make to dealers/single buyers at a better price than they'd get selling bulk to rental car companies.

Yeah, I've been having no luck finding rentals. I gave up.



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Here are a couple of thoughts:


2. Flip a coin. How you feel after the coin toss will tell you which one you really want to buy.

Okay I seriously did flip a coin last night and it came up Mazda and I've been pursing that. No change of mind even this morning. Haha... I guess that was the easiest method.

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