So I got sideswiped last week (no injuries) and they totaled my car—my first car. I’m getting $4,800 from their insurance and that’s pretty close to my price ceiling for the next car.
Aside from price, the other limiting factor is my frame. I’m 6’5”, most of it from the waist up, and quite big as well. Headroom and shoulder room are always problems for me.
My priorities in a car are pretty simple: I want the most reliable and safe car I can fit into. I’ve seen big/tall guy car advice on the Web, but it’s mostly for new cars, and a strangely high percentage of those cars recommended do very poorly on Consumer Reports for reliability. Good fuel efficiency is great, but it seems that for a $5k car, reliability is probably a bigger cost factor over the life of the car than getting an extra 5 mpg.
I’d very much appreciate any advice you might have.