@Marnet thanks for the reply!
To answer your first few questions, the main thing I dislike about my equinox is that it has a very slow acceleration that i’m not used to. I can barely hit 55 on the on ramp and I have to gun it to get there, and the speed limit on the highway I drive most frequently is 70mph. To pass people, it takes me far longer than i’d like and i’m not used to it. I used to drive an ‘02 tahoe and I guess I never realized how quick it was until I got this car.
Another thing I really dislike about the car is it’s “mom” car status. I know that seems superficial, but it’s my second car and I bought it with my own savings and I really regretted the purchase after I realized I had so many other options. I wanted a car that got better mileage at the time, and I went with an suv because it’s what I was used to driving. But these past few months i’ve been really getting into cars and I want a more fun and sporty option to get me through college.
As far as the size of the car, it doesn’t really bother me per say since i’ve only driven SUVs. Hell, i learned how to drive in a yukon xl so nothing big phases me. I guess I just realized that there are other options and I want to drive something I really enjoy everyday instead of settling for a slow mom car for the next 4+ years…
Most of my driving is on the highway at the moment. I go to school an hour and a half away and I commute every weekend. I still need to get around town to run errands and stuff, but that’s not where a majority of my time is spent. As far as weather goes, I live in missouri and we only get light snows a few times a year. Since I live on a hilly gravel road, I’m a little worried about getting home when it snows but again it happens very infrequently.
I don’t really need that much cargo space, I don’t think i’ve hauled anything that big in my equinox since I got it. And my mom has a yukon and my brother has a pickup so we have plenty of options for space if need be.
And yes i’m realizing that I should really avoid the luxury cars. I just saw their low upfront cost, I never considered the maintenance. I’ll probably go for a japanese car, i’ve heard they’re very reliable and run forever. My driving record is pretty clean, I got one ticket a year ago but they got it removed so my insurance is fine. I’ve never had an accident in the past three years i’ve been driving and i’m a very safe driver in my opinion.
As far as the cars i’m currently considering, the honda civic si seems to check a lot of my boxes, as does the subaru impreza. I’m not too particular on the size of the car, but i’m sure my mom would prefer me to be in a mid to full size one. Really the biggest thing holding me back from making this decision is my parents, they’re scared a sedan isn’t as safe and they’ve only driven big trucks and suvs so they’re hesitant. If it was awd I think they’d be more on board, but awd sedans are limited and somewhat hard to find in my experience. If you have any other reccomendations of an awd/fwd sedan that’s a little faster than average and not too much of a “mom” car, id really appreciate it!!