New car buying advice


#1

I’m looking to buy a car (95% sure a new, compact or small midsized SUV) and I’m curious to hear which car you feel would work best for me:

Not a car guy at all (know nothing), but my 14 year old car got stolen about a month or 2 ago few weeks back, so I’ve been researching like crazy from Consumer reports, Edmunds, Car and Driver, UsNews, etc.

? Live in the city and will mostly drive in the city (parallel parking friendly)

? I’m a single 36 year old guy

? 90% of the time it will just be me and a 110lbs dog, no kids.

? Ideally want dog to sit in the way back, with the back seats up

Will that be an issue getting cool air back there?

? Want heated seats, and sunroof

? Want AWD or 4WD for Chicago winters

? Drove a small cars (Toyota Celica and Acura Integra) my entire life and want more roomy

? Not really so outdoorsy, so not taking the car through tons of mountains

? Drive about 6000 miles/year (not many)

? Want something that will last for a long time

? Narrowed it down to the following cars:

- 2011 Chevy Equinox ( the leader, but maybe 2 big and worried about chevy resale)

- 2011 ford escape (worried about buying a new car with a very old framework)

- 2011 Subaru forester (don?t love the looks and don?t see many men driving this)

Thanks a ton,



Stu


#2

Single and living in Chicago. My pick would be a Hyundai Elantra Touring, a spacious hatchback with a good reputation. Tons of room for your dog with the seats down. In Chicago you don’t need the expense and complexity of AWD, just a front wheel drive with good winter tires. You can get all that for around $20,000 loaded.

Forget what Edmunds says about maintenance and operating costs. Buy the car if you like it after driving it; take the pooch with you! The Toyota Matrix fills the bill well too. I rented one this summer and found lots of room to carry bulky objects.

Some cars that may be recommended, but I would not., are the VW Jetta station wagon, or any other European car.


#3

I’m a Toyota lover through and through and have had a 1998 Toyota Corolla bought new with never a power-train problem. I’ve been thinking about a small SUV or cross over vehicle as well. Does anyone have anything to say about the 2011 Ford Edge? The style’s nice but I’m more concerned with reliability.


#4

If you like Toyotas, why aren’t you considering a Rav4 or Highlander? I wouldn’t worry too much about Edge reliability, or Equinox reliability for that matter. Any will provide long life at reasonable cost as long as you take care of them properly.


#5

If you’re gonna be parallel parking a lot, you should seriously consider one of those back up cameras on whatever you get. Of those 3, I’d go with the Escape. I went with a Mazda CX-7 myself for my new car and love it. Get a lot for the money I think.