I find that I’ve reached sort of a dead end with my new car search and could use some advice.
I currently drive a 2007 Honda Civic (145,000 miles). I’m thinking about getting a new car this year because I do a lot of driving and am worried about breakdowns. I make a 215-mile trip twice a week, mostly highway driving, with my young son, and then an additional 200 or so just getting other various places. So, around 650/week.
What I’m looking for is:
- Good handling in snowy/icy weather
- Good gas mileage (at least 30 MPG)
- Under $28K
- Not a lot of road noise
Initially I was looking at the Prius. Seems like a pretty good deal, great gas mileage. I’m not so clear on how they deal in the snow - I’ve read conflicting reports. However, I recently drove a Camry as a rental on a trip and really liked it. Problem is, the Camry averaged around 27 MPG highway, and the Camry Hybrid is a little too expensive. I confess that I don’t even know where to look with regards to non-Toyota/Honda cars - that’s all my family has ever owned. I like my Civic but I find it very uncomfortable on long rides, which is why I’m not looking at the Civic Hybrid. Also, have winter tires on it now which makes it incredibly loud, which I find annoying, although I prefer the safety to the noise…
Any recommendations or suggestions of other brands to try to research? Or are there people who feel strongly that the Prius or the Camry might be the right fit?