I’m moving from NY to Miami at the end of the week and have no idea what kind of car to get. I’ve always driven 240 Volvo sedans (I’ve had 3) but they are just too old and too expensive to maintain at this point. So now having been carless for almost two years, the market is wide open and I need some help figuring out what to get.
I’m in a very aesthetic field where image is important and as a California girl I know you are what you drive, so the look and feel of the car has to be just right. Many have suggested a Prius, which fits in my budget for purchase (under 15,000) and maintenance (as little as possible), but just doesn’t feel quite right. I’m amenable to the Prius if I end up with a sedan, but am also partial to the look of a Jeep, a European hatchback or sedan (Volvo, Audi, VW–but too expensive to maintain?), or a small SUV. Help! I need direction!