Currently I’m driving a 2004 Mini Cooper S, but I’m finding that as much as I love the size and handling, it’s just too expensive to maintain and the mileage isn’t all that great. I’m looking to sell it and get a different car, but I don’t know much about them and am having trouble finding the right car for me.
If I were to get my dream car, it’d be a comparably small hatchback, 35+ MPG (a hybrid would be ideal!), but still capable of going on fairly rugged roads for camping and such. I go to Yosemite, Big Sur and various deserts pretty regularly, and while it isn’t any heavy-duty off-roading, it can still be too much for my Mini. I’m also hoping for something that has low repair costs…Mini parts are exorbitantly expensive!
Currently I’ve been looking at the Honda Insight Hybrid, but I’m not convinced it could handle something uphill and unpaved. The Subaru Outback is tempting, but very large and has terrible MPG.
Does anyone happen to have a good recommendation for my needs? I know that good MPG and AWD capabilities are pretty incompatible, but since my knowledge of car models and their capabilities is limited, I thought I’d ask the experts.