Hello there all,
I’m looking for some sage advice from a midwesterner on purchasing a (used) car (as per a previous discussion I started, I’m looking for a hatchback). I’ll be moving out to Montana at the end of the summer. More specifically, Missoula (which I’ve been told is the “banana belt” of the state…relatively speaking, less snow).
Of course many friends’ initial response to this was- “oh, get a Subaru! You must need AWD!”
But my question is- do I REALLY need AWD? Just how important is it out there? The lower gas mileage is a very big (and probably the only at this point) downside for me. I will be -
- living within the city of Missoula
- a full-time grad student who’s journalistic degree may lead her into some off-road places (though this is certainly not a sure thing)
- venturing out accordingly to the national wonders of the area for periodic camping and trekking and
- from the onset, driving out there from the east coast (so putting a lot of miles on it right away).
Any Montanites or neighbors have any advice or suggestions on how to prioritize these gas effic/awd options?
Thanks much ya’ll.