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Old 09-13-2018, 05:13 PM   #1
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Trying to decide on a car for my daughter. Needs to last from 16 yrs old through college.

Brand new, small sedan, hatchback or compact SUV.

Not interested in the little tiny cars such as the Nissan Versa.

I really like the Honda Civic, but they're a couple grand too proud of them.

Which one and why?

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Old 09-13-2018, 05:17 PM   #2
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Don't see how any car can get the nod over a corolla in that price range.

They're boring and dependable. What I'd drive if I had to buy a car
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Old 09-13-2018, 05:23 PM   #3
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Fairly certain a versa is the same size as a civic, just a slightly different wheelbase length. For small car, Focus hatch or the Chevy version of the same car, or a Subaru Impreza hatch. You may struggle to find a Impreza for that price, but it would be first on my list.
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Old 09-13-2018, 05:27 PM   #4
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Don’t know if a new one will fit the budget, but my wife and I have been thrilled with her Chevy Trax. Compact, torquey 4 cyl turbo, and steering smooth as butter. Ours gets 28mpg even: city, highway, or mixed.

Decent cargo space for a compact suv.
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Old 09-13-2018, 05:29 PM   #5
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You can get a pretty nice Ford Escape for that. We bought our son one for $17k that had 11,000 miles on it. Looks brand new, and gets good mileage.
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Old 09-13-2018, 05:35 PM   #6
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Same boat ..daughter turned 16 in May. I looked at several makes and models primarily Honda, Nissan, Toyota. I ended up with a 2015 Nissan Altima with less than 30,000 miles for 12gs. There were several at that price point just find the right one with low miles.
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Old 09-13-2018, 05:36 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone. Good stuff. I have been in the Chevy Cruz, Nissan Altima (2018's can be had at that price), Honda Civic, and Hyundai Elantra so far. Chevy Cruz was by far the most comfortable and smoothest. Civic was the most solid and tight feeling. Hyundai Elantra seemed to have the best fit and finish, surprisingly.
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Old 09-13-2018, 05:37 PM   #8
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Don't see how any car can get the nod over a corolla in that price range.

They're boring and dependable. What I'd drive if I had to buy a car


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Old 09-13-2018, 05:44 PM   #9
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My wife loves her civic, maybe find one a year old
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Old 09-13-2018, 05:46 PM   #10
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For compact SUV, Ford Escape and Mazda CX-7 are both in that price range. New you are looking around $23K, slightly used in the $15K range. Also, don't overlook Subaru Forrester, which is close to that price point and get's rave reviews on reliability and safety.

I would also say Honda CRV, but the price point is higher, for in my opinion, a pretty comparable vehicle to the above ones; at least if looking at base trim model.

There's a few other options with compact cars like Toyota corolla, Honda civic, etc. Personally, I'd rather a compact SUV if I was thinking 16 year old through college. Better visibility when driving, bit more room in back seat and nice trunk area; all around just a more diverse vehicle.
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Old 09-13-2018, 05:47 PM   #11
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Nissan Altima

I drive one for a commuter car and it has been a great car. I paid 17k plus TTL new for it.


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Old 09-13-2018, 05:49 PM   #12
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We love our Kia Optima, paid right at $18 and 108,000 miles with zero problems. Not a stripped down model either, leather, etc....
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Old 09-13-2018, 05:56 PM   #13
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Can't go wrong with a Toyota or Honda.
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Old 09-13-2018, 06:18 PM   #14
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We love our Kia Optima, paid right at $18 and 108,000 miles with zero problems. Not a stripped down model either, leather, etc....
I just sold a 2014 Kia, that was well appointed and looked great. The car was driven by my wife and always performed well. It just had some hard parts while I was driving that made it uncomfortable for me. We went to California and rented a new one for a week. They fixed everything I did not like about it. I would buy a new one in a minute. I think you can find a deal on one.
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Old 09-13-2018, 06:21 PM   #15
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I’ve got a 2015 Honda Civic LX 4 door with 30K miles. It’s a standard transmission but I’d sell it for $11,000.

I have a clear title in my name.
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Old 09-13-2018, 06:39 PM   #16
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For safety reasons I’d go with a compact suv. Higher of the ground is better if an accident happens. Those little cars are so low to the ground.
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Old 09-13-2018, 07:41 PM   #17
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We paid right around 19K for the wife's 2017 Camry brand new.

If you have 18K, you're set.

I can't stress enough how satisfied we've been using the CarPro VIP program.

Went to the CarPro website - https://www.carprousa.com/

Hit the drop down for certified dealers, selected Austin, and picked out the Toyota dealership he had for my area.

Filled out the VIP info, got an email from the dealer with the out the door price, went over and filled out the paper work, and drove home that night with the wife's new car.

Did the same thing on a new to me Ford Expedition.

The price on for both vehicals was spot on.

No back in forth. No add ins as we went through the paper work. It was the best experience I've ever had buying a car.

Check them out. Hopefully there is a certified dearer near you.

If not, still pursue the one closest. Given this time of the year, I bet they have a car right for you they want to get off the lot.
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Old 09-13-2018, 08:43 PM   #18
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Yup can’t go wrong with a corolla/Camry civic/accord. These are just beautifully built and with actual quality.

We have all Toyota’s/Lexus so I guess I favor them over anything. I love my tundra and at the same time, I love my 7.3s too. When it comes to quality, Toyota has them all beat. All of my (I have 4 of them) 02 7.3 trucks leak - leaking at the windshield driver cab corner and the rear window. The seams break apart and leak even further. All my Toyota’s don’t leak chit. I wish I could put the 7.3 into my Tundra haha. I think those are plenty of reasons...

Go with Honda/Toyota. Your daughter won’t worry about car trouble at all. Put quality tires on, give her your cc for fuel and oil changes and you’ll worry less. I promise!


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Old 09-14-2018, 05:17 AM   #19
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Don't see how any car can get the nod over a corolla in that price range.

They're boring and dependable. What I'd drive if I had to buy a car
I just went through this with my Daughter and got a Corolla.
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Old 09-14-2018, 06:20 AM   #20
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Good Choice Yall!
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Old 09-14-2018, 06:37 AM   #21
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Old 09-14-2018, 07:24 AM   #22
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CPO Subaru would be my choice. Probably a Crosstrek
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Old 09-14-2018, 07:38 AM   #23
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My wife is on her third vehicle and its a Honda CRV, we had a 4 Runner and Nissan Rogue before. The CRV has been the best of the 3. We got hers for a hair under 15k used with 17k miles. I like it because I'm a bigger guy and the seat didn't feel like a cockpit when I'm driving.
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Old 09-14-2018, 07:45 AM   #24
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Probably can’t buy a new Toyota Camry in that range, but you could pick up a slightly used one. Good mileage, reliability, and resale
The Subaru Legacy would be my next choice. All wheel drive with excellent safety ratings.
Both are considered mid sized sedans though.
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Old 09-14-2018, 07:50 AM   #25
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Old 09-14-2018, 12:16 PM   #26
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I’ve got a 2015 Honda Civic LX 4 door with 30K miles. It’s a standard transmission but I’d sell it for $11,000.

I have a clear title in my name.
Thanks StrayDog. That sounds like a good deal, but I'd prefer an automatic.

Appreciate all the good info from everyone.
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Old 09-14-2018, 12:20 PM   #27
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Nissan rouge. Brand new in your budget. I got my oldest one. My mom and sister both have one. Good cars.
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Old 09-14-2018, 12:29 PM   #28
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Old 09-14-2018, 12:30 PM   #29
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We just bought my youngest a Hyundai Tucson. It’s a little more than your budget but it has a 10 year 100k mile warranty. I think we paid right at 22k for it.
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Old 09-14-2018, 12:31 PM   #30
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I bought my daughter a certified pre-owned 2015 Honda Civic. Only had 22,000 miles and covered under the 100K power train warranty. It was the fully loaded version and paid 16,800 plus TTL.

I’m a firm believer in the certified pre-owned vehicles and looked at several other makes and models. I was also looking at the Toyota Camry, but the majority of those are rented vehicles and we know how those are typically driven. I decided on the Honda because they are rarely used by the car rental companies.

So far, both my daughter and I have been pleased with it. And it gets 31 MPG too.
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Old 09-14-2018, 12:32 PM   #31
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Old 09-14-2018, 01:16 PM   #32
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She would love that. She wants a "big cool truck". I told her she better work hard and get a good job.
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Old 09-14-2018, 01:26 PM   #33
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Personally would get a Toyota Corolla or Honda. You can get a brand new one for under 18K, or for a few thousand less a used one. If you are talking longevity its hard to beat a toyota.
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Old 09-14-2018, 01:33 PM   #34
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Old 09-14-2018, 01:40 PM   #35
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I'd consider a VW Jetta

My wife had one for a couple years and she really loved it. Great gas mileage, and dependable car. Only reason she had to get rid of it was we needed a bigger family vehicle and she went to an SUV.
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Old 09-14-2018, 01:47 PM   #36
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My dad drives Toyota Camrys for work. He drives about 1500 miles per week. He put over 450,000 miles on his last one before he traded it. (Still ran fine, just started burning oil) Last I knew, he's approaching 300,000 on his current car. He always buys certified pre-owned cars with around 20,000 miles. (Usually Rentals)

Camrys are also supposed to be pretty safe. He got rear ended on the interstate earlier this year at about 70 mph by a Toyota 4-Runner SUV. No injuries other than being a little sore the next day.

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Old 09-14-2018, 02:10 PM   #37
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If she knows where she is going to college you may want to make sure there is a dealer close to campus or in town that can service and work on it.
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Old 09-14-2018, 02:20 PM   #38
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I drive a Fiesta Hatch an hour to work everyday and I love it. 33 miles to the gallon and bought it brand new for only $14,000.
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Old 09-14-2018, 02:52 PM   #39
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Old 09-14-2018, 03:31 PM   #40
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I got my daughter a KIA Optima, which is the size of a Camry or Accord. It ran like a champ. When she decided to get a small SUV, she went with a KIA Sportage. I’ve always been a truck, and “buy American” guy. Found out KIA is made in Georgia, so they meet that criteria. I highly recommend them. The 100,000 mile power train and 60,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty are top notch. Plus if you buy a KIA with less than 60,000 miles, you can purchase the bumper to bumper that continues out to 100,000 miles.
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Old 09-14-2018, 03:32 PM   #41
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TBH'r Bourland has a sweet '15 Corolla for sale. Low miles and great price! Same car I bought my daughter. The new ones seem a bit bigger than my '09...which has 268k on it right now. As far as safety goes...at work I've seen two of em in bad wrecks..one head on. Bumper was below windshield, motor crushed away and went under(as designed) and peeps not seriously hurt. I was impressed. Saw a nissan altima do the same thing and the car that hit it was pushing 80-90. Those guys got out with sprained ankles! (and maybe some poo in their huggies!) Good luck
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Old 09-14-2018, 03:36 PM   #42
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I'd consider a VW Jetta

My wife had one for a couple years and she really loved it. Great gas mileage, and dependable car. Only reason she had to get rid of it was we needed a bigger family vehicle and she went to an SUV.
Never had a Jetta, but we did have a Beetle and a Passat. The cars were OK, but the experiences we had with Clear Lake Volkswagen were horrible. Won’t get another VW unless there’s another dealership opening close to us.
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Old 09-14-2018, 04:03 PM   #43
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I must be doing something wrong in life. I'm shopping for a car for myself and have the same budget.
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Old 09-14-2018, 04:51 PM   #44
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Kia has a hundred thousand mile warranty my wife is in the 90k range on hers with no issues except something that was covered under warranty. Only thing I've done on that car out of my pocket is oil and brakes and I think my oil changes are 10 or 15 dollars at the dealership we bought it from
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Old 09-14-2018, 07:36 PM   #45
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Used Toyota Avalon

Got. 2014 with 30k. Now at 88k

Would let go for 13k

Leather and loaded

My commute went to 18 miles one way...i now drive my truck. Going to carmax next week
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Old 09-15-2018, 10:05 AM   #46
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I vote for Cruz. Oops wrong thread
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