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Old 09-22-2021, 01:47 PM   #1
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Looking at the possibility of driving up to 160 miles per day. Itís not everyday but several per week. I was looking at Toyota Yaris, Nissan Sentra. What others are good to look at? I want basic feature and high mpg
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Old 09-22-2021, 01:49 PM   #2
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Ford Focus or Fiesta
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Old 09-22-2021, 02:01 PM   #3
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For the record I expect to be made fun of for what I am about to say......... I was in the same boat as you about 6 years ago. I wouldnt rule out anything that gets less MPG's but is less desireable so you can get it for a cheaper price. My example is that I was looking for a good commuter car that still was considered relatively nice and had some nice features. Everything I was looking at was about 18 or 19k. As I was looking I realized that there were a ton of low mileage Lincoln Town Cars out there for less than 10k. I got mine for $8500 which was about $10k less than the other cars I was looking at. My lincoln gets well over 20 mpg on the highway but for ease of numbers lets say it just got 20 MPG. My whole point is that if you find the right situation it might make more sense to buy something that doesnt get as good of MPG's that is significantly cheaper. I can go a long way on $10k and at 20 MPG's.
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Old 09-22-2021, 02:57 PM   #4
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160 is what my commute is everyday. I am in a Toyota Corolla. The gas mileage is of course very good. The reliability exceeds being Toyota. The dislikes are it seems like if I drive over a leaf something gets torn up (plastic) something or another. This is mostly my fault because I am use to driving my Tundra and don't need to worry about dodging every little thing in the road doing 75 mph. Comfort isn't great but very manageable and I'll trade that for the reliability any day.
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Old 09-22-2021, 03:06 PM   #5
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honda civic. we happened to be in my buddies when a hog hunt broke out and she took those pastures like a champ, nothing a little power washing the next morning couldnt handle.
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Old 09-22-2021, 03:10 PM   #6
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honda civic. we happened to be in my buddies when a hog hunt broke out and she took those pastures like a champ, nothing a little power washing the next morning couldnt handle.
I had a manager who lived in Onalaska and worked in The Woodlands. He drove a Civic 5 days a week. He also swerved to dodge a hog one night, jumped the ditch, and landed in his front yard. Turns out there was no hog and he was just super drunk, but the car still took it.
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Old 09-22-2021, 03:13 PM   #7
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I had a manager who lived in Onalaska and worked in The Woodlands. He drove a Civic 5 days a week. He also swerved to dodge a hog one night, jumped the ditch, and landed in his front yard. Turns out there was no hog and he was just super drunk, but the car still took it.
haha, my buddy always says when i make fun of him, "that civic dont play son."
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Old 09-22-2021, 03:16 PM   #8
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I have a 2013 Hyundai Elantra Sedan that gets about 33-34MPG. I bought it used 4 years ago with 50K miles, put another 100K on it since then. Had to replace the AC around 130K, other than brakes and oil changes that’s about it.
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Old 09-22-2021, 03:23 PM   #9
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We have owned 5 Different kias that were all used for work, great mileage.. Kinda partial to the Kia Optima Turbo, pretty nice cars
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Old 09-22-2021, 03:26 PM   #10
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I had a base model VW Jetta 5 speed manual (2017). I consistently got 40 MPG on the highway sometimes more depending on speed. Around 35 in town. It was a great car with plenty of room. Just sold due to high resale value and working from home now.


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Old 09-22-2021, 03:56 PM   #11
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I bought a Kia Optima 3-4 years ago when I was making the drive from Wylie/Royse City to Denton 6-7 days a week. Itís been well worth the gas mileage. Even with payment and insurance, it was cheaper than driving my truck every day. I canít stand driving a car though. I always joke about borrowing someoneís boat so I can just back it on into the lake!


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Old 09-22-2021, 04:22 PM   #12
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I have a 2013 Hyundai Elantra Sedan that gets about 33-34MPG. I bought it used 4 years ago with 50K miles, put another 100K on it since then. Had to replace the AC around 130K, other than brakes and oil changes thatís about it.
Elantra was my choice for when I was had long commutes. Have had two and now my daughters are driving them and neither has had an issue. One is a 2010, the other a 2014. Great cars.
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Old 09-22-2021, 04:24 PM   #13
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If saving money is the ultimate goal, you need to be sure and do the math on what you're getting. I wouldn't buy NEW and I wouldn't buy European.
Never made sense to me when people finance a NEW car to save money. Gotta look at total cost of ownership and cost per mile. There is more to it than what you spend in fuel even though that's a big part of it.

I had a job for 7 years with a 110 mile round trip commute. Was costing me about $600 a month in fuel for my truck. Add in wear items like tires, brakes, and oil changes on top of that when you are doing ~2500 miles a month. (truck was paid for)

Bought my 06 Focus in 08 for $8800. Came out to a $200 payment and about $200 a month in Fuel. Wear items are generally cheaper and go longer on a car compared to a pickup too. Tires are cheaper and last longer, oil change is cheaper, insurance is cheaper, etc.
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Old 09-22-2021, 04:29 PM   #14
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I drive my Prius with a smile on my face. 48mpg and right at 100 miles/day. Keeps the miles off my truck also. I catch a little ***** from the guys at work b/c I work Oil/Gas. Just didn't make sense to drive my diesel that gets 14 mpg.
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Old 09-22-2021, 04:33 PM   #15
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Look at the Kia & Hyundai line. 100,000 mile power train warranty, 60,000 on everything else. 135,000 on my Sorrento and the only thing I've done besides normal service is a generator.
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Old 09-22-2021, 04:36 PM   #16
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I bought a king ranch prius in 2013 and it gets 50mpg everywhere i go. i still have my dodge megacab if i need to pull a trailer or my boat but for all my commuting i drive the prius.

Prius was one of the best decisions I ever made.
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Old 09-22-2021, 04:42 PM   #17
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My buddy had a stick shift Chevy Aveo when he had a long commute. Said it got great mileage when he could keep the chicks from hanging off the mirrors.
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Old 09-22-2021, 05:06 PM   #18
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Hyundai Elantra......close thread. Great cars for the money. I bought one of the 6 speed manuals in 2015. Drove it to 90k when the hail damage totaled it. Sold it to a family member who drove it for a year and then sold it in the crazy market for $2000 more than I sold it to him for. Never had an issue out of it and 6 speed made it very "peppy". 36-38 mpg driving it like I stole it.
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Old 09-22-2021, 05:20 PM   #19
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I have a Honda accord and get 32+, its well worth it. I also had a Kia Soul, it got about 28 to 30 mpg, My daughter is driving it now with minimal maintenance and over 200k...
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Old 09-22-2021, 05:36 PM   #20
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Only European cars I'll mess with are Volvo. These models were on the Ford Focus chassis and are cheap and easy to work on.

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Old 09-22-2021, 05:46 PM   #21
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Toyota Corolla. Bought with 40k miles in 2011 for $10k.

Now has 220,000 and runs like a champ. Between 35 and 40 mpg driving gently.
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Old 09-22-2021, 06:30 PM   #22
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38-40 mpg in my 2016 Mazda 3. Nice car. I drive 180 miles a day 7 days of my shift. 7 on 7 off.
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Old 09-22-2021, 07:28 PM   #23
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In 2018 I bought a Honda Civic. I have about 40K on it now. No issues. Averaging 38-40mpg.
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Old 09-22-2021, 07:42 PM   #24
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Bought a 2015 Civic off here a year and a half ago as an extra car on the weekends when I wasnít driving my company rig. My wife took it to DC a few months ago and Iíve been using it to drive 900 miles round trip from MN to NE for the past month. Average 38mpg if I keep it to 70 and 35mm get at 80. Now the wife and I both have company cars so Iíll be selling the civic to free up some driveway space but itís been a great ride. Iíd go Toyota or Honda.
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Old 09-22-2021, 07:44 PM   #25
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Toyota Corolla. Bought with 40k miles in 2011 for $10k.

Now has 220,000 and runs like a champ. Between 35 and 40 mpg driving gently.
X2, very reliable for lots of miles, and those miles will roll by as you pass gas stations without needing to stop.
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Old 09-22-2021, 07:58 PM   #26
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haha, my buddy always says when i make fun of him, "that civic dont play son."
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Old 09-22-2021, 08:27 PM   #27
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FIL passed last week. I have to move a '15 Focus SE with 16,000 mi for $10,984. No room to wiggle. Just changed fluids and filled tank with premium and treatment. We notified high schoolers and teachers this afternoon as well.

Wife having a tough week. That's the only reason it's priced like this. She doesn't want to see it in our drive. She has enough to sort through with unknown debts and siblings.

It's on my plate this week. They said they were fine with a CarMax offer.
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Old 09-22-2021, 08:33 PM   #28
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It's true sometimes it is way les expensive and more comfortable to drive an older big sedan.
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Old 09-22-2021, 09:48 PM   #29
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I’ve got medical problems that require a comfortable ride, otherwise I’m in horrific pain after just 30 minutes of driving. In December of 2018 I test drove every vehicle that I could from all of the dealerships in the Waco area. I ended up picking up a new 2018 KIA Niro hybrid for $21.5k. It now has over 70,000 miles and still runs great! It averages about 500 miles in between 10 gallon fill ups(got 623 miles on a tank one time when I tried to get good fuel economy.

With that being said, my youngest brother just got his 2007 Hyundai Elantra totaled by a head on collision (he is ok). That car had around 230,000 miles on it!
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Old 09-22-2021, 10:10 PM   #30
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thinking outside the box here. why not get an autogyro if you're commuting that far daily? i think that's what they use in alaska and australia to get around. they're considered experimental aircraft so they don't require a pilot's license.
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Old 09-22-2021, 10:23 PM   #31
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My dad is a sales rep, and drives 1500-2000 miles a week. Heís had 4 or 5 Toyota Camryís now and has put over 400,000 miles on all of them. Think the one he has now is a 2019 and he gets around 38 mpg.

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Old 09-22-2021, 10:24 PM   #32
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Any smaller Toyota. Bulletproof
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Old 09-22-2021, 10:50 PM   #33
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Has anyone owned a Chevy spark?
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Old 09-23-2021, 02:00 AM   #34
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I drive around 100 miles a day, have a 12 Ford Fusion, average 30mpg

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Old 09-23-2021, 02:35 AM   #35
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For the record I expect to be made fun of for what I am about to say......... I was in the same boat as you about 6 years ago. I wouldnt rule out anything that gets less MPG's but is less desireable so you can get it for a cheaper price. My example is that I was looking for a good commuter car that still was considered relatively nice and had some nice features. Everything I was looking at was about 18 or 19k. As I was looking I realized that there were a ton of low mileage Lincoln Town Cars out there for less than 10k. I got mine for $8500 which was about $10k less than the other cars I was looking at. My lincoln gets well over 20 mpg on the highway but for ease of numbers lets say it just got 20 MPG. My whole point is that if you find the right situation it might make more sense to buy something that doesnt get as good of MPG's that is significantly cheaper. I can go a long way on $10k and at 20 MPG's.
I did some math on this. Today gas being 2.75 per gallon, if OP did 4 trips a week, it would take a car getting 40 mpg 3 years 10 months and 4 days to pay for itself assuming g he spent 10k more. It comes out to 50 bucks a week extra, give or take.

The same numbers except traveling 3 days per week come out to $37.13 per week and 5 years, 2 months and 6 days.
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I did some math on this. Today gas being 2.75 per gallon, if OP did 4 trips a week, it would take a car getting 40 mpg 3 years 10 months and 4 days to pay for itself assuming g he spent 10k more. It comes out to 50 bucks a week extra, give or take.

The same numbers except traveling 3 days per week come out to $37.13 per week and 5 years, 2 months and 6 days.
Add in wear and tear on the truck and depreciation due to high miles. My car pays for itself pretty quick!

Paid $10,500. 38-40mpg. 190 miles a day 14 days a month minimum. Fuel savings alone nearly pay for the car and insurance. All the while my nice truck sits till my days off. Not racking up miles and not wearing out high dollar tires.
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I drive 120 daily commute. Been doing it 9 years. On my 3rd ride. Bought a new Kia soul in 2019. It's been a great ride. I do catch some ribbing about it, but you gotta do what you gotta do! If its deer and hog country and you drive in darkness like I do, a used pickup might be a better choice and those dang truck tire blowouts will take away any potential money savings.

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Look at the Kia & Hyundai line. 100,000 mile power train warranty, 60,000 on everything else. 135,000 on my Sorrento and the only thing I've done besides normal service is a generator.
My last six new cars was a Kia and then five Hyundais (they each own shares in the other company). My third Hyundai had an electric window controller go out which they replaced for free. That is going back to 1998. One was a Sonata that I drove for 12 years.

The only other problem I have have with them is deciding when to get another one.
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Old 09-23-2021, 07:28 AM   #39
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Iíve got a 250 mile round trip work commute almost daily. Sure does make me thankful for a company provided rig after reading this.
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Old 09-23-2021, 09:34 AM   #40
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I bought a Toyota Camry specifically for this reason after always having a truck as my primary vehicle. I have been very happy so far
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My last six new cars was a Kia and then five Hyundais (they each own shares in the other company). My third Hyundai had an electric window controller go out which they replaced for free. That is going back to 1998. One was a Sonata that I drove for 12 years.

The only other problem I have have with them is deciding when to get another one.

They also share drivetrains. Itís a lot like GMC and Chevy.

I owned a 2002 Hyundai Accent that I bought brand new on September 9, 2001. I drove the wheels off of that car, raced it in auto cross events and on road course events. Traded it in with 60k miles on it and it had just developed itís first rattle. It was a good car.
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Has anyone owned a Chevy spark?


Chevy Sparks donít have the best reputation for reliability. A lot of owners complain about high oil consumption.
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