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cabo5150

Looking for fuel efficient commuter. Drive 70-80 miles round trip mix of back roads and highway.
Live in northeast pa commute into NJ feel awd is a must. Time in car can be 1.5 plus depending on traffic so comfort (leather and heated seats) and good infotainment necessary. Would like to stay non Japanese.

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Sedan / Hatch / Wagon / SUV

Car Needs: Daily commuter / Family transporter / Errands about town / Long trips

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider new cars only

Maximum price: US $ 40000

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Response from mkaresh

9:06 pm March 31, 2014

I'd recommend the new Audi A3, but didn't find its seats very comfortable. You might like them better.

A Volvo S60 or V60 would check off most boxes, especially the seats, but they aren't fuel efficient with AWD (different, older engines than with FWD).

A BMW 328d or Mercedes-Benz GLK250 with heated leather lists for well over $40,000.

Your best bet could be a Ford Fusion. Fuel economy is just okay, and long-term reliability remains to be seen. But it has German dynamics, comfortable seats, AWD, and a sticker well under $40k.

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Response from cabo5150

2:38 pm April 1, 2014

Thanks, A3 was on the short list. BMW is always a favorite but by the time I spec it out, I can buy a house. Having driven a Saab for many years and then having parts availability issues is making me shy away from Volvo, although I do like them. Ford definitely looks good, reliabilty is TBD I'll need to drive a few of these

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Response from ahm1127

10:16 am April 2, 2014

I travel from PA to NY daily with my 11' Fiesta w/5sp & really enjoy it. I get close to 40 mpg & have 80k miles on it so far. Car has some issues but all resolved & minor. I have the SE without the SYNC but I can plug my phone into radio, it has cloth interior but heated seats (work great).

I put winter tires on & installed switch for the Stupid Traction Control/ABS so I am able to turn it off on the side roads. The cars handles great in the snow & never missed a day of work or had hard time getting home.

The Focus is simular but a little bigger, I am thinking of upgrading to Focus.

Nothing better than driving when looking for a car, Ford has been having a show all over US where you can drive thier cars to get a feel & ask questions without the Salesman annoying you

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Ford Focus
Subaru XV Crosstrek
Volvo S60

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11:50 am April 2, 2014

Response from cabo5150

7:33 am May 8, 2014

Finally got some time without the kids to do a test drive. Drove a V60 T5 wagon. Very comfortable Very minimilist but still safety feature rich Love the acceleration and handling Definitly have some thinking to do.

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