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Have had current car for 10 years and 125,000 miles, looking for a car that would be used for commute to work, trips around town.

Current commute is about 20 miles each way in traffic.

Have really started to look into hybrids (Honda Accord, Hyandai Sonata, Ford Focus), ideally a budget around 27,000-32,000.

Priorities: Fuel economy / Powertrain performance / Warranty, maintenance cost / Reliability & durability / Price or payments

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Sedan

Car Needs: Daily commuter / Errands about town

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider new cars only

Maximum price: US $ 32000

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Response from mkaresh

3:20 pm January 30, 2015

The Honda Accord Hybrid is excellent, but expensive. The mid-level EX-L might squeeze under your limit.

The Ford Fusion Hybrid has a nicer interior than the Accord, but isn't as quick or as efficient, and might not be as reliable. It should be less expensive, though. I've compared the two here.

Hyundai is making big improvements to the Sonata Hybrid for 2016. This car will be available in early summer. I believe incentives are already high on remaining 2015s, so the price could be attractive.

Toyota has updated the Camry Hybrid for 2015. I'm not crazy about this car's styling or handling, but it should be reliable.


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Honda Accord
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Response from mwcten

6:07 pm January 30, 2015

Why not a Prius? Sure, their styling is "distinctive" and everyone has one, but that's because its a well engineered car with the best drag coefficient, mpg, and reliability of the bunch.


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Response from mkaresh

9:23 pm January 30, 2015

I would have suggested a Prius, but they specified a sedan and seemed interested in something midsize. The Accord's fuel economy isn't far off that of the Prius, despite being much larger and quicker.


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Response from Member6310

10:30 am February 4, 2015

Thank you for the quick responses. I'm going to test drive the Accord and Sonata this weekend to see how I like them. The 2016 Sonata looks really nice so I may try and hold out for that.


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