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Fuel-efficient with some size, potential Uber driver.

The Right Car for Me | TrueDelta


-Fuel Efficient
-Small but spacious

An idea of what I've been looking at are the Mazda3 Hatchback, Honda Fit, Ford Fusion Hybrid (not a hatchback), Prius. Somewhat sporty, but power is a low priority. I love the Subaru Impreza Hatchback, but I think it's just a little too much out of my range. Great car, but I'm paying extra for a more powerful car than I need.
I'm not getting it for the purpose of being an Uber driver but it will be a second job for me so a somewhat spacious backseat is important.Hatchback is pretty important because I do a lot of outdoor activities (skiing, mountain biking, surfing) and presumably I'll have a sunroof so a roof rack may not be possible.

Priorities: Fuel economy / Cargo capacity / Safety & braking

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Coupe

Car Needs: Daily commuter / Errands about town

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 100000
Maximum age: 6 years

Maximum price: US $ 12000

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Response from mkaresh

6:18 pm March 21, 2016

It sounds like you're on the right track. (Except an Impreza isn't very powerful. Could you be thinking of the WRX?)

The main downside of the Mazda3 is that its back seat is somewhat tight for the class.

So is the back seat in the Ford Focus, but otherwise I'd recommend one IF you'd be buying a manual. The dual-clutch automatic has been troublesome.

Two that aren't quite as fun to drive as the Mazda and Ford, and that aren't quite as fuel efficient as the SKYACTIV Mazka, but that are roomier, are the Hyundai Elantra GT (based on a European-market model, not the Elantra sedan) and Kia Forte5. Both are worth a look, especially if you can find one at an attractive price.

Then there's the Ford C-MAX, which could be the best fit of all for your needs. Same powertrain as the Ford Fusion Hybrid, but a hatchback.I liked driving it more than the Fusion, and far more than the Prius. Really good handling for a tall hatchback. My suburban mpg was in the high 30s. The 2013 required repairs for common glitches initially, but recently have a repair frequency just a little worse than average, but the 2014s have been very good so far. They're pretty cheap used. 2013s are pretty easy to find with under 45,000 miles and under $12k. A 2014 might require $14k, but could be worth the difference if you can afford it.

In general compact car prices are low right now, probably owing to cheap gas.

You'll find links to detailed reviews beneath the photos.


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Response from NormT

11:57 pm July 22, 2017

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