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I'm a teen looking for a first car, and I'd like to find something that's:
- Reliable
- Not too expensive for insurance
- Good in the winter (I live in Canada, so I get quite a bit of snow)
- Fun to drive
- Preferably a sedan
- Preferably an automatic
- Around $7500 CAD

So far I've looked at cars like: Infiniti G35x, Subaru Legacy, Mazda6, and Nissan Altima 3.5

Any pros/cons to any of these cars, or suggestions for any other cars I should consider?

Priorities: Reliability & durability / Insurance cost / Exterior styling

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 180000
Maximum age: 14 years

Maximum price: C $ 7500

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Response from 83gmc1500

12:47 pm October 18, 2016

Consumers Reports likes:
Acura TL (2006), Acura TSX (2006), Hyundai Sonata (2007-09), Mazda6 (2009)

Subaru fan here, my bias would Impreza, great in snow. 2006 or older might be in that price range.


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Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport

Response from mkaresh

6:18 pm November 2, 2016

The older cars get, the less reliable they get.

For safe handling and braking in the winter, I'd set aside $800 or so for a second set of wheels (steel is fine) with good winter tires.

My personal preference is for compacts. They might not be as powerful as a midsize with a V6, but they're much more agile and fun in typical daily driving.

For reliability, newer is always better. One value buy I often recommend is the 2008-2011 Ford Focus in SES (sport) trim. In this trim (denoted by dark multi-spoke alloy wheels) the suspension tuning is European. Not the most stylish cars, but they don't look bad in blue.

The Acura TSX recommended above is a very nice car, but you might have to get an old one with many miles to stay within your price limit. Same with a Subaru Impreza. Subarus tend to be reliable early on, but can get expensive to maintain once over 160,000 km.


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