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Honda Accord vs Subaru Impreza vs Toyota Camry?

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Below are my requirements:

-A reliable car thats going to last me Years to come with cheap and infrequent trips to the mechanic.
-Car that has good space for transporting friends/big items.
-I Love the idea of having a rear camera and lane watching (but might be out of my budget),
-Looking for a comfortable seat (because we like taking long road trips),
-Something good on gas,
-Something that will get me up our hilly driveway in NYS when it is unplowed or to be able to get home in an unexpected snow storm if we are away (happy to put on snow tires).

I am open to any make and model basically that is a sedan in my pricerange with as little miles as I can get!
Thank you!

Priorities: Reliability & durability / Warranty, maintenance cost / Safety & braking

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Sedan

Car Needs: Daily commuter / Long trips

Primary Driver(s): Short driver

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 35000
Maximum age: 3 years

Maximum price: US $ 16000

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Response from Member6487

10:07 pm May 5, 2016

Personally I'd go Toyota.....the Camry is a nice car, and while not AWD, it is a nice car. I've had 2 Toyota Rav4's and maybe you could find a nice certified pre-owned for the right price. They will get you through any kind of bad weather. If you look around, you'll see Toyota's can sell with 200,000 miles on them, so that tells you they all last a very long time. If not, the Camry is a nice driver and I know reliability cannot be beat.

I'm not a Honda fan, their cars all seem smaller than their Toyota counterparts.

I had a Subaru Crosstrek, actually 2 of them. They were both brand new. The first one pulled to the right and the dealer could not fix. To overcome that, they did a modified buy back. The 2nd one didn't pull, but the engine was flaky and the car did not hold the road well at highway speeds. The Subaru cars are revered, but I was not at all impressed; from the high maintenance standards (60K tune ups are sooooo yesterday) and quirky behavior didn't impress me either. So, I'd personally stay away from a Subaru.

All just my personal opinions, but good luck in your search.


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Response from mkaresh

3:08 pm May 7, 2016

Seat comfort varies greatly from person to person. That said, I seem to hear more complaints about Honda seats than any others.

Are you set on a sedan? If not, Honda offered the Crosstour and Toyota offered the Venza, which were essentially Accord and Camry hatchbacks with optional all-wheel-drive.

I don't usually push AWD, but the hilly driveway might make it worthwhile, even with winter tires.

If you are set on a sedan, the Subaru Legacy seems your best bet. The 2005-2009 Legacy tended to get expensive once over 100,000 miles, but the 2010+ has been much more reliable, at least so far.


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Response from ReVolted

4:24 pm June 23, 2016

I have owned all three of the older models..
here is my take away..
1. The camry's with the V6's are easily cars that will run a million miles.. They will cost you more to purchase, and to run.. but they are worth the cost difference.. The older 2.4 4CYL camry's were actually more reliable than the 2.5 in the new one's.. Parts are silly cheap either way you go, so in 10 years when you need to fix something it won't break the bank.
2. Accord.. The accords are super nice until 2012, in 2013 when the new body style hit the interior fit and finish is very cheap, there are rattles, squeaks, and other issues with the new body, not to mention if you like music like me the Accord's stock radio is really weak.. and integrated into everything so you can't change it..
The Accord 4cyl is a little more refined feeling, but that is due to the timing belt vs the timing chain in the toyota, if that matters the accord will need a 900 dollar water pump and timing belt every 100K miles, the toyota won't .
3. Subaru, the subaru rides a little harsh, yet the awd is amazing in snow and bad weather, if you live in the snow belt this is the way to go.. the Subaru has a nice interior, the ride is refined, it will be reliable, but has some service things every 80-100K miles that can be a little pricey.. The rear diff needs to be serviced, which is a 700-900 dollar job, the timing belt in those cars require you to pull the engine, and can be as much as 1200 to have done, They also have misfire issues due to the H style engine in the cold weather, it is a common issue with them.. But.. they are very reliable, and if you maintain them they will last you 300K + miles..

Really anyway you go, you won't be disappointed from a reliability stand point..
The Toyota is probably the cheapest to run, buy, maintain, and insure though..


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