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Inexpensive highway commuting cruiser

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I'm currently considering the Civic, Corolla, and Elantra.

Priorities: Fuel economy / Reliability & durability / Powertrain performance / Quietness / Audio & nav systems

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Sedan / Hatch

Car Needs: Daily commuter

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 140000
Maximum age: 5 years

Maximum price: C $ 11000

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Response from mwcten

11:22 am August 9, 2015

Those are all good choices. If you're driving a lot of miles, a Prius starts to become more economical than the three of them. They're all sedans; if you want the versatility of a hatch/wagon there is also the Honda Fit and Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe. A Toyota Yaris would eke out almost Prius-like MPG at a cheaper price (especially with a manual) but at the expense of interior space and creature comforts.


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Response from mkaresh

6:15 pm August 9, 2015

The Honda and Toyota both have strong reliability records. The Elantra has been good from 2012 on. The 2011s, the first year of the current design, are iffy. Engine performance is nothing special in any of these.

The 2008-2011 Ford Focus can be a very good value play. Reliability has been good, yet they tend to be cheap. I prefer how the Focus rides and handles to those listed. Plus above average seat comfort. Even most of the 2008s should have an audio system with Bluetooth, if this is a consideration. Look for SYNC for this feature along with voice audio commands.


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