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Looking for durable/reliable car with at least 4 doors

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Durability and reliability are the most important factors for me in a car. I don't want anything where things are always malfunctioning, breaking, or falling apart (like on my 03 Volkswagen Jetta). The car must have at least 4 doors, seat at least 4 people, automatic or cvt transmission, and get in the low 30s on the highway. At this price, I'm obviously looking at used (but not older than 10 years and under 90k miles). Also, nothing with scarce, expensive parts. Parts must be readily available and cheap. I am not interested in any american or german brands. I would be looking at the lowest level trim with an automatic or cvt transmission. Honestly, I would love a car with no radio, hand crank windows, and as little electronic junk as possible. That way, there are fewer things that can possibly break. Here are the cars I'm considering so far:

1. Honda Civic
2. Toyota Corolla
3. Toyota Yaris
4. Toyota Echo
5. Nissan Versa
6. Mazda (unsure about which model)
7. Hyundai Accent
8. Kia Rio

What would you guys recommed? The 9 grand mark for the car is firm and I can't go higher than that. Please list the year(s) along with your recommendations. What cars on this list would be best? Anything else I should add to the list?

Priorities: Reliability & durability / Warranty, maintenance cost / Fuel economy / Price or payments / Materials & workmanship

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Sedan / Hatch

Car Needs: Daily commuter / Errands about town

Primary Driver(s): Tall driver

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 90000
Maximum age: 10 years

Maximum price: US $ 9000

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Response from mkaresh

6:59 pm January 16, 2015

For simplicity, practicality, and extreme reliability, it's hard to beat one you didn't list, the Honda Fit. The Yaris should also be very reliable, but isn't as roomy inside and doesn't drive as well. Same with Civic vs. Corolla.

Mazdas in your price range will be prone to rust. Nissans just aren't very reliable.


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