Hello all, I've been driving a 2003 Green Nissan Altima for the past 10 years---but recently at 124,000 miles the repair costs have begun crossing the comfort line.
Things I love about the Altima: comfortable ride, great visibility, great trunk space, leather seats, green exterior--I realize this is a bit silly, but it's always easy to find in the parking lot without being garish red, plus it's my favorite color.
How I drive the car: I currently walk to work, but often take 100-200mile trips on weekends and do a lot of short 3-5 mile errand running (hence the fairly low mileage on the Nissan). New England driver, so some snow/elevation changes, but no off-roading or anything.
What I am looking for: I'd like something with a bit sportier of a design--if possible --without compromising reliability. Good "true value over time," is important to me so I'd be interested in both new and new-ish used cars and hope for something with better fuel mileage than the old Altima. Bonus if it comes in green, but I wouldn't choose a car over this. The car that keeps coming up in my searches is a Honda Civic, which is fine and an obvious contender, but I'd like to consider some others, newer Nissan's seem to get low grades for cheap internals and the Subaru's I've checked out so far aren't very comfortable/seem to not do as well in the depreciation/reliability categories.
I greatly appreciate any help you can provide!
Priorities: Driving position & visibility / Fuel economy / Reliability & durability
Preferred Bodystyle(s): Sedan / Hatch / Wagon
Car Needs: Errands about town / Long trips
Need minimum of 4 seats
Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 25000
Maximum age: 2 years
Maximum price: US $ 20000
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