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I commute about 110 miles each day so I need a car that will take on a lot of miles over the next 7 or so years and will be reliable and durable enough to not cost much in maitenance fees over the long term. Would like the car to be a 2010 or higher with no more than 70,000 miles.

Current considerations are:
2013 Mazda 3 sport edition with Skyactiv (basically means high mpg, 28/40) with 62,000 miles for $10,500
2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS with 77,000 miles for $11,388 - Really like this car but Sonata's don't seem to have a good longevity and have many mechanical problems that are expensive to deal with.
Also looked into a Toyota Corolla, Camry, and a Chevrolet Cruze.

Not exactly sure what would be my best fit. Lastly, here are some features I would really like to have in the car if possible.

Cruise Control
Keyless entry
Automatic start
Automatic transmission

I would like to have somewhat of a sleek/stylish car such as the Sonata or Mazda 3.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.



Priorities: Fuel economy / Safety & braking / Reliability & durability / Price or payments / Ride smoothness

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Sedan

Car Needs: Daily commuter

Primary Driver(s): Short driver / Tall driver

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 70000
Maximum age: 5 years

Maximum price: US $ 12000

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Response from ezgobob

3:00 pm July 23, 2015

if I drove 100 Miles's per day I would have a Diesel,will get 40 miles per gallon on the highway and the engine will last at least 300,000 miles.
A Volkswagen Passat desel would be my choice.I'm not sure a Passat would be in your budget.


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Volkswagen Passat

Response from Member6510

10:23 pm July 23, 2015

Thanks for the response, but I think you are right, I don't want to spend that much on a car.That Mazda 3 I was looking at has a new type of engine that will also get 40 mpg on the highway, just not sure about the 300,000 miles.


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Response from mkaresh

10:25 am August 1, 2015

If by "automatic start" you mean remote start, this can be added to just about any car with an automatic transmission.

It remains too soon to tell how well the Mazda3 will hold up with a lot of miles. One Canadian member has been piling the miles (well, km) onto a pair of 2010s--one is up to 160k miles--and those have required hardly any repairs so far. But two cars is a very iffy sample size.

The most popular cars among people who drive a lot are the Toyota Prius and the VW diesels. The latter aren't the most reliable cars, though. Midsize and smaller Toyotas and Hondas tend to be best for long-term reliability, but the 2010 and up Mazda3 is probably also a good bet, and more fun to drive.


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Mazda Mazda3

Response from Member6510

12:45 pm August 8, 2015

Thanks for your input mkaresh. I have decided to get that 2013 Mazda 3. I really can't beat the gas mileage for that price on such a new looking car. It's in excellent condition and just around my budget! I am hoping to get well over 200,000 miles on it and get another when this one craps out on me. Thanks again!


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12:46 pm August 8, 2015

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