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I'm thinking of replacing my '14 Impreza wagon, which is turning out, at 74K miles, to be quite an expensive used car. I'll be doing a lot of highway driving, so a quiet, reliable car that gets good mileage is a must. I no longer need AWD, and would like to buy something that's interesting to drive. My preference is manual transmission but I may have to give that up buying something used.

Priorities: Quietness / Fuel economy / Reliability & durability

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 50000
Maximum age: 6 years

Maximum price: US $ 100000

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Response from LectroFuel

1:14 am December 2, 2019

If your budget is $10k then I don't think there is much out there that matches your description. If the car is mostly highway driving does it need to be fun to drive or quiet? Those are usually two ends of the spectrum. I would say quietness is more important so I would just get a Prius and it would fit all of your needs except for the fun to drive part. It is decently quiet, specifically compared to an older Civic or Mazda3 which I recommend also.

If your budget is $100k like you stated then I think a Lexus, Genesis, or Tesla would be the best bet because of reliability. Lexus ES (comes in a hybrid also) is too close in comfort to an LS now to justify the LS' huge price increase. A Genesis G90 is super comfortable and quiet and there are many reasons to go with the Tesla although they are not the most luxurious.


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Response from ejulien6

3:39 pm December 13, 2019

All.of these can be found for 10k or less, are fun to drive, reliable, have low maintenance costs and are available with manual transmissions. As far as cabin quietness, there's nothing a little dynamatt can't fix.

Mazda 3 hatchback.
Lancer Sportback or sedan in GTS trim with manual.
Honda CRZ.
Acura TSX sedan or wagon.
Hyundai Veloster
Fiesta ST


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Mazda Mazda3
Mitsubishi Lancer
Honda CR-Z

Response from NormT

8:43 am July 6, 2020

The Buick Encore handles great for a small SUV and is easy to park. It is one of the quietest in the segment and segments below it and should yield almost 40 mpg at 60 mph.


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Buick Enclave
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