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mikearthur3

Looking to by my first car will in grad school in the northeast. Want something reliable, safe, thathas the ability to handle hills and snowy conditions in the winter. I also hate parking so something compact and easy to parrelel park would be an added bonus.

Priorities: Reliability & durability / Warranty, maintenance cost / Price or payments

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Sedan / Hatch

Car Needs: Daily commuter / Errands about town / Long trips

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 50000
Maximum age: 5 years

Maximum price: US $ 16000

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Response from colin42

12:51 pm August 25, 2016

You didn't explicity say you wanted 4wd but for this purpose I'll assume you do. That being said I'd alway reconmend winter tires - $WD may help get you going but it doesn't help you stop.

There aren't any subcompact cars with 4wd in the US. In the compact space a Subaru Impreza would be a good option. The XV crosstrek is simular but tends to sell for a little more money.

The latest batch of compact CUV like the 500x, HRV, CX-3 are above you price range but there optinos in this size with models that have been out a while longer and from brands that many would disregard

Mitusbhi Outlander Sport in in your price range. A 2013 CPO, LS 4wd is in your price range and has the balance of the 10 year powertrain warranty

Suzuki SX4 might be a perfect fit - 2013 was the last model and these can be had for under $10,000 for a well spec'd model.Reliability looks good for the older models
Nissan Juke is another option but personally the styling of it is not to my tastes.

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Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Suzuki SX4

Response from mkaresh

1:37 am August 29, 2016

I like the above recommendations, except for the Outlander Sport. It's reliable with a great warranty, but otherwise underwhelming.

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Response from NormT

12:44 pm July 19, 2017

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