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My preference would be for a car that gets close to 50 mpg real world mileage and big enough to carry 5 adults. A hatchback is preferable but not essential.

Priorities: Exterior styling / Interior styling / Fuel economy / Materials & workmanship / Reliability & durability

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Hatch

Car Needs: Errands about town

Primary Driver(s): Senior driver

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 15000
Maximum age: 1 years

Maximum price: C $ 18000

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Response from Cynder

6:25 pm March 30, 2014

Seats 5 adults and gets 50mpg for C$18,000 in a hatch. I don't believe there is anything on the market in that range. Four adults with MPG: I'd direct you to a Nissan Versa Note or Honda Fit. The Honda CR-V is comfortable, stylish and reasonably affordable when found as a pre-owned vehicle.

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Response from mkaresh

6:25 pm March 30, 2014

Hmmm...a nearly new car for C $18,000 doesn't allow for many possibilities. Are those nearly 50 mpg U.S. or Imperial? To get nearly 50 mpg U.S., the car would have to be either a hybrid or a diesel. If you are willing to consider 2012s, a Passat TDI or Jetta Sportwagen TDI (tailgate but smaller back seat) might cost as low as your limit. Among 2013s, the Ford C-Max likely comes closest. Some in the U.S. are selling for as low as US $18,000. Is it possible to match this in Canada? Reliability scores for these haven't been great, but the problems with them tend to be minor, most notably a tailgate latch that often needs adjustment. Real-world mpg tends to be in the low 40s.

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Response from sadgrove

8:56 am March 31, 2014

Thanks for the input. I realize now that I should have provided more info.

I currently drive a 2007 Dodge Caliber SXT, 1.8, standard transmission which has been a great car and consistently get 35 MPG Imperial. It has lots of room with the hatchback and I can actually carry a bunch of 8' 2x4 or some horse feed, with ease.

As a senior on a fixed income the price of gas is a concern, which is why I was looking for closer to 50 MPG Imperial. I put about 10,000 Km a year on my cars.

I can afford about $18,000 but realize that I have to pay about $2,340 tax on top of that in Canada.

If I go used the price in total do not seem to be much different than the price of a new car. Perhaps because of dealer incentives.



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Response from sadgrove

8:59 am May 8, 2014

OK folks, had to make some compromises. I decided to buy a new Dodge Journey which addresses the hatchback, seats for 5 adults and comes in at $17,500 CAN or about $15,750 US. While it does not meet my 50 IMP mpg or 42 US mpg objective I elected for the 2.4 four cyl engine and since 85% of my driving is Hwy and I'm a senior (my lead foot fell off years ago) I should get about 35 IMP mpg or 29 US mpg. The other factor I considered was that I only put about 10, 000 km or 6,200 miles, a year on my vehicle, mileage seemed the most logical item on which to compromise. The price of gas in Canada is currently $1.40 Litre or in IMP gallons about $6.44, so the 15 mpg I'm loosing will cost me an extra $341 CAN each year. I still have hopes of improved mileage in the future but for now I need to be realistic. The input was appreciated. Thanks





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Response from sadgrove

9:46 am May 8, 2014

OK folks, had to make some compromises. I decided to buy a new Dodge Journey which addresses the hatchback, seats for 5 adults and comes in at $17,500 CAN or about $15,750 US. While it does not meet my 50 IMP mpg or 42 US mpg objective I elected for the 2.4 four cyl engine and since 85% of my driving is Hwy and I'm a senior (my lead foot fell off years ago) I should get about 35 IMP mpg or 29 US mpg. The other factor I considered was that I only put about 10, 000 km or 6,200 miles, a year on my vehicle, mileage seemed the most logical item on which to compromise. The price of gas in Canada is currently $1.40 Litre or in IMP gallons about $6.44, so the 15 mpg I'm loosing will cost me an extra $341 CAN each year. I still have hopes of improved mileage in the future but for now I need to be realistic. The input was appreciated. Thanks





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