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Something to use for uber, really high city mpg, 4door sedan/hatch, 2009-2014, Private party <= 10k, manual/rwd would be a plus

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Member6570

I'm considering driving for uber and would like something that gets high city mpg. The roads in my city can be pretty rough, so rwd orsomething tough and durable would be a plus. I like to drive manual. I prefer smaller>larger vehicles as well, if a 4 seater miata existed, I would jump on it.

Priorities: Fuel economy / Reliability & durability / Price or payments

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Sedan / Hatch / Wagon

Car Needs: Daily commuter / Errands about town

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 80000
Maximum age: 5 years

Maximum price: US $ 10000

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Response from mkaresh

11:59 am October 25, 2015

High city MPG and rear-wheel drive is a tough combo.

There aren't any 2009 and newer RWD compact sedans that cost less than $10,000. The only RWD sedans that fall in that price range are all large: Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300, Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Mercury. Maybe a Hyundai Genesis. None of these are offered with a manual. And none get high city MPG, since they're large and heavy.

On AutoTrader, I see one Pontiac G8 for sale in your price range, but must wonder if it's a price mistake.

An Acura TSX might be the closest match, except it will be hard to find one for less than $15,000. An Infiniti G37 is RWD, but even more expensive than the Acura.

So something less sporty is looking more likely. Maybe a Ford Fusion with a manual transmission. Midsize, but you probably don't want to go too small because your passengers will want legroom.

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Response from mwcten

7:22 pm October 25, 2015

If you want more $ in your pocket and are driving Uber, you really want a used Prius. They've got the obvious MPG benefit (especially CITY mpg), they're big enough your passengers won't complain that you drive too small a car, and they're still reliable under $10k. If you want MT, maybe a Honda Fit, 2-liter Mazda 3, Civic or Corolla could work. I really don't think rwd conveys you any benefits.

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Response from Member6570

5:05 pm October 26, 2015

Thank you both. But I was looking into RWD because of the roads in my city. A lot of bumps, dips, and holes. Wouldn't something rwd be better geared to handle those conditions?

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Response from mkaresh

7:06 pm October 28, 2015

If you want a car engineered to handle severe abuse, get one of the now discontinued large Fords. But fuel economy won't be good.

In itself, RWD won't help a car withstand bad roads.

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