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I have used this great forum before to help my brother find his next car. Now I need help. I am looking for a car which will help me commute and take my family for short trips during theweekend. I am looking for a car which can follow the car ahead in slow traffic. One which can come to a stop in slow traffic. Lane-keep assist is a plus. In my budget of 30k with reasonable fuel economy, I came acrossCivic, Jetta, Forester. Because of space constraints, I need to restrict to 185 inches in length and 6 feet in width. Wanted to avoid leather. Synthetic leather is fine. Need to buy in November as my lease is expiring. Prius Prime also meets my needs but may not be available.

Priorities: Safety & braking / Fuel economy / Ride smoothness

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Sedan / SUV

Car Needs: Daily commuter

Primary Driver(s): Short driver

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider new cars only

Maximum price: US $ 30000

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Response from mkaresh

12:56 am October 14, 2016

For what you're looking for, a Civic EX-T is very hard to beat. It has the most complete safety tech package among cars with prices in the 20s. For 2017 it's offered as a hatchback as well as a sedan. I believe the hatchback is made in the UK, though, so its reliability could differ from that of the sedan.

I don't think Jetta's or the Forester's adaptive cruise control remains operational in stop-and-go traffic. So those are out.


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Honda Civic

Response from tirthankar_b

11:51 pm October 14, 2016

Thanks Michael. I too like the Civic, the most. I did not know VW and Subaru cruise is not for stop and go traffic.

These youtube videos suggest otherwise.


Toyota added full speed range adaptive cruise control as well to all the 2017 corollas. Even the base L model! I will test drive it shortly. But the engine might be underpowered for my taste.

ot sure wy civic does not have driver side blind spot monitoring.


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Toyota Corolla

Response from mkaresh

10:49 am October 15, 2016

Thanks for the information. I'll check into this more thoroughly. As I understand it, one tip-off is that a car needs an electronic parking brake to have full-speed-range adaptive cruise. The Legacy does have one, so I think you might be correct with regard to it. But the updated Corolla does not.

My source for VW:


It states:

"On manual transmission Golf and all Jetta models, the ACC ceases to operate below 19 mph."

The video you linked to is for a Golf with the automatic transmission.


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Response from mkaresh

2:44 pm October 15, 2016

After some research, the Legacy, Outback, and (probably) WRX Limited have stop-and-go functionality, while other Subarus including the Forester do not. Look for an electric parking brake (the switch is usually on the center console).


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Response from NormT

10:44 am July 18, 2017

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