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giami

Automatic with great mpg and lower miles. Used for daily commute, and looking for longevity.

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

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 60000
Maximum age: 10 years

Maximum price: US $ 10000

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Response from LectroFuel

5:22 pm October 7, 2017

This part of the website is for car suggestions, so you won't be given an Autotrader-like listing.

The obvious choice is the Prius. They last forever and you only need to change the hybrid battery every 200k miles or so, depending on how you drive. Mine lasted until 240k miles. Very good gas mileage and cheap maintenance. Look for one that has not been kept in a garage because the ones that sit for a long time usually have damage to the battery and one that does not burn a lot of oil. That's the biggest problem with Prii. I recommend the 2010 or newer. In the 2012 refresh, gas mileage improved a lot. Around 50 MPG. They are great commuter cars.

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Toyota Prius

Response from NormT

8:07 am October 9, 2017

Over $2,000 for a battery is not chump change for some. If you are not in a warm climate for most of the year the battery will suffer performance during periods.

If driving highway I'd look at a turbocharged 1.4T in a Cruze or Encore. They'll go 300,000 miles before needing a turbo rebuild which the parts about $50.00. If you live where it is wet or snows allot the Encore can be had with AWD and still sees almost 40 mpg as we did in our Encore.

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Chevrolet Cruze Limited
Toyota Prius

Response from LectroFuel

8:35 pm October 10, 2017

The EPA ratings for the Encore are 28/26/31 mpg combined/city/hwy. 31 mpg highway. Not saying that's what everyone will see, but that's what many people use when buying a car and different roads and traffic vary. I'm suprised how bad that mileage is since it's a Trax with sound-insulation. This buyer could not afford the 2013 Encore AWD, the oldest Encore, which got 30 mpg EPA hwy, 24 mpg combined C/D testing, and a 10 second 0-60 time.

My Prius gets 57 mpg mostly hwy and it's faster, barely (I can't say that too often ;). Mileage gets better in the city. The Prius doesn't handle well in the snow, so unless you need AWD a hybrid makes sense. Batteries will be cheaper in the future as they have already lowered in price since the original hybrids. The Prius and GM I believe have 10 year/150k mile warranties on their batteries. Even GM, the only manufacturer NormT buys/leases from and talks about, believes in an all-EV future.

A 2010 Prius is rated for 50 mpg combined, which is in giami's price range. Don't go with the Honda Insight or Civic Hybrid.

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Response from NormT

7:34 am October 11, 2017

Looks like Buick Encore owners are exceeding EPA fuel economy ratings.

http://www.fuelly.com/car/buick/encore

Enote FWD can be had for under $10K with 60-80K miles and makes for a very refined riide. Something you can't find at RAV4 levels.


Where Prius taps out at low 50's, the Chevy Volt shines at close to 80+ mpg.

http://www.fuelly.com/car/chevrolet/volt

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Response from LectroFuel

8:42 pm October 12, 2017

You can't compare the mileage of a plug in to a standard hybrid. The plug ins have much larger batteries capable of running in EV only for over a mile, unlike a standard hybrid. Prius Prime has 77.5 mpg on Fuelly while the Volt gets 86.8 mpg. The Volt has a battery giving you close to twice the range of the Prime and only gives 9 mpg more. It shows the inefficiency of the gas engine in the Volt. Also, the Volt's gas engine has had problems in its first year as well as loss of power steering.

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Response from NormT

12:05 pm October 13, 2017

Looks aside, the Volt is the winner vs the Prius Prime for the first 100 miles. The bigger battery provides much better acceleration and is 2-5 seconds faster than the slower Prius with much better handling and braking.

http://www.hybridcars.com/what-make-more-sense-chevrolet-volt-or-toyota-prius-prime/

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