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I had a Buick Century that got totaled. Was a very comfortable, inexpensive car. But manufacturing ended in 2005. How about an Elantra?

Priorities: Fuel economy / Safety & braking / Reliability & durability

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Sedan / Hatch

Car Needs: Errands about town

Primary Driver(s): Senior driver

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 55000
Maximum age: 8 years

Maximum price: US $ 80000

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Response from mkaresh

2:43 pm November 26, 2015

I suspect you meant a maximum price of $8,000, not $80,000.

I don't know if you'll find the Elantra especially comfortable. It's probably not as smooth or as quiet as you're used to. Most likely you'll feel more comfortable in a car closer in size to your Century. Among mid-size sedans, the Ford Fusion and related Mercury Milan probably offer the best combination of reliability and value. Or maybe even the Lincoln MKZ.

Maybe a Hyundai Sonata or Kia Optima, but I'm a little leery of the pre-2011 cars' long-term reliability.


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Response from Member885

3:50 pm December 18, 2015

There are a lot of older Buicks out there, I would consider getting another one. Very attainable and many choices in your price range. Models with the 3.8L v6 are best. Regal, LeSabre, Park Avenue.

A Ford Taurus (approximately 2004-2009) could work as well. Smooth cars.

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Response from mkaresh

6:16 pm December 18, 2015

The 2000-2007 Taurus is a totally different car than the 2008-2009. We own the wagon version of the latter. Safe, but not terribly reliable, and to get one under $8k could involve a lot of miles.

The 2000-2007 is an outmoded design. Not a bad car, but far from current in many ways, including safety.

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Response from Member885

1:37 pm January 14, 2016

@Mkaresh

Right, the 2000-2007 Taurus is the older one. I was thinking more in line with a direct comparison to the member's Buick Century. Tauruses in general seem to depreciate quickly and I'd think some 08s and 09s (the newer one) would fit their budget as well.

Fusion/Milan/MKZ are safe bets.

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