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must be able to do stop and going delivering papers

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needing a vehicle for long trips and delivering so needs to stop and go alot. also seats must set-up and be comfortable. good gas mileage also. 2001 honda cvr, 2006 ford escape

Priorities: Reliability & durability / Powertrain performance / Fuel economy / Handling / Safety & braking

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Hatch / Wagon / Minivan / SUV

Car Needs: Daily commuter / Family transporter / Errands about town / Long trips / Towing or hauling

Primary Driver(s): Senior driver / Short driver / Tall driver

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 112000

Maximum price: US $ 5600

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Response from mkaresh

5:22 am June 17, 2014

Is all-wheel-drive also a requirement?

Are the long trips at highway speed?

You'll get middling fuel economy out of the CR-V and Escape. Reliability has been very good with the Honda, but questionable with the 2006 Ford (2007-2012 have been better).

Vehicles some courier services in the survey have driven for many miles include the Honda Fit, Pontiac Vibe, and Toyota Matrix (the last two are the same except for styling). All three would have plenty of space for the papers.

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Response from mwcten

7:35 pm June 23, 2014

I would second Michael's recommendations (I drive a Fit myself) but you may also want to consider an older Prius. If you're putting a lot of miles on your car, and especially city miles, they're really the lowest cost of ownership vehicle you can drive. Note that 04 and newer have very reliable batteries, however the 03 and older models may be more likely to need a battery and they get slightly worse milage. They're cheaper and still very good cars though. I prefer the interior configurability of the Fit, and the Vibe/Matrix will be similar, but if you check out a Prius, it may also work for your needs.

For another option, if you need MORE space than a Prius/Fit/Vibe/Matrix, a used Mazda 5 may also be a good option; when you take out the back seats it has a LOT of room for their size, they're fairly reliable, and get OK milage.

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Response from mkaresh

8:21 am June 29, 2014

After posting my earlier response, it also crossed my mind that, if driven with some care for fuel economy, a Prius would be especially good for fuel economy and brake pad life in stop-and-go driving. As noted above, for reliability get a 2004 or newer Prius.

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