BUYING A CAR IN 2015

BUYING A CAR IN 2017

(WITHOUT HAVING HEADACHES IN 2018)


SPECIFIC VEHICLE RECOMMENDATIONS - Midsize All Purpose Cars:

This group is great for families, business, travel, just about everything. Camry, Accord, Altima, and Mazda6 have excellent 4 cyl engines that are as smooth and powerful as 1990s American 6 cyl engines. All carry four passengers comfortably. All below are front wheel drive and most require regular gas.

Toyota Camry - Extraordinarily smooth, 178 hp 4 cyl engine makes the excellent 6 cyl engine a nice, but unnecessary, luxury option. Great gas mileage, quiet, easy to live with, nice to look at. Comfortable back seat space. Extreme reliability. Great resale value. Suspension is less sport oriented than Accord, Altima, and Mazda6. Cavernous trunk. 4 cyl electric hybrid is available.

RATINGS:
Acceleration:
Braking:
Fuel Cost:
Seating:
Reliability:
Trunk space:
Towing:
Hauling:
Collision avoidance:
3 - Adequate for most situations
3 - Takes 120 to 125 ft to stop.  Good for non sports car.
4 - 25 to 29 mpg on regular or 28 to 32 on premium fuel
4 - Comfortable for 4 on trips
5 - Best there is.  More reliable used than many new cars
3 - Good trunk space
1 - Don't do it
1 - Not for hauling
4 - Performs well in emergency maneuvers


Honda Accord Sedan - Same excellent attributes and quality as the Camry, with tighter suspension and more precise steering (more fun to drive), but harder, more sport oriented seats. Best resale value. Excellent 4 cyl and V6. Like the Camry, the excellent 4 cyl engine is the best choice for most applications.

RATINGS:
Acceleration:
Braking:
Fuel Cost:
Seating:
Reliability:
Trunk space:
Towing:
Hauling:
Collision avoidance:
3 - Adequate for most situations
3 - Takes 120 to 125 ft to stop.  Good for non sports car.
4 - 25 to 29 mpg on regular or 28 to 32 on premium fuel
4 - Comfortable for 4 on trips
5 - Best there is.  More reliable used than many new cars
3 - Good trunk space
1 - Don't do it
1 - Not for hauling
4 - Performs well in emergency maneuvers


Mazda Mazda6 - Much better and larger car than previous versions. Good reliability, and sharp styling. More sporty handling. Resale value is lower than competitors due to the predecessor's blandness and smaller size than competitors. 4 cyl is recommended because the V6 is a Ford engine.

RATINGS:
Acceleration:
Braking:
Fuel Cost:
Seating:
Reliability:
Trunk space:
Towing:
Hauling:
Collision avoidance:
3 - Adequate for most situations
3 - Takes 120 to 125 ft to stop.  Good for non sports car.
4 - 25 to 29 mpg on regular or 28 to 32 on premium fuel
4 - Comfortable for 4 on trips
4 - Very good vehicle
3 - Good trunk space
1 - Don't do it
1 - Not for hauling
4 - Performs well in emergency maneuvers


Nissan Altima - Same attributes as the Camry and Accord. 4 cyl engine is not quite as smooth, but gets best gas mileage in this class (38 highway mpg). 6 cyl SE is fast. Competent suspension and brakes. Very good resale value. Regular gas.

RATINGS:
Acceleration:
Braking:
Fuel Cost:
Seating:
Reliability:
Trunk space:
Towing:
Hauling:
Collision avoidance:
3 - Adequate for most situations
3 - Takes 120 to 125 ft to stop.  Good for non sports car.
4 - 25 to 29 mpg on regular or 28 to 32 on premium fuel
4 - Comfortable for 4 on trips
4 - Very good vehicle
3 - Good trunk space
1 - Don't do it
1 - Not for hauling
4 - Performs well in emergency maneuvers


Honda Accord Coupe - Two door version of the Accord. More sport oriented. Geared more towards single young people since back seat room is limited. Options include 278 hp V6 and 6 speed manual transmission. Still great for an all purpose car, especially in 4 cyl form.

RATINGS:
Acceleration:
Braking:
Fuel Cost:
Seating:
Reliability:
Trunk space:
Towing:
Hauling:
Collision avoidance:
3 - Adequate for most situations
3 - Takes 120 to 125 ft to stop.  Good for non sports car.
4 - 25 to 29 mpg on regular or 28 to 32 on premium fuel
2 - Seats for 2 adults plus 2 kids who don't fight
5 - Best there is.  More reliable used than many new cars
3 - Good trunk space
1 - Don't do it
1 - Not for hauling
4 - Performs well in emergency maneuvers


Subaru Legacy - Excellent reliability and handling, but now much larger like Camry and Accord. Only comes in 4 wheel drive, so gas mileage is lower and price is higher than competitors. Very popular in snow areas. Flat (horizontally opposed) 4 cyl and flat 6 cyl available. 4 cyl is best.

RATINGS:
Acceleration:
Braking:
Fuel Cost:
Seating:
Reliability:
Trunk space:
Towing:
Hauling:
Collision avoidance:
3 - Adequate for most situations
3 - Takes 120 to 125 ft to stop.  Good for non sports car.
4 - 25 to 29 mpg on regular or 28 to 32 on premium fuel
4 - Comfortable for 4 on trips
4 - Very good vehicle
3 - Good trunk space
1 - Don't do it
1 - Not for hauling
4 - Performs well in emergency maneuvers


Ford Fusion - All new and larger than before. Quality and reliability are better than previous small Fords, but not as good as Japanese competitors. Regular gas. Lower resale value than the best cars in this category. 4 cyl engine or gas/electric hybrid with front wheel drive.

RATINGS:
Acceleration:
Braking:
Fuel Cost:
Seating:
Reliability:
Trunk space:
Towing:
Hauling:
Collision avoidance:
3 - Adequate for most situations
2 - Takes 125 to 130 ft to stop.  Average for today's cars.
4 - 25 to 29 mpg on regular or 28 to 32 on premium fuel
4 - Comfortable for 4 on trips
3 - Decent reliability for long term ownership
3 - Good trunk space
2 - Can tow a small trailer (4X7/motorcycle/jet ski)
1 - Not for hauling
3 - Has a decent chance of avoidance