BUYING A CAR IN 2015

BUYING A CAR IN 2017

(WITHOUT HAVING HEADACHES IN 2018)


SPECIFIC VEHICLE RECOMMENDATIONS - Small - Midsize Pickup Trucks:

The quintessential utility vehicle. If you do not have a lot of money, many of the vehicles in this class can provide good transportation and ability to work for less money. Bottom of the line vehicles do not have many luxuries, but if you wanted luxury, you would not be here, right? Regular gas except for very high performance versions. 4 wheel drive versions of all are great for snow covered states.

Toyota Tacoma - Based on the 4Runner. Gas mileage usually comes out to the early 20s all around. There is a true 4 door version. Excellent and very reliable vehicle. Hauls 1400 lb or tows 6500 lb. V6 and rear or 4 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.
3 - 20 to 24 mpg on regular or 22 to 26 on premium fuel
3 - Seats 4, okay for around town, a little crowded for trips
5 - Best there is.  More reliable used than many new cars
5 - Cavernous
3 - Can tow up to 3500 lb - outboard boat or 5X8 Uhaul
4 - Has space and weight capacity for heavier items
3 - Has a decent chance of avoidance


Nissan Frontier - Very close to Toyota Tacoma attributes and specifications, and near the same reliability. Back seat in 4 door version is noticeably tighter. V6 and rear or 4 wheel drive. Hauls 1500 lb or tows 6000 lb.

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.
3 - 20 to 24 mpg on regular or 22 to 26 on premium fuel
3 - Seats 4, okay for around town, a little crowded for trips
5 - Best there is.  More reliable used than many new cars
5 - Cavernous
5 - Can tow over 5000 lb - horse/travel/big boat trailers
4 - Has space and weight capacity for heavier items
3 - Has a decent chance of avoidance