Car recommendations for Seattle

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Oct 12, 2018 32 Comments

Hi folks,

I've just accepted an offer at a company in downtown Seattle and will be relocating in a few weeks. My 1999 hand-me-downwn died last weekend and I'm really struggling to find a suitable replacement. Any help choosing a car would be greatly appreciated.

Here's my deal- I drive alot and like to go on long trips. I don't enjoy driving (old car didn't have cruise control), hate paying for gas(old car got 25 MPG) but I enjoy hiking and exploring new places on the weekends. If it's an extended weekend, my ass is on the road headed to the mountains. I've driven 12+ hours in a day(Portland to Banff) and have no qualms driving 5+ hours to a trail or park. To put it in perspective I've put 36k miles on my car these last two years with a 10 mile work commute.

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Dependents: Eddie, my 3 year old golden doodle

Things I'm looking for: Cruise control/Autopilot, fuel efficiency, ease of parking in a city, and overall funness.

Edit:

Cars I'm considering-Tesla Model 3 RWD (I'd take over the remainder of my uncle's loan at 649/mo 4k on the odo), Subaru Crosstrek, Toyota RAV4

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  • Intel / Eng YDGM30
    Get a Subaru cross trek or an outback. They have adaptive cruise control and all wheel drive which will serve you well in the Pacific Northwest rain and especially if you go often to the mountains.
    Oct 12, 2018 7
    • New / Product
      dangnabbit

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      dangnabbitmore
      +1 for the Crosstrek.
      Oct 12, 2018
    • Vertafore / Design
      Boo

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      Is AWD that much better than snow tires?
      Oct 12, 2018
    • Groupon vrMN64
      I think you need both but AWD really helps
      Oct 12, 2018
    • Vertafore / Design
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      Thanks!
      Oct 12, 2018
    • New / Product
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      If you had to choose, snow tires do much more for you than AWD as far as traction and stopping. AWD is great for getting unstuck, but not a necessity IMO. I’m up in the passes a ton every winter with a snow tires on a FWD (Mini Cooper) and zoom by struggling SUVs all the time.
      Oct 12, 2018
    • Salesforce / Eng -f
      AWD helps with Seattle hills in the rain.
      Anyways, I second the suggestion for Subarus.
      Look at the Forester and legacy as well, whatever fits the bill and your style.
      Oct 12, 2018
    • Cisco Djauqbs
      Yeah Subarus. Definitely get new tires if you plan to drive a lot in the mtns in the winter. Something like the Hankook dynapro ATM if they fit your wheels. It's a less aggressive "all terrain" tire that still works well on pavement. I used to slide backwards in downtown Seattle hilly streets in the rain before I got them, scary
      Oct 12, 2018
  • Lyft nFds54
    Tesla m3. Have it would never go back to ice
    Oct 12, 2018 5
    • Vertafore / Design
      Boo

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      Is yours AWD or RWD?
      Oct 12, 2018
    • Lyft nFds54
      Rwd
      Oct 12, 2018
    • Vertafore / Design
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      How does it handle in the rain and up in the mountains?
      Oct 12, 2018
    • Lyft nFds54
      I mean rain fine. Heavy snow in mountains get awd
      Oct 12, 2018
    • Amazon 7355608
      Tesla can be awd. The concerns would be that it doesn't have the ground clearance for deep snow and if the drive in was long and the weather gets cold it might not have the juice to get you there and back without charging, and no charging station on some remote forest service road.
      Oct 12, 2018
  • Expedia Ifnmak
    If you want to fit into the PNW, get a Subaru. If you like being edgy, get a Diesel VW
    Oct 12, 2018 1
    • Vertafore / Design
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      Does the diesel version come with an emissions settlement from VW?
      Oct 12, 2018
  • New / Eng mbappe!
    Porsche Maccan !
    Oct 12, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Product @zzz
    Just get a Subaru. The ultimate Seattle car for all seasons.
    Oct 12, 2018 3
    • Vertafore / Design
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      Is AWD that important in the PNW?
      Oct 12, 2018
    • Microsoft / Product @zzz
      Well you mentioned you like going outdoors. Some of hiking trails need some clearance on unpaved roads, and skiing in winter is like an hour or 2 in any direction.

      Roads aren't great here, and lots of hills, so a awd just feels safer in the rain.

      Finally Subaru is part of the Seattle culture and charm, so it's just the car for fitting right in.

      Disclaimer, I drive a jeep Rubicon.
      Oct 12, 2018
    • Amazon 7355608
      AWD helps in rain as well which yes is a feature of the PNW. Plus even if you don't ski if you have to drive through the pass in winter, say just to visit Leavenworth or something, it is frequently nasty and you can avoid having to chain up if you have AWD, good winter tires, and good ground clearance
      Oct 12, 2018
  • Amazon 7355608
    Tesla is not your car if you want to do the long drive / mountain thing. No charging station on that forest service road and if you drive into the mountain in winter the cold can seriously impact you battery life which may already have been a concern if the drive to get there was long.

    Look into Crosstrek it's a great choice for a smaller vehicle or Forester if you want something a bit bigger.
    Oct 12, 2018 1
    • Vertafore / Design
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      I don't ski/snowboard so I'm not planning on doing much mountain driving during the winter aside from crossing Stevens/Snoqualmie pass. Good point about the range and forest roads. Is the charging network that limited in WA?
      Oct 12, 2018
  • Microsoft 🗽NY
    You don't need a car. The parking is a nightmare in downtown Seattle and your car window will probably be smashed by homeless people. Use Zipcar or reachNow.
    Oct 12, 2018 0
  • Amazon PAxv45
    Subaru Forester
    Oct 17, 2018 0
  • Amazon sg3537wywy
    Jaguar
    Oct 13, 2018 0
  • Amazon nkPT01
    Tesla has a tax credit for the remainder of the year if you can take delivery.
    Make sure you buy it in Washington or have your uncle register it under his name and then transfer it to you. Otherwise Washington charges sales tax on cars if you can't prove that you yourself paid sales tax.

    I live downtown and I got rid of my car. I don't really miss it. But if you go on long trips it might make sense. Parking is expensive though.
    Oct 12, 2018 0
  • Amazon Difnenxofn
    +1 on Crosstrek. Love it. All wheel drive 28.5mpg and I’ve never gotten stuck off road or in snow
    Oct 12, 2018 0
  • F5 Networks / Eng 1u2ir8v3f7
    Toyota. Honda. Hyundai.
    Oct 12, 2018 1
    • Facebook Instagrаm
      Hyundai Santa Fe - the best SUV for everything
      Oct 12, 2018
  • Vertafore / Design
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    OP
    After living downtown in temporary housing this past week, I've made the decision to go carless in Seattle. I'll be living in a townhouse near Greenlake permanently so the carlessness may change come summertime. Thank you all for the help and advice!
    Oct 18, 2018 0
  • Amazon RedJohn
    Lincoln Navigator 2018 Black Label trim
    Oct 13, 2018 0