Which one of these cars do you recommend?

Fannie Mae / IT mdarkroom
May 29 22 Comments

Spouse wants a hatchback style or small car for small distances, preferably used (1-4 years old), somewhere around $15K. Currently looking at Mazda 3, Ford focus and Honda fit.
First time driver too. We have a Honda Accord and don't prefer an SUV.

What car is the best when it comes to insurance costs long term maintanence costs? Don't mind spending a bit more to save long term as cars depreciate fast. Any recommendations from the list above?

Live in DC area.

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  • Fannie Mae / IT mdarkroom
    OP
    Main reason we're looking for a Honda is lane assist pops up on screen and I can see the complete right side view while driving. Im not sure other cars have it (some have only on right indicators)
    May 29 4
    • Microsoft 520
      Why can’t you turn your head and see? Or be aware of traffic and keep looking in the side view mirror periodically?
      I’m sorry, and I know everyone has a choice, but the fact that you are basing your car decision on a tech accessory doesn’t really give me confidence in your driving abilities.
      I hope I never have to be behind your car in traffic.

      All the best for your choice anyways. I still pray I don’t encounter drivers like you on the road.
      May 29
    • Fannie Mae / IT mdarkroom
      OP
      You do realize that the camera is safer than turning back each time right? That's why blind spot cameras are so popular. This is 2019 common.
      May 29
    • Intel BOBBY_AXE
      But is that an <$15k used car common option? Imagine not...
      May 29
    • Intel Stxp17
      I hate the Honda LaneWatch. It only shows you the right side and it is annoying. Plus only works if you leave it on (which is a distraction) or signal every time.

      Give me a blind spot monitor (light on the side mirrors) any day.

      Most if not all Subarus have eyesight which gives you this functionality along with adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist. Not to mention the standard AWD. That'd be the way I go
      May 30
  • Intel Stxp17
    Get a Subaru. Should have a couple options in that price range and the AWD will come in handy during the snowy winter
    May 29 0
  • Intel BOBBY_AXE
    I'm a Honda/Toyota guy but several friends have Mazda3's and swear by them.
    May 29 0
  • Amazon dh656z
    Mazda3 is a slick car. Did you consider a VW Golf at all? That’s the other option I’d consider in that class
    May 29 0
  • SAP / Eng Elisson
    If you are a Honda person try Honda fit or civic hatchback
    May 29 1
    • Facebook / Eng
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      You can't be a Honda person. They don't manufacture people.
      May 29
  • Amazon hot 🍞
    Subaru Crosstrek, Toyota Prius
    May 29 1
    • Intel Stxp17
      OP said they don't prefer an SUV. That would take the Crosstrek out but the Impreza is the same vehicle in a car form.

      I'd stay away from the Prius. So many cars have good gas mileage these days. The Prius just doesn't stack up like it used to
      May 30
  • Amazon nrz62
    Fit - so much cargo space for such a small car and good MPG. I recently bought a Fit while considering the Mazda 3 also.

    I’d stick with Honda/Toyota for longer term maintenance costs
    May 29 1
    • Cloudera ಠ╭╮ಠ
      Those magic seats on the fit are really cool.
      May 29
  • Target hvt654jji
    +1 on Fit or Nissan Versa
    May 29 0
  • Microsoft 520
    If you need a small car, seriously look at ford eco sport.... way better than the Honda Fit and not underpowered. Honda looks like it will throw a “Fit” when it gets past 50mph. Saying all this from personal experience. I have an eco sport and love it for the compactness and the power and the general “puppy-dog eagerness” it has... fun to drive if you get the sport version. Reminds me of mazda3 and the smile it puts on your face.
    May 29 0
  • Autolist eFks14
    Fit +1, but personally I prefer the hatchback civic if that's an option. Honda quality you can relay on
    May 29 0
  • Amazon SeekingHLP
    Honda Fit.
    May 29 0
  • Autodesk / Other -oQo-
    These are all fine choices. Compact cars are pretty much the same. You get what you pay for. There are other choices. If you don't mind paying 10K more, there are interesting offerings in luxury segment.
    One thing you want to watch out is that Ford has decided to exit sedan business. They will stop building Focus and Fusion soon. They are focusing on trucks and SUVs. You don't want to buy a close-out car.
    Jun 8 0
  • Nvidia bit-coin
    Cars are so fascist... buy a bike and help screw traffic you tree killer
    May 30 0
  • New / Eng PzdY38
    How about Infiniti
    May 29 0
  • Amazon likeeeeeee
    Tesla
    May 29 0

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