Hey all so I'm looking at getting a new car, as a grad present and I have decided after driving my sisters VW rabbit, that I'd like a smaller car, probably a hatchback. From looking around online it would seem that from reliability standpoints, Hondas are the way to go, and the fit seems nice and small, where as the Mazda3 has a whole slew of features in their tech package, keyless entry etc seems useful.
Anyone have either of these cars, or other reccemendations for smaller cars?
You might want to step back and do some research especially if you are leaning towards a subcompact for fuel efficiency. Also consider:
- Safety: Smaller, lighter cars are generally less safe than larger heavier cars. I understand about airbags and passenger safety cages, etc. but the laws of physics still apply.
- Insurance: Check the rates on different cars for liability and theft, especially if you are a younger man. Savings based on fuel efficiency can easily be eaten away by excess insurance costs.
- Depreciation: Often the biggest cost of ownership.
Of course reliability and maintenance are also important. Consumer Reports and Edmunds.com are great sources of information. Edmunds has excellent true cost of ownership calculators and car comparison programs.
Buy plenty of insurance coverage especially uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage if applicable in your state.
Good luck and happy motoring.
my opinion is small cars suck i wouldn't get one. My saturn ion probably isn't considered that small of a car and it seems tiny to me and i'm only 5' 8" 170 lbs. but it could be because more often than not im in a pickup or stuff bigger than a pickup.
That said i'd go with a mini cooper or a ford fiesta, not a fan of honda's, toyota's, etc. and if i got a fiesta i'd have to make it look something like these.