Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Beep, Beep!

I bet you didn't know we are a one car family! Interesting, huh? It works for us but since, hopefully, we will be a family of five (including the dogs) soon. We are going to need another car.

So, in February this year we paid off our current car and decided to start saving to put a nice down payment on a new one. We are trying to narrow down a few models/makes we like before going shopping.

Here are our specifications:
  • Around $20K
  • Lots of room to haul the dogs and future baby P
  • 4 doors
  • SUV or Sedan
  • Low gas mileage

    I'm completely lusting after the Nissan Rogue

Nissan is offering 0.9% financing right now and we get a decent discount through the company we work for.

Another close contender is the Nissan Cube


I think this car is so ugly but it gets 27 mpg in the city. Plus, we could get a top of the line Cube and still stay under budget.

Another one I'm really in love with is the Honda Element
    

I love all the space in this car and you can't go wrong with a Honda, right?

Do you have a car that you love, that meet all of our criteria? Tell me about it.


11 comments:

Katie said...

We have a Jeep Patriot and we love it, but they stopped making them (I think). :( My husband really wants a Honda Element for our next car.

Laura said...

My husband just bought me a 2010 Ford Escape and I love it! My husband is 6'8" and fits in it great. This is a big deal for us. lol Has plenty of room for us to grow (with baby someday) and the back in plenty big enough for my Lab to lay down and stretch out. We are so happy with it and would totally recommend it.

The Domestic Princess said...

Katie- We have been looking at the Jeep's also but I haven't done much research. I'm a little obsessed on the Element at the moment..lol.

Laura - My SIL has a Ford Escape and is old and seems cramped. I would love to see the 2010's.

Linds said...

If the Rogue is anything like the Murano, I would say DO NOT GET IT. My parents have a Murano and the gas mileage is terrible (a lot LOT LESS than what is advertised), they had to replace the transmission at 70K miles, have had it in the shop NUMEROUS times. It's been a TERRIBLE car. Have you thought about a used Honda Pilot or a Honda CRV? We just purchased a used CRV and I LOVE it. It gets just as good of gas mileage as our Civic, has a good amount of room to haul two kids and a dog... love it. I think you can get a fairly new, used one for less than 20K. And Honda's have such a good reputation that's who I'd go with. Personally, I don't like the Element, but that's just me. I find that the seats are not that comfortable, which is a high priority for me.

The Domestic Princess said...

Linds, I'm totally leaning towards the Honda b/c I know we will have this next car until it dies. I've heard Hondas are good for running a long time. We have looked at a couple CRV's an do like them. Thanks for posting your experiance with the Nissan Murano. I really like them but am starting to not hear such good things.

Kim3278 said...

Do tell abouT the discount at work!!!! I love my crv! It's Tull rocking at 90000 miles! It has serviced our needs for our family of 4!!! good luck!

Kelly said...

Toyotas are also incredible. My fam has had a few in my lifetime, and they always run until the wheels fall off (similar to Hondas in that respect). We recently purchased a Toyota Highlander, and we are in love with it. Its gas mileage is actually higher than what we expected (I never expect to get the "top" number they tell you at the dealership)--about 24 mpg--and it's big enough for all our needs. We ended up getting the V4 instead of the V6 after doing the research and driving both. The V6 really didn't offer much extra except worse gas mileage, and the V4 had plenty of giddy up for us. They hold their value really well, but you should still be able to get a 2008 or 2009 model for around your budget. If you want the bigger size, I wouldn't go earlier than that--they re-did the car in 2008 to make it a bit bigger. Sorry that was a mouthful, but just wanted to give you my experience! Good luck!

Nichole said...

My husband and I are going to be looking at a new car for myself next year, and we are really leaning toward a 4 door Jeep Wrangler. It has everything we want and would need, and the basic model is around $21,000. I have a subaru forester now, and really enjoy it, the only thing for me is I wish I sat higher up. (I'm not even 5'2")

Mrs. B said...

We bought a used Murano for about 20K and LOVE it! it gets about 21-22 mpg around town with the CVT transmission and about 24-25 on the highway! FWIW Nissan has an extended warranty for the CVT transmissions should there be any problems (i was leery of it a bit since i have never had a CVT before)

GL!

fourthmonth said...

I **LOVE** my Cube. It's insanely spacious on the inside, but ridiculously small on the outside. Seriously, you think you're driving a Buick, but it's just a little larger than a Mini Clubman. It's reasonably zippy, gets great mileage (I get almost 300 mi out of a 10 gallon tank, and I drive 85+ hwy) and there's ample clearance to get stuff/children into the backseat. When I was looking, I really wanted the Clubman, but a few factors deterred me. I bought the Cube and have been incredibly pleased. The only downside is lots of old people drive it.

Anonymous said...

We have a Chevrolet Equinox and love it!