View Full Version : Commuter Car Recommendations

04-09-2005, 08:59 AM
OK, commuting back and forth from Lawrence to KC on a daily basis is killin' me.

I'm considering the following cars

Honda Civic
Toyota Echo
Scion xA
Nissan Sentra

If you have an opinion, I'd love to hear it. Today, I'd have to say I'm leaning towards the Civic, as I've got a Honda CR-V and have had an Acura. I think Honda makes a pretty good vehicle. I know Toyota makes a decent car, too, but I had a 4Runner and it had electrical problems.

What sayeth the board?

04-09-2005, 09:01 AM
I'm a Nissan fan, but I'm not that familiar with their Sentra line.

04-09-2005, 09:04 AM
honda hands down

got 180,000 miles on mine

04-09-2005, 09:13 AM
I drive a Camry and love it but the Echo is one ugly Toyota.

My two oldest daughters have Civics and love them. Plus they get great gas mileage.

04-09-2005, 09:14 AM
I bought a civic in november I like it but I havent had it long enough to tell you much it gets 32 MPG my old car got 37 it was a mitsubishi but it was old and tired 260,000 miles still have it I'm going to let my son drive it for the summer he gets his licence next week.
You can't go wrong with a honda or mitsubishi Toyota or Nisson they all will last a long time.
What one appeals to you.

04-09-2005, 10:15 AM
Buy a Star Trek teleporter. It will save you tons of time.

04-09-2005, 10:21 AM
Have you considered a hybrid? Honda has a Civic and Accord hybrid version. Toyota also has one I believe. They get ~50 mpg for the four-bangers.

04-09-2005, 10:22 AM
The way gas prices are going, get a hybrid.

04-09-2005, 10:29 AM
Have you considered a hybrid? Honda has a Civic and Accord hybrid version. Toyota also has one I believe. They get ~50 mpg for the four-bangers.

6 grand difference between the 40 MPG Civic and the 50 MPG Hybrid. Numbers don't justify the additional expense, even with the tax credit. Gas goes to $4.00 a gallon, and it's a different story.

04-09-2005, 11:15 AM
I think you should consider the Scion TC or the Honda Civic. Another possibility would be the Mazda 3.

Nelson Muntz
04-09-2005, 11:25 AM
Are you planning on buying a new car or a used car?

04-09-2005, 11:57 AM
Take a look a the diesel turbo Jetta from VW. Decent price (esp. on used ones) excellent milage (46 mpg), turbo power.


I'm waiting for this one to go on sale over here:


130 mph @ 90mpg...bring it.

04-09-2005, 12:06 PM
I've got a 99 Nissan Sentra. So far, no major problems, and very few minor "problems". I bought it with 38k miles on it, now im up to 76k miles on it. I like Nissan..its a more affordable version of a Honda/Toyota. Doesn't hold its resale value as much, but is just as reliable, IMO.

The Echo...well, have you ridden in one of those things? They are tiny.

04-09-2005, 12:18 PM
Good gas mileage AND style!


04-09-2005, 12:22 PM
Toyota Corolla 38 MPG and you can get one cheap

KC Jones
04-09-2005, 01:51 PM
Good gas mileage AND style!


I'm sure he'll love that commute in the winter.

I kinda like the way the Echo's look, but I've been known to like cars that other people think are butt ugly. Civic would probably be the best bet to retain it's value and the easiest to get replacement parts for should anything go wrong.