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I have a 2005 Mazda 3 that I love, it is paid off and only has 40k on it but if I were to buy a new car I would like a Ford Edge (DH had one when his car was in the shop, I loved it!!)...of course they aren't under 20k and one of the reasons I would go with Ford is my father can get me employee pricing because he works there. Prior to my Mazda I had a Honda Civic that was nice, of course neither the Civic or 3 are very big cars but you can certainly fit two carseats. I don't drive very much since working from home and I am really not a car person so not sure I should give car advice lol. I will probably keep my Mazda forever, not having a car payment is a wonderful thing!...my DH has a 2010 Ford Escape and it is pretty nice, no complaints but I don't think they are under 20k either.
Well since you have 2 growing boys you want something with SPACE and that puts most compact Sedan's out. As you know the new Mazda's don't uphold the quality of the older models, and was so bad I dumped my 2012 within a year of owning it. The Honda CRV i got is awesome! Used car prices are very high with Honda, Toyota and Acura so you won't save much within the past 3 year models from new prices under 30k miles, but it's worth looking. My needs included Versatility between owning a home and having a growing child and the need to do road trips in the future. SAFETY is number one. A solid tech package is also a priority with hands free phone and music capabilities. Honda has it all right now. Anything new under 20k and you are looking at 'discount' brands that depreciate to 'wholesale' the second you drive them off the lot - this includes Kia. If you go used I'd consider the Subaru outback, anything Honda, VW Toureg or larger sedans, and Ford escape. I would stay away from Toyota Rav4, Mazdas, Hyundai, and Chevy/GMC.
Well right now both cars we have are paid off and we had since we bought them new, I currently have a 1998 Ford Escort and 2004 mazda protege 5. We do have to replace both cars but need one soon to replace one and then hopefully the one we keep will last until we get it paid off.
I wanted to look at these cars. We are looking at new but we do plan on keeping the car until it dies like these last two cars.
I don't know if they are smaller then an escort but my car is small. I would have to check them out first if I can find them. We saw some small cars like my escort which i don't want already... The only real way to tell it to see them in person. I figure if ryan and i can sit in the back okay, the boys will be fine back there. We are not planning on a 3rd child.
any car under 20 will be small unless we go use and I don't know if I want a used. Ryan does't want an suv or a mini van.
the other car we liked was Nissan Sentra but we are planning on trading the hatchback car and it has been hand with moving larger items so I wanted another hatchback car.
I just started really looking so who knows what I will get..
I drive a Ford Escape and love it. I paid high 20s for the highest category one (all the bells and whistles) one year used, but I think you can get closer to 20K used for a more basic model.
Regardless of which you buy, I always strongly recommend buying one or two years used, you will save a ton. New cars are a nice to have, but they depreciate significantly the minute you drive them off the lot. You'll get a ton more vehicle for your money by going newly used.
Make sure you test drive with the car seat behind the driver side installed with a kid in it. In my Mazda 3 and honda civic there was not enough room for Madison to sit behind me and barely enough room to sit behind the passenger if someone was sitting there.
So today we bought a 2012 honda civic- 4 door. We drove the fit and the fit had plenty of room. I like it but wasn't in love with it. Looks small on the outside but did have the room we need but then I drive the civic and loved it. So we decided to buy it.