Life Letter of the Day
posted by December 26 at 12:47 PMon
I almost can’t believe this was addressed to us, a mostly non-car-owning, pro-public-transit bunch. I hope a few of you know something about cars and can advise Dave.
To the editor:
The lease on my 2003 Jetta is about to expire (which I can buy for $10,700) and so I need some advice on buying a car. Specifically, what kind of car should I buy? I know, it may seem odd to ask The Stranger for advice on cars of all things, but the way I figure it is that given The Stranger’s rabid anti-car ideology, you should at least know quite a bit about cars to be that passionately against them. I am not a big car buff myself, so I really am sincerely asking for some advice. I need a car, since I live in Queen Anne and work in Bellevue (I took the bus to work for a week and it took me 1:45 each way - no thanks) and I refuse to move to Bellevue. A little bit about what I am looking for:
- I am looking for a car below $25,000
- 30+ mpg in the city
- good safety features
I have been looking at a few cars including the Toyota Prius, Toyota Yaris, Scion XA, Honda Civic (Hybrid and standard). However, the hybrids are pushing the limits on what I feel comfortable paying so they wouldn’t be my first choice. So, do you think I should I just buy my Jetta which is averaging a pathetic 20 mpg, but I really like the way it handles, or should I get something else? Are there any good affordable, fuel-efficient cars that The Stranger would recommend?