Thursday, April 7, 2011

If you had to buy a daily driver tomorrow, what would it be?

The everpresent "what would you buy" question.

Here's the scenario: You wake up in the morning/leave work/exit the mall, only to see that your current commuter has been totaled by a meteorite. It is gone. Finished. Totaled. It's made its way to the auto wrecking yard in the sky (or perhaps it's not been so lucky!). Now, you need to buy a car, and you've got 24 hours to do so. You've got to replace it with the money the insurance company would likely give (or not give) you.

If the meteorite stuck my Yaris today, I'd likely go out and buy a 2011 Mazda2. It's affordable, frugal on the gas, entertaining to drive, and practical. It helps that I enjoy its looks, too. Naturally, I'll take a white one with a five speed and the Touring package.

Then again, there's the "no car payment" option, too, I suppose. If I were to skip the car payment thing, I'd probaby find a used Yaris sedan, I might even look into used Scion xAs.

So what would you get? New or used? Would you rebuy what you had, or switch it up?


Darb said...

I'd probably go for a used Subaru Impreza WRX. I'm finding that AWD would be really helpful here in the 'Burgh.

D2M said...

I like the Mazda 2 as well, it's a really stylish car. I like how they have dampening materials so it's a quieter ride.

I'd probably get a Kia Soul. Though I wish I'd gotten a good look at the Interior of the Suzuki Swift while I was in Japan. (That looked promising from the outside!)

For used care I'd probably go Yaris or Ford Focus (Hatchback).

However, it is true that not having any car payments is wonderful. We're in the "paying off" stage and lemme tell you, the beginning of the month when I look out our bankstatement... I cry on the inside. :(

Dee Paolina said...

I can only use the $98.23 that the insurance company will give me for my 10-year-old Hyundai Accent? I think maybe I could buy a cheap bike @ Wal-mart. :-)

New: Honda Fit or Hyundai Elantra.

Used: Fit or Prius or Yaris.

D2M said...

Oh, I forgot all about the Hyundai compacts! I wish they'd update the look of the Accent because that looks like a good deal... :)

Laura said...

i'd take the fiesta over the mazda2, i think its a better car. that said, i'd probably get another SX4 if mine were to be crushed by a meteor. i'd want a black one. or possibly the ford focus st hatchback.

burnitwithfire said...

Right NOW I'd probably take a serious look at the new Elantra. If it were to happen in a few months, I'd test drive the Veloster.

nlpnt said...

New, I'd try to test-drive at least the Mazda2 and the Fiesta. The Soul too, if I could wangle a rental car or get a ride out to the's on the other side of town from "dealer row"...

Used would honestly depend on what's available at the time but an xA would definitely get on the list, so would any manual Fits and Focus hatchbacks on offer.

murphyseanm said...

God forbid something happen to my Ralliart I would look at a 2011 SX4 AWD Crossover. I don't think I would look anywhere else after all the car shopping I did and the lucky deal I got on the Ralliart it is Mitsubishi or Suzuki from here on out.

If I looked at used I would look for a 2010 Suzuki SX4 AWD Crossover. I know so limited but hey its what I want.

Ducati Scotty said...

I really liked the Mazda 2 when I saw it at the show. The back seat was a little tight for my 6' frame but the 4 doors make getting in and out easy and the fit and finish was good.