Question of the Day: What's Your Next Car?

question of the day whats your next car

This morning, a friend of mine hit me up for some car buying advice. He loves his Acura MDX, but gas prices are making him dizzy. So, he wanted to know which Hybrid to get. I sent him over to the Honda Civic site so he could see that while the base Civic sedan stickers for $15,010, the hybrid version lists for $22,600. I then told him to figure out just how much driving it would take to recoup a $7,590 premium, ever with today's shocking prices. My pal was surprised — but thankful — and is now on the lookout for a used Civic, since all he wants to do is save money. Our brief encounter left me thinking: one day I'll need a new car. What on earth am I going to buy? The red blooded 12-year-old in me is seriously considering the Pontiac G8, especially if they stick a manny-tranny inside. More seriously, I have a hankering for the Caminoized version of said G8. But, we're talking 6.0-liter V8s and oil hit $115 a barrel today. I had seriously considered the BMW 135i, but after Justin's review, I've seriously unconsidered it. Another WRX? No, they're pretty spazztastic these days. Oooh, what about the STI? Oh right, that's now a $40K car. And I think the car I want most is a GT-R. So, I really have no idea. You?

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  • Geotpf Geotpf on Apr 18, 2008

    serpico: Hatchback is the way to go. Much more practical than a sedan (or coupe, which is even less practical). That is, I'll bet you any amount of money your bike would fit inside a, um, Fit (or a Scion xA, xB (old or new), or xD).

  • KixStart KixStart on Apr 18, 2008

    serpico, Unless you have other reasons for wanting to ditch a car, get a hitch and a hitch-mounted bike rack. Save a ton of money.

  • Davey49 Davey49 on Apr 18, 2008

    A sub $5000 compact truck, a sub $3000 one would be even better

  • Claude Dickson Claude Dickson on Apr 18, 2008

    My next car is likely to be the Mazda6 Hatchback. You can get this car load (ie, Grand Touring S) with everything except NAV for $2k less than invoice (about $23K). Hard to beat that the level of versatility and all the amenities of the Grand Touring S for that price. Now if price were not a concern, the TT-S might be the call. But I suspect it will be priced more like a Porsche instead of a replacement for the TT 3.2