Help me decide what my next car should be!
If I start now, I should have a general idea of what I want by the end of the year.
Listen up, DriveTribers. I have an important mission for you. I need you to help me whittle down my options for my next car. While my 18 year old Buick Century is doing fine, its relatively poor fuel economy, and antiquated interior is starting to get on my nerves. So I'm enlisting all of you to assist me in picking my next car.
Some basic requirements for my next car are that it needs to get around 30mpg Highway, hatchbacks are preferred, but sedans aren't out of the picture either. My biggest concern is getting Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, which limits my options to vehicles that are only a few years old. I'm looking to spend around $20,000, which gives some of my choices time to depreciate more. Here are my options so far.
Buick Regal TourX
While the poor fuel economy and old interior of my current Buick are enough to drive me up a wall, I like my Buick's styling. I'm one of the few in the world who think that if Buick made Estate Wagon versions of this generation Century/Regal, the Ford Taurus would have left the market before the Five Hundred took over. I digress. The Regal TourX satisfies my interior tech wants, and gets slightly better fuel economy, and comes with all-wheel-drive. I've always liked wagons, and the Regal TourX looks like nothing else on the road.
Kia's four-cylinder Stinger is a definite contender for my next car, and for good reason. The four-cylinder turbo makes plenty of power, and can be had with all-wheel-drive without needing to step up to the GT. The Stinger is also reasonably big, which I love about my Buick. The Stinger is relatively new as well, so maintenance won't be a huge hassle, in several cases, the powertrain would still be under warranty too. The Stinger comes in a variety of colors which helps it stand out, or blend in. The hatchback helps me out in terms of cargo space, but it also keeps the Panamera-esque lines, which I also really like. Its reliable, relatively quick, and has the tech that I want.
Honda Civic Hatchback
At the other end of the spectrum is the Honda Civic, its modern interior and fuel efficient engine creates a really appealing package, and while the hatchback's color options are relatively bland, it makes up for that with relatively decent acceleration and handling. Civics are also incredibly reliable and easy to maintain. While the Civic is a brilliant choice, I wish it could be had with all-wheel-drive, then it would be my number one choice.
Something Big Built by GM
I arrive at this mental impasse because as much as I say I want to drive something like a Civic Hatchback, the fact that it's nearly two feet shorter than my current car is a bit intimidating to me. On top of that, land-yacht prices are relatively low considering GM has all but abandoned their big sedans. Both the Chevrolet Impala and Buick LaCrosse can be had for around $20,000 and comes with 300 horsepower from their 3.6-liter V6's, the LaCrosse comes with all-wheel-drive, both of them have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but there are two other interesting vehicles in this grouped together category, and they are the Cadillac CTS and Cadillac CT6.
I know what you're thinking, how can these barges be in the running? Well they both are powered by GM's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which makes a 0-60 run of around six seconds, which is lightyears quicker than my Century's 3.1-liter V6. They also come stuffed to the gills with tech, but a lack of all-wheel-drive for the CT6 makes it slightly less appealing. That aside, my inner longing to live out my 80s Classic Rock fantasy is telling me to just buy a CT6 and everything will sort itself out.
So those are my options at the moment. I figure of I start thinking about it now, I'll have a better plan of what I want by the end of the year, but what do you think? What should I pick? Am I dead wrong? Do you have a better idea? Comment Below!