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.

1y ago

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 Stinger

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!

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Comments (43)

  • MK 7 Golf GTI (manual preferred)

      1 year ago
  • Before reading your list and scrolling through, I was thinking of one thing. Hatchback, 30 mpg and around 20k. Kia Stinger. Sure enough, it’s on your list. That is my pick. Might have to wait for it to go down in price though a bit more

      1 year ago
    • I'm seeing some 2.0-liter ones show up for around 22k which isnt the end of the world for me. I just figured I'd get my thoughts out now, and update this as the year goes on.

        1 year ago
    • GT is really what you want, but apparently the premium and 2.0l are really fast as well. GTS themselves are getting down there, so maybe you can get yourself one of those

        1 year ago
  • You need a Buick Century Turbo Coupe; if you can find one. It’ll do everything but your bluetoothy requirements, and I’m sure there’s a local stereo shop that can get you hooked up with that.

      1 year ago
  • You know what this post needs...?

      1 year ago
    • I couldn't justify having six empty seats and about 20mpg combined, (me, my lead foot, and 365 horsepower is a recipe for an empty bank account). I would also cherish it too much, and have to get woodgrain vinyl on the sides...

        1 year ago
    • *17mpg

      Haha as soon as I saw you were looking for fuel economy I knew you had to rule it out. Let me get @Philip van den Hout over here to tell you about his TourX

        1 year ago
  • Honda civic, good resale value, cheap maintenence, good fuel economy reliability fun to drive, cant get any better. Kia is a good choice, but resale value wound be as good as the honda for time to come

      1 year ago