Bees are over five feet tall and have trouble getting comfortable in cars that are considered “compact.” She had a Fiat 500 that unfortunately lost a fight with a Chevy Suburban and is looking for something small and handy for less than $20,000. What car should you buy?
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This is the scenario –
Help someone short out please! I’m 5’3″ but mostly the trunk with only 27 inches inside. I had a Fiat 500 Sport that I loved but collected when I got the rear end (Chevy Suburban vs. Fiat, Suburban wins every time). I bought a 2016 Mazda3 hatchback as a replacement but I realized I hate it.I find it hard to see from over the hood and can’t even enjoy the sunroof because my seat is far ahead.I’m thinking about replacing it with another Fiat 500 but the expensive repair bills are bad.What other options do I have that fit the bill?
I want a small, nimble car that I don’t mind moving around in. A used car is highly preferred. Manual only, sunroof, bluetooth audio, fold-down rear seats to maximize trunk space. Back-up cameras and heated seats would be nice but not required. A non-boring color option would be an added advantage.
My budget is up to $20,000
budget: Up to $20,000
daily driver: yes
Site: Portland, or
Wants: Small, Manual, Reliable
do not want: Something too big or behind
Expert #1: Tom McBarland – Tiny-ish Turbo
Sorry to hear about the Fiat, And I can imagine it’s frustrating to find a car that fits you comfortably, Especially when everything seems to be getting bigger. If you never want to ditch Italian reliability again, maybe switching to something with a slightly better build quality is the way to go.
The Veloster was Hyundai’s attempt at a fun, unconventional hatchback. While the cool, but pricey Veloster N will remain in the lineup, the sub-$20,000 budget can score a variety of “regular” three-pedal models. Here’s a 2015 Turbo in a cool orange with some great accessories in nearby WA. This will give you about 200 horsepower under the hood for a nimble ride that should be slightly better than the Fiat. Like most hatchbacks, the rear seats will fold flat, but the overall cargo capacity on these Hyundais isn’t very impressive. If you don’t need the turbo power and prefer something newer, Carvana has a 2019 example for just under $20,000
Expert 2: Andy Calmowitz – Happy Honda
B, my little friend, you’ve found the perfect car for you. It has everything you could ask for (other than a fun color, but the white isn’t too bad!). Will Honda Fit fit perfectly in your life. It’s not too little, but there’s still plenty of room for all your stuff! It’s sporty enough to be fun around town and its deck is packed with all the tech you could want.
It has backup cam, side cam, push-button start, keyless entry and Bluetooth / USB! On top of all that, it has the manual transmission you are looking for. And you’re about to get a treat. Honda manuals are some of the best in the industry, so you won’t have any problems having fun on your daily commute!
This is a special Honda Fit Just under 66,000 miles. This hardly breaks for one of these kids. They are also reliable dead nuts. No need to worry about any excessive trips to the repair shop! Hell, it even comes in for less than your $20,000 budget. Think of all the fun things you could use that money for.
Bees, make the right decision. Buy this fit. She is so damn beautiful.
Expert 3: Lawrence Hodge – Most What You Want
I think I found the car with everything you’re looking for except for two things: to be agile and to have a guide. Consider the Lexus CT 200h. At first glance they looked very sporty, especially in the F Sport model. But it’s a hybrid so you get excellent gas miles, 42 mpg combined. The downside is that you won’t win any stop races.
It’s also a Lexus. So you get a sunroof, heated seats, bluetooth, etc. and you get a decent sized cargo space for your luggage as well, 14.3 cubic feet with the seats elevated. It will not break your wallet. Since Lexus doesn’t make them anymore, they come cheap.
This particular example I found a little over 102,000 miles near you. It may sound like a lot, but keep in mind that this car is now almost 10 years old. Someone didn’t drive it very often. But it’s within your budget at less than $19,000.
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