New car suggestions for the wife - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > General Discussion Forums > Off-Topic

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 10-03-2012, 09:24 AM   #1
Jeeper
 
Cosmic Charlie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 1,488
New car suggestions for the wife

Need a new car for the wife. She's already nixed the idea of another Wrangler, believe me, I tried . So, I'm looking for suggestions.

Her criteria: decent gas mileage, reliable, decent pick up, good technology options.

My criteria: fun to drive

Probably looking in the $20 - $25,000 range. Personally, I'd like for her to get a MINI. I just don't think she'll go for it.

What would you suggest?

__________________
2012 Winter Chill Arctic Edition JK
Cosmic Charlie is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-03-2012, 09:28 AM   #2
That's no moon

WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
hbgirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Baseball Town
Posts: 5,550
I gave my daughter a Honda Civic Coupe, and it meets all of your criteria, in my opinion. It's a 2007 (I bought it brand new and had it as a 2nd vehicle for a few years until she could drive, so it has really low mileage), and it should last her until she's able to purchase her own vehicle (she's 19 now), as long as she takes care of it. However, if space is a must, then it's a big fat no.

Someone just recently posted about how fun the Fiat Abarth is, which is kinda like a Mini Coop, right?

hbgirl is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-03-2012, 09:31 AM   #3
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: MA
Posts: 697
Look at new GTIs. Wife has a 2010 and its a real fun car to drive. Interior is hard to beat. Shes put 55k on it since Jan'10 and not one issue to be had. The new model is out this MY and it looks pretty nice too.
230hp 30mpg. Win
__________________
~ Luke
2012 JKU SportS
33x12.5x15 Goodyear Duratracs
MB72 Wheels
R4D4R is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-03-2012, 09:38 AM   #4
I luv bourbonz!
 
02Prove's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Bartlett, TN
Posts: 3,089
If she has no size preference see if she'll go for the Mini... I'm 6'3" and fit in it comfortably and they are a blast to drive.

If she balks on the size of the Mini the new Altima is a nice "bang for the buck" car.
__________________
"So long as the presence of death lurks with anyone who goes through the simple act of swallowing, I will make mine whiskey."
W. C. Fields
02Prove is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-03-2012, 10:32 AM   #5
Jeeper
 
Cosmic Charlie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 1,488
Quote:
Originally Posted by hbgirl View Post
I gave my daughter a Honda Civic Coupe, and it meets all of your criteria, in my opinion. It's a 2007 (I bought it brand new and had it as a 2nd vehicle for a few years until she could drive, so it has really low mileage), and it should last her until she's able to purchase her own vehicle (she's 19 now), as long as she takes care of it. However, if space is a must, then it's a big fat no.

Someone just recently posted about how fun the Fiat Abarth is, which is kinda like a Mini Coop, right?
Most Honda's are boing to me, although they'd definitely meet my wife's requirements. We'd peobably look at the sedxcan instead of a coupe. The Fiat's would be worth a look into and the Abarth is a good looking one.

Quote:
Originally Posted by R4D4R View Post
Look at new GTIs. Wife has a 2010 and its a real fun car to drive. Interior is hard to beat. Shes put 55k on it since Jan'10 and not one issue to be had. The new model is out this MY and it looks pretty nice too.
230hp 30mpg. Win
I was thinking about a GTI. It was on my short list before I got over my decade long grudge with Jeep and bought another Wrangler. I didn't realize they had made it up to 230 hp. They were at 200 for the longest time. I like this suggestion. You're right, win-win

Quote:
Originally Posted by 02Prove View Post
If she has no size preference see if she'll go for the Mini... I'm 6'3" and fit in it comfortably and they are a blast to drive.

If she balks on the size of the Mini the new Altima is a nice "bang for the buck" car.
Good to know, cuz when I suggested the MINI, she asked how she was gonna fit in it (she's 5'11") despite the fact that our 6'0" neighbor has one and our best friend (6'1") does too.

Also, I think a small CUV would be ok, something like a Mazda CX-5...anyone else?
__________________
2012 Winter Chill Arctic Edition JK
Cosmic Charlie is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-03-2012, 10:47 AM   #6
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: MA
Posts: 697
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cosmic Charlie View Post
Most Honda's are boing to me, although they'd definitely meet my wife's requirements. We'd peobably look at the sedxcan instead of a coupe. The Fiat's would be worth a look into and the Abarth is a good looking one.



I was thinking about a GTI. It was on my short list before I got over my decade long grudge with Jeep and bought another Wrangler. I didn't realize they had made it up to 230 hp. They were at 200 for the longest time. I like this suggestion. You're right, win-win
Im not sure if the new model (MK7) has a new engine or any changes to the one we have which is a 2.0TSI. That thing hauls bum.
__________________
~ Luke
2012 JKU SportS
33x12.5x15 Goodyear Duratracs
MB72 Wheels
R4D4R is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-03-2012, 05:50 PM   #7
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Minden, NV
Posts: 315
Maybe a Ford Escape. My wife has a 2011 Escape Limited and it has been flawless in every way. Excellent mpg and great in the snow.
Just an idea...
__________________
2012 JKUR Flame Red. 4.10s, AEV 2.5 Lift, Metalcloak CAs and trackbar, ARB diff covers and JKS end links
GCDMD is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-03-2012, 07:25 PM   #8
Ugly Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
PecosRiver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: San Jose, New Mexico
Posts: 1,542
My wife has a Chrysler 200 and she loves it. It's fast, handles well, and gets pretty good miles, as long as I'm not driving. 115 mph until the governor kicks in.
PecosRiver is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-03-2012, 07:36 PM   #9
EMS - It's a way of life.

WF Supporting Member
 
silver rubi's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Midlothian, Virginia
Posts: 19,436
Prius... Hahahahaha
silver rubi is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-04-2012, 04:55 AM   #10
Jeeper
 
Cosmic Charlie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 1,488
Quote:
Originally Posted by silver rubi View Post
Prius... Hahahahaha
Nope, that was the first thing I nixed - anything hybrid, especially a Prius.
__________________
2012 Winter Chill Arctic Edition JK
Cosmic Charlie is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-04-2012, 04:58 AM   #11
Jeeper
 
Cosmic Charlie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 1,488
Thanks for all the suggestions. Looks like we've at least narrowed it down to a 4-door hatchback. I like the GTI, but she thinks a Golf suits her better...grrrrrr...

Any hatch suggestions? We have looked at the Elantra GT and the Mazda3 in addition to the GTI and Golf...haven't test driven any of them (although I've driven a GTI in the past).
__________________
2012 Winter Chill Arctic Edition JK
Cosmic Charlie is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-04-2012, 07:42 AM   #12
Moderator

WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
schnutzy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: ring side seats to the the country's largest circus
Posts: 28,147
Send a message via AIM to schnutzy
the mazda3 is a good little car. took one on a trip a couple weekends ago. little over 500 miles total. only thing i didnt like about it is the silver trim on the dash scratches real easy.
i think we averaged 35mpg cruising around at 75-80 the whole time down Route 81 in va.
__________________
clinging on to sanity, one motorcycle at a time.
schnutzy is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-04-2012, 09:28 AM   #13
I luv bourbonz!
 
02Prove's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Bartlett, TN
Posts: 3,089
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cosmic Charlie View Post
Thanks for all the suggestions. Looks like we've at least narrowed it down to a 4-door hatchback.
Subaru Impreza WRX... I'd say get the WRX STi but that would be above the price range you posted earlier. 305 hp Turbocharged yes yes yes!

Unless you go used.
__________________
"So long as the presence of death lurks with anyone who goes through the simple act of swallowing, I will make mine whiskey."
W. C. Fields
02Prove is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-04-2012, 09:35 AM   #14
Jeeper
 
Timberline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: 38.8339° N, 104.8208° W, Colorado
Posts: 1,135
Images: 2
A Hyundai Sonata or Elantra. Nobody can beat their warranty and I know for myself that is one of the first things I look at when it comes to a new vehicle purchase. All this new technology, that stuff will be expensive to fix when it breaks so a good warranty is a must!! I don't want to pay for any out of pocket stuff like that and by the time that warranty is up I will probably be looking for a new vehicle. It may not be a dream car but it will be a dream on my worries and my wallet!! They also have that "Trade-in Value Guarantee".
__________________


2004 Sahara TJ
3.73 Gears / 4.0L / 2" Pro Comp Lift / BF Goodrich AT 32x11.50R15 / 15x8 Pro Comp Alloy Series 1059 / 4' Firestik Ant / Midland CB Radio / Roll & Pitch Clinometer / KC & Hella 700FF Driving Lights / Winch / Smittybilt Bumpers (modified)/ Teraflex 9550 SS
Timberline is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-04-2012, 09:40 AM   #15
Jeeper
 
Cosmic Charlie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 1,488
Quote:
Originally Posted by 02Prove View Post
Subaru Impreza WRX... I'd say get the WRX STi but that would be above the price range you posted earlier. 305 hp Turbocharged yes yes yes!

Unless you go used.
I love the WRX..she just shrugged her shoulders at it . The STi is impressive, but, like you said, a bit above what we're looking for.

I think I'd rather go new. Her last car was used. I got a new Wrangler this year. She works hard, I want her to get a new shiny thing .
__________________
2012 Winter Chill Arctic Edition JK
Cosmic Charlie is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-04-2012, 02:02 PM   #16
I luv bourbonz!
 
02Prove's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Bartlett, TN
Posts: 3,089
Dunno man... best thing to do really is to get her out and get some seat time in a few.
__________________
"So long as the presence of death lurks with anyone who goes through the simple act of swallowing, I will make mine whiskey."
W. C. Fields
02Prove is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-04-2012, 02:06 PM   #17
Jeeper
 
Irongrave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Erie, PA
Posts: 2,800
Send a message via AIM to Irongrave
We just got a normal Impreza 5 door and we love it. perfect daily driver quick fun in the corners and getting 30ish city with it right now
__________________
4421
Irongrave is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-12-2012, 11:54 AM   #18
Jeeper
 
Mr.Bill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Where the pavement meets the sand
Posts: 665
Images: 1
I suggest waterboarding until she accepts the Wrangler as her vehicle of choice.

Ok, in the interest of water conservation....

I travel on business alot so I get to drive all the different mid to full size cars. I hate to say it but Hyundai has stepped up as a reliable and sensible ride, and as Timberline stated you can't beat the warranty.

And they re-styled most of the line this year.

It sounds like you have a weekend full of test drives ahead of you. Good luck.
__________________
Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.
Ronald Reagan, President of the United States; 1985
Mr.Bill is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-12-2012, 12:28 PM   #19
Jeeper
 
Cosmic Charlie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 1,488
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr.Bill View Post
I suggest waterboarding until she accepts the Wrangler as her vehicle of choice.

Ok, in the interest of water conservation....

I travel on business alot so I get to drive all the different mid to full size cars. I hate to say it but Hyundai has stepped up as a reliable and sensible ride, and as Timberline stated you can't beat the warranty.

And they re-styled most of the line this year.

It sounds like you have a weekend full of test drives ahead of you. Good luck.
Can't deny the Hyundai. The model year after the Sonata we have, they actually put a decent engine in it and now, starting with the new Sonata design, they have been rolling out some nice looking vehicles. We looked at the 2013 Elantra GT (which is exclusively a 5 door hatch this year) and I really liked it. It even had a nice sporty dark blue leather in it. Fully loaded for about $23,000

Haven't driven it yet, though...and the salesman didn't know sh*t about it, no surprise there. If it drives nice and has enough get-up, I'd be ok with that one...but, the other side of me REALLY REALLY REALLY wants to steer her to the GTI .
__________________
2012 Winter Chill Arctic Edition JK
Cosmic Charlie is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-12-2012, 12:33 PM   #20
Newb
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 7
I hear the new KIAs are really nice, reasonably priced, and have good gas mileage. Good luck!
aml141 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-12-2012, 12:46 PM   #21
Jeeper
 
FreezerJeep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Beaumont
Posts: 642
Subaru imprezza. My wife has one. Not a wrx or sti but it's got all the options...heated seats..sunroof...etc...got a 2011 brand new for $28,000. Plus it's awd so up here in Alberta thats a huge thing!!

Bryce
__________________
2012 JKU Arctic Edition
2011 Subaru Imprezza
FreezerJeep is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-12-2012, 09:02 PM   #22
2xs
Cali Smog Nazi.

WF Supporting Member
 
2xs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Santa Rosa, Ca.
Posts: 2,545
Images: 3
Have you thought about a full size car? the Chrysler 300 or Dodge Magnum are decent with a v6, and arent bad to look at...

Dont look at a Hemi, you get gobs of power, but low mileage.
__________________
'93 Black YJ, 4.0L AX15 - UNDER CONSTRUCTION!
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f330/2x...ad-490865.html

Old Jeep that was totaled (and SOLD!):
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f330/2x...ad-101879.html
2xs is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-12-2012, 10:55 PM   #23
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 526
Chevy Cruze Eco. We bought one for my wife 7600 miles ago. With its 1.4 liter turbocharged engine it is a lot of fun to drive. When the turbo boost hits it really takes off. Ours is a stick shift and it flat out rips if you drive it on the turbo. But it gets great gas mileage if you drive it normal, or on the highway. I did a 500 mile road trip with it a month ago, and got 44 mpg (rated at 42 mpg). Cost was $20,000.
__________________
2014 Wrangler Sport: 3" Teraflex lift, 35s, Dynatrac 60s, Poison Spyder armor, Warn winch
MOPWR2U is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-12-2012, 11:34 PM   #24
Jeeper
 
Tippittrg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 790
The new dart fits all the requirements. 2 turbo engine options. Under 25k with a lot of options. Roughly 40mpg. Touch screen DVD with nav and 8.4" screen. All kinds if goodies and there's something like 130 factory performance parts you can add onto it straight from the dealer.
Tippittrg is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-22-2012, 10:04 PM   #25
Jeeper
 
sparetire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 19
if not a jeep i would get a new Wrx. Just an Awesome car to drive
sparetire is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-22-2012, 10:48 PM   #26
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Redmond/Bellevue WA
Posts: 60
Dodge Dart. Tech loaded, turbo'd. And a good drive. Looks good to boot..
__________________
Between my PT-GT and my LJ, the mod sickness has taken over..
PT_Cuda is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-23-2012, 05:26 PM   #27
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
JeepHerz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: California
Posts: 2,556
Images: 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by schnutzy View Post
the mazda3 is a good little car. took one on a trip a couple weekends ago. little over 500 miles total. only thing i didnt like about it is the silver trim on the dash scratches real easy.
i think we averaged 35mpg cruising around at 75-80 the whole time down Route 81 in va.
Mazda- totally counter-intuitive to anything I would normally suggest. However I had an MP5 draggin' wagon. Sold it after 5 years- paid $17K and sold it for 10k! After 90K miles I had not one single issue that wasn't maintenance related. Not a rattle or a squeak and it still looked great.
My "anti-import" (yes, I know Mazda is owned by Ford) parents were so impressed they bought an MP3 a couple of years ago. Same experience there.
(But gotta agree on the Hyundai. I know a couple of people that have newer models- very nice looking and nice quality for the price).
JeepHerz is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-23-2012, 05:34 PM   #28
Jeeper

WF Supporting Member
 
jp2611's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Fort Wayne IN
Posts: 5,704
I ASSUME that most new "cars" have pretty much all the same options....and since she nixed the 2nd wrangler...to me (one I have not seen mentioned unless I missed it) is the Juke..... have no idea who makes it but I like the look and the "style" it seems to have...and not one on every corner.

But if it were me it would be another Jeep we have 2 now and looking to go for Grand Cherokee next. Good luck whatever you do!!!
jp2611 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-23-2012, 05:40 PM   #29
Jeeper
 
mckey73's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: 'burque
Posts: 9,640
Diesel Passat.
__________________
“Animals don't hate, and we're supposed to be better than them.”

-Elvis Presley
mckey73 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-23-2012, 05:45 PM   #30
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
JeepHerz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: California
Posts: 2,556
Images: 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by jp2611 View Post
I ASSUME that most new "cars" have pretty much all the same options....and since she nixed the 2nd wrangler...to me (one I have not seen mentioned unless I missed it) is the Juke..... have no idea who makes it but I like the look and the "style" it seems to have...and not one on every corner.

But if it were me it would be another Jeep we have 2 now and looking to go for Grand Cherokee next. Good luck whatever you do!!!
Gotta disagree (respectfully) on the Juke. It is Nissan- and I looked at one. Seemed like a lot of car for the money and not generic. Right about the same time my sis-in law bought one. She owned it less than a year and returned it- losing a big chunk of change. It rattled, interior parts fell off, the horsepower seemed to decrease after the engine broke in and the MPG was terrible. They also own a TJ (non DD) so she is used to pesky noises but not on a new car.She is not a "car person" and not picky by any means- if she returned it- the Juke must have been really bad.

JeepHerz is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Rates
Get low rates on auto insurance in Canada!

» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:25 PM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC