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Mother-In-Law in market for a new car

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Honda Fit
 
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Toyota Yaris (5dr)
 
1
5%
Nissan Versa
 
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Hyundia Accent
 
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Mother-In-Law in market for a new car

Hello fellow RFDers, my mother-in-law is looking for a new car. She doesn't really plan to drive much so she's in the market for a subcompact. Personally, I don't like them, but she wants something smaller for local driving, and I don't have room on my driveway for anything larger. As such, I don't know much about the subcompact market, and I'm wondering your thoughts on which models you would recommend and why.

Things to consider other than resale value: abuse to the mechanical for her short hops, longevity of body since it will likely breakdown before anything due to mileage.

1) Honda Fit
2) Toyota Yaris (5dr)
3) Nissan Versa
4) Hyundai Accent
5) Other: Mazda2 / Ford Fiesta / Chev Sonic
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1) Honda's generally have bullet proof engines, so she wouldn't really have to worry about reliability.
2) Yaris isn't a bad choice either. I would skip it though personally.
3) Nissan makes good cars aswell.
4) Hyundai's come a long way, 5 year / 100K km warranty is pretty substantial
5) Fiesta is a really nice car, defintely feel that Ford stepped up their game.
6) How about a Fiat? http://www.fiatcanada.com/en/ Cute and compact car, sits 4, she could even get a half convertible one 500C starts at $17k.

Generally I think Hyundai stands out more due to their 5 year /100k Warranty. Their warranty sticks out for sure compared to most of the competitors 3 years / 60,000km.

Also Hyundai now has a special promo going.. 0% financing 96 months, just check out their main site here.

Realistically your mom should go test drive all the cars, and see what she likes the most. I assume she'll drive this to the ground.

Edit: Re-Sale Value

All cars have a horrid "re-sale" value, if your honestly thinking of selling it in 3-5 years, I would suggest leasing it, and getting into a new car every 36-48 months.

If you were to finance or "buy out" you should have the mind set of keeping the vehicle. If you do expect something back, you'll be greatly disappointed. Re-sale values would probably follow by European, Japanese, Korean, etc.
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The sonic and the fit are the least crappy in that segment.
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mr_raider wrote:
Jun 26th, 2013 3:52 pm
The sonic and the fit are the least crappy in that segment.
Please define "crappy" to support your argument.
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The class leader is Honda Fit by far and liked by both consumer groups like Consumer Reports and enthusiasts like Car & Driver Mag, which rarely happens.
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Honda Fit
Toyota Yaris (5dr)

I don't know like the other 3.
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Honda Fit, no contest here. The best visibility due to large windows and the easiest to drive. The most versatile cargo space and the best resale value of all cars listed.
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Get this for your mother in law. Small, yet more spacious than any of those cars mentioned. Easy to get in and out of the car.
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Mazda2. Very easy to drive and park. A fun to drive subcompact with great steering feel and handling.
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The Prius c is $2000 more than a Honda Fit. I'd give that a serious look, too.
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Rehan wrote:
Jul 1st, 2013 1:37 pm
The Prius c is $2000 more than a Honda Fit. I'd give that a serious look, too.
Or save $6000 and get pretty much the same car (Yaris), then use the $6000 towards gas.
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MikeMC12 wrote:
Jul 1st, 2013 4:48 pm
Or save $6000 and get pretty much the same car (Yaris), then use the $6000 towards gas.
The price difference between a Yaris LE with auto and air and a Prius C is $3500, not $6000. The difference is worth it for many people.

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