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Fuel Efficient hatchback/sleeper

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Fuel Efficient hatchback/sleeper

*Update: Summer / +10 sleeping only :) This is for summer weekend adventures, or whatever, where I want to save on hotel / camping fees/ hassels. :) I am curious about some of the wagon's mentioned, but they seem to use 2x the fuel as the hatchbacks.

Looking at getting my first car in the spring, and wanting a combo of the most affordable/best mileage combined with something I can sleep in, (I'm 5'4) I'll build a platform if needed to create a level surface. I've seen some online recommendations, I'm trying to figure out the length from the closed hatch door, to where the back of the pulled up front seats, for the following cars:
2019/20 Chevrolet Spark
2019/20 Mitsubishi Mirage
2019/20 Hyundai Accent
2019/20 Nissan Versa Note 

Wondering if anyone can help me out with info?
Of have you found a comfortable economy car to sleep in?
Thanks!
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Have you considered Jetta Wagon TDI? They still have good post-Dieselgate warranty for most of the important/issue prone components and don't have to mention the obvious benefits of the Wagon :)
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LOL this is not what is meant by the automotive term "sleeper".
neluabaclia wrote: Have you considered Jetta Wagon TDI? They still have good post-Dieselgate warranty for most of the important/issue prone components and don't have to mention the obvious benefits of the Wagon :)
But yeah if you're planning on actually sleeping in a car, in winter, a diesel is recommended. Gasoline engines shouldn't really be idled for hours on end, but diesels it's fine really and much less fuel will be consumed too.
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Trying to do the vanlife in a subcompact?
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I thought op is referring to a 500+ hp monster “sleeper”. 🤣
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Why do you want to sleep in it? All the time like those youtube videos or just sometimes? Why not get a used SUV which would be cheaper and much bigger.
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And in summer sleeping in the back in a buggy area (all of Canada) on a warm humid summer evening would be horrible.
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Not fun sleeping in a small honda civic hatch back in uni days.
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You only have certain months you want to sleep inside
Other months it's too hot or too cold
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Golf is very practical and roomy in terms of cargo when the seats are unfolded down. Or golf Sportwagen which is mini wagon and huge room for sleeping cargo capacity.
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ES_Revenge wrote: LOL this is not what is meant by the automotive term "sleeper".
I know right! But given the options provided by OP, a properly tuned 2.0 TDI engine can be quite a sleeper compared to a Mirage or Chevy Spark Face With Tears Of Joy
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ES_Revenge wrote: LOL this is not what is meant by the automotive term "sleeper".
But yeah if you're planning on actually sleeping in a car, in winter, a diesel is recommended. Gasoline engines shouldn't really be idled for hours on end, but diesels it's fine really and much less fuel will be consumed too.
Will a diesel generate enough heat at idle in winter? I thought TDI has some kind of supplemental electric heater ?
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True as per cost, though I'm not sure about repairs, and gas mileage.
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Glad I could give yas a giggle. :)
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I'd be temtped.. the Golf hatchback I had as a rental this summer was one of the most uncomfortable a slew of cars I tried. Still.. I'd test drive one.
Thanks. That back end does look perfect. It all comes down to the mileage!
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It's mainly to have a place to crash when I'm out hiking, or whatever. I'm looking forward to running away from cities on the weekends, without necessarily wanting to camp. Also, with a small air mattress I think Id' be much more comfortable in a car than in a tent. I could be wrong... Mainly this is a way to get out, have fun, enjoy nature, and avoid hotels / being a distance limit to getting back home. Also, need to do this on a budget.
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Just get an used Toyota Prius and turn it into a camper. 50MPG easy.
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capability > fuel efficiency, even most SUV's have technology that beats compacts from 10-15 years ago. with those tiny tires on the subcompact you are bound to get stuck somewhere if you venture off the beaten path unless you only plan to go where there are paved/gravel parking lots. keep in mind that while fuel mileage may be good the tank may be tiny.

The Subaru Crosstrek, invest in some better tires and it'll probably get you to most places you want to go
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Don't waste your money on a Spark.

Do you really drive so much that you need a fuel efficient car? Depending on your mileage and the gas prices in your area, you may get a better bang for your buck with a used SUV or wagon, even factoring in the higher fuel cost.

I was once like you, looking for a compact vehicle to save on gas. Then I ran the math, and I've been happy with an old CR-V for many years now. Repairs where cheap at independent garages. The vehicle is incredibly useful and versatile. I've gone places I never could have reached with a fuel efficient car. And the compact car would probably be done for by now anyway.

I would look for old CR-Vs and Outbacks. For a single person at 5'4, a Crosstrek could do the trick.

As for German cars: They are usually fine, but keep in mind that your choice of garages may be reduced and spare parts may be pricey.

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