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Feb 20, 2013 11:56AM
Any cryslers is crap & any gm. Mustang & Miata are always good, not news,dip sheetz.
Feb 20, 2013 11:37AM
I would have loved to buy a used Subaru Forester but the resale is so high that this is one car it makes sense to buy new. Plenty of room comfortable. On the highway I get 33 mpg. It also has all wheel drive. I have had three of them now and can't imagine buying anything else except the outback. The car I just bought was the premium package and it listed for 26,600. Heated seats mirrors wipers, sun roof, power seat, tinted glass, blue tooth, mud and bumper guard, cargo tray, all weather mats. There is not anything else I would want. Most vehicles one has to pay extra for all wheel drive.
Feb 20, 2013 11:16AM
First, the "average" price includes the idoits that buy pricey cars.  So what's the median price MSN?   Where's the Camry, America's number one selling car?  Instead, you chose a MIATA for your list???  Nice car, but not what I would call "average."  It's a sports car, not an "average" car.  SUVs?  They are utility vehicles that roll real nice.  Not your "average" car.  Trust me.  I can get you a real nice car in the low $20's, and it will above average.
Feb 20, 2013 11:13AM
Frostyross and arizona outlaw shuld get married..LoL
Feb 20, 2013 11:03AM
Just picked up a "used" (2012) Acura TSX.  I saved ~ $8K by buying a used car with >11K miles on it.  I bought the demo.  Awesome wheels.
Feb 20, 2013 10:56AM
And this is why I bought a low mileage used car last year.  Half the price with all the features of a new car, plus all the new car niggley items have already been taken care of by the first owner.
Feb 20, 2013 10:34AM
The usual pack of crap - buy jap.  They can't see anything else.
Feb 20, 2013 10:32AM
Many of you seem to have completely missed the point of this article. It did not consider cost of ownership, reliability or safety, only the number of options you could get in to a car and keep it from going above $30k. The author's idea of  "value" for this particular article had nothing to do with actual quality so if you are strictly looking to get a vehicle with as many options as possible w/o going over $30k and are not worrying about quality, reliability, safety or cost of ownership, then this list is for you.
  I agree with one blogger here, I typically steer clear of purchasing a brand new vehicle AND vehicles that do not hold their value well. I will let some other wealthy, or stupid, person take that initial hit. My last purchase was a $40k fully loaded Highlander, I bought it with 36k miles on it and saved $12k. I instantly owned a vehicle that's value was more than what I paid for it, that will continue to have plenty of equity in it, is a much better vehicle than any of the $30k new vehicles on this list and has way more options. 40k miles later and not a cent spent on anything but tires, oil changes and fuel.
  I purchase for the company that I work for and frequently purchase 1-2 yr old Suburbans with 30k miles on them for half of their original price. Their quality isn't the greatest but at that price you can afford to fix a few things every so often.
  Lesson......Don't pay $30k for a new car, all you are doing is paying $10-15k extra to inhale that toxic new car smell. Wait a year and pick it up for much much less.

Feb 20, 2013 10:14AM
Anybody that would spend $30K for a new car is insane.  Haven't bought a new car since 1977.  My money is earning money for me.  Most I ever spent for a car is about $13K for a used Camry.  Still going strong.  Have spent practically nothing on repairs since 2008.  Buy them there new cars suckers.  As I always say, "Smart people need stupid people to buy new cars so there are used cars for smart people to buy."
Feb 20, 2013 9:59AM
I agree with most of that list, but I have to take issue with the Toyota Tacoma. Their history of rotted frames, rotted beds, and sludge prone engines makes them hard to recommend by anyone who follows the Auto Industry. And the only reason they have any resale value is because Toyota either bought them back or paid to replace the frames and engines on many. There are lots of good choices in the small pickup market. Nissan makes good trucks if you want a Japanese nameplate. But the Toyota Tacoma is a real gamble! Are you willing to gamble that much money? I wouldn't be.
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