posted on Jun, 5 2007 @ 07:09 AM
We strongly considered the Vibe, but my mother has a vendetta against Pontiac for some reason. While this certainly doesn't preclude our ability to
buy or own a Pontiac, I'd rather just avoid that whole conversation with her.
And we considered the Element as well, but the safety rating on it was poor in some places, so we gave up on that idea (looks spacious though, and
gets good mileage).
And the Odessey would be fine with me, but the wife utterly refuses to even consider a minivan.
So far our top contenders have been:
2007 Dodge Caliber (KBB starts at $16,165+) Auto CVT
2006 Toyota Matrix (KBB starts at $16,480+)
2004 VW Jetta Wagon (KBB starts at $13,800+)
2006 Ford Focus Wagon (KBB starts at $12,500+) (not to be confused with the sedan)
Best overall safetry rating was the Caliber, closely follwed by the Jetta.
Ford Focus Wagon has no crash rating available.
Matrix and Focus sedan both had a 3 somewhere in their star ratings.
Best mileage was the Matrix (29/34), closely followed by Focus (26/32).
Jetta was the worst mileage at (24/30)
All but the Jetta are rated with the EPA's "SmartWay" label, which means it is enviornmentally groovy. The Jetta does not have the label because it
does not apply to 2004 models (it's only as of 2006). However, it's emissions fall well above the mark for SmartWay requirements.
Going back through our finances though, we may have to get something even cheaper. So whereas before we were really only looking at station wagons,
now we're considering 4D sedans that are fuel efficient, safe, and cheap.