What is the best hwy mileage, dependable car from 2014-2017?
Jeez...do some research online (Edmonds, ConsumerReports,etc). You need better info than just someone's opinion.
Toyota Corolla, manual trans, Honda Civic manual trans.
If you want the Honda Get one now with a manual trans 2016 older as 2017 up manuals are gone for good.
And...why are manual transmissions going away? Because the automatics are now superior. Equal or better fuel mileage, better acceleration, less wear and tear on vehicle, less maintenance, and longer life expectancy. The electronic controlled automatic maintains the best engine rpm for all conditions. With an automatic, you cannot lug the engine, over-rev the engine, miss a shift, or grind gears. And, an automatic leaves a hand free so you can text or talk on the phone while driving!!!!
According to longstanding broad statistics, Toyota Corolla and Toyota Camry are the lowest cost to own vehicles available. My son has a 14 Corolla Sport- has the CVS transmission, gets upwards of 40 MPG on the highway. I just sold a 2005 Corolla with 157k miles on it- lowest cost to own of any car I've ever had. Now have a 14 Camry SE- not lavish, but pretty smart- I ran a 200 mile gas mileage test at 70 MPH using the Cruise control and got 39.6 MPG. This car is rated at 25 city and 35 highway, and if you drive anywhere near within reason, should be able to get the 35 or better. The gas mileage goes down the faster you drive. Camry is a bit larger than the Corolla, so if space is a consideration (Which if he lives in it he may want) Just test drive a Camry. I speak for Toyota having done serious research before I bought my '05, proved exactly what the stats said, and if you care to look into the data- you can find they've pretty well held those records. Note: reading reviews is great, but always take them with a grain of salt. No car is a fits all, so make sure he's happy with what he gets. Buy right and sell right and this will get you a long ways down the road. From the stats- Honda is a close follow up, but a different ride than Toyota- I didn't select the Honda for my personal reasons, but one of my sons has one and it has done him great so far- it is a '12 with about 40k, he commutes 12 miles to work. (Note Commuting and Travelling are 2 different animals- If travelling, consider a bit of space, Camry vs Corolla. Corolla, small living room... Also- both are pretty techy Bluetooth, etc. good sound!
We as a Country are moving toward (All be it slowly) Autonomously driven vehicles.
Right now the currently produced Automatics can be fitted to drive Autonomously, its now just a matter of years before they are factory produced ready to go, then it will be a matter of years before all other cars will be phased out to pasture on private property and off paved roads all together or turned into metal pipe. There is already lanes on highways outfitted and being outfitted to carry the first edition of these robots. The last full scale testing on these was pulled before it made too much of a fuss. It was not allowed to fail in the public eye. An Every day car driven Non-Autonomousely hit it which then the decision was made to pull it, even though it was doing great, the people were talking, it was all over the news with negative press in minutes so it was pulled and a new press release giving the cause and information on its progress and that it was being pulled off the road by choice, in lieu of letting it delay the full scale entry of Autonomously driven cars. Its not off the table it was pulled to stop the flow of negative views but there is no chance it is curbed. People hope to get others to believe its because of our wants and needs that we as a whole are not buying manual so the auto-makers are not building them anymore, but some still are and selling them in record numbers and will sell them until they are not allowed anymore, they make money and the buyer has to one day convert to auto or put to pasture with off-road use or track use, trailered on the road system, It will be interstates first then to the highways by choice, first by choice then one day your car will be not allowed on the interstate unless its driven Autonomously, Then onto the highways and to the cities and side roads and then county roads until all paved roads are included. There will then be a rush to pave all roads not yet paved.
We have owned Corollas and have the Camry now but I also have owned 3 Honda cars and My brothers have owned them too and all were great so its is hard to go wrong with, The Honda and Toyota are different even if they both are made in Japan.