What should I buy of the following choices?

Asked by Oct 24, 2017 at 10:08 AM

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

I'm looking for an economy car that is decent to drive for my budget (under $20K).  Currently torn between (all base trim, 2017 model year,  don't have a lot of money):
1. Kia Forte5 (warranty is tempting, decent looks)
2. Hyundai Elantra GT
3. Toyota Corolla (probably going to pass despite reliability as it seems to be the dullest to drive)
4.Toyota Corolla iM (ugly but maybe more fun to drive than other budget cars?)
5.Chevrolet Trax (almost certainly going to pass, but all wheel drive for winter is tempting)
Anyone have any suggestions or experience with these cars?

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If you want reliability you want a Toyota. Your number 1 and 2 are going to cost your budget in the long run. Years ago I had the same budget and I bought a used Camry. These go forever and are forgiving when maintenance is not followed. I have experienced this in the service industry. If this was my list...your number 1 & 2 would be at the bottom.

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Skip the Korean cars. The Toyota would be my choice.

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Thanks for the advice!


I now have 4 Toyotas and looking to buy 2 more. Just to give you an idea how hardy this brand is, I bought a Sienna that had never had the transmission fluid changed and I recently changed it and it shifts great. 209K miles. I also read a story about the same generation Sienna as mine with 460K that never had the transmission fluid changed and it is still a daily driver. I don’t recommend this but it shows how reliable these things are. I have a 1997, 2001, 2002 and a 2011 Toyota. Why buy new when these things keep going.

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