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New car for the wife

So the wife is in the market for a new to her car. She's looking at all those mini crossovers now: CX-3, Honda HRV, Toyota C-HR, Kia Soul, Nissan Juke, Subaru Crosstrek, etc.

Primary goal is something that sits a little higher than the 6, isn't quite as big and gets great mpg. She's currently driving an '08 Scion xB 5spd, but wants an automatic now. Performance and driving dynamics aren't as high up on her list as are reliability and comfort. She'll have between a 30-60 minute commute depending on where her job takes her for the day.

Anybody have any experience with this segment? I'm kinda leaning towards the CX-3 just because I'm familiar with Mazda, but I am open to suggestions. I am leaning us away from the Kia since we've already done the boxy car thing, although from what I've read it does pretty well.
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So the wife is in the market for a new to her car. She's looking at all those mini crossovers now: CX-3, Honda HRV, Toyota C-HR, Kia Soul, Nissan Juke, Subaru Crosstrek, etc.

Primary goal is something that sits a little higher than the 6, isn't quite as big and gets great mpg. She's currently driving an '08 Scion xB 5spd, but wants an automatic now. Performance and driving dynamics aren't as high up on her list as are reliability and comfort. She'll have between a 30-60 minute commute depending on where her job takes her for the day.

Anybody have any experience with this segment? I'm kinda leaning towards the CX-3 just because I'm familiar with Mazda, but I am open to suggestions. I am leaning us away from the Kia since we've already done the boxy car thing, although from what I've read it does pretty well.
I work for a car dealership group (which unfortunately doesn't include Mazda but does include Hyundai) and I might suggest the all-new Hyundai Kona. It's essentially the same vehicle as all the others you mentioned and it does have a 10-year warranty while also being inexpensive for a new car.

If you need used, you're probably perfectly fine going with any Honda, Toyota or Mazda as far as reliability. Subaru is extremely popular but I'm not a fan due to their slow acceleration, guaranteed rust, and head gasket issues. Nissan is a thumbs-down in my book too.

Of course, take this with a grain of salt. If someone held a gun to my head and said "You HAVE to pick a crossover to buy"--I'd tell them to just pull the trigger

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Of course, take this with a grain of salt. If someone held a gun to my head and said "You HAVE to pick a crossover to buy"--I'd tell them to just pull the trigger

Bwahaahha!! That about sums up my opinion of them too, but it's what the wife wants and honestly they're pretty reasonable for the money.


We're looking for something used in the mid-$15k range or so. Seems like the HRV or CX-3 do pretty well in the magazine comparos.
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You didn't mention AWD but I assume that's a requirement?

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So the wife is in the market for a new to her car. She's looking at all those mini crossovers now: CX-3, Honda HRV, Toyota C-HR, Kia Soul, Nissan Juke, Subaru Crosstrek, etc.

Primary goal is something that sits a little higher than the 6, isn't quite as big and gets great mpg. She's currently driving an '08 Scion xB 5spd, but wants an automatic now. Performance and driving dynamics aren't as high up on her list as are reliability and comfort. She'll have between a 30-60 minute commute depending on where her job takes her for the day.

Anybody have any experience with this segment? I'm kinda leaning towards the CX-3 just because I'm familiar with Mazda, but I am open to suggestions. I am leaning us away from the Kia since we've already done the boxy car thing, although from what I've read it does pretty well.
I'd personally go with a Toyota Rav 4 or Honda CRV. They're good cars that meet all those requirements.
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I have a friend who is on his 2nd or 3rd RAV4. Loves it, FWIW.

We have a CX-3 AWD that my kids drive, primarily. It's a decent little Mazda, and gets around 30MPG in mixed driving. It handles well in the wet & dry - hasn't seen snow yet. The CX-3 is definitely worth a look.

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AWD isn't a requirement, but I'm sure she wouldn't say no if it was affordable.


Same thing with the the slightly larger vehicles, she wouldn't turn her nose up to an HRV or CX-5 if we could find a decent example in our price range. She really just wants something small and "personal". She also likes slightly funky or unique cars - not something every other soccer mom is driving in the neighborhood. I think that's why she digs the mini-crossover segment.
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AWD isn't a requirement, but I'm sure she wouldn't say no if it was affordable.


Same thing with the the slightly larger vehicles, she wouldn't turn her nose up to an HRV or CX-5 if we could find a decent example in our price range. She really just wants something small and "personal". She also likes slightly funky or unique cars - not something every other soccer mom is driving in the neighborhood. I think that's why she digs the mini-crossover segment.
Hmm, if AWD isn't a requirement then there's truly no reason to get a crossover over a hatchback, quite honestly. Mini crossovers are literally slightly lifted hatchbacks with matte black plastic cladding around the fenders. If she really wants to be unique she should avoid crossovers (which every soccer mom IS driving around here) and get a hatchback. Or split the difference and get an Impreza 5-door (slightly crossovery hatch with AWD). If it were me, I'd point her towards the Mazda 3 hatch.

OR, and it makes me cringe to suggest this--but you could pay a couple more thousand out of your budget and get a brand new car with a warranty that she'd probably like, the all-new Nissan Kicks: https://www.nissanusa.com/vehicles/c...uvs/kicks.html

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Of those listed, the only real negative I can say is "avoid the Nissan (or anything else with a CVT) like the plague".

CX3's have generally been very good for us. They don't seem to have any inherent problems and are almost always here for just routine maintenance. My wife's best friend has had one for 3 years and loves it. Our Finance Manager bought one for each of his two kids.
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