What's a good car to buy?

I'm 19, a beginner driver. I want a sedan or a hatchback (if it's spacious) with a hard metal body, preferably a Japanese car within a $18-27k. Looks are not everything to me, however, if there is a car that fits these qualifications and does look good, please let me know! I really don't know anything about cars but I do need something safe, spacious and has a metal exterior instead of plastic. Thank you!


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Most Helpful Guy

  • Within that price range, the most popular choices for sedans --- among younger people with no children that they have to transport around --- are the cars within the "compact car" size of vehicles. And for Japanese cars, popular and usually-reliable choices are made by the companies Toyota, Honda, Mazda, etc.

    Each car company usually has one car, within its compact-car segment, to sell under its name.

    Toyota makes the Toyota Corolla:
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    Honda makes the Honda Civic:
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    Mazda makes the Mazda 3:
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    There are also other Japanese companies who make sedans: like Nissan (with the Nissan Sentra), Subaru (with the Subaru Impreza), and Mitsubishi (with the Mitsubishi Lancer).

    However, the 3 pictures I provided are the ones that I see more people driving. You should of course do your own research into each car; look at things like reviews on RELIABILITY, gas mileage, horsepower, handling, etc. And then pick the one that gives you the best deal, considering everything. :)

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    • Oh and just in case you were curious about Nissan, Subaru, and Mitsubishi anyway lol:

      The Nissan Sentra:
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      The Subaru Impreza:
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      The Mitsubishi Lancer:
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    • Thank you so much! This helps a lot! I was thinking about getting a Subaru Legacy or Impreza but I was unsure about the exterior. I didn't know if it was a metal exterior. The only cars I know that have metal exterior is Mercedes, but that's expensive.

    • As far as I know, most cars --- especially in your price range --- still have bodies made out of steel. So that shouldn't be a concern. :) If you really feel like testing it for some reason lol, you can put a magnet to it. It will stick to the car.

      The front and rear bumpers for many cars, though, tend to be made of plastic these days, but that's not really a big deal. Modern cars are safer than ever, and bumpers are more effective than ever in doing their jobs too. Hope this helps! :)

Most Helpful Girl

  • It sounds like you should go look at some cars and get some insurance quotes.

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What Guys Said 10

  • Why throw 18-30grand away? in my opinion just get a used one? I have a 2000 standard mazda that is really fun to drive, it's probably not worth fuck all considering it's old but it has very few km on it. Just find a nice used one in my opinion, esp if you're a beginner.

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  • If that's your budget i'd recommend any Subaru. Solid cars but stay away from the used performance models.

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  • Get a BMW, they have tons of airbags and are completely safe. You could get a decent used one in that price range.

    In that price range you could get a 2009 to 2011 bmw 3 series with some nice package options and even nav if you need it.

    The performance and handling are amazing. And they are also stylish cars.

    Once you drive a bmw you won't want to drive anything else.

    Japanese cars are meh

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  • For practicality and if you deal with winter get a subaru forester.

    Subarus awd is great and the forester is practical

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  • why tf would u get an expensive first car when ur most likely going to curb your wheels and wreck it as a beginner.

    honda civic.

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  • Buy land cruiser model 2006 .

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  • Toyota Corolla

    make sure you won't kill anyone ;-)

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  • Civic touring version

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  • Just get a used Range Rover. Never look back.

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  • honda, or lexus. the very first car i drove was a honda, and the very first car i own (ed) (still do) is a lexus

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What Girls Said 9

  • Honda, Nissan, Subaru, anything Small and Economical on gas, @Apple-mango, and Yes... Japanese for sure here, dear.
    However, to be honest, with a Foreign car, the parts are a bit more Expensive but worth it in the Long Run.
    Good luck. xx

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  • Manual or Automatic?

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  • Honda Accord is really good

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  • I have a mustang and a truck

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  • Honda Civic that's what I drive and it's amazing and very reliable

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  • Toyota Corolla or Camry.

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  • porsche cayenne. my car lol

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  • Nissan Murano 2003

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  • A tank.

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