After taking your defensive driving course, you’re going to be saving some cash on your auto insurance. This frees up a few extra dollars to spend on your next vehicle. So, whether your budget allows for new or used, what are some of the best rides out there right now?
Best Family Car- 2009 Toyota Sienna
The Sienna dates back to 1999, and really you could pick out any Sienna in good condition out of that lineup and wind up with a decent family wagon. We like the 2009 model for the onboard DVD entertainment system and the all-wheel drive, but they all feature Toyota’s 3.5-liter V6, with 265 horsepower and five speed auto transmission. It’s a family minivan with the get-up-and-go of a working person’s truck. You could haul a trailer or move cross country while playing car games new and old with this thing. A classic family car from top to bottom.
Best Personal Car- 2013 Toyota Corolla Sedan
The Toyota Corolla is a nice all-around car. The four-door sedan is roomy enough for carpooling and road trips with friends, but small enough to get great gas mileage, with 26 mpg in the city, and 34 on the highway. Relatively lightweight and easy to maintain on a budget, the car is kind of a best-kept-secret. With 132hp and smooth handling. It’s a solid ride, but it’s not as in-demand as some other vehicles, so you may even be able to find it for under $10,000 depending on the miles it has on its engine, location and condition.
Best Family Car- 2017 Nissan NV200
The new Nissan NV200 looks like a spaceship from Star Trek: The Next Generation, and it’s named to match. The minivan is available in a $21,330 S configuration, or a $22,230 SV, with roomy dimensions of 186″ L x 68″ W x 74″ H, a cargo volume of 122.7 cubic feet, and a respectable MPG of 24/26 city/highway. This is a pretty safe ride, with wire mesh on the glass package, and it’s a pretty comfortable car to hang out in, with a worktable and fold-down seats for extra room when you’re not hitting maximum occupancy. 2.0 liter inline 4-cylinder with Xtronic transmission, ranking in at 131 horsepower. Simply one of the best vehicles on the market in its price range if you’ve got a lot of people to get around town.
Best Personal Car- 2017 Honda Civic Sedan
Starting at just under $19,000, and going up to around $27,000 for the deluxe Touring model, the new Honda Civic Sedan boasts a pretty stunning MPG rating of 40 on the highway, or 28 in the city. The exterior is sleek, and the interior is about as cozy as many luxury cars costing twice as much. The Si offers a six-speed manual that feels really nice to shift, and every model has its own little quirks and features to let it stand out from the pack. You can mix and match several of these features on the website when you build your own Civic. Really just a great car all around, with a flexible price range, making it approachable no matter your budget.
These aren’t the only great cars out there in the used and new markets, just four of our favorites. Get out there and explore what’s available and see what you can find that fits your lifestyle and your budget. At the intersection of safety, convenience, style and price, you’ll find the perfect car to meet your needs.