Yes, I know I've written plenty against cars, but I haven't had to live in Toronto with two kids using the city's crap transit: with one was bad enough. We'll never get one car per adult! With two kids in Tokyo there's no call for a vehicle, and driving here's no pleasure and expensive besides (tolls). I am returning to North America, and that means sprawl, and poor transit or none. However, if you don't need your car to commute, you're an idiot to own one.
Owning in Canada: an average of $10K/yr all costs in, including gas, maintenance, insurance and depreciation.
Not owning in Canada: an average of $5.5K/yr if you're profligate
- $100/month on transit
- $300/month on car rental, if frequent
- $50/month on taxis
I need a third seat row, though not a luxurious one. I'm not getting a fucking truck, just because I bred.
I'm in early middle age, but married late enough not to justify mid-life crisis: I ought to get a sedan. However, I have a mother and MIL I'll need to fit in sometimes, along with a wife, and two child seats, which waste a fuck-tonne of room (the seats). I'm not getting a van or truck, because besides driving like a building, the premium on buying, running and insuring is going to be an extra 25% or more. Nobody's making a station wagon, though. That's what I really need. It'd also let me carry cycling and camping gear when I get to, or sleep in the back on long drives when the family's in Japan and I am not.
I'm cheap, but too cheap to buy a PITA that will cost me more in repair and poor ride quality, so GM and Chrysler are out (besides, fuck their bail out!), so is Toyota after their lies about their accelerators, and European cars are not worth the premium. They don't make three row sedan/wagon/van vehicles anyway. There are these, and all come out around $30K new in Canada with options you'd want (less in the US, despite the dollar, as usual) after taxes.
Am as partial to Honda as against GM, from owning one of each, but they make nothing in this class. Nor does Hyundai or Nissan. Am I missing anything? Can't be much over $30K CAD, parks, drives and weighs more like a sedan than a truck, and has a third seat row (both second and third rows folding away, ideally flat).
Given the three pictures, I am partial to the Mazda5, but if the recent reliability and build quality of the Kia and Mistubishi are as good I could be swayed. However, only the Mazda's got the sliding rear door, and my MIL and mother are near opposite sides of seventy years. What a shame there are so few choices for what's kind of an ideal car for North America.