The last car I bought (my current car) I'm not totally thrilled with. Unfortunately I only had one day to look and buy at the time so I didn't have the luxury to look further and get what I really wanted. It's a bit older (2005 Buick Lacrosse), and the only other reasonable option on the lot was a newer Chevy Aveo. I had one of those as a rental for a week once, and let's just say it was very much like driving a cardboard box... so Lacrosse it was.
I've had the darn thing for two years now and especially recently it has been costing me quite a bit in unexpected expenses. (One was a tire issue, not the car's fault, but have had to fix A/C, clear tailpipe, fix electrical for my lowbeams, and when I went through the car wash today my roof started leaking from the interior lights up front. THAT can't bode well...)
On top of that, since it's an older vehicle my interest rate is higher than if it were newer. (I can drop my interest rate by up to 4% by getting 2010 or newer! )
Here are my requirements:
-Under or around $15k
-GOOD engine with a reasonable amount of get-up-and-go. Does not have to be a V6, but does need to have some power behind it. I've driven some newer Nissans that had a great balance in this regard.
-Decent fuel economy, preferably around 30 MGP HWY
-A/C and heat (probably difficult NOT to find in newer cars)
-Not "frumpy" - I am a 20-something, so no grandma cars!
-4 seat or 2 seats are both fine
If anyone has any suggestions or recommendations of cars in this range, that would be awesome! Thank you in advance!