What hatchbacks are best for winter driving?
I currently own a 2002 Saturn SL2 sedan which has served me well (185K
miles and still running well!), but she has a slow antifreeze leak from a
cylinder head gasket ($1200 repair) and will need new struts soon, so I plan
to buy a used car before winter comes. I'd like to buy a hatchback for less
than 10K. I like the extra cargo space and the rear wiper blade could improve
visibility when driving in snow. Does anyone have any recommendations?
Lots to chose from, can you help us narrow it down? Price, brands, engine size, transmission?
Good questions, Tom. I'm looking tor an automatic transmission (never learned tio drive manual), hoping to spend less than $10K. Four cylinder engine preferred if only because this generally = better fuel economy. I live in the city (Boston), so I'm hoping to find a relatively small car that will still handle well in snowy conditions. A few makes/models I've researched so far that look promising are: Honda Fit, Nissan Versa, Ford Focus, Ford Fiesta, Toyota Matrix, and Pontiac Vibe. I almost bought a Kia Rio hatchback from someone on Craigslist; it sounded pretty sweet but someone else bought the car before I could schedule a test drive. I've heard some good things about Kias, but I'm flexible. Some older Subaru hatchbacks may be small enough (eg Outback "sport"?). Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you so much!