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Which car would you pick?

  • 2010 Honda CRV

    Votes: 7 87.5%
  • 2011 Subaru Forester

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<p style="margin-top:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:0px;margin-left:0px;padding-top:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:0px;padding-left:0px;">The lease on our current car is going to be up soon, so we went car shopping today.  DH and I are mostly trying to decide between a Subaru Forester 2.5x premium and a Honda CRV-LX.  They will be close to the same cost.  They both have five star crash ratings front and back seat.</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:0px;margin-left:0px;padding-top:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:0px;padding-left:0px;">We can either get a very last on the lot 2010 honda CRV.  We will get no choice about colors and options, since it is the very last one.  It is pretty basic model, but does have 4 wheel drive.</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:0px;margin-left:0px;padding-top:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:0px;padding-left:0px;">We can get a 2011 subaru forester. Since it is next years model we can pick and choose colors and options.  It comes standard with a lot more bells and whistles than the CRV, and has some great options.</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:0px;margin-left:0px;padding-top:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:0px;padding-left:0px;">My dad thinks we should get an American car, any random American car.  DS liked the VW, which was quite a bit more money, and the Smart, that only seats 2 people.  So the rest of the family aren't much help with deciding.</p>
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<p>I would look into cost of ownership too. With deals you can do well with a new car when typically you lost thousands driving it off the lot. I would not go american just to buy american.Safety ratings are the most important given the way people drive these days-doing everything BUT watching the road.</p>
 

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<p>I would not buy a brand new car at all.  The moment it rolls off of the lot, it loses 20% of its value.  I would try to find a car that is a couple of years old.  So... neither.</p>
 

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<p>I would get the Forester because it has all the bells and whistles.  :lol  My current car, which I have driven for 8 years is the most basic of basic- I dream of having a car with extras!  Seriously though, I would pick the car that cost less (because I think they are very similar) and I would also buy outright. Unlike a PP, I would buy new. </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>velochic</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1282072/help-us-pick-a-new-family-car#post_16077189"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I would not buy a brand new car at all.  The moment it rolls off of the lot, it loses 20% of its value.  I would try to find a car that is a couple of years old.  So... neither.</p>
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<br><br><p>Actually, both the honda and subaru are holding their values so well, that we won't save much at all by buying used, unless we get a much older car.  We looked into buying our currently leased car (2008 CRV,) and it is only about $3,000 less than the brand new 2010 CRV, and we will get better financing on a new one, so actual payments come out about the same.  </p>
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<p>We looked into depreciation on both cars, and the big drop in value on both seems to take place at 5 years.  The subaru does depreciate slightly faster than the honda, but since it would be a  2011 subaru it has a year less of depreciation on its blue book value when we go to sell/trade it in in 7-10years.  So from that point of view they are about equal financially.</p>
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<p>We looked at cost of ownership from all angles, and again, they are coming out about the same.  </p>
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<p>From a purely financial point of view, there is nothing to tip us one way or the other.</p>
 
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