I thought about an EV but I'm not totally convinced that the battery will hold up well in the Canadian winters.joatmon wrote: ↑Thu Jul 27, 2023 10:54 am I haven't been looking at available cars for a bit now, but one thing I saw doing a quick check was that the Trax is supposedly rated at 32 mpg highway (7.35 l/100km) where the Corolla hatchback is rated at 41 mpg highway (5.74 l/100km)
I don't know if an EV fits your circumstances, but that seems to be the way things are going.
When I started looking at new cars a few years ago, I went to lots of dealerships to see them in person, so that I could rule some out based on my personal criteria. The risk with this approach is that the more you check out new cars, the more subconscious pressure will build to actually buy a new one. Especially when you see all the tech they've added in the 16 years since your Vibe was built. And each year you wait to buy new, the more new tech will be there.
I don't know how your winter roads are up there, if AWD is needed
I would probably buy new, as I put quite a few km's on my car for my job.SSizler wrote: ↑Thu Jul 27, 2023 10:40 am I think GM cars are money pits after 50K miles.
I've had a few that prove me right.
I would stay in the Toyota / Lexus family myself.
If you are buying new I would look at the Corolla Cross or Corolla wagon.
The Cross has more room if you are a large person.
If you are buying used, I would search the country for a low mileage Vibe and buy that.
A lot of folks like the Subaru.
They are not for me.
Hopefully someone has a better answer......
My daughter bought a 2021 Trailblazer a couple years ago (Jan 2021) and it's an pretty nice little car. The tech is pretty impressive, especially for someone who drives a 2004 or 2005 Vibe every day. I think the Vibe has more cargo space despite being smaller overall.
You're following the same vehicle path that I am! My 2004 Vibe GT (170k miles) is now my daily driver. The 2003 Vibe GT is still in the shop (only been five years ) and will someday get it fixed and either sell it, or keep for a spare. And finally the 2009 Vibe Gt, which I bought new in May of 2009, just turned over 40k miles and is slowly getting driven a bit more. Should ALWAYS have at least one reliable Vibe to drive for the next 10-20 years