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Buying my first car!

I'll be buying my first car this summer! I can't decide on which car to choose. I've been researching for months and I seem to change my mind multiple times a day. I've been looking at cars with a 20k sticker price or lower. What is the best performing car in this price range? I've been looking at mainly the 2014 models for the Mazda 3, Ford Focus sedan, Lancer and Subaru Impreza, all in the lowest trim models. It seems like neither the Lancer or Mazda come with a/c at that trim, which is unfortunate. I would like to test drive all of these vehicles, but that won't happen likely, until the summer actually arrives. I also want to get a manual. I heard that the Impreza has a "bad" manual gearbox. What would you guys recommend? I'll be going to university next fall. I'm sure I'll have to get used to driving an economy car, as I've been driving my parents' cars for the last two and a half years. My mom drives a 2007 Range Rover Sport Supercharged and my Stepdad drives a 2007 Chrysler 300 Limited, both automatic. I don't have a lot of experience when it comes to driving a wide variety of cars, but I love driving those two.

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Up until a few years ago, I was never convinced that electric cars are the way to go. But, after a days-long road trip in a rented Tesla, I was thoroughly convinced. In my opinion, nothing beats electric because of the tax credits, the huge savings on expenses, such as gasoline, insurance and repairs, and of course, the environment.

If you are looking for a used electric car, you can definitely find one for under 20K. However, you can even buy a new Mitsubishi I-MiEV, for example, for under 30K. As with all electric cars, you will pay a little bit more to buy it, but the savings will be much greater in the long run. I am so convinced that I would never buy another gas guzzler.

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Small world.

My 2014 Leaf SV with 30K miles was 12K USD. It was almost as new and I'm at 2.5 years since I got it and have not filled my ICEcar in over a year.

At my current electric rates it costs 6 cents a mile to drive (actually less but I rounded up) and I have no smog checks, oil changes or much else. I did put in a new air filter and rotated the tires along with monthly air pressure checks.

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