I currently drive a Honda Civic 2dr hatcback and love that car. However, I feel that the time to upgrade has come and was hoping that Gurus might have a few recommendations.
Here are my criteria:
a) Not too big. We went to checkout the subaru outback and felt that the thing was huge. I felt the Subaru impreza hatchback was the right size, but the mileage was pretty poor, so ruled it out.
b) Needs to be a hatchback. I camp frequently and found the hatchback the most convenient for this.
c) Reasonable ground clearance. I have driven on dirt roads with my little car, and have been fine so far. But I have to drive really slow, and the roads have to be in a decent shape.
d) Would prefer a 4WD. Currently I have 2WD and have to be really careful in inclement weather.
e) Decent mileage. I currently get around 35-40 mpg on highways and would like to continue this.
I have been thinking of Toyota Matrix, Mazda 3.
What do the Gurus think? Which cars best fit my criteria? The list is not hard and I can bend a bit depending on the item.
Thanks so much.