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First car for 22 year old

Asked by Madelyn Keely

I am 22 and looking to buy my first car. I was thinking of a small city sized auto hatch – perhaps a Toyota Yaris or a Mazda2, or a later model Mazda3. I'm looking for modern features and something that will be good enough on the highway back to my hometown in the country. I'm looking to buy a used car for about $10,000. What car should I buy?

Answered by CarsGuide

7 Nov 2014 Graham Smith

Most modern cars would be perfectly fine for your country commuting, that's not really an issue like it was in the past where it was felt you needed a six-cylinder car at least to handle the long distance, higher-speed cruising. Smaller cars like the Yaris or Mazda2 are perfect for city use; they're small, manoeuvrable, easy to park, safe and cheap to run. A larger car, like the Mazda3 would be a little more comfortable for a longer journey. It would also have better performance, but being larger is a little more difficult to park, and would cost more to run. For your money you could get a 2008/2009 Mazda3, which would also be a good buy. For mine, I would go for the smaller car, the Yaris or the Mazda2.

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