So yeah, I have one month to go on my Camry lease. Time for something new, but modest. The Camry has been a fine car, cost me nothing other than the pretty low payments ($240 with nothing down, taxes included), all maintenance was free. Just gas.
Maybe another one? No incentive from Toyota to keep me as a customer which I find a bit odd, but whatever. I have some equity in this lease too, hopefully. It only has 25k miles on it.
I kinda want a new Subaru Forester, with the CVT. Nothing fancy, just the base model, about all I can afford at this point. I like the awd feature, especially in upstate NY weathers. And having a wagon would be good for both hauling the dog and maybe even gear eventually. The new CVT get's pretty decent gas mileage finally.
Anything else I should consider? CRV, RAV4 are on my list, but most of them are too pricey I think.
I'd buy used, but I'm really leary about having any car repairs, been burned before. And unless the car is $12k or less, a used car will cost me more in payments than a new lease (if negotiated correctly, as I do). And once I pay off a used car loan, there really isn't much equity left, especially with the winters we have here. And it's nice to have the peace of mind of a new car knowing everything is under warranty.
Other vehicles you'd consider in the $20-23k range? It's always fun to see what people suggest. I saw a new Tesla Model S the other day, absolutely beautiful car, and they get almost 100mpg as they're electric, but at $70k+, it's more that outside my range of considering Cheers.