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Old 07-30-2012, 09:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Weather Spotter View Post
My 2006 matrix got 30 MPG stock and modded it gets 57 MPG! It has tones of cargo space and people room. very reliable and practical in snow. Used they (or vibes) are cheep .

Matrix/Vibe is a really good suggestion. Not the sport model. It's essentially a Corolla under the skin, so frugal & reliable.

I'm sure there are other wagon-y or hatchback types that can get 30-40 mpg highway. I'd recommend a 2nd gen Prius (bullet proof reliable and surprising room in back), but you'd be hard pressed to find one under 6k.

Golf TDI (diesel) comes to mind too, but I'm not up on the VW reliability question.

I'm sure others will chime in with advice.
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