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Old 01-06-2013, 12:23 AM
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Location: Utah
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I thought I would post an update (I'm the OP).

We decided 15K was our spending limit. We also decided we needed low miles. This ruled out most (if not all) AWD sedans (too expensive with few miles). The wife said no to Suburu.

Our daughter won't drive much. We live 30 seconds from her school. She has soccer and a few other activities, but they aren't far either. And she will only occasionally drive the freeway.

So what I did was go to the magazine archives and dug up the vehicles that had done well in comparisons in the past, looked online to find some locally, and then went and looked at them.

We landed on a Mazda3. Today we purchased a 2010 Mazda3 s Sport with 38K miles on it for under 15K, white exterior, black interior with brushed aluminum. She loves it. I think it drives nicely for such a car.

I'll report back in a few years how it went.

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