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  •  My price range for a car maxes out in the 30000 (1+ / 0-)
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    or so range.  So I'll have to wait a few years until a Tesla comes along that I can afford.  But it's sweeeeeeet.  

    That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

    by concernedamerican on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 04:01:33 AM PST

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      I just bought a Ford C-Max. This is the first year they make them. It is awesome. Once you learn how to drive it, yet without being obsessive about hypermiling, it gets an easy 43-44 mpg, and with a little more effort can get the manufacturer claimed 47 mpg. It seats 5 people comfortably, with plenty of leg room in the back seat, and if you fold the back seats down you can haul mid-sized furniture. I just bought a dresser off craigstlist, 60"x 40" x 24" - fit easily with room to spare for the lamps I bought as well.

      Unlike the prius and other hybrids, this thing has some vroom too. Has 188hp, so you can get nice peak performance out of it. In comparison, standard Prius has half as much horsepower, and the Prius V gets around 135hp (and at a huge cost to mileage, as the Prius V has a manufacturer claim mpg of 40).

      I got mine for $25.25k tax included. Didn't get a fancy model, but even my relatively basic model came with heated seats, sync, power liftgate, and a handful of other bells and whistles. For an extra $800 I could have had the touch screen deal, but I don't think it's worth the cost. Rather buy a new ipad.

      And it's American union made!!!

      One other interesting point: In January Ford will begin selling plug-in models of the C-Max with 20 mile all electric range before switching to hybrid mode. If I didn't have such a long commute I might have waited. But with those costing around $30k it didn't seem worth it to me, but for someone with a short commute or who just drives around town for the most part it's going to be a helluva buy.

      Run for office. It's fun!

      by Alfonso Nevarez on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 06:31:10 AM PST

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