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#2 of 50 Is the Versa right for me?...
Jul 17, 2006 (11:49 pm)
I've been lurking here for quite some time and want to extend my appreciation for all the helpful info. Here's my question:
My wife and I are expecting a child soon and are moving to California in 3 weeks, at which time we will purchase a car. I have been looking at: Versa, Corolla, Scion Xa and Xb, Matrix, and a couple Hondas. We are a bit concerned that, with a stroller in the car, the Xa and Versa may just be too cramped. I have recently received a good deal on a 2006 Xa with under 10,000 miles for $700 under blue book (so under $11,900). I have also found a dealer in my area willing to sell base model Versas for $13,250, or MSRP. Now of course the question is, if they are big enough for our needs, which is the better deal?? And if not, any opinions on the Matrix/ Vibe?
Thanks a ton.
#3 of 50 Re: Is the Versa right for me?... [lollavid]
Jul 18, 2006 (4:21 am)
I have a feeling you would be able to put the stroller in back of the Versa, Corolla, or Matrix w/o lowering part of the rear seat. I don't think that would work with the xA, and if it did it would be the only thing you could a haul in back. Not sure about the xB.
The Versa is a bigger and more comfortable car than the xA. If you will frequently carry adults in back (e.g. grandma and grampa with the baby) I think the Versa would be the heavy favorite. However, the xA does have standard ABS, which the Versa does not. Does the used xA have the side airbags package? I think that is very important, especially in these small cars. It's standard on the Versa.
#4 of 50 Re: Is the Versa right for me?... [backy]
Jul 18, 2006 (4:37 am)
More than g-ma or g-pa, if this is your first child I would be willing to bet that your wife will want to be next to the baby fairly often. At least for a while. Back seat comfort on the subcompacts is definitely on the Versa's side. If you move up to the Vibe/Matrix or even Corolla or Civic then obviously you have now moved to the compact class and adequate backseats will be easier to come by.
It sounds as though you don't want to spend a lot of money. If that is the case then I would probably vote Versa S over the xA. If you want to spend more then the picture gets more complicated.
Whether a stroller fits is largely up to the stroller. You would be amazed at the crazy configurations and "features" they can add to strollers. In general I think the Versa would work. I don't think I'm getting a bag of golf clubs in there side to side though.
I would ask a few more questions like: is this the primary vehicle, are you planning on more kids, etc. but from what you said I think a base Versa would serve you well.
#5 of 50 Re: Is the Versa right for me?... [lollavid]
Jul 18, 2006 (4:52 am)
The big questions here is, how long are you going to keep the car? Remember babies get big fast, and also what IF your wife gets pregnent again.. Will any of the cars you are looking at be big enough for 4...
You also didn't say how much you can spend a car.. My personel feeling would be, get the biggest car you can afford now. Have you thought of a 06 Altima, I'm sure you can work out a sweet deal on at the dealer.. That would be a great car for the family.
#6 of 50 Re: Is the Versa right for me?... [bsbc]
Jul 18, 2006 (12:02 pm)
My golf clubs WILL fit, side to side, in my Versa SL with the back shelf on, which covers them when the hatch is closed. They would not fit in the Scion xA I just got rid of. Versa is bigger and better.
#7 of 50 Re: Is the Versa right for me?... [okcmitchell]
Jul 18, 2006 (1:14 pm)
#8 of 50 Scion xA.
Jul 18, 2006 (9:30 am)
I would definately pick the Versa over the Scion xA. That little 1.5L motor feels like it is being beat to death every time you try to step out into traffic.
Personally I would take a look at a new Ford Focus. An NEW 2007 SE 4-door can usually be had for around $16,000 and right now there is a $2,000 rebate if you finance through Ford Credit.
Focus was on Car and Drivers 10 Best list for like 5 years in a row. Focus comes with a 5yr/100,000 mile power train warranty.
#9 of 50 Re: Scion xA. [mschmal]
Jul 18, 2006 (7:10 pm)
Technically the 07 Focus is not a new just "redesigned" its the same basic car since 2000.... Now too sure why Ford wont import the REAL Focus from Europe, its shares the same platform as the Mazda 3 and Volvo 40... Now why is Ford giving people 2K back on a 2007 !! Because it a piece of crap... BTW, it has made the Car and Driver top 10 list in the last couple of years....
#10 of 50 Re: Scion xA. [flightnurse]
Jul 18, 2006 (7:23 pm)
Ford doesn't import the "new, improved" Focus from other lands because it would compete price-wise with the Fusion. I think what they need to do is get a B-car over here; they have some nice ones in Europe. Something that could compete price-wise with the Versa and other B-cars, but be a better car than the U.S. Focus--which is not a terrible car, but is showing its age.
#11 of 50 Re: Scion xA. [backy]
Jul 18, 2006 (9:31 pm)
I think what they need to do is get a B-car over here; they have some nice ones in Europe.
Actually, the latest rumor is that Ford will unveil the next-generation Fiesta as early as NAIAS Detroit in January 2007, since Ford has said the next model will be sold in the USA (it'll be assembled in Mexico at one of Ford's Mexican assembly lines).