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Please bear with me.
So I have a 2014 RAM Laramie with only 42k miles that I bought brand new.
Don't get me wrong, I love my truck.
However, after 4.5 years, work now says I have to start coming in again, versus working from home.
Now, the truck is not the most economical vehicle to drive into work and park in smaller spots.
So I have been debating a small putt-around vehicle.
I live in New England, so snow capable is desired.
I have been all over the spectrum from a Jeep Wrangler, Subaru Crosstrek, BMW Mini and even fun cars like Miata RF convertible hardtop and even the BRZ. (Yup, I know, but the whole mid-life crisis thing. lol)
My wife has a Rogue and while I don't love the car, the seating height and in-out isn't terrible.
I recently tried a 2020 Camry for short money. While a nice car with great MPG's, I feel it's impossible getting in and out without trouble. (No, I'm not fat, 165lbs.)
Being in a truck like the RAM has spoiled me from a seating height, comfort and safety standpoint.

What have you bought that you are happy with for a capable smaller vehicle?

Thanks!
 
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Well, only (1) truck option: My other (2) slightly limited: But no Blizzards here normally, just tornadoes and hurricanes and a lil warm.

Of course I am being facetious. But with the OP being in New England and weather issues, maybe something like a Rogue or Murano would work, something with AWD or 4WD available. I did need the 4WD option in Feb 21 when it was -5F and 8" of snow on ground with ice (10 years of snow 1 night).
 

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Never met anyone who owned a Subaru who didn't like it. Don't know if they are that good, or if it's a cult thing like Jeeps. My daughter had one a while back, and it was a good car.

Don't be afraid to look at the Hyundais, they are really quite reliable, and you can't beat the warranty.

I picked up a low cost commuter car a while back, to reduce the miles on the truck, and for ease of parking. I didn't worry about 4WD for that. On a snowy day, I would just take the truck, but more often the visit was cancelled anyway. Nothing says you can't take the truck once in a while when it makes sense.
 

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After 4.5 years, what is the reason your employer is requiring you to come to the office? I would find a job that fits how you want to work vs. just accepting going back into the office because they said so.

You hit an issue for me here - just because is not a good enough reason. Covid is still a thing and well, inflation and the oil prices are all the more reasons to offer flexibility.

I also realize that remote work is not an option for all business models. Perhaps it is just time for you to go back to the office but not knowing the details, I might push the issue a bit.

I say away from anything Ford or Chevy. Subaru would be my first brand to investigate and older models seem to be reliable as heck along with helping the affordability factor.

Don’t forget to weigh the cost of having another car in the stable. Insurance, maintenance, tags etc is all money still leaving your wallet. I’m sure if you are having to report in 5 days a week it will still be savings over fuel Cost; only calling it out as not to overlook it :)
 
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Hyundai's reading about the engine problems between them and KIA had me a little shy about it.
I was looking at their cube vehicle, but backed away after reading about their engine problems over several years.

Never met anyone who owned a Subaru who didn't like it. Don't know if they are that good, or if it's a cult thing like Jeeps. My daughter had one a while back, and it was a good car.

Don't be afraid to look at the Hyundais, they are really quite reliable, and you can't beat the warranty.

I picked up a low cost commuter car a while back, to reduce the miles on the truck, and for ease of parking. I didn't worry about 4WD for that. On a snowy day, I would just take the truck, but more often the visit was cancelled anyway. Nothing says you can't take the truck once in a while when it makes sense.
 
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I've been at my company for over 24 years.
They starter a pilot to work from home over 4.5 years ago and I was on the list first.
I worked more hours when I worked from home, so it was a win/win for everyone.
3-4 hours a day travel just sux.
(Between driving to train station, parking fees, t-pass fee's, etc. Full time going in cost me $4-7k a year extra , not to mention wear on my truck on tires and brakes. That's why I have lower milage.)
For me, I kind of ruled out American cars/SUV's, just based on reading over many years. Love my truck though.

When covid hit, everyone went remote. After it recently eased up, they decided to go to a hybrid model. So now everyone must do it.
Really sux to be honest. Working from home, making my lunch, being healthier about it, losing 85lbs, running 7+ miles every day, worked because I had more control. I've already gained back 5+ lbs since coming back in just over a month ago. Losing that 4 hours of my day, makes it tough. Also had to buy new work clothes, do laundry more often. lol
I'll stop my rants for now. :)

Yes, insurance, tags, that all plays into it as well.
Originally I wanted another car, for the mid-life crisis thing, but it seemed like a good idea to get something practical if I went that route.

After 4.5 years, what is the reason your employer is requiring you to come to the office? I would find a job that fits how you want to work vs. just accepting going back into the office because they said so.

You hit an issue for me here - just because is not a good enough reason. Covid is still a thing and well, inflation and the oil prices are all the more reasons to offer flexibility.

I also realize that remote work is not an option for all business models. Perhaps it is just time for you to go back to the office but not knowing the details, I might push the issue a bit.

I say away from anything Ford or Chevy. Subaru would be my first brand to investigate and older models seem to be reliable as heck along with helping the affordability factor.

Don’t forget to weigh the cost of having another car in the stable. Insurance, maintenance, tags etc is all money still leaving your wallet. I’m sure if you are having to report in 5 days a week it will still be savings over fuel Cost; only calling it out as not to overlook it :)
 

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I have a 2022 Palisade, only been six months, but we are very happy with it. My son has had several, they have been very good, and when there was a problem, the warranty work was done without issue. They have a Santa Fe, the transmission started acting up. One visit to the dealer, they agreed to replace it, and gave them a loaner while the work was in process. Others I know have had very good performance.

I have seen reports of engine issues, but don't know any one personally. But - I also have not experienced hemi tick, or any of the other things you read about on this form that scares lots of people away from our trucks.
 
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Besides my factory brake pad material falling off the backing off on the highway and causing me to soil myself, mine has been good. I do have the issue where when it is bitter cold out, the air suspension throws a code to get immediate service. I heard this was common on 2014 air rides and the valve must be replaced, or something.

I need tires now and dread the $1200 price tag, since they will rott out before I wear them out. :)

I have a 2022 Palisade, only been six months, but we are very happy with it. My son has had several, they have been very good, and when there was a problem, the warranty work was done without issue. They have a Santa Fe, the transmission started acting up. One visit to the dealer, they agreed to replace it, and gave them a loaner while the work was in process. Others I know have had very good performance.

I have seen reports of engine issues, but don't know any one personally. But - I also have not experienced hemi tick, or any of the other things you read about on this form that scares lots of people away from our trucks.
 
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