‘Which new cars should I consider before purchasing one?’

The Car Doc weighs in.

2017 Toyota Corolla iM.
2017 Toyota Corolla iM. –Toyota

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Q. I’m looking for a new car, and while my commute isn’t a huge one, I’d like something fuel efficient and easy to park. I’m also hoping for decent storage and maybe even a stick shift. I also don’t want to spend more the $20,000. So far, I’ve looked at a Kia and Chevy. Anything else I should consider?

A. I recently drove Toyota Corolla IM, which had good storage. The model I drove had a six-speed manual transmission, which added a bit of a sporty feel. My overall average city/highway fuel economy was 35 miles per gallon. If you need to be out in all kinds of weather, the Subaru Impreza is also a great car. It’s at the top of your budget, but it does have all-wheel drive.


John Paul is AAA Northeast’s Car Doctor. He has over 40 years experience in the automotive business and is an ASE certified master technician. He answers readers’ questions each Saturday. You can tune in to his radio program Saturday morning from 8:30-10 a.m. on 950AM WROL or www.wrolradio.com. Email your car question to jpaul@aaanortheast.com. Follow John on Twitter @johnfpaul and friend him on Facebook mrjohnfpaul.

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