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I’ve got some work travel coming up in a couple months. Since we’re in the middle of a global pandemic (in case you hadn’t heard) I’m opting to drive vs fly and the company is mostly allowing this.

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I’ll end up driving the Volvo, Land Rover, or Jaaaag... but also thought it would be fun to muse about buying a car to make the trip in. Then I thought it would be more fun to make you guys speculate about what car I should buy!

Trip Details

  • 1,500+ miles (2 x 750 mile days + weekend adventure driving)
  • August in southern New Mexico (Hot and rainy, apparently)
  • >98% Highway, <2% overland (light, optional)

Constraints and Considerations

  • Budget: $5,000 all-in (including repairs, tires, etc)
  • Repair Tolerance: No more than 1 weekends worth, repairs come out of total budget (Subjective I know, but keep it reasonable. No head gaskets or engine rebuilds, but alternators and air leaks are OK.)
  • Must have: AC (-$1000 for non-working), Cruse control, no major body damage, Good gas mileage
  • Major needs: Quiet, comfortable, presentable paint
  • Other considerations: Offroad ability would be nice

So basically I’m looking for something quiet, and comfortable that is good on the highway and light on gas. If I didn’t care about that last part I’d just send the Jag because it is killer on the highway and I don’t REALLY care about being able to offroad.

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I guess something like a Subaru might make sense?

What does Oppo think?

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