Our 2005 MkV Jetta has become a bit of a money pit lately and I am ready to pull the plug on it. I’d like to replace it with another midsize sedan, but I’m also open to crossovers and I’ve even convinced my wife that a wagon would be acceptable as well.

Here’s what I’m looking for in order of importance:

  1. Reliablity/Quality/Safety
  2. Low cost of ownership
  3. Availability of parts/ease of service
  4. AWD would be nice, but not mandatory

You’ll notice that good looks, manuels, and fun-to-drive aren’t on there. As much as I’d like those things, at the end of the day I’m a guy with a wife, a son, and a budget, so I’m looking out for my bottom line above all else.

My short list currently (not really in any particular order):

  • Fusion
  • Equinox
  • Sonata/Optima
  • Accord
  • 6
  • Outback

Any thoughts on those or other thoughts in general?