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I'm thinking of buying a new car this summer. I have a 2008 Nissan Altima that has a bazillion miles on it but is still in pretty good shape. While it doesn't owe me anything, it's also getting to the point that something big is 'due' to go and I'd like to avoid that if I can.

While I like my Altima, I'm open to something different. This is my second Altima in a row but I'm not married to getting another.

The problem is that I don't know what I really want. I do need something with 4 doors... I need to be prepared to handle driving the mother-in-law (who uses a walker) around... 4 doors are critical to someone getting in and out of that back seat when both the hubby and I take her out.

Since I drive 40 miles back and forth to work (almost 80 miles a day), I also need something with reasonable gas mileage. The recent lower price of gas has been helpful, but I need to keep that in mind.

I've been watching cars on the road (since I drive so much) and it's interesting to see how bland cars colors are. If you watch, there's a finite number of car colors: red, black, white, and bland variations of grey/beige. There is the odd bright color car, but it's the exception and not the rule.

If it's not too crazy, I'm going to hold out for something... blue. Maybe I'll go wild and look at something green. I know in the summer, I'm working with 'year end' models and probably will have fewer choices, but I'm also not desperate to buy anything. So I can wait for what I want.

Hey! If you have something you like, tell me about it!

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I love my volvo, but mine doesn't have great gas mileage. I think the S40 does well, though.

Ford has this really pretty blue color, BTW.
My mom has always had Toyotas and loves them (Corollas, specifically) for gas mileage and ease of start on cold winter days, as well as maneuverability and hers is this weird shade of reddish gold, idk how she chose that one. You could get one in "Blue Crush Metallic" which is super bright blue!! Woo.

Good luck! Car shopping can be so overwhelming; even when you know what you're looking for, there are sooo many choices.
Just purchased, in March, a Subaru Forester XT and so far loving it.

We've (Hub and I) have been looking at getting something smaller for about 4 years to kind of replace our Dodge 2500 that we've had since 2003.

If I didn't want the or need a little extra room would have gotten the Subaru Crosstrek - all wheel drive and pretty darn good fuel economy.

I like my Toyota Rav4. Not sure it would be the gas millage you are looking for, but any of the Toyota cars do. I loved all my Nissans' and was thinking of the Rogue in a couple years.

My cousin likes her Ford Edge......