Value for money
March 22, 2018
Bought this car out necessity (my manual 07 v6 Mazda 6 hatchback broke down and needed a reliable car that could endure long commutes comfortably and without issues) I needed the cheapest car without sacrificing quality with cargo room / hatchback.(was not planning to buy another car for 3-4yrs) I ended choosing the Vibe for these main reasons. It's the Toyota Matrix twin mechanically and interior, the plastic and flat folding rear seats, roof rack (I have kayaks and a canoe), size ( top 3 was the Toyota Yaris 2010 with winter tires and 2011 matrix no winters), came with winter tires on rims, the insurance was the lowest ( savings of @ least $20/MTH), lowest km at 78km and fuel economy was appealing.
I've owned this car for approximately 6mths and the things I feel would make me feel more WOW about my Vibe is if had the same pep that I felt in the Yaris and my Mazda ( but that was a fully loaded V6 and the Vibe is acceleration is decent), fuel economy feels meh ( get about 300ish in winter 400ish so far in warmer weather or hwy driving. I didn't like how it handled in snow (maybe if I had 4WD or better winter tires?) With that said I will be changing brands of winter tires next winter to see if it improves handling.
Overall, this car was the least expensive overall in all the categories including kms. I got a Toyota Matrix for the GM price. Drives well and will get lots use out of it utility. My hairdresser thought it was it crossover due to its height and roof rack. Was able to fit two toilets, and shower kit with rear seats down drove back with ease. My aunt has a 03 matrix and didn't take car of it and it's still going in the 300kms in 2018!!! So aiming to drive it to the ground or give it to my son if I come across similar value for money with a lil more pep..