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Old 05-14-16, 09:00 PM
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car suggestions for cyclists

desirable qualities:
cheap
roomy
high mpg
reliable
easy to service

I've got 2 on my list:
honda fit
kia soul

I'm wondering if there are others in this class that's worthy of consideration.
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There's a huge thread about this that was still active just a few days ago. Do a search.
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Old 05-14-16, 09:32 PM
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yea, well this is a mini cooper aka non-suv thread
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I have a lot of fun with my mkIII Focus Titanium Hatchback with Handling package and 5-speed manual. My Jetta Sportwagen TDI prior was also a really good car. The ford, however, was picked up for $9K under the sticker, and only 1 mile on the clock before I say in the driver's seat. The full size spare does eliminate quite a bit of space in the hatch, though.
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I also went with a 5 speed focus hatch but used, timing chain is a bonus. Normal people don't wants 5 speeds anymore so I got a killer deal on my 2013. The older Fits didn't get very impressive mileage for their size/power kia souls still get crap mileage.
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Originally Posted by spectastic View Post
desirable qualities:
cheap
roomy
high mpg
reliable
easy to service

I've got 2 on my list:
honda fit
kia soul

I'm wondering if there are others in this class that's worthy of consideration.
2nd hand Fiat Multipla. No uglier, nor more practical car has ever been produced.

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Originally Posted by silversx80 View Post
I have a lot of fun with my mkIII Focus Titanium Hatchback with Handling package and 5-speed manual. My Jetta Sportwagen TDI prior was also a really good car. The ford, however, was picked up for $9K under the sticker, and only 1 mile on the clock before I say in the driver's seat. The full size spare does eliminate quite a bit of space in the hatch, though.
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I also went with a 5 speed focus hatch but used, timing chain is a bonus. Normal people don't wants 5 speeds anymore so I got a killer deal on my 2013. The older Fits didn't get very impressive mileage for their size/power kia souls still get crap mileage.
good one. there appear to be some nice deals in my area too
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Originally Posted by Slaninar View Post
2nd hand Fiat Multipla. No uglier, nor more practical car has ever been produced.

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LOL. Something like that, but in terms of practicality hard to beat.
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How about a non-GTI VW Golf? Good mileage, turbo engine, handles well, and the hatchback affords plenty of storage.
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We bought a fiat 500x this year. It's loaded with just about every feature out there, and still costed less than just about everything in its class.



I never bothered putting a trailer hitch mount on it and just went with the normal hang off the back bike rack. We load 3 heavy mountain bikes on the back, fill the car with bike gear and head out for adventure just about every weekend.

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2003 Prius. Very economical now given the new Prius is out. Great mileage. Practical and with the rear seats down, or taking apart the wheels you can get road bikes in there. Caveat - not so easy to service, but they are reliable.
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2003 Prius. Very economical now given the new Prius is out. Great mileage. Practical and with the rear seats down, or taking apart the wheels you can get road bikes in there. Caveat - not so easy to service, but they are reliable.
that's my main beef with toyota, and newer cars in general
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I want to hug my Fiat brethren in this thread.

Mine is a 2012 Fiat 500 Pop, which not surprisingly works VERY well for cycling needs. I have a Thule rack that straps onto the hatchback, and hardly blocks my view at all. Some people go with the roof rack on the 500 and swear by it. Any time I head to a ride, there's plenty of room for whatever random junk I happen to be taking with me -- floor pump, bags, gear, what the heck ever. Bonus, I don't have to give anyone a ride because they think it's too small. Double bonus, it's not... everyone who's taken the back seat says it's TARDIS levels of deceivingly roomy. Since OP was going for good gas... I get 45-50mpg on the highway. Not just any highway, Southern CA freeways. You can get these suckers pre-owned (2012-2014) usually pretty far south of $10k.... unless you go for the Abarth.

Honestly, and not just as a Fiat enthusiast, I'd say the 500 is one of the most perfect cars for cyclists.

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I had access to a Honda Element a few years back and remember it being one of the best cars I'd ever used for carrying bikes.

And, unlike the Fiat, it's got Honda reliability...
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The best car for cyclists is no car at all, ride your damn bike!
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Originally Posted by Blue_Bulldog View Post
I want to hug my Fiat brethren in this thread.

Mine is a 2012 Fiat 500 Pop, which not surprisingly works VERY well for cycling needs. I have a Thule rack that straps onto the hatchback, and hardly blocks my view at all. Some people go with the roof rack on the 500 and swear by it. Any time I head to a ride, there's plenty of room for whatever random junk I happen to be taking with me -- floor pump, bags, gear, what the heck ever. Bonus, I don't have to give anyone a ride because they think it's too small. Double bonus, it's not... everyone who's taken the back seat says it's TARDIS levels of deceivingly roomy. Since OP was going for good gas... I get 45-50mpg on the highway. Not just any highway, Southern CA freeways. You can get these suckers pre-owned (2012-2014) usually pretty far south of $10k.... unless you go for the Abarth.

Honestly, and not just as a Fiat enthusiast, I'd say the 500 is one of the most perfect cars for cyclists.

That's my Frankie, at the CA/NV border:
I have both a Fiat 500 and a Mini Cooper S, and both fits a bike fine. Two bikes in a pinch if you take off the rear wheels.
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I assume for transporting bikes inside, right?

A guy I ride with has a Honda Element.
He can put 2 bikes in the back upright with the front forks mounted in a holder.

I have a Honda CRV with a hitch rack but I can carry one bike easily inside.

My next car will be an Element.
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I have a Ford Edge AWD...I can fit my road bike in just fine. My wife has an escape, can also fit it in there (the escape will be a bit cheaper).

Being a Ford guy and looking at your list, however, I think the following fits ALL of your needs:



It's a Ford Transit Connect...starts at 22k.
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Originally Posted by silversx80 View Post
I have a lot of fun with my mkIII Focus Titanium Hatchback with Handling package and 5-speed manual.
seriously thinking about a Focus RS to replace the current Jetta Sportwagen TDI
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seriously thinking about a Focus RS to replace the current Jetta Sportwagen TDI
I would be lying if I said I didn't miss my JSW, with its 66 cu-ft of cargo room. The focus isn't small, but it's closer to a GTI instead of the JSW in terms of interior room. On the up side, I found that even with the handling package it rides smoother (longer and wider wheelbase) and quieter. God, do I miss that low-end torque, though... it took some time to remember that I have to rev a 4-banger N/A gasser to get some power out of it.

Personally, I'd suggest an ST over the RS. Then again, the AWD with some snow tires up there in MN would be loads of fun.
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I have both a Fiat 500 and a Mini Cooper S, and both fits a bike fine. Two bikes in a pinch if you take off the rear wheels.
How does taking the rear wheels off a car make more room for bikes..?
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How does taking the rear wheels off a car make more room for bikes..?
I should have been clearer....rear wheels off the bikes. Two bikes implies two people in the car. If I was going on a solo ride, with only one wheel off the bike, the passenger seat in the most forward position.
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Oh, OK; thanks...
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