I am 51.
My first car was as a sophomore in college. i can't really remember all the car years.
Used Chevy Monza
Used Chrysler LeBaron
New Honda Accord
New Mazda 626
New Jeep Grand Cherokee
2002 Jeep Liberty
2003 Honda Element
2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid
2013 Ford Fusion Titanium Hybrid
This is my second hybrid. I got one of the very first Camry Hybrids in the inaugural year. Paid MSRP as they were in high demand, and I think, Toyota's only hybrid alternative to the Prius at the time. It was fully loaded ( navigation, pb start, heated seats, sun roof) . No backup Camera that year. Paid 31,000.
Was a lot of money, but the car proved worthy. Sold it for 12,000 on Craigslist the day I picked up my Fusion. It did qualify for a full tax credit of $2,600, which is part of the reason the price was high, and why I needed to get it before the credit was halved.
Seven years after the Camry, paid 33,750 (after rebates) for a fully loaded Fusion Hybrid Titanium.
Only looked at hybrids. Did look at the 2012 Camry Hybrid to see how it looked seven years later, and was not impressed. Actually preferred the finishes and leather in my 2007.
Only other car I considered was the Avalon Hybrid. Test drove a regular Avalon and a hybrid. I liked the leather finish in the Avalon, but to get a fully loaded one, would cost in the 40s, and the Toyota mafia in Houston wasn't really dealing.
The car I really wanted was the Fusion Hybrid. I loved the looks and everything it offered. I really wanted to like this car. I considered the Energi for a second, but the economics didn't add up, and I needed the extra trunk space.
Did not know what to expect with all different mileage information trickling in, but I can now say that I could not be happier about my choice. It's an amazing car. And I see more of them on the road every day.
Edited by fusionTX, 16 May 2013 - 09:19 PM.