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Edmunds: Best cars for achieving your New Year’s resolutions

by Ace Damon
Edmunds: Best cars for achieving your New Year's resolutions

Today, people in the US put their New Year's resolutions into practice. These goals represent an honest attempt at self-improvement, but often crumble as the year progresses. What if the next car you buy can help motivate you? A new car to fit a resolution is a huge compromise, but it can be the way (sometimes literally) to get you to your goal.

Here are the cars that Edmunds believes will help achieve some of the most popular New Year's resolutions.


Shedding those uncomfortable pounds on vacation is a common resolution, and few things inspire weight loss more than a tight fit. This is especially true for cars, which is why we recommend the Mazda MX-5 Miata 2019. The Miata is a small roadster that has recently gone on a diet of its own. When engineers designed this Miata generation, they wanted it to weigh the same as the first model released in 1990.

The agile handling and powerful engine make the Miata fun to drive, but it's the compact cab that provides the main motivation to hit the gym. The Miata is also suitable for people who settle on their weight loss journey with a friend, as the tight two-seater interior will allow wider passengers to rub their shoulders.

Starting price (including destination and handling): US $ 26,650


Those who wish to add more unusual adventures to their lives need a vehicle that is equally ready to go at any time. The Jeep Wrangler 2020 embodies this spirit more than any other vehicle for sale today. Although its manners on the road are not refined compared to modern crossover SUVs, the Jeep Wrangler offers unmatched capability when the pavement turns to dirt.

Every Wrangler comes standard with four-wheel drive and plenty of ground clearance to aid in off-road adventure. Specialized models like Rubicon are equipped with specialized features to further enhance Wrangler skills. Five passengers can have fun with the mud, thanks to the Wrangler Unlimited's four-door rear legroom.

Starting price (including destination and handling): US $ 29,790


It can be difficult to put the whole family on the same page for the necessary rest and relaxation. Even so, choosing the right vehicle to carry everyone around presents a challenge. Edmunds's suggestion is Kia Telluride 2020.

Most adults will have no problem fitting into the third row of Telluride, unlike many middle-class SUVs. There is also luggage space for everyone, because Telluride offers a useful amount of cargo space, even with the third row seat in place.

Telluride can even encourage you to go on a trip thanks to its easy-to-drive nature. It doesn't look too big or bulky, and your V6 engine has no problem getting you into fast freeway traffic. Your new family truck won't cost an arm and a leg, because Telluride is cheaper than similarly equipped competitors.

Starting price (including destination and handling): US $ 32,785


Self-care has become a major topic in recent years and, if your budget allows, a luxury car is a way to take care of yourself day after day. Edmunds recently named the Mercedes-Benz A-Class 2020 as the top-rated luxury sedan. Mercedes' smallest door four, launched last year, offers a true luxury experience. Cabin materials are of high quality and rival those found in larger, more expensive sedans.

The A-Class also offers smooth, controlled driving and fast acceleration when you put your foot down. Even a class A loaded with premium features like 64-color ambient lighting and premium audio is reasonably priced.

Starting price (including destination and handling): US $ 33,795


Reducing expenses is one of the most popular resolutions, and buyers looking for a new trip can save a lot by opting for a slightly used car. In general, you can save 30% to 40% by following this route. Small cars, in particular, offer a strong value. One of our favorites in the wallet-friendly compact segment is the current generation Hyundai Elantra, which was introduced for the 2017 model year.

Highlights include an unusually spacious cabin, comfortable seating and an easy-to-use entertainment and information system. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra comes in a number of finishes, starting with the SE. Used high mileage elantras can be purchased for less than $ 10,000. Models with moderate mileage and the list of desirable popular equipment packages for about $ 12,000.

You will also save on fuel costs as the standard 2.0 liter engine consumes fuel at a rate of 32 mpg in combined city / highway driving, according to the EPA.

EDMUNDS SAYS: Whether you want to lose weight, save money or face new adventures, there are a variety of new and used cars to help you reach New Year's resolutions.


This story was provided to the Associated Press by the automotive website Edmunds.


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