I've never bought a new car myself, but my parents bought them occasionally (they typically bought used). The first thing I learned, which is sort of a corollary to what you learned with your parents' Prius purchase, is that car salesmen are more inclined to deal near the end of a model year. » 9/30/14 11:50am Tuesday 11:50am

My sister and I both learned to drive in cars with manual transmissions, and for both of us our first cars had sticks (both were four-speeds; this was a time when most cars offered a five-speed as an extra-cost option if they offered one at all). I personally enjoy driving a car with three pedals and an H-pattern… » 9/24/14 10:30am 9/24/14 10:30am

I'm seriously considering a wagon (not necessarily a Subie) for my next car purchase, and I don't even have kids! Short of taking garbage to the landfill, a station wagon would work fine for just about anything I'd need to haul. And it drives like a car, although I know most minivans and crossover-utes are pretty… » 9/23/14 3:43pm 9/23/14 3:43pm