Most Affordable/Good Looking Car to Buy

Originally from Manhattan, moving to a "driving" city for work post grad (Dallas/LA/Houston). Have a license but have never driven a car before so conflicted about which vehicle is best. Ideally want something that is affordable but also looks nice. Have 8.5k in summer intern money (paid 4 months of rent to help parents out who had some unexpected expenses and were unable to help me out) If I do get a car, I would use it to doordash in my collegetown (go to a true collegetown vibe university not a city, friends have made on average 25 an hour from their doordashing) to help alleviate the cost a bit. I was thinking a Jeep Grand Cherokee but its mileage is p bad compared to other cars. Was wondering if any of the car guys here have any suggestions on what car I should buy? 

 

I have always thought the Jeep Cherokees look kind of cool.  They are not cheap, though.  The VW Jetta is also kind of cool but does not cost all that much.  

 

Would something like a honda pilot be too expensive impractical, driven a bunch of my friends cars and have found that i prefer SUVs over sedans. 

Expensive but you will be one step closer to a mini van

 

Just get an Acura - luxury trim, zero maintenance. 

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buy japanese. a car in your early days should be nothing more than a non-embarassing form of transportation that's reliable. I've bought 2 cars since I was 18, total mileage between the 2 is maybe 400k, the fuckers are built to last.

I think the best combo of looks/affordability is infiniti. you can get a 3 year old Q50 in Dallas for ~$20k with less than 40k miles and it should last you at least another 150k miles, probably more. honda accord is only priced slightly below infiniti and doesn't look nearly as nice, Acura and Lexus are both pricier

 

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buy japanese. a car in your early days should be nothing more than a non-embarassing form of transportation that's reliable. I've bought 2 cars since I was 18, total mileage between the 2 is maybe 400k, the fuckers are built to last.

I think the best combo of looks/affordability is infiniti. you can get a 3 year old Q50 in Dallas for ~$20k with less than 40k miles and it should last you at least another 150k miles, probably more. honda accord is only priced slightly below infiniti and doesn't look nearly as nice, Acura and Lexus are both pricier

I like the infinity and almost bought it.  However, being the old guy that I am, I was concerned it would not be as comfortable as a Lexus.

 

I second a V6 Honda Accord. Isn't anything wild, but it'll look good and won't drive like a grandma car. 

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Owned a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee from about 2015 to 2019. Beautiful car, great inside, good driving, but a pain in the ass for maintenance (shitty engineering, never "broke down" per se but I would have to go to the shop frequently enough to be annoying) and gas. Wouldn't recommend right out of college especially as a first car.

 

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