My wife and I were driving our 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid and 2003 Mazda MVP minivan on our move across county. Unfortunately the Mazda decided to overheat an hour south of Rapid City, SD in between towns. After wasting hours trying to get it to stop overheating, the check engine light came on. We didn’t know who to call for a tow, so we called the police and they get a tow truck. We were in the middle of nowhere and the mechanic had like a 3 week backlog and we needed to continue on our journey, so we said screw it and gave the car to the tow guy.
We don’t know anything about what cars are good, what prices are good, etc… If we want a smallish car that is fuel efficient, reliable, and can handle steep roads, does anyone have any suggestions? Honda Civic? Toyota Corolla? Anything else? We’d like to spend under 25K. In general we don’t need anything fancy.