Base Jeep Renegade vs Base Impreza, Used Luxury and What is Kickstart: Buy/Ride/Sell? [Ask Nathan]

Nathan Adlen Jeep Renegade

In this edition of Ask Nathan:

  • Base Jeep Renegade vs Subaru Impreza base?
  • Best used luxury for $10,000?
  • What is Kickstart: Buy/Ride/Sell?
Subaru Impreza and the XV Crosstrek
Look at the height difference between the regular Impreza and the XV Crosstrek. I think it’s better looking than the regular Impreza too.

Today’s first question comes from a dog lover who is choosing an AWD vehicle with a manual transmission for about $22,000.

Q: Hi! I am starting a new job that will finally pay the bills and I wanted to reward me and my boys, two Yorkshire Terriers, with a new car. I have narrowed my choices down to two cars. I need all wheel drive because I live in a slightly snowy region and I like the outdoors. I’m a free spirit and want to have some fun too.

I like the 2016 Impreza 2.0i hatchback and the Jeep Renegade Sport 4X4. Both have manual transmissions and both have a few options and sit around $22,000 which is my maximum budget. I want the most fun for the money, but I also need something that gives me good utility. I think these are the best all wheel drive cars for that price range.

Tell me what do you think? I value all of your opinions, but I know Nathan thinks about things like animals in carriers and kids. Please let me know what you think.

Sincerely, Kristen.K


A: Thanks for the email and for putting your trust in our opinions!

I immediately gravitate towards the Jeep Renegade Sport 4X4. It is a fun, sprightly and remarkably utilitarian vehicle. The Impreza is a fine car that’s safe, reliable and very good in snow, but it’s slow and lacks a fun personality. By comparison, the XV Crosstrek is pretty good, but it’s out of your price range.

That little 1.4-liter turbo in the Jeep Renegade is a gem and it does great on challenging surfaces. I think you’ll like the utility and space of the Jeep Renegade 4×4 Sport too.



Honestly, I have suggested the Jeep Renegade Sport 4X4 1.4 to family members.

Ford Crown Victoria

This next question comes from a viewer that’s looking for the best, used, V8, rear-drive luxury car for under $10,000.

Q: Dear TFL car and Nathan. I just sold my busted Ford Crown Victoria. I want something with some class and style for under ten thousands dollars that has a V8 with four doors and something that’s not seen in my Detroit neighborhood often. I want something that not commonly seen on my streets, see? I am a warehouse manager downtown and I only drive ten thousand miles a year.

Do you think you can point me in the right direction? I like watching your car and truck channel and I’m a big fan of MMUSA every Monday!

Thanks guys!

Damon. D




Great question and thanks for your patronage!

You truly can’t go wrong with an early 2000s Lexus LX or even an Infiniti. I immediately gravitate towards the big Lexus as it is built by very high standards. Maintenance is on the high-side, but you get some of the best service attention in the business.

If you’re willing to give up your rear-drive and V8 requirements, you’ll find some excellent cars built by Acura, Volvo and even Lincoln.

I hope that helps!


This last message was a text sent to me by a long-time viewer who was curious about our new show, “Kickstart: Buy/Ride/Sell.”

Q: What’s up with the Kickstart buy, ride, sell show? Is it just for motorcycles?



Kickstart: Buy/Ride/Sell

A: Thanks for the text!

Think of Kickstart: Buy, Ride, Sell as a motorcycle program that involves the whole experience of buying, riding and selling the motorcycle at a slight profit. It’s kind of like a less involved “Wheeler Dealer” program. Roman finds the bike, tests it, negotiates the asking price, buys it, we clean it up a bit and (hopefully) sell if for a profit.

During the show, you’ll gets some insights on the bike and we’ll spotlight all of the parties involved too.

Hope you like the program!

Speaking of Kickstart: Buy, Ride, Sell…

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