Let me preface this post by saying that I love my Tacoma. I worked two jobs while in high school for two years to be able to split the cost half/half with my parents and have had the truck since June.
My original purpose for getting the Tacoma, other than replacing the 1999 Suzuki Esteem automatic my parents gave me, was to be able to carry kayaks, bikes, gear, etc. - I generally live a very active lifestyle when not studying and figured it would to be easy to through all my junk in the bed. I also was desperate to leave how to drive stick.
Well, life happened. I'm in college now, and it turns out that you make a lot of friends in college. Who don't have cars - and need rides. My truck seats strictly two in the cab. To add insult to injury, my roommate and longtime friend broke his leg after living here for a month, and with no car or license (or mobility) he is completely reliant on me to take him everywhere. His crutches don't fit in the cab, and if he needs any kind of entourage for a doctor's appointment, we're screwed. He is going to
I am looking at cars that I could obtain for roughly the trade in value of the truck, maybe just slightly more. It must be a manual, preferably a 5-door hatchback or wagon.
Two such cars I saw listed were a 2011 Mazda2 Touring 5spd for $9999 (been watching the price drop from over $12k a month ago, it has 30k miles but was in a mild accident) and a 2008 VW Jetta Sportwagen 2.5L 5spd with 50k miles for $10500.
Any make/model suggestions, or where to look for a vehicle, would be appreciated.