For the sub-compact or compact in canadian market, the basic car will be around $16000-17000+tax. The only options are auto trans and a/c. For $2000-4000 more, you can get ABS, power group, cruise control, sunroof, allywheel, remote entry, spoiler, etc. So the 17000 you paid is just for a transpotation, and the other $2000-4000 is for your convenience. The things is we are living in NA, the country lives on the wheels, for a lot of people, they spend two or three hours on the car very day, then driving becomes a part of life, an unique culture here. So don't let driving bacome some kind of boring, it should be a fun, the car should be a part of our life. Treat your car well, bring something to your car. Maybe it will be 2000 or 3000 more, but it bring you to a little bit different feeling.
I am not pushing very body to full laod their car or laughing at whom is driving a basic modle. Just want to give us a different view point on buying a car.