You can do a little better if you buy a good used car. You can't do much better, though, and there is an element of luck
In my experience, you can do A LOT better if you buy a good used car
Lots of us have made it through a working lifetime without ever buying a shiney new car, saved A LOT on depreciation, and saved A LOT doing our own repairs whenever possible.
An easy downgrade from Great Expectations and dedicated following-of-fashion is to get a car with several years left on the drivetrain warranty. By the time that warranty expires, you've saved enough to rinse and repeat. The rest of the money you save can be wisely invested in making your own microbrew