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The wife and I are in the market for a new car. We've had a Rav4 for about 10 years, and have been looking for another compact/crossover SUV. We have a small family, just one son, but need a little extra room for trips/travel baseball. Gas mileage means a lot, and we've been checking out different models, Subaru Outback, Toyota Venza, Toyota Highlander, etc. Living in NE Ohio we have to have AWD or 4x4, and any input or experience would be appreciated. Thanks!
I just bought a 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe. It has tons of space, for a crossover and I have been very happy with mine so far. It also comes in AWD and gets pretty good gas mileage.
I know to each his own but I would consider saving a few bucks and not going with the AWD or 4x4. I live in the same area so I deal with the same type of weather. I always had to had the 4x4 till one time the dealer talked me out of it. I have never had any problems getting around. I drive a Buick Regal . Just get something front wheel drive and I would think you would be fine. Just my
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We have a 2010 Outback & also live in NE Ohio. We regularly travel I90 between our home and the Buffalo area. It's great in the snow & gets very good mileage. My only complaint would be that it is a little limited on interior room. Absolutely zero maintenance issues so far. Good luck with your decision.
I am a big believer in Kia's.......the Kia Sorrento is very nice, great options at a great price, excellent warranty (5 yr, 50k bumper to bumper)......I have a 2012 optima, 2009 borrego (bigger SUV) and my sister has the 2013 sorrento....we were going to get a sorrento but went with the bigger suv because we got a great deal on it......have not had an issue....highly recommend......and would get the V-6 in the sorrento......
I had 3 co workers ride in my optima and they went and bought one with the same options but different color.....
I totally agree with you on the FWD gobucks72, I grew up on Oldsmobiles and Buicks that had it, but the only problem is our house sits up on a hill, and even with AWD the incline presents a problem at times.
This post was edited by GOLDIEPANTS 14 months ago
Did you get the Santa Fe with the 3 row seating? That's the one my wife wants. They just came out at the beginning of Feb.
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I'm in the same market and need to replace my Honda Accord. I'm pretty set on the Outback. I looked at the Venza and it's cool and I don't think you can go wrong with it. I need a pickup truck and a stylish sedan in one vehicle. It also needs to be dog approved. LOL
The top of the line Outback is what I'm currently planning to buy.
EDIT: The Subaru is made in America (Indiana).
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Get a used Lexus RX 350, a 2011 or 2012 model. IT's the number one crossover SUV in the market and is rated #1 for resale, reliability, cost of ownership. IF you can afford a new one I highly reccomend the 2013 Lexus RX 350 F sport, they drive amazingly well and get 28 mpg in sport mode when you put the transmission in 8th gear. Yes I said 8th gear. That car has the same transmission as the 95,000 dollar Lexus LS F sport and the IS-F 5.0 litre V8 with 416 hp. Lexus has a partnership with Yamaha's formula one racing division and that car has a formula one tranny in it hence the 8 speeds. There isn't a finer vehicle on the road for the price!
I'd get a new RAV4. I have an '09 V6 with AWD and love it. Since 2000, I've owned a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Acura MDX, BMW 330i, Mazda RX8, and think dollar for dollar the RAV4 is the best. If you want to wait a few more months they are introducing a completely redesigned RAV4 that I've read good things about. However, it will NOT be available with a V6 anymore (a big negative to me).
My wife and I bought a 2013 Honda CRV about mid Janurary and love it. We do not have any kids but are planning to in the near future. We also wanted to have something AWD and large enough when we start having kids. We researched CRV's Rav4's, Escape's, and Subaru's for close to a year before we purchased the CRV. The test drive, quality, features, gas mileage, and how each vehicle/brand held their value were just some of the things that sold us on the CRV. We also liked the Escapes but the CRV gets better gas mileage and we have both had good luck with Hondas ( I drive a civic with 290,000 miles on it and have not had any troubles with it other than standard upkeep. The CRV was purchased for her. ) We were able to automatically eliminate a couple of vehicles just due to the test drive.
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Can't go wrong with a Lexus, beautiful car and will run forever. I have a GS350 and unless I can afford a Ferrari someday will only buy Lexus from here on out.
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Have new CRV as well. Awd and roomy enough for family of 4. Great car!
My wife and I just bought a 2013 Outback this past weekend. So far so good on our San Francisco city streets! Handles the hills. Should be great in snow and decent on gas mileage. Plus it has a really great safety rating and we have a little one on the way.
So, just one man's opinion after a few months of research and test driving crossover/SUV/wagons.
Oh, bought mine in silver/gray for obvious reasons.
Best of luck.
ps - they are assembled in Indiana, USA by union workers. If that is important to you - it was for us.
This post was edited by elloyd1681 14 months ago
Why would anyone downvote this? I don't get it.
Did you consider both the 6 and 4 cylinder models? I have not directly compared the two yet other than reading HP and torque numbers, etc. I'm leaning towards the 6 even though I'm sacrificing mileage. I just want to make sure I always have enough engine and be able to accelerate out of a dangerous situation driving 70mph.
If not for the Outback, what would you have bought? My wife nixed the Honda Ridgeline. She pretty much nixed any pickup.
Slightly pricey but highlander hybrid gets good mpg, middle captain seats, simple clean design, probably a notch above subaru in reliability but subarus are still relatively reliable and have improved the last decade... probably just a tad bit under honda and toyota in reliability. I would say yeah lexus rx is best overall vehicle on the market, drives like a car, good gas, good resale .. just pricier. My coworker swears by his new hyundai btw as well, fit and finish pretty damn good but im not certain about internals yet long term quality wise compared to honda and toyota... Probably fairly reliable and with a good warranty. If u wanna go strict american then new ford explorer pretty damn nice (concept version was nicer), and ford escape has a newer sleeker more compact design and is fuel efficient. Good luck!
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