Post # 1
Darling Husband and I are looking to purchase a new car. With the possibilty of starting a family soon while already having 2 dogs, we really want an SUV. I would like to spend under $30k for an SUV with under 50,000 miles and a seven-eight seater vehicle would be the best.
Does anyone have any recommendations?
Post # 3
I just bought a brand new honda pilot – I got the leather version (can’t remember the actual name of the class) but there are three levels 1 – all the bells/whistles (gps, leather, and dvd), 2 – leath w/some xm (no gps or dvd), 1- cloth seats and xm I think…
With costco discount it came in around $33k brand new. You could easily get a used one from a recent year for under 30K with unker 30K miles – I almost bought one, but decided to go for the new in the end.
I LOVE this car. It has 7 seats – all great. The middle row adjusts to give as much room as need to the back two seats, which fold flat, but all of the seats are super comfy. I did not find this in other cars we looked at. I have 2 dogs (one is 130lbs) and this car is great for them too. There is a ton of room in the back when the seats are flat – one of the larger cargo spaces I found. Best part – it is nothing like a mini van 🙂 I also wanted a car for when we start a family soon, but I wanted one we could take when we go camping and on road trips.
Other cars I seriously considered:
toyota highlander -really hated the backseat and much smaller than the honda pilot
toyota four runner – way less bang for you buck. Just more money for the brand
explorer – a good alternative size/cost to honda pilot, but I had owned one for 10 years. I wanted something different
chevy traverse – too much like a mini van and small back window for me
vw taureg – a bit more expensive and smaller car overall. Super nice though!
didn’t look at nissans but we had planned on it. Once we found the pilot we never looked back. Be sure to check for costco discount – if you don’t have a membership, buy one – it saved us over 3K off the sticker price immediately. It applies to many makes/models
Post # 4
I love the GMC Yukon. We had one as a rental car, and it was the first rental that I actually made up reasons to keep it for two extra days. I have another year on my lease still, but I’ve already decided that this will be my next car. They are reasonably priced and they have a solid rear, which is important for us (we tow a lot of things). Also, I think they look super sexy lol
Post # 5
@Colaradolov- Thanks for all your suggestions! I really do like the Honda Pilot but my Mother-In-Law and all of my SIL think its really cute that they all bought matching cars. I know it’s childish but I just don’t want to have the same car as all of them lol
Post # 6
you should also check out the jeep suvs – my fiance drives a jeep and loves it (i used to own one and loved it). We know he is going to buy a new jeep when we gets his next car, so I didn’t look at them.
and I totaly understand, the main reason I didn’t want an explorer was beacuase I already had one! That is a very very comparable car price/size etc to the pilot though, so you may really like that.
Post # 7
Don’t want to threadjack, but does anyone have a Nissan Murano or any experience with one? I am also in the market for a (smaller) SUV, and LOVE the way they look, but have never driven one. I am also going to look at the Honda Pilot now!
Post # 8
I love the look of the GMC Acadia! Fiance test drove one and said it was really smooth. I am not sure how many they seat though.
Good luck and let us know what you end up with!
Post # 9
I bought a 2005 Lincoln Navigator several years ago. It only had 70k miles and I bought it at $17,000. I have 4 kids so it was important for me to have a safe and roomy vehicle. It is extremely safe in the snow (traction control), plus we bought top of the line tires. It’s has a lot of compartments which helps me keep the car tidy. I honestly love everything about it. It didn’t feel to big to drive, the steering is great. I think the car itself looks luxurious and sophisticated.
Post # 10
I also really like the yukon or suburban but I can tell you they start closer to 40K used and 45K new They will be a more expensive car and they are gas guzzlers. Don’t get me wrong, I really love them and might have considered one if I had a bit more in the car budget – but if you have a big commute you may not want one. It cost my mom close $80 to fill up her tank…
Post # 11
@septcabride: FI’s mom just got a Rogue – smaller version of the Murano, but I’m sure they’re quite similar. I’ve driven it a few times, and really enjoy the ride. It’s nice and smooth and quiet, handles well in the snow (with all seasons) the only thing I didn’t like is the stereo isn’t good enough for my loud music haha.
Post # 12
I used to have a Ford Escape and I really loved that car, brand new top of the line model I was able to get for 25k. My fiance has a 4Runner which I also like a lot, you can usually get one a few years old for under 30k with low miles and they run forever.
Post # 13
We have an 06 Lexus RX – basically the Lexus version of the Murano.
We bought pre-owned and the car was in excellent condition! We went with the Lexus over the Murano b/c we know alot of people that have the RX SUV and it is extremely reliable. My husband has had the worst luck with cars, and this time we determined it was worth the extra $ to get a car with an excellent reputation, we’ve had the RX for about 2 years and so far so good!
Post # 14
I want a new hybrid escape… like bad. I will take a black on black one.
A THANK YOU!
Post # 15
I used to have a Nissan Murano and loved it. I had the previous model with the cheshire cat grill. I hate I traded it in on the newer body style – I did NOT like that one and traded it in after only 2 months for my now vehicle a Chevy Tahoe. I do love the space that the tahoe offers, and I’ve always wanted one, but it’s very top heavy and my first Murano was much sleeker and it could really jet out there. With my tahoe, it’s more of a lumberer.
Post # 16
Thanks for all of your suggestions, I’m going to start doing research.
I have a Nissan Altima now and it has been great but I don’t know much about their SUVs. Does anyone have any comments on the Pathfinder or Armada?