(Closed) Suggestions on purchasing an SUV

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I love my Pathfinder. I have always had good luck with Nissans. I don’t use the third row but instead lay it down so I have plenty of trunk room. Some of the SUV’s have minimal truck space and wouldn’t allow for pets, larger carriages, road trip, etc. Do you have a price point and/or must haves? Sometimes that helps narrow the models.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

If I were to buy a compact SUV, I would get a Honda CRV.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

What size are you looking for? We got a Honda CR-V, which is a decent size now, but I have a feeling it won’t be for long (we’ve got 2 dogs and a baby on the way). We got it because of gas mileage, since my family is several hours away and I like to visit.

Toyota Highlander is another option, a little bit bigger.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We have a Honda CR-V and we love it.  It’s pretty roomy, and our lab fits in the back.  It also gets pretty good gas mileage for an SUV and is pretty safe.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

My FIL loves his CR-V, and has been trying to get us to buy one since he got his.  Apparently, the 2012 model has amazing gas mileage.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We got the new Honda crv and we love it. Great gas mileage, good in the snow, good storage when you fold down the backseat. Plus Honda is very reliable.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I have a Pathfinder and I love it but not so good on the gas mileage.  I agree with the Honda CRV being a very good option…reliable and good gas mileage.  The Toyota RAV4 and Highlander are good options as well.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

We bought the Hyundai Santa Fe, Limited… it’s above the budget you mentioned, but I think the basic one would fit in that budget. We really love it and it’s a really great price for the quality you get.

Another one that is around the same price that we liked was the Kia Sorento… you can sit 7 people in there. But… you can sit 7 people in there! I didn’t want to be the neighbourhood kids driver so we opted out of a vehicle that holds more than 5… ๐Ÿ™‚ Still, great reviews and great prices.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think it’s kind of hilarious that people are saying their SUVs get “great” gas mileage…no SUV gets great gas mileage, except maybe for hybrids, lol.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I have a Nissan Xterra, and I really like it. It gets horrendus MPG, like 14/15 city, 16 hwy, but it fits DH, myself and our big dog great. I can pull boats/trailors easily. I’ll be able to put a carseat in it when the time comes. Mine is a 2003, so the new ones probably get better MPG.

My dreeeam car though is a Jeep Lorado, circa 2008 haha

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I have actually been looking at Ford Edge and Ford Explorer.

As well as the Kia Sorento.

The mileage on all three of those are not that bad (The Sorento gets 32), and they are pretty affordable.

I think you are fine with a smaller SUV,

 My sister and I would go on road trips in a small coupe when growing up or we sat in the fold down seats in the back of my dad’s Ford Ranger. That was horrible….

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

My mom has a Chevy Equinox. It is WONDERFUL. It fits 5 full grown adults comfortable without being huge. The trunk is also huge. It “gets” 32 MPG highway so its not bad, I think she actually gets closer to 27-28 mpg. It also isn’t super exspensive. If I weren’t so attached to my 45-50 MPG pruis I would get one. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@luvalways86:  Toyota Rav 4… it’s listed on 2012 consumer reports top 10 cars under small SUVs (and it’s been listed several other times).  My sis bought one after she sold her 2-door Honda Civic when she had her first child b/c it was getting difficult to hovering over the car seat until she could get him in ๐Ÿ™‚  She’s had it since 2003 and loves it.  Very dependable, plenty of space, and no mechanical issues thus far.  Good luck and enjoy your new ride whatever you go with! ๐Ÿ™‚

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