Post # 1
I am fixing to start car shopping and am looking at buying an SUV.
I originally wanted a Jetta, because they are cute and cheap, but I have driven a Toyota 4runner my whole life and the thought of driving anything smaller freaks me out. So then I was thinking a Tiguan, but there is absolutly NO trunk space. I would LOVE a Jeep Grand Cherokee or a Mercedes GLK, but they are way out of budget. I have been seriously looking at the Jeep Patriot, but I have heard bad overall lifetime reviews for Jeeps.
I am looking for something under 30k (under 30k after adding some extras…so probably starting at 20k or less). I am ok with used, but nothing older than around 2013. I need it to last!
My biggest things are obviously it’s safe, and I want it to look timeless. There are SO many cars out there who look dated after 3-4 years.
Anyone out there who drives something like this? lol
Post # 2
I have a Toyota Highlander and really like it. I wasn’t even considering it when we first went to look, but it really fits our needs. DH has a GMC Terrain which is nice too, but the styling of it is too manly looking for me, lol.
Post # 3
Hyundai. Seriously. I have a 2013 Sonata Turbo. I traded a 2012 Explorer and had a really hard time not buying a new Santa Fe. They are fairly inexpendive, great quality and have awesome warranties. The only reason I didn’t get it was I went for a car and with the amount I drive everyday I should have gotten the hybrid but the turbo was more fun to drive. They had a pretty bad rep for awhile but I’ve had my car since 2012 and it has 50k miles on it and the only issue I have ever had was with the weather stripping on the drivers door. I ripped it open when it was frozen shut and it messed it up. Even though it was my fault they fixed it same day at no charge.
Post # 4
Cars will never look timeless, they change too much too fast, so I woudln’t even worry about that. We have the CRV and it’s not a fun fast car or anything, but it gets from A to B and is a pretty good ride, reliable, and has great gas mileage for a SUV. We also considered the Rouge (which has even better gas mileage, and actually handled better), but ultimately went with the Honda because we felt they last longer.
Post # 5
I have a Nissan Rogue. I love it! It gets great gas mileage and has lots of space.
It also has very comfy seats. My fiance has a 4Runner and he also loves my car!
Post # 6
Westwood: Aren’t highlanders kind of pricey? I would love one, I would love a new 4runner more, and I think they are cheaper than highlanders.
Can.I.Be.Mrs.C.: I love the look of a lot of the new Hyundai’s, but you’re right I have heard some bad reviews. I will look into them.
Post # 7
texaslemon: I drive a 2014 Chevy Equinox (lease for $238/ mo.) I have no complaints whatsoever. It’s big, safe, smooth ride, and isn’t shaped like some kind of U.F.O. I was really looking for a Dodge Ram but even a used one was way out of my budget.
Post # 8
pinkshoes: I agree they do change a lot, but the newer 4runners, just for example, haven’t changed since…2007? They still look pretty much the same. Same with cars like a Camero and a Jetta. I find brands like Infinitis and Hondas tend to age a little faster. That’s just IMHO.
Dmv21: I was looking at those or the Muranos! But my FI thinks Nissan doesn’t hold up? How long have you had it, have you had any issues?
Post # 9
I have a Kia Sportage, a smaller SUV, and I really like it. Not sure what price they’re asking for new ones, but it’s got a lot of room and pretty good gas mileage (at least for where I am).
Post # 10
texaslemon: I wouldn’t own an older one. Ever. But I have a serious car issue and trade on average every year. I had never put a set of tires on a car until this one. I would just go get a different one. Check them out and drive them. Mine is fully loaded with heated leather, navigation and all the little extras and my payment is under 200 a month. My BFs parents drive a highlander hybrid and it’s very nice and rides well. There is no trunk space with the 3rd row up. But holy expensive.
Post # 12
I feel like the Forester already looks dated :/
Post # 13
texaslemon: Some definitely do a over haul more frequently, but just because they haven’t in a while, doesnt mean they wont either. The Rav 4 had pretty much look the same since about 2005 or longer too, and they just did a over haul this year.
Post # 14
Another vote for the Forester. Subarus last FOREVER. Lots of trunk space, oil changes every 7000 miles, top safety pick. I will always drive a Forester.
I guess you can decide if you think it looks dated or not.
Post # 15
texaslemon: I have a 2013 Ford Escape and absolutely love it!! I got it used through carmax for a great price. It gets great gas mileage with the Ecoboost (I think 25 city and 33 hwy). But they changed it for the 2013 model bc the 2012 model got much less on the mpg.