Post # 1
I’m in the market for a new vehicle. We are downgrading from my Tahoe , and I’d like a smaller, more fuel efficient SUV. Any suggestions? I do not like Honda, so the CR-V is off of the table, and would like to stick to the crossover or smaller side if an SUV category. Suggestions or comments welcome!
Post # 3
I’m in the market for the same thing, except that I’ve decided to go with the Honda CRV. My second choice may have been the Rouge. Mazda CX-5 (which I didnt take a look at) is supposed to be a nice ride with the best fuel economy for its class.
Post # 4
I have a Chevy Equinox and love it. I was able to get a bunch of upgrades for the same base-model pricing as the Nissan Rogue and the Mazda CX-7. It also gets amazing gas mileage (I average 28 miles/gallon with half highway, half city driving).
The new Ford Escape is also really nice, but it’s had some recalls lately.
It would be helpful if we knew your price range.
Post # 5
I know a guy who has a Subaru (don’t know what the model is). He does get 37mpg, even when going way too fast (he was bragging about going 110mph down the interstate and getting that mpg). It sounds like a really good vehicle, especially if you drive it like a sane person.
I don’t know much about the Nissan Rogue, though.
Post # 7
@Mrs_Amanda: I have a crush on the Nissan Murano. LOVE LOVE LOVE these vehicles. My checkbook however does not, so I can only appreciate from afar. I recently bought a Hyundai Sante Fe and LOVE IT! Gets pretty decent gas mileage and tons of storage and room. 3 kids in the back with one in a rear facing carseat and still room. Rear has great storage too. Floor in the rear lifts for additional storage.
Post # 8
I test drove a Rogue and really liked it, and my dad ended up buying one last year. He has been really happy with it and it is definitely a nice car that drives really well. I would’ve been perfectly happy with it, I just happened to find a RAV4 for cheaper that I liked just as well– so I ended up going with that.
Post # 9
Also, a car guy I know has been pushing the Rav 4 for me. (But i dont like the wheel on the back at all and just cant get over it) Perks being that it has an optional 3rd row seat and they should be clearning their 2012’s to make room for 2013 coming soon. He thinks that you could get a V6 AWD base rav 4 with surprising good fuel econ for such a powerful v6 for 15% under msrp putting it in at around 24k.
Post # 10
I just did a customer clinic with small CUV’s. 🙂
Sportage & Tucson were almost tied with Escape. CX-5 was also popular, but no one liked the powertrain (it is SLOW – but, that means it gets decent FE if you keep your foot out of it, which is impossible). The Tiguan was universally disliked, and the CR-V wasn’t as popular and you’d think it would be once you cover up the badges.
One reason the Koreans did well is all the vehicles were about $25k and those come really well equipped for $25k, the others don’t.
Post # 11
+1, I have a 2010 Chevy Equinox LT and I love it. I get the same gas mileage as you do. It was within the $20-25K price range (towards the top of that range with tax, title, registration, etc).
ETA one of my best friends has a Rogue and he likes it, but from a passenger’s perspective, it rides a little rough. And the backseat isn’t as comfy as the Equinox. I feel like the interior of the Equinox is a little nicer as well, from my biased perspective. 🙂
ETA 2 – he actually has a Murano, not a Rogue. So I guess I’m not much help, haha.
Post # 12
I travel for work a lot and always get an SUV as a rental car, so I have driven Rav 4s, CR-Vs, and Santa Fes. The base model of these always feel a little “go carty” to me, if that makes any sense. They almost sound like the engine “buzzes” when you press the gas instead of “roars”….
I do really like the Subaru Forester as well.
Post # 13
2012 Tuscon owner here and I love it! And I LOVED the price 🙂 No upgrades, traded my car in, financed under $20K! YES PLEASE! And I fill it once a week for $50, so it’s on par with my last ride (2006 Hyundai Tiburon)
Post # 14
the engine is definitely a concern if mine, especially coming from a Chevy V8 to a less powerful engine in a crossover.