(Closed) Car Post! Tell me about your Crossover/Wagon

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Post # 4
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I have a 2012 Kia Forte 5, and I love it. It’s spacious and safe. I paid around $20,000. I would look into it or maybe the new Kia Sportage or Sorento. I love my Kia.




Fiance (who is a mechanic) recommends the 2012 Ford Explorer.

Post # 5
2052 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Speaking from personal experience, finace had a VW Jetta 5 years ago and it constantly needed maintenance, so I’m not really a fan of that particular option. 

Disclaimer: shameless, biased opinion to follow… We traded the Jetta in for a Acura TL (mid-sized sedan) for him. 18 months later, we traded in my convertible mustang for an Acura MDX. While I do miss my fun little drop-top, I LOVE my SUV. It seats 7 but we keep the 3 row folded down in order to accomodate our 2 Siberian Huskies (they have lots of room back there) and our 2 daughters sit in the middle row. It’s been a great family car for us and has safely accompanied our family of 6 up and down the California coast several times already. Yes, it’s a bit bigger than a standard crossover, but it’s surprisingly easy to maneuver and visibility is very good. I haven’t personally driven the RDX (smaller version of the MDX, minus the 3rd row of seats) but I have heard good things about it. 

My aunt and uncle have had a few different Volvos over the past 15 years (approximately) and they’ve really enjoyed them. No issues to report and their youngest daughter is now driving thier old model (they upgraded again about 4 years ago and kept the old one for her). 

This is just personal preference, but I’m not a fan of the Toyota Vezna. Cars that are a one-off tend to make me nervous, especially considering long term maintenance. 

I’m not sure of the interior space on a Subaru, but maybe look into that option? I believe the Outback is their crossover model.

Good luck!!

Post # 7
842 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have a 2011 Toyota Venza and really like it a lot.  Of the cars we looked at that we were similar size (Honda Accord Crosstour, Mitsubishi Murano, Ford Edge) it had the best price, most cargo space, and best fuel economy.

I have a small dog, not two large ones, but I’m fairly sure you could put your dogs in the trunk with no problem.  I also love the the power lift gate.  The only thing I wish the car had is seat memory, because both Fiance and I drive it, and we have to constantly move the seat around. 

Toyota (except for the Prius debacle) does have a pretty good record, and we also got all regular maintenance free for 3 years.  I’m not sure if they’re still running that special, though. 

If you want any pictures of the interior, I’m happy to post some.

Post # 8
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My sights are set on the Subaru Outback!!  My husband who is in the car business is behind this choice 100%.  

Post # 9
5662 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Toyota Rav4. It has a really spacious cargo area as well as middle seat. It’s not technically a crossover, definitely not a wagon, but it drives like a car and is very lightweight, not like a heavy SUV. I would say anything Toyota/Honda/Subaru is definitely a good investment, you want something that will hold it’s value and be safe and not give you any grief!

Post # 10
1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My boss is obsessed with his Honda CRV.  It’s a small SUV, not a crossover, but he loves loves loves.  Maintenance costs are nil, and it’s super reliable.

I’m eyeing Subaru Impreza wagons for my next car, but that might be a little small in the trunk for you.  Subarus have great safety and reliability numbers, though, always have, and the AWD on all models standard is huge if you’re in a snowier climate.  Maybe the Outback would be a good choice? Or even the Forrester, their small SUV- my ex had an early 00’s model, and it had 300,000 miles on it when a tree fell on it and smashed it (seriously).  He probably could’ve kept it another 100k miles easy, it had never needed a single repair outside of regular maintenance.  I grew up with my dad driving an early 90’s Legacy Wagon, and that thing was a tank- I was about 6 or 8 when we bought it, and I learned to drive on it, and then my dad kept it another three years.  I think the Outback replaced the Legacy wagon model, but if they’re still that good, they are worth every penny.

Speaking of my dad, he bought an off-lease Ford Edge a few years ago and loves it.  He’s not thrilled with the gas mileage, but it is an ’07 or ’08 so it might’ve gotten better since then.  But it’s been super reliable, handles great in the weather, and is big enough without being too big. A co-worker has a newer model and is also extremely happy with it.

Post # 11
662 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@pinkfrog:  I also have a Ford Edge & LOVE IT!!  I highly recommend it!

Post # 12
1240 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Oh but see, I have a ’11 Jetta sports wagon TDI and I LOVE IT.

This is the best picture I could find on the internet of the sunroof. Which was my biggest selling point. It’s a 6 speed. Nice pickup. I get 50mpg highway, and 30 in the city. I had an 09 TDI Jetta Sedan, manual. It was nice as well. But needed the space. I fit a full size IKEA bed box set (3 boxes) plus a bookcase set (2 more boxes) with the seats down.

Edit, I see you want to fit your greyhounds. IDK if you could do that in the trunk, but you could go up to their SUV TDI (Tiguan I think), get just like car millage. And fit greyhounds back there.

Post # 13
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have a 2011 Chevy Equinox. I love it! It depends on your price range though, if you’re in the market for a Volvo, I’d definitely go for that over the Equinox, but as a low-mid $20k small SUV with great gas mileage (27-32 mpg), it’s a pretty great vehicle πŸ™‚


ETA: I thought you were talking about Volvo XC90s. Personally I am not a huge fan of station wagons like you listed, but it totally depends on your personal taste. I like the Equinox better than the station wagon Volvos. The 2012 Equinox is the #1 safety pick for “Affordable compact SUVs” per US News & World Report.

Post # 14
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I also have a 2011 Venza and Fiance has a 2011 GMC Terrain. The terrain is more truck like in drive and appearance. It is boxier and a stiff ride, very rugged. The Venza is more slick and asofter ride, more of a luxury feel. The terrain gets much better gas mileage and is made in America, though I feel the Venza will outlast the Terrain.

Post # 16
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have a 2007 Hyundai Tucson.  I also have 2 great danes (and another smaller mutt as well).  I get pretty good gas milage, about 300-320 miles on a tank.  The Hyundai warranty is pretty good, and it wasn’t terribly expensive.

However, I DO have to fold the back seats down to fit all 3 dogs in the car.  If I have an additional passenger, I can opt to fold down one of the seats, and they still all fit ok. 

What I love about this car is that the seats are backed with hard plastic, not leather or material, so the dane toenails don’t poke through.  They have yet to rip anything in the car πŸ™‚

I know you specifically said “without folding down the backseat” but as a fellow large breed owner, I had to throw in my two cents!  Best of luck!!

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