Post # 17
I have a Jeep Liberty, and it’s been the most reliable car. It’s now almost 10 years old, and I’ve literally only ever had one service issue with it. My parents have always had Jeeps (usually just the standard Cherokee Limiteds), and they’re really good cars- I’m not sure if you can get a new Liberty/Jeep for your budget, but you might be able to find a good quality used one. Like I said, they last forever. I love that the turning radius is really tight, and it’s super reliable in the snow.
Good luck with your car search!
Post # 18
I really want a VW Tiguan!
Post # 19
I love my Kia Sportage!!! It’s incredible.
Post # 20
We just bought the GMC Terrain and love it! 🙂
Post # 21
We love our Mazda CX-7. You could probably find a basic model for around 23k.
Post # 22
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Just a note, the current models of the Nissan Pathfinder, Mazda CX-7, and Mazda CX-9 are among the top 8 most dangerous cars this year. I’d avoid those!
Post # 23
Love my CR-V…I recommend one!
Post # 24
I got a Subaru Forester last year, and I love it. The gas mileage around town is mid-20s, but above 30 mpg on the highway.
Post # 25
I rented a Jeep Patriot recently, and adored it by the end of the trip. It felt like a car when driving it, but had all the storage space I could want. 🙂
Post # 26
@luvalways86: I have a Kia Sorento, and I absolutely love it. Totally affordable and great on gas. A friend of mine has the Sportage (smaller than the Sorento) and she loves hers, as well.
Post # 27
I’m surprised nobody has said the Ford Escape yet! Everywhere I look, I see Escapes. I never knew how popular they were until I got one. I just bought mine in Feb, and I’m loving it so far. I get about 650 km/tank – not sure what that translates to in miles though. We took a 10 hour roadtrip in it with 4 people and we were all very comfortable for the entire ride.
My mom has a cr-v also…so she would highly recommend it. There is a surprising amount of cargo space too!
Post # 28
@mrsSonthebeach: Funny you should say that. I loved my Mazda 3, always felt very safe driving it and was keen on sticking with mazda. When we were test driving cars, we were very close to buying the cx-7, but when I test drove the Escape, I felt much safer in it and decided to knix the Mazda.
Post # 29
@Ryansgirl: I LOOOOOOOVE my Escape and I agree, I find I’m always driving behind, beside or infront of one. They have got to be the most popular small SUV out there! Mine is super fun to drive, great gas mileage, very comfortable, and I love that the back seat isn’t the ‘hatchback’ style. I was set on a VW Tiguan until I saw how little head room there would be for my bigger pooch in the very back. NO thanks!! Which sucks because the Acura RDX is like my dream truck but it’s also hatchback style. 🙁
The Escape definitely also fall under 23k too.
I really like the CR-V too and the Rav4 for that matter. And the Sorrento and the Equinox. Sorry, I’m not much help. I find they are all nice for difference reasons and are all similar enough in size and gas mileage that it really just depends on what your preferences are aesthetically and which ones you like driving the best!
Post # 30
@luvalways86: I have a fully loaded kia sportage and I believe it was just at your price range. I absolutely love it! I drove it from Chicago to Denver when moving and thought it got great gas mileage. I used it when I was a nanny and had two car seats in the back and felt like it was great with the kids and there was plenty of extra room. All in all I love it!