Post # 1
It’s coming to the point where Darling Husband and I are thinking about buying a new vehicle for myself. I currently have a ’98 Nissan Maxima that is actually running pretty good, but she’s rusting up and with living out in the boonies again driving 20min to work it would be more practical for me to have a bigger vehicle with 4×4.. especially during the winter.
So to the Bee’s with an SUV or Crossover or ones that are just looking as well, bring me your widsom! …and suggestions.
Post # 3
I just got a subaru forester 2012 in oct/nov 2011 and love it so far. I wanted something we great safety ratings and the subaru has a good reputation for that. it’s comfortable. i have heated seats, a sun roof, and nav system. they’re pretty affordable, more so than the GMC/Ford/Chevy in the similar models with similar things. plus it all wheel drive and “anti-slip” or whatever. My last car was a VW jetta with a turbo engine, so I def had to get used to backing up a bigger car and the handling is a tiny bit different, but I wanted to be seen on the highway.
Post # 4
We just bought a 2012 Mazda CX7. We didn’t get the one with 4WD because we won’t really need it in Western WA but as far as size goes, it’s a good size. It’s not annoyingly large like an SUV but it’s roomy and not hard for me to back up/park. The CX9 the big brother with the 3rd row seating if you need something a little bigger. We were originally looking at certified used Honda CRV’s but this ended up being a better deal and also has a warranty and I prefered the look of the Mazda over the Honda.
Post # 5
I bought a 2009 RAV4 in 2010 and I loooooooooooooooooove it. I love the 4 wheel drive in the winter, I love the huge amount of space I have (I don’t have kids but i have used it so many times already for moving furniture/home goods/vacations). Plus it doesn’t *feel* like a very big car to me even though it is nice and roomy on the inside. It does not get as good gas mileage as a 2 wheel drive car (obviously)… but the trade-off works for me and I’m thrilled with it.
As for other options– other cars I seriously considered:
CRV- I liked just fine, I just happened to find a deal on a RAV4
Subaru Forrester- back seat seemed tiny to me
Nissan Murano- was too big– felt like a small minivan to me
Nissan Rogue- I liked okay but it sits up higher than the RAV4 and didn’t drive as nicely
Post # 6
I have a 2006 CRV, and I love it. I drive 45 minutes to work in northern PA. Our winters can be really harsh. It gets me through all weather. Plus, no major maintenance yet! Now that I wrote that, I hope I don’t jinx myself. =)
Post # 7
Thanks so far, bees! Unfortunately, Darling Husband isn’t letting me buy any kind of foreign vehicle. He’ll be the one doing the maintenance on it, and he hates the build of most foreigns and the parts are apparently much more expensive. So, we’re looking at more locals.
But keep ’em coming! 🙂
Post # 8
We just got a used GMC Acadia (we have 2 kids with #3 on the way so we needed something big). We love it so far. Tons of room, ours is loaded, so lots of little perks. We plan to get a boat at some point and this can pull just about anything. We are finishing our basement and have been able to load full sheets of drywall with all the seats down.
ETA: I don’t think the gas mileage is too bad, it is better then my last SUV was.
Post # 9
We have a new 2012 Hyundai Tucson and absolutely love it! 🙂
Post # 10
We just bought a new Jeep Grand CHerokee. My main concern was gas mileage, and I’m averaging 21 mpg. I got the V6 2wd. I’ve only had it for a month. So far, so good!
Previously I had a Nissan Xterra, which was super reliable. I put 100,000 miles on it before we traded it.
Post # 11
I’ve got a 2011 Chevy Equinox and I love it. Not too big, not too small. The gas mileage is also pretty great considering it is a crossover. I think I get 28/30 mpg? Not exactly sure but it’s more than I expected. It was also easy to adjust to driving after driving a car for 4 years.
I’m not vehicle savvy, but I know the safety ratings and gas mileage were important and the Equinox got good ratings for both of those categories.
Post # 12
I am looking into this too and right now my contenders are a Chevy Traverse, GMC Acadia and a Dodge Journey. I really like the first 2 so we shall see what happens. A good place to look around is carmax.com. I like being able to see so many pictures and pricing whereareas most car dealerships don’t have any pricing online so you have no idea how much a car is.
Post # 13
I bought my 2007 Hyundai Tucson new and I still love it! Great gas mileage, it was reasonably priced, in fact I paid it off in 2 years 🙂 I put a LOT of miles on and need something dependable… it currently has 97k miles and still running great.
Post # 14
I’m going to second a Subaru (FI and I both have Subies), even though your Fiance says no foreign cars.
Post # 15
Bumping since we might be closer to purchasing since there’s a mouse in my car with piss and shit everywhere… 🙁
Post # 16
We got a GMC Terrain a few months back and we LOVE it! It’s big enough to cart stuff around without being too big, mileage isn’t too bad (we’re averaging 24 mpg but we live in NYC so it’s a lot of city driving). The 4WD is great, wedding in the mountains and lots of dirt road curvy uphills, it took ’em like a champ. For what we got (nav/sun roof/leather seats/roof rack/seat warmers) it is the best deal out there that we saw.
The only negative is that we got the 4 cylinder for gas economy reasons, and the pick up is not impressive. If gas isn’t as important to you, I’d look at the V6.