(Closed) SUV and Crossover Owners! or I Need A New Vehicle!

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Post # 3
452 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

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
320 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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 # 8
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

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
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

We have a new 2012 Hyundai Tucson and absolutely love it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
483 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
4605 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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
2863 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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 ๐Ÿ™‚  I put a LOT of miles on and need something dependable… it currently has 97k miles and still running great.

Post # 14
11233 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m going to second a Subaru (FI and I both have Subies), even though your Fiance says no foreign cars. 

Post # 16
415 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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.

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