Post # 16
texaslemon: I drive a big ole Tahoe. Its probably out of your price range, ($650/month)but I definitely feel you on the SUV safety and comfort. Oh, and mine is a 2012, and runs smooth like butter. 7 passenger seating, DVD, navi and all the little extras.
And don’t knock Jeep. They’re actually really good, I used to drive a commander with the same options as my Tahoe. It was very reliable and the only reason I got rid of it is because they gave me a HUGE trade in deal. Like, they paid it off AND put money down on the Tahoe. The Jeep held its value very well (it was a 2005), and I never had any mechanical issues, and I was the THIRD owner.
I’ve also heard excellent reviews of the Hyundai’s. Sever NY family members have them, and travel to us a lot, they’ve never had any problems, and they’re very comfy.plus I hear the warranty and care package is unbeatable.
Post # 17
I also suggest Subaru Forester. I would at least look at them! The 2014s and 2015s look much less dated than the older ones and they’ve added so many updates to them. My sister and her husband just bought one last month and it rides very nice and there are basically no blind spots!
Darling Husband and I are looking into getting one in a couple months, our requirements are almost identical to yours. We’re also looking at Nissan Rogue as well.
Post # 18
I have a 2011 Kia Sorento, and I love it. My requirements were something that was not too big, had a V6 engine, and had plenty of room for our 2 dogs in the back. Mine also has a 3rd row of seats, but I don’t use that very often. Another big plus for Kia is the warranty – 100k miles if you buy new. I got mine slightly used at the end of 2011, and it was just under 20K. I got the base model, but it comes standard with features like bluetooth, so I didn’t really need to upgrade. The only thing is sometimes I do miss having leather seats.
Post # 19
I have only had my Rogue since May, but I drive a lot and I have already put 7000 miles on it. Prior to that I had a Nissan Sentra for 3 years. I put about 30k on it and only spent about $400 on services total. It was still in great condition , I only got rid of it because I moved to an area where I needed an SUV with AWD. The Sentra never gave me any trouble, I just kept up with my oil changes. Almost every other thing, like tire rotations etc. was either included in my oil change price or covered by my warranty.
My Rogue is top of line, fully loaded, and AWD I paid 34k.
Post # 20
I know you specifically asked about SUVs, but I have a 2012 Jetta TDI, and I LOVE it! Seriously don’t know how I lived with regular gas vehicles (not sure if you’d even be interested in diesel, but it’s great). I can drive on 5 hour trips there and back (10 hours total) and just barely need another tank of gas. And you only need oil changes every 10,000 miles!
I never had a VW before this one, but I’m totally converted. I love everything about the brand and the cars. I plan to keep my Jetta for 10 years, then get a Passat or Eos, or CC. Always diesel!
Post # 21
I have a 2012 Escape. I like it, feel safe driving it, and it’s great for my Canadian winters. Lots of cargo space and roomy for the passengers. I find the mileage to be decent too.
But my next car will be an Audi.
Post # 22
texaslemon: We have a honda pilot and it’s GREAT. Seats 8 (which we needed–we have 6 kids between the two of us!), rides and handles like a dream, great gas mileage for a full size SUV, I’d highly recommend!
Post # 23
I drive a 2014 Chevy Equinox LTZ. I absolutely love it! It’s not as big as a house but I’m higher off the ground than in a car so I feel much safer.
Post # 24
CHristine2809: I really was set on a Jetta forever, but I drove my FI’s x3 for a few days and felt so tiny…and it’s still an SUV! I’ve driven my friends little cars here and there (usually as a DD) and it always freaks me out! I test drove a CC a while back and could hardly see out lol! I am pretty short (5’2″) I am so used to sitting up high. (maybe i’m over compensating?? loll) I learned to drive on an SUV and my first car was a 4runner. I just can’t imagine anything else.
RedheadMeggs: I love the pilots! My good friend drove one in college and I loved it. They have only improved them since then. But I think they are a little out of my price range.
It’s funny because literally everyone around me drives BMWs (literally..my Fiance, my FMIL/FIL/SIL, FRIENDS)…and i’m over here looking at hondas. hehe!
Post # 25
texaslemon: I second the PP on the Hyundai’s. I know they aren’t a BMW or even a Honda (in status) but they’ve seriously come a long way. I drive a Santa Fe AWD and its been a dream. They come with one of the best warranties on the market too and have won many safety awards. Lots of room as well. We have an 85 lbs Pitty and he has lots of room in the trunk space. We’re ttc and the rear seat is big enough for 2 car seats and an adult, should we need it. We opted for the higher end model: AWD, heated leather seats, dual climate control, power everything etc….My car is older than what you’re looking for (2009) but it still feels brand new and fancy. For us it’s the perfect size SUV, not too compact but not a complete beast either.
Post # 26
Have you thought about a mazda? I drove a mazda for years and loved it – really fun to drive and didn’t have any problems. They have the CX-5 and CX-9, I compared the CX-5 to the Tiguan and you get a lot more of the high end features for a better price… I would find an auto mall if you can and just go test drive one after the other (of all the brands) =) Good luck 🙂
Post # 27
texaslemon: My entire family drives Hyundais. My dad is on his 2nd, I’m on my 2nd, my mum is still driving a 2005 Santa Fe. My sister drives a Groomsmen. She is in the market for a small SUV or cross over. Her short list is the Nissan Jouke and the Hyunai Tuscon. (Our family friends drive a Sonata and a Tuscon.) I drove 2003 accent (second hand) for 8 years and then upgraded to a 2011 elantra touring. I sold the accent to a friend to drive as his ‘winter beater’. Well its now 2014 and he’s still driving it year round. When gas went up driving his monster pick up truck became ridiculous. So while he still owns it, he drives the accent most of the time. He and his bro both have big trucks and several ‘beaters’ and the accent is the car they drive the most (because its the most reilable and the a/c is still freezing cold!)
The warranty is awesome. The styling has come a long way from the 90s. Of our 5 cars (all kept 7 – 8 years) there was minimal repairs. Mainly just routine wear and tear maintenance (tires, brakes, etc.)
My Fiance drives a 2011 Ford Edge. We love it. It’s a very comfortable ride. I would buy another one. The only issue is that we bought it used and it’s been in the shop twice since May. Everything was covered under the extended warranty we bought, but its just annoying. My car is also a 2011 and it’s been in the shop exactly once since I bought it (gasket blew in the first few weeks. It was covered under warranty, I was given a rental and its been perfectly fine for the last 3 years.)
Post # 28
MrsBananas: I was looking at the CX-5! I heard they have come a long way.
Post # 29
Haha! Why do folks worry about things looking dated? I always find that funny. Anyway, my Darling Husband has a non-SUV Nissan and loves it. They are fine from what he says (he is into cars). Hondas tend to last a long time, like past 300k long. Safety is the same for them all pretty much. In school I just learned the SUVs are 5 times as likely to kill the people in other cars in accidents. So YOU will be safe if you drive one.