Tell me about your SUV/Crossover/Hatchback!

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Post # 31
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Busy Beekeeper

hockeybee0104 :  omg FINALLY someone else who doesn’t get the Subaru hype! I live in New England and it’s literally the single worst car I’ve ever owned/driven in the snow. Although we just had to have transmission work done (at 88k miles….) and to their credit they had extended the warranty on it last year because it was a known issue for certain models. That saved us a few thousand dollars which I appreciated. 

Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

maybeee :  I have a Ford Explorer Sport and I love it! It may be bigger than what you’re looking for, though. 

I previously had a GMC Terrain. I enjoyed it, but it had major issues in the long run. Known engine issues that they would no provide a recall on. So I would probably stay away from Terrains unless it’s one of the brand new ones.

Post # 33
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Bee Keeper

I have an acura RDX which is just basically the upgraded CRV and I LOVE it. I’m not planning on kids but wanted enough room for the dogs, luggage, friends, etc, and i think its a great size! 

I’m not a fan of the crossovers (HRV for example). They feel/drive like big cars, and that wasn’t what I wanted. But I also live in canada and we can get a shit ton of snow so I wanted the SUV and AQD capability. 

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

So I’ve read a couple comments in here really bashing Subaru, and I want to make a point of saying that there will always be someone who has a bad experience with something.  But as a whole, Subaru is regarded as a solid company that makes generally great cars.  They have a huge following for a reason, and most people I know who have a Subaru absolutely LOVE them.  Myself included.  I have a Crosstrek, which might be a little small for what you need, but I adore my car.  My parents just bought a new Forester after getting rid of their 2015 Mazda CX-5, and they said it’s the best decision they’ve ever made with a car.  I also know quite a few other people who have Crosstreks, Foresters, and Outbacks, and not one of them has a bad thing to say about their car.  So please don’t judge the company and cars based on just a couple of people’s poor experiences.  Take a test drive and make the decision for yourself (: 

Post # 36
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Bee Keeper

We were looking at a Honda Pilot for the longest time due to in case we wanted more than just 2 kids and the fold down seats. But we also loved the Suburu but eventually didn’t go with it because it couldn’t accommodate more than five people and then the Ascent came out but since it was so new we weren’t ready to take that dive just yet.

We eventually ended up with a van and boy those automatic doors are life. I never regre that purchase, in fact I drive it more than my husband, soccer mom be damned. But we also really liked the Pilot.

Post # 37
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I have the Chevy Trax. Super affordable and perfect size for my needs but feels cheap.

Post # 38
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

I just recently got a new car after my Honda Accord was wrecked and looked at the CR-V, the RAV-4, the CX-5 (my husband is 6’5″ and I have a brother who is the same height, so that was a no-go as he couldn’t fit anywhere in the CX-5) and the Rogue. I went with the Rogue. As I said, the CX-5 was my favorite one to drive, but way too small for anyone in my family. The RAV-4 was okay, but was just too rugged looking for me. I didn’t find one that didn’t look like it should be covered in muddy boots, or something. And my husband didn’t like the CR-V becuase he said it felt like the seats were just bolted onto a frame. That and there was no place for my phone if I was using it to navigate. The Rogue is really nice, actually. The whole driver/passanger seats are molded in and are more comfortable than the CR-V. And I LOVE the multi-way back. I just use it for groceries and the dog now, but eventually when we have kids it will be really nice to have 2 layers of storage. And I moved a house and a bunch of wedding decorations in it just fine!! 

Post # 39
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Helper bee

LilliV :  Subaru has one of the best AWD systems on the market – how was it bad in the snow? Did you use all season tires?

 

 

Post # 40
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

We have a Mazda CX-5. It comfortably fits two rear facing car seats. The models after 2016 I believe have a reclining rear seat which can help with getting more leg room up front while accomodating car seats. I really like the car. No complaints. Does well in the New England winter and the fabric of the seats if pretty easy to keep clean. I drove a Honda and a Toyota prior to that and was also interested in the Nissan. They all felt pretty comparable when researching them. I preferred that everything we wanted was included standard in the model of Mazda that we got so the price was more reasonable – they’ve gone up in price since then so probably not quite the biggest selling point anymore. 

Post # 41
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

maybeee :  You asked about the Prius and maintenance costs for hybrids. My sister owns a 2004 Prius and that thing is still driving great! The hybrid engine supposedly has a lot of streamlined parts and needs very little maintenance. The battery is the biggest issue, and when the Prius first came out people thought that you’d have to spend $8000+ on a new battery. Supposedly, the price of batteries has come way down, and you can get a secondary-market battery (i.e. off-brand) for ~$2000, so it’s not a big deal. However, other hybrid cars that haven’t been around as long as the Prius or aren’t as common might not have as many options. Also, in case you are considering it, the Prius is a hatchback and my sister has happily raised 2 kids with it; it can fit both a stroller and grociers in the suprisingly generous trunk, and there’s also the larger Prius V model.

One more thing; you mentioned having happily owned a Fit, but being uncertain about whether they’ll really “fit” all that you need. I have a Fit, too, and so does my friend who has a son. She’s told me that the Fit is just fine for carseats, stroller, groceries, etc.

Post # 42
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

Right?? I feel like such a loner sometimes. My best friend bought an Outback because mine had been okay, but then was offended when I bought a Toyota. Sorry but I never said I loved my subaru, that was YOUR choice. LilliV :  

Post # 43
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

I do want to clarify I didn’t have a ton of trouble. By subaru lasted me from 16-26 and that’s a lot of dumb mistakes and learning how to take care of a car. Ultimately though, I’ve found subaru isn’t updating themselves while other companies are getting increasingly comeptetive.

Yes Colorado…. we fuckin love our Subaru’s.

Post # 44
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

Sorry but subaru is crap in snow. It doesn’t weigh anything and can’t handle true snowy windy roads. It’s OKAY inbadic town driving conditions but it is nowhere near the powerhouse they promise. 

 

sincerely, a Colorado native that drove subaru from 16-26 and recently switched to Toyota 

sdxz554 :  

Post # 45
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Busy Beekeeper

sdxz554 :  yes I’ve always used a good all season tire for all my cars for the past 16 years and have never had a problem in snow except for in the subaru. As someone else said I think it’s because the car doesn’t weigh very much and the engine isn’t all that powerful. My old little VW rabbit was a beast in the snow – it once had to shuttle all my friends up the mountain to the cabin we were staying in because their cars/suvs kept slipping. I went from that car to a subaru and it was such a let down. And the subaru was more expensive! I think the price to quality is what really kills me. 

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