Post # 1
I’m thinking of getting another SUV. I currently own a 2005 Chevy Equinox. I like it just fine, but my teenager needs to borrow my car so often I figure I should buy something else. Rather than buy a cheap car for her and have it break down I figure I’ll get something for me and let her drive the Equinox. So, Darling Husband is absolutely against me buying a brand new car. We’re going to do Certified Used. I’m considering a 2009 or 2010 Honda CRV, Toyota Rav4, Ford Escape, or Hyunda Santa Fe or Hyundai Tuscon. What do you recommend? Or, what do you discourage? If you have another suggestion, I’m open to it. I absolutely do want an SUV though. I like sitting up a little higher.
Post # 3
@2ndtime: I have a 2010 Santa Fe, and I LOVE it. Amazing vehicle; great warranty, lovely to drive, super easy to park and drive, handles really well in winter conditions. All around, I love it.
Post # 4
I’ve been loving the Kia Sorento. Unless something else comes out that we like more, we’ll be getting one this summer. My friend has it and it’s a really nice car. You can’t beat the warranty!
I can’t really give an educated opinion on any of the ones you’ve listed but I know Hondas are good cars and the hyundais will have a nice warranty.
Post # 5
I voted Ford Escape – they have great gas mileage and cool features. But I must say that my choice is biased because our family only purchases vehicles from GM/Chrysler/Ford since our local economy is dependent on families who work in those local factories 🙂
Post # 6
To my surprise, I’ve read a few reviews for the 2009 Honda CRV and they were not so good.
Post # 7
I love all of them and have been seriously looking at them recently, though my list includes the Chevy Equinox, Mazda Tribute, Nissan Murano and Kia Sorento. The brand-new (and 2011) Kia Sorento’s are GORGEOUS and a good value.
I do lean towards the Ford Escape still, I don’t actually know why or have a good reason. Lol.
Post # 8
@2ndtime: I drive a 2009 CRV and I have very few complaints. The tires on the car were pretty loud but I just got new ones. I think the car drives very well. I have over 50,000 miles on it due to my 80 miles a day commute (all highway). I know the backseat is comfy too, and it has a lot of storage room in the trunk.
If you’re looking for anything specific about it let me know!
Post # 9
@Stammie16: In the reviews most of the the complaints about the 2009 CRV were about the tires and the interior.
@AmeliaBedelia: I kind of want to get a Ford Escape Hybrid because I want to buy American and I like the idea of owning a hybrid. I used to drive a 2000 Ford Escape before I bought the Equinox. I liked it a lot. Then I test drove the Equinox and immediately realized the Escape drove like a truck and the Equinox drives like a car. Hopefully the Escape has improved, but the reviews I read about the 2009 Escape weren’t all that great either. And those complaints were about major things, not just disliking the cupholders and armrests.
Post # 10
@Take The Reins: The Santa Fe looks good. I don’t know that I need the bigger Hyundai SUV. I’m thinking the Tuscon is all I need. My dad has an older Tuscon. I’ve driven it and I like it. I’m having a hard time convincing Darling Husband to even consider a Hyundai. He owned one years ago when Hyundai was new on the scene and he has bad memories.
Post # 11
I voted Honda. Love those cars.
Post # 12
Why not anothe Equinox? I love mine.
Post # 13
— I’m kidding. This is something someone shouted out of their Ford car at us while in our Honda CRV…
CRV has been amazing for the past 4 years!
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I’ll throw another option on the table…. Toyota Venza. All the room of an SUV with much more fun handling. I love mine. The 2011 Equinox I test drove felt like a slug compared to the Venza. We also test drove the 2011 CRV, but there wasn’t enough legroom for my tall guys. And the Subaru Forester was a rattle trap. When I was searching a year ago, the consumer reviews on Edmunds.com were really helpful.
Post # 15
try out a Subaru Forester, they are a bit more expensive though. I tried a CRV and felt like sitting in cardboard for me.
Post # 16
LOVE my Hyundai Santa Fe! It’s fun to drive, lots of room, good on gas.