Post # 1
My DH and I are on the hunt for an SUV as a second car for our family. Currently we only have one car (a Honda Accord) and would like an SUV since we are expecting our first baby in November. I’d like to know from SUV owners what SUV do you love? Or have you owned an SUV that wasn’t great? Which ones do you feel like run the longest or have the fewest problems?
I’ve got sort of a running list of some that I’d like to test drive and I’m interested to see what I should add to even take away from my list. We are looking to get a newer car (maybe 2015 and newer) if not a brand new one.
For those curious, my list currently consists of
Post # 2
Love the Toyota rav4 and Honda CRV.
Post # 4
Seconded for the Rav4 – especially the newer ones – they’re not teeny tiny and girly like they used to be – they’re actually a really good size for a small family without feeling like you’re the size of a road train!
Also, Toyotas go forever, so it’s a win win in my books.
Post # 5
One of our cars is the Toyota Highlander.
We were planning on trading in the mustang for a Sequoia for more room with the dogs and kids, BUT after driving a van for a week on vacation, I’m soooo getting a van.
I hate vans. I hate the idea of a van, but holy wow the ease of the van is unreal! Lifting in instead of UP and in, power doors, soooo much room, captain’s chairs..
Now, we’re going to go test drive the Toyota Sienna for me, and DH can take my Highlander. I’m sooo going to miss my Highlander but the space and ease just doesn’t compare.
Outside of that, a lot of the cars you mentioned are somewhat small. No idea what you’ll be hauling for the baby, but it’s a tight fit with two of us, baby, stroller and even just two of the dogs plus other random miscellaneous stuffs. We also drive a lot, so we usually have quite a bit in the car at any given time. I don’t think other people are nuts as us with that.
Post # 6
None of those . Jeep grand Cherokee or cherokee. Or a Mazda cx5
Post # 7
I love my Subaru FORESTER
We test drove the Mazda Cx5, Ford Escape, Nissan Rogue and the Subaru Crosstrek too.
The other brands felt so stiff and dark in the inside. The Ford Escape felt too much like a minivan. I was a huge fan of Mazda before and previously oned one of their sedans but the SUV felt too much like a cave and the steering wasn’t as responsive as I wanted…I live in MN and need something safe for snow. We really thought we were going to love the Crosstrek because it’s so sporty but it was really too small for us. We have a lot of outdoor gear, a dog and want kids in the next 5 years and I couldn’t even see fitting a nice stroller in the trunk. The Forester is bigger, sits up higher so feels safer and if their commercials ring true, will likely be our first borns car when he/she can drive in ~18 years 🙂 Seriously, I can’t praise the Subaru brand enough. Happy hunting!
Post # 8
We have the Kia Sportage (small SUV) and my good friend has the Kia Sorento (three row SUV). We both love the cars. I’ll also echo PPs about Subarus — awesome cars.
Post # 9
I just bought a GMC Yukon and am completely obsessed with it. It’s got some really great safety features which I love.
I would look at the GMC Acadia too. I test drove it when I bought mine and it was also really nice!
Post # 10
We have a rogue and love it so much. It drives so smoothly and is so good on gas. And it’s comfy and spacious. It fit 4 adults, a dog, and a baby for a road trip and was comfortable. We have a top of the line one and it’s so luxurious. I don’t like luxury cars because it’s a waste of money.
Post # 11
I’d test drive a Subaru Forester and a Crosstrek to compare them if I were you. I don’t think the price difference is much between the two, but I think the Forester is of better quality, and the Crosstrek is smaller and rides kind of rough.
Post # 12
I recently bought an SUV! I test drove several models. Here were my impressions
Ford Edge : Nice car, but I felt I wasnt getting as much for my money. Had to go to the top model to get heated seats and remote start. Lots of room, has the ability to tow. This was my #2 pick
Honda CRV : High rated, but just meh. I HATED the size of the back window, so hard to see out of. Rank #4
Toyota Rav4 : An ok car, not a fan of how their safety features work, seemed more distracting than helpful. Not a fan of the less trunk space. Rank #3
Equinox : I purchased this vehicle! Its the perfect size, good gas mileage, and you get a lot of features for your money! Also, if you are looking for something slightly used, the 2018 equinox is a new body design, so anything older will be deeply discounted.
Post # 13
I’m currently leasing the Buick Encore (it’s just me and FI) and LOVE it. I would stick with Buick because they make a great vehicle, but I don’t really care for the style of their larger models. When our lease is up we’ll be going to the GMC Acadia or Yukon!
Post # 14
I’m being picky, but I don’t consider any of the cars you listed “SUVs”. They’re all smaller crossovers.
I’ve test driven all the cars you listed. My favorite out of that group was the Honda CR-V because I felt it had the most room. I didn’t like the Ford Edge at all as its front pilars slanted on a weird angle and the foot box (where the pedals are) felt very cramped. The Crosstek felt very tiny and a friend of mine just traded hers in because she would always hurt her back trying to get the baby carrier out of the back seat. The Chevy Equinox was redesigned for this year and is nice but in order to get all the safety features it becomes pretty pricey. The Nissan Rogue was just meh to me.
I ultimately went with a bigger crossover (Acura MDX) and wish I had gone with something bigger still. My plan is to turn it in later this year for something like the Honda Pilot or a Toyota Highlander.
Post # 15
I currently have a Jeep Grand Cherokee and we recently installed our carseat (due in 4 weeks) and it is easy to get in and out. We can easily pack it for weekend trips or vacations without having to worry about space. Despite how large a car it is, the gas mileage is pretty good. Although, with gas prices rising, I might downsize for our next car if we still only have 1 kid. My mom just got the Subaru Forester and loves it. I might consider that for my next car.