Post # 46
I started out with a Honda CR-V when I had only one child and I loved it! It was the most comfortable and held up well for our little family of three. We moved up in space to the Kia Sorento with a third row, which we used when the kids were small. Forget putting an adult in the third row or any kid age 11 or older. It’s a small area. The Kia wasn’t as comfortable but has lasted us a long time with no major maintenance, at all. Now, with three kids, all over the age of 7, we have been car shopping and a van is the way to go for being comfy, more space for everyone, and gas mileage. A friend of mine just purchased a Subaru and loves it. There are so many wonderful choices out there, that are wonderful.
Post # 47
- Wedding: November 2019 - City, State
nursebee22 : I absolutely love my CR-V. I purchased my 2007 very gently used about 6 years ago and havent had any major issues with it. The resale/replacement value of it is really impressive. Someone hit it in 2017 and insurance offered me $10K for it (I only paid $14K for it in 2012). I had it repaired since I wasnt ready to part with it.
My CR-V is just over 10 years old so we’ll be looking at getting a new vehichle in the next couple of years. We’ll be considering another CR-V (the safety features, realiability and durability of it are hard to pass up), a RAV-4 and a Ford Escpae. Lots of folks in SO’s family have Ford Escapes and love them, you get lots of options for your money but the resale is not nearly as good as imports.
Post # 48
Thanks to everyone who gave suggestions and input! With all the positive feedback about Subaru (and that it’s my husbands favorite car brand) we decided to go to the dealership to look at the Crosstrek. It felt really small for an SUV. We did find an Outback that caught our eye and we picked her up today!
Post # 49
nursebee22 : Outbacks are wonderful cars, too (that last forever)! Congrats!
Post # 50
We have a 2017 Honda HRV that we bought new and we love it! It’s basically the same as the CRV but a bit smaller. We wanted a compact SUV and tested out a few others, including the Subaru Crosstreck, but Honda gave us the best deal so that’s what we went for. It feels pretty roomy for our needs – we aren’t hauling massive loads or anything though. Baby on the way in November so we’ll see how the car does! But we’ve had it for about nine months now and absolutely love it. Only potential downside, which is mentioned in a lot of the reviews, is that it doesn’t have a ton of power – and I’d say that’s accurate. It takes a bit of time to get up to speed on the highway. That doesn’t bother us though as we’re not speed demons.
Before the Honda, I had a Rav 4 that I did not really like. I thought the gas pedal was way too sensitive – it was always lurching forward dramatically. I hate that! I just never felt too comfortable in that car…definitely prefer Hondas!
ETA: oops just saw you got the subaru! Nice…we came so close to going that route and really only chose honda in the end cause they were willing to negotiate price and subaru wasn’t. enjoy your car!!
Post # 51
Congrats on the Outback!! I saw this thread a few weeks ago and wanted to suggest the Outback since I had just purchased one, but seeing as I’ve only had it for 3 weeks, I felt it was too early to say. Looking forward to the first road trip with it at the end of the month. So far it’s been great. Enjoy!
Post # 52
Huyndai Santa Fe Sport – or Santa Fe if you need more room. I LOVE mine. I’ll never go back to any other brand.
Post # 53
I think the Toyota Rav-4 and Honda CRV are the most reliable. I had a Chevrolet Equinox and it was fine but I didn’t love it…
Post # 54
Congrats on the Outback 🙂 My in laws have one and they love it!
I’m a bit too late now, but just in case anyone is still interested, I was going to suggest Mazda CX-9. We have a CX-5 and I LOVE it, but if we ever need something bigger we’re going to go for the CX-9 (it’s a 7 seater). I love how fuel efficient mazdas are.
Enjoy your new Outback 😀