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#4800549 - 06/29/18 12:05 PM Help Pick Daughter's SUV
Speak2Mountain Offline


Registered: 04/07/17
Posts: 351
Loc: Mississippi
1) Trading in her college ride for something new or nearly new
2) Needs to be small or midsize SUV
3) Reliable
4) Very Safe
5) 30k or less

Esp chime in if you've owned the particular car
Thx

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#4800551 - 06/29/18 12:09 PM Re: Help Pick Daughter's SUV [Re: Speak2Mountain]
wemay Offline


Registered: 04/04/12
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Loc: Southeast Florida
Hyundai Tucson 2.0L with a traditional A/T
Mazda CX-5


We've been looking into one ourselves and my preference thus far has been the Tucson.
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#4800552 - 06/29/18 12:11 PM Re: Help Pick Daughter's SUV [Re: Speak2Mountain]
rooflessVW Offline


Registered: 12/24/11
Posts: 4326
Loc: North Carolina
XC60 T5.

Checks all the boxes handily and looks smart doing it.
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#4800555 - 06/29/18 12:13 PM Re: Help Pick Daughter's SUV [Re: Speak2Mountain]
CARJ Offline


Registered: 01/31/10
Posts: 102
Loc: Olathe, KS
Toyota 4Runner.
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#4800557 - 06/29/18 12:15 PM Re: Help Pick Daughter's SUV [Re: Speak2Mountain]
supton Offline


Registered: 11/09/08
Posts: 12169
Loc: NH
Originally Posted By: Speak2Mountain
4) Very Safe


Do they sell anything that isn't safe anymore? I guess I'm trollin' here, but, just what isn't safe anymore? Skip small vehicles (sub-compact), maybe skip pickups (light rear, top heavy, VSC can only do so much) and everything else in the middle, isn't it all the same now?

I digress. While getting opinions here, can you take her out and hit up the lots? I mean, if she sees a CRV and starts crying, then that's out. If she drives a RAV4 and hates the seating position, then that's out. Suggestions here can only go so far.
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#4800559 - 06/29/18 12:16 PM Re: Help Pick Daughter's SUV [Re: Speak2Mountain]
knerml Offline


Registered: 04/05/05
Posts: 490
Loc: NE Ohio
Strongly recommend Hyundai Santa Fe or Kia Sorento.
- Low cost of ownership (check Edmunds)
- Reliable
- Highest crash test ratings (check IIHS)

New 2018 Santa Fe Sport going for $25K, if you shop around
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#4800562 - 06/29/18 12:17 PM Re: Help Pick Daughter's SUV [Re: Speak2Mountain]
gregk24 Offline


Registered: 04/13/13
Posts: 5631
Loc: FL, USA
Toyota Rav4. Thats about all I can think of if your looking for something as close to rock solid long term reliability as you can get. Plenty of other good options out there though. Mazda CX-5, VW Tiguan are two options that come to mind that may have a better "fun factor".
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#4800563 - 06/29/18 12:18 PM Re: Help Pick Daughter's SUV [Re: wemay]
Nick1994 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 10297
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Originally Posted By: wemay
Hyundai Tucson 2.0L with a traditional A/T
+1
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#4800566 - 06/29/18 12:18 PM Re: Help Pick Daughter's SUV [Re: Speak2Mountain]
PimTac Offline


Registered: 03/04/17
Posts: 4628
Loc: Soviet State of Washington
Mazda, Hyundai, Kia.
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#4800576 - 06/29/18 12:25 PM Re: Help Pick Daughter's SUV [Re: Speak2Mountain]
JustN89 Offline


Registered: 06/27/17
Posts: 498
Loc: DFW
The Tucson would be a good choice as you can get one with MPI and a traditional 6 speed AT. The RAV4 is always a good choice in terms of reliability, but you'd have to get over the horrible front end styling (seriously, I don't know what Toyota is doing with their grilles, but they need to stop). Lastly, I'd include the CX-5. It should get some consideration here as they are fun to drive and look pretty good. Personally, I don't care much for Mazda's interior, but that's just personal opinion. There's nothing wrong with it from a quality perspective.

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#4800590 - 06/29/18 12:31 PM Re: Help Pick Daughter's SUV [Re: Speak2Mountain]
HemiHawk Offline


Registered: 03/09/16
Posts: 877
Loc: PA,US
If you plan on taking meticulous records while servicing, or having it dealer serviced... I'd recommend Hyundai. Their warranty is pretty great provided they are happy with the service records. 10yr/100k warranty is pretty sweet.

That said I like the Ford Edge alot. If you don't need AWD the front drive model would be great and save a good amount.
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#4800593 - 06/29/18 12:36 PM Re: Help Pick Daughter's SUV [Re: Speak2Mountain]
slacktide_bitog Offline


Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 6378
Loc: USA
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#4800644 - 06/29/18 01:26 PM Re: Help Pick Daughter's SUV [Re: Speak2Mountain]
123Saab Offline


Registered: 10/27/10
Posts: 1698
Loc: PA
What kind of tech package does she want?

Tiguans have a very nice quality interior and (to me) classy styling.

I drove a 2017 with AWD and they have a very nice solid feel to them.
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#4800646 - 06/29/18 01:28 PM Re: Help Pick Daughter's SUV [Re: Speak2Mountain]
raytseng Offline


Registered: 12/11/08
Posts: 2365
Loc: CA
Forester. the elevated driver positioning and window designs give the forester some of the best visibility available.

Will passively contribute to "safety" by reducing driver error especially if driver is shorter and not as experienced.
Its not really reduction of injury to humans, as much as about avoiding fender bender or other minor accidents and bumps because she just didnt see it. However equally as frustrating in life.

also symmetric awd.

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#4800673 - 06/29/18 01:57 PM Re: Help Pick Daughter's SUV [Re: raytseng]
Miller88 Offline


Registered: 04/09/08
Posts: 12753
Loc: Onondaga County
Originally Posted By: raytseng
Forester. the elevated driver positioning and window designs give the forester some of the best visibility available.

Will passively contribute to "safety" by reducing driver error especially if driver is shorter and not as experienced.
Its not really reduction of injury to humans, as much as about avoiding fender bender or other minor accidents and bumps because she just didnt see it. However equally as frustrating in life.

also symmetric awd.


I love how easy it is to see out of my Forester. It has a little more blind spot than my Cherokee, but still better than almost anything else!
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