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Looking at a Highlander Limited or an Infiniti QX 60
worried about the reported reliabity of the Infiniti.
Not many mid size 3 row suv's to consider.
Not looking at Tahoe's or Expeditons ( too big)
looked at the GM versions : Arcadia.... not impressed

thoughts on best choice

The driver definately likes bells and whistles, but not looking for trouble or aggravation.

Need minimum of 6 seats

Will consider new cars only

Maximum price: US $ 48000

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Response from mkaresh

5:30 pm November 24, 2014

What are your priorities other than reliability?

At some point Nissan should sort out the transmission in the QX60. The question is when this happens.

Among upscale three-row crossovers, I really like the Acura MDX. The first-year 2014 hasn't been doing well in our reliability survey, but there's a good chance (based on past history) that the 2015 will be better.

The Highlander is a good all-around crossover. Its main weakness is a tight third row and limited cargo room behind the third row. Its main strength is reliability.

The Hyundai Santa Fe has especially car-like handling. It feels compact and agile compared to the Highlander, yet has more third-row legroom. Reliability wasn't good with the first model year, the 2013, but the 2014 has been much better, and the 2015 should be at least as good as the 2014.

The Dodge Durango is a traditional SUV, but its strengths include seating, ride, and handling. The 2014's reliability has been so-so at best, but as with the Acura the 2015 should be better, if not great.

Ford offers two you didn't mention, the Explorer and Flex. Seat comfort, ride smoothness, and space behind the third row are strengths of both. The Flex is longer and lower, and its styling is polarizing. Both are a little hard to see out of because of thick pillars.

You'll find my reviews of the Acura, Hyundai, and Dodge in the "more about" below the photos.


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Acura MDX
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Response from Member6256

9:06 pm December 17, 2014

Have you considered the Mazda CX-9? Mazdas in general have a very sporty feel to how they drive and according to the reviews, this applies to the CX-9 as well. Compared to the Ford crossovers, I also find they feel like they have a lot more headroom.

I believe all the modern "bells and whistles" you might be interested in are available on the CX-9 as well.

Reliability the past few years has been quite good. The one (minor) concern I have about Mazdas is the paint seems to scratch a little easily.


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