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A member in Serbia

Acura RDX - Bad, UNreliable turbo engines
Lexus RX 350 - Love everything except for the wood grain stuff
BMW X3 - Love except for Price
Honda CR-V, EX-L - Not sporty enough

Priorities: Materials & workmanship / Fuel economy / Reliability & durability / Depreciation / Ride smoothness

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Hatch / SUV

Car Needs: Daily commuter / Errands about town / Long trips

Primary Driver(s): Short driver

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 100000
Maximum age: 10 years

Maximum price: US $ 25000

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Response from SVO

5:57 pm October 17, 2014

VW GTI, bought CPO. Fantastically sporty and practical. Get one only a couple years old and you'll get 3 years of warranty coverage at the dealer. Very roomy. Fantastic seats with huge adjustability.

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Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI

Response from svtcarboy

2:27 am October 19, 2014

Depending on the room you need, I will go two routes.

Higher trim levels of the Ford Escape deliver a near-luxury experience in a compact SUV, and the 2.0T is a good engine if a little thirsty.

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Response from svtcarboy

2:27 am October 19, 2014

Depending on the room you need, I will go three routes.

Higher trim levels of the Ford Escape deliver a near-luxury experience in a compact SUV, and the 2.0T is a good engine if a little thirsty.

If a smaller size is desirable, you may like the Buick Encore. It's a little short on power, but it is nicely appointed in a subcompact package.

The Ford Edge/Lincoln MKX could serve well in a larger size.

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Response from mkaresh

6:33 pm October 22, 2014

The 2013 and up RDX has a V6 instead of the turbo, and you should be able to get a 2013 for $25k.

If you don't need much room, an Infiniti EX should be sporty and reliable. Fuel economy is just so-so, though.

The Ford Escape and Edge might be insufficiently upscale for you. But a Lincoln MKX, also suggested by SVTcarboy, might be suitable. Some have aluminum rather than wood trim. The MKX will be totally redesigned very soon, but the new one will likely be beyond your budget.

I wish I could suggest a Volvo XC60, as the styling, materials, comfort, and ride and quite good, but reliability and fuel economy are iffy.




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Acura RDX
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