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Escape or RAVE4 AWD

The Right Car for Me | TrueDelta


Visibility is a key factor


long term reliability

will keep 15 years

Ease of servicability dealerships and or later regular car shop

easy in and out

Priorities: Driving position & visibility / Ride smoothness / Front seat support & comfort

Preferred Bodystyle(s): SUV / Sedan

Car Needs: Daily commuter

Primary Driver(s): Tall driver / Short driver

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 18000
Maximum age: 2 years

Maximum price: US $ 30000

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Response from mkaresh

1:46 am August 29, 2016

For 15-year reliability, nothing else comes close to a Toyota or Honda. Definitely not a Ford, though they're okay up to 8-10 years.

I haven't tested the RAV4 since its suspension was softened for 2016. From 2013 to 2015 it rode very firmly.

You should also test the Honda CR-V. I'm not a fan of its styling, but it might ride better than the Toyota.

In both visibility is pretty good orward, not as good to the rear.

The Subaru Forester beats pretty much everything in outward visiblity, I but have less confidence in its long-term reliability.


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Response from samuel.bethune

12:04 pm September 28, 2016

Two of my brothers owned Escapes and both had major transmission headaches with them. Both drive RAV4s now and have done better, though parts availability has been an issue.


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Response from NormT

10:39 am July 19, 2017

We rented a 2017 Escape SE AWD to drive to another state to pick up a 2016 Buick Envision. The Escape got 32.5 mpg at 65 mph for the 6 hour trek. I like the throttle tip-in and the transmission was very smooth shifting with very responsive brakes. It had the softest, most comfortable headrests. But just about everything else I hated about it. The steering and the suspension were a mess and had me thinking what Lincoln does to the Escape to make a MKC. It was loud and bordered on tinnitus for our long drive. Skip the other ecomomy cuv's as they are just too loud and unrefined at $30,000.

The Buick Envsision is right at your $30,000 mark or higher and will be quieter than a Lexus RX and $10,000 less than a Lexus NX200T when similarly equipped.


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