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First choice: Lexus NX-300H 2015. I like the sporty design, and all the feautures. I love the gas economy. Is big enough to carry stuff, but not so big that will make me feel like a senior-daddy kind of guy. I don't like it because you cannot find any car that is under $49k in any car dealer. I was thinking about waiting and getting it used.
Second choice: Acura MDX 2015- It has all the feautures I am looking for as well - like heating and cooling sits, cruise control adapter, blind spots, park assist etc. And I love the fact that it has 2 rows in the back, but it still looks sporty. I don't like the navigation system look, and the fuel economy.
Third Choice: Lexus NX-200t 2015- it's all good, but just not hybrid, so I don't like to fuel economy.
Fourth Choice: Lexus RDX Hybrid. 2015 All good, but the price is higher.... but if I can get a base car, it will be the same as getting the Lexus NX-300H.
Fifth choice - BMW x3 or Audi Q5 2015. I don't like the fuel economy, and I am a little scared of the maintance cost and reliability. I feel good with Acura and Lexus, since they have history of great reliability etc.

Like I mention before, these are the feautures I want to have: Sunroof, cruise control adapter, heated and cooling system, blind spot, rear air vents.
Some feautures that would be good, but not a must: Collision prevention, excellent sound system and park assistant.

I will be using this car to meet with clients - I am a financial advisor, so looks is a must! And I will also use the car to pick up family from the aiport (that I will be doing it maybe once a month), and for trips to the beach with the family - right now is just my wife and I, but soon we will be having kids ... so It is a car I am planning on keeping for many years.

I currently have a toyota camry hybrid that I love! I have had it for almost 8 years. And a nissan leaf... nice little toy, but not so depandable for long trips, or visiting clients kind of far from me.

Thank you for all your help!!


Priorities: Brand reputation & image / Fuel economy / Quietness / Ride smoothness / Feature availability

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Sedan / SUV

Car Needs: Family transporter / Errands about town / Long trips / Client-facing

Primary Driver(s): Short driver

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 20000
Maximum age: 1 years

Maximum price: US $ 45000

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Response from mkaresh

10:02 am February 9, 2015

Fuel economy can be fixed in the Audi and BMW by getting the diesel engine. The Audi diesel is a V6 rather than a four-cylinder, so it's quite quick. I'd expect either to cost more than the Lexus, though. Also, while German cars have become fairly reliable during the warranty period, if you're likely to keep this car for eight or so years they become much more iffy.

Among three-row crossovers, I like how the Acura MDX drives the best. Fuel economy is good for a vehicle its size with a conventional gas engine. And it has a lot more space inside than the others. But I don't see how you can get one with the features you require within your budget. You need the Advance trim for those features, and it lists for $57,675, about $10,000 more than the NX 300hyou say is too expensive. In it's defense, click the link and you'll see that the MDX also includes about $10,000 in additional features as configured. But do these features have much value for you?

My guess is that you looked at the price of an MDX without the feature you list as required.

It sounds like the solution is to find an NX 300h with only the features you need, essentially just the Premium Package. If you can't find one at a dealer, see if they can locate or order one. Ordering will delay delivery by perhaps six months, but it'll get you the vehicle you want at the price you want.


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Response from Member6322

1:05 pm February 9, 2015

Thank you for your suggestions! I was looking at the 2016 MDX with technology package and Acurawatch plus package. Acura webpage says that the MSRP for this MDX with the package, is $48,490. That is pretty close to my budget, and has all the bells and whistles I am looking for. Thank you again!


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Response from mkaresh

1:37 pm February 9, 2015

I mistakenly assumed you wanted all-wheel-drive, and hadn't seen the information on the 2016 yet.

Two notes:

1. That price doesn't include destination, which adds $920.

2. To get cooled seats you need the Advance Package.

If you don't need the cooled seats, and can get the 2016 MDX for a price you're okay with, it's a very good choice. The 2014s and 2015s in our survey have been somewhat glitchy, but if past history is any guide Acura should have problems sorted out with the third model year (unless the new transmission proves troublesome).


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Response from Member6322

6:40 pm February 16, 2015

Since I am trying to get a good deal - good price, I will probably wait until I can find a used 2016 MDX. What kind of glitches did you find on the 2014-2015 models? I was thinking about buying a used 2015, but I think I will rather wait.


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Response from mkaresh

8:26 pm February 16, 2015

If you go to the "problems" area and select the 2014 and 2015 MDX it will display all reported problems.


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