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Fuel-efficient, low maintenance yet fun to drive crossover or something similar.

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I recently bought a 2014 Infiniti Q50 sport and I absolutely love it! However it's costing me about $200 a month in gas (mainly to and from work), oil changes are $80+ and I have to get new brake pads every 20k miles and those are about $400 at the dealership. Plus my insurance went up! Obviously I did not do my due diligence on this car and it is sucking every penny I have!

I would like a fun to drive, low maintenance, low mpg, reliable crossover, suv or wagon. Please help!

Priorities: Fuel economy / Reliability & durability / Price or payments

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 20000
Maximum age: 3 years

Maximum price: US $ 25000

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Response from agog

5:28 pm January 5, 2017

I own a CX-5 and oil changes have been $50, no brake pads change yet, MPG has been around 25mpg in a 60(city)/40(highway) driving. Recommend that as you mention 'fun'. The only issue which bothered me was the cabin noisde was more than others but that has, supposedly, been fixed in 2017 model. A reliable car.

Honda CRV, can't go wrong with it.

If you can downsize and don't require AWD, do look at Kia Niro.


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Response from LectroFuel

2:05 pm January 15, 2017

Get a Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Reviewers have said great things about that car and it gets great MPGs. As an owner of two Prii, I love Toyota's hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain. It's super smooth. It's also super reliable.

The CR-V is another great choice, especially the new 2017.


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Response from NormT

1:33 pm July 14, 2017

The 2017 Buick Encore Premium would be my choice for occasionally needing to haul people and luggage and under $25,000 advertised discount on the internet. Our 2013 Encore would see 39 mpg at 60 mph on my 58 mile trip to work. That included a few cold starts ovet a fuel tank of fuel and ours had AWD. So if you only need fwd you should be able to beat 40 mpg driving at highway speeds. The Encore has Active Noise Control which really make the compact cuv quiet on rough roads.

If you need more space, more luxury, even quieter with Buick Quiet Tuning, more power, more features, there may still be some brand new 2016 Buick Envision Premium with standard torque vectoring AWD in the low $30,000's. The Envision Premium at $33K or so wipes the segment away with features that are $10,000 more expensive.


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