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My GF currently Leases a 2012 Honda CR-V that she's been pretty happy with, but wants to try life with out car payments for a while.... We've been looking at older CR-Vs, 2005-2008 Audi A4 Wagons, Toytoa Highlanders...


Most important to her is that the car is reliable and cheap to repair. But working in the advertising industry here in Los Angeles, a head turner luxury brand would be almost requisit for her job. The premium sound, quiet interiors, and more comfortable ride has her looking more upmarket, which won't be cheap to repair..

Ideally, is there an Audi, Lexus, or Acura that would stand out in the $7500 price range, prefereably a hatchback or crossover SUV?


THANKS!

My GF currently Leases a 2012 Honda CR-V that she's been pretty happy with, but wants to try life with out car payments for a while.... We've been looking at older CR-Vs, 2005-2008 Audi A4 Wagons, Toytoa Highlanders...


Most important to her is that the car is reliable and cheap to repair. But working in the advertising industry here in Los Angeles, a head turner luxury brand would be almost requisit for her job. The premium sound, quiet interiors, and more comfortable ride has her looking more upmarket, which won't be cheap to repair..

Ideally, is there an Audi, Lexus, or Acura that would stand out in the $7500 price range, prefereably a hatchback or crossover SUV?


THANKS!

Preferred Bodystyle(s): SUV / Wagon / Convertible / Hatch

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

Primary Driver(s): Tall driver / Short driver

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 100000
Maximum age: 8 years

Maximum price: US $ 7500

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Response from samuel.bethune

11:54 am September 28, 2016

Acura MDX might be a good choice. These show up on used car lots all the time, are reasonably priced, and have good reliability ratings. I'd also look at Lexus RX-300 and RX-330.

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Acura MDX
Lexus RX

Response from samuel.bethune

11:56 am September 28, 2016

Acura MDX might be a good choice. These show up on used car lots all the time, are reasonably priced, and have good reliability ratings. I'd also look at Lexus RX-300 and RX-330.

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Acura MDX
Lexus RX

Response from mkaresh

2:39 am September 30, 2016

I suspect it will be hard to find an MDX or RX in suitable condition for $7k.

There's probably no such thing as a reliable German car that sells for $7k.

Given this set of requirements and low price, I'm not sure what to suggest.

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Response from Puffinz

3:52 pm July 22, 2017

I have a similar thoughts since I am searching for a car for my teenage daughter. A little different starting point than you. I looked at the insurance institute list of best cars for teens. They break their list into best and better and then by the of cars.

Thus, the Honda Element, Suburu Forester, Mazda Tribute/Ford Escape, and VW Tiguan. What I would suggest is looking at the repair trade off. You might find some Lexus RX start to enter that price range for cars built around 2008. The Suburu, Mazda, and Honda are up to 2011.

for my perspective- I have expanded my search to include the Mazda CX-5 2013 yr or the Buick Encore (trying to find a deal on a model with the 153hp vs the 138hp engine).

Hope this gives you some thoughts on models models and preferences.

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Honda Element
Subaru Forester
Volkswagen Tiguan
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