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Basically looking for an errands/go offroad to target practice and occasional larger load capability.

Priorities: Fuel economy / Powertrain performance / Reliability & durability

Preferred Bodystyle(s): SUV

Car Needs: Family transporter / Errands about town / Off-roader

Primary Driver(s): Senior driver

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider new cars only

Maximum price: US $ 30000

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Response from mkaresh

1:25 am March 11, 2016

My first thought is the Mazda CX-5. If it's not quick enough, then a Subaru Forester XT (with a turbocharged engine).


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Mazda CX-5
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Response from jrhesse

3:50 pm March 15, 2016

I was gonna start off with the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. But that's not exactly MPG friendly, and may be overkill for your mild offroading, but is still a bad-ass vehicle. It's great in the winter (if you have winter, I didn't catch where you were from), and awesome topless in the spring/summer/fall. It can be specced within your budget (or even a little above). But it's MPG's aren't great. They're not terrible, in fact if it's mostly highway or back roads I have gotten the little trip computer to say 30 MPG, so it's not the worst and is highly capable. The Unlimited rides nicer than the 2-door cuz the axles are spread out thus a long road trip isn't awful. The drivetrain is great, the community is great, the parts are easy to find and mods are easy too. Plus I own one and recommend one, and if you have any questions about one feel free to ask me.

I agree with Karesh with the Forester. That can get you to target practice. Subaru has some of the best AWD vehicles out there. With great gas mileage too. However no one seems to like a CVT.

I also would give you with a Renegade Trailhawk. It's also off road capable and gas friendly. Its a bit smaller than a CX-5, but I think for your needs would suffice. But I give that a low 3 recommendation compared to 1 and 2.


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Jeep Wrangler
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Response from NormT

1:24 pm July 24, 2017

Under $30,000 a used 2016 Buick Envision Premium l would not only fulfill your basic needs like cuv's listed above, it would exceed in many features and luxuries at or less than the price of them. Besides being similar quick as the Forester XT, the Envision AWD offer twin clutches that allow a single wheel to receive power while the others slip. And it does it with the steering g wheel turned unlike the Forester that does not.


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