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Moving from a sedan to a X-Over or SUV

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I have been in 2 Civics since 2005. I crave low cost of ownership, reliability and zippiness. Our other vehicle is my wife's primary, a 2011 CRV (love the same criteria, but sluggish when you need to get from 30 to 60mph however). We've been hunting for a full-time suv/crossover for myself. I'm all over the place, new or used, I either can't afford or am reviewed to the point I'm not taking a clear direction. So far the following have caught my eye, open to any and all suggestions please. I drive a solid mix of city and highway. I do about 40 miles per day on office days; 150ish on field days.

Eyeing up:

  • 2013 JGC Overland (loaded at 25k for $28k)
  • Mazda CX5 Grand Touring (used at my price point)
  • Crosstrek (new)
  • Ford Edge (used)
  • Morano AWD

Wants: Leather, AWD/4WD, Navi (I'm in outside sales)

Love any opinions or insight. I like the 2015 Civic EX-L I'm in... I want off the ground though. T-Boned in 2014 and tagged once this year in this car... I'm skittish about visibility. And can't drive a yellow car.


Priorities: Reliability & durability / Warranty, maintenance cost / Safety & braking

Preferred Bodystyle(s): SUV

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

Primary Driver(s): Short driver

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 30000
Maximum age: 3 years

Maximum price: US $ 28000

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Response from mkaresh

12:57 pm May 17, 2016

I'm very unsure about the reliability of the Jeep. Otherwise it's a great vehicle.

With the Crosstrek and CX-5, I'm not sure they're much zippier than your CR-V, since they have a similar amount of power. But their transmission programming could make them seem more responsive. I guess test drive them and see what you think.

If you want a seriously quick compact SUV, see if you can find a 2014+ Subaru Forester XT in your price range.

The 2013+ Ford Escape with the 2.0T engine is also quite quick. Reliability has been about average in our stats.

The 2007-2014 Edge is a middle-of-the-road vehicle in pretty much all respects: reliability, performance, handling, fuel economy, etc.

With the Murano, I'd suggest the 2010 and up. The main thing people tend to mind with these is the operation of the CVT transmission.

I'd only spend the extra money (or get an older vehicle) for the above if the Forester and Escape aren't large enough for you. The Forester is roomier than the Escape.


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Response from NormT

1:33 pm July 21, 2017

The 2016 Buick Envision Premium 2.0T would be close to your $28,000 limit and include much more content than any Honda cuv. It has the latest Twinster AWD (think BMW xdrive but about half the price) includes torque vectoring rear end that sends power to the outside wheel in a turn while other brake the inside wheel.


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