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Reliable, good technology interior, good sound/bluetooth

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I like all the fun stuff on the interior, good sound, good screen, good tech. I like the style of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, but reviews say it's too unreliable. I like the 4Runner, but can barely afford used base model.

Priorities: Reliability & durability / Exterior styling / Audio & nav systems

Need minimum of 5 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 talbotdr

10:54 pm March 29, 2018

Im sure there are good Jeeps out there but if I want to buy a car I need to read good reviews above all else.
I have read too many bad reviews on Jeep and will never buy one.
Honda,Toyota,Mazda I have owned and it ticks all the boxes for reliability and durability
good luck.


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Response from LectroFuel

12:51 am March 30, 2018

Like the response above, avoid Jeep because almost all of their vehicles are unreliable. You can afford a slightly used 4Runner. It will be the most reliable SUV you'll find along with the Toyota Highlander. The Highlander is not meant for off-roading, but is much more comfortable than the 4Runner and more spacious.

As far as premium audio systems go, I have experience with JBL and Bose. The Toyota JBL systems are better than the Bose systems found on Mazda and some GMs. They are both good, but the clarity on the JBL is instantly noticeable. The JBL has just enough bass, but the Bose almost has too much bass even though I like more bass. The Bose is less crisp. Honda doesn't have an audio partner, so they build their own audio systems. The Acura ELS systems are known for being some of the best in the business.

I'll suggest the 2017 and newer Mazda CX-5 as I often do. It is stylish inside and out. It's reliable. It is available with modern features and a nice screen. Today, Mazda announced they will be putting CarPlay into their cars. Older cars may get a retrofit later. The CX-5 handles well and it fits with your priorities. If you value driving dynamics, this is the SUV.

If you need CarPlay, the Honda CR-V has it. It will probably be a little less reliable than the CX-5, but still good. The CR-V will be more comfortable than the Mazda, but more durable and utilitarian for better or worse. It handles pretty well and is smooth. As far as interior tech and safety feature availability, the CR-V beats the CX-5. For most people, the CR-V is the better choice.

New CX-5s and CR-Vs can be had for much cheaper than the Jeep and 4Runner and I think they are the better deals.

You didn't say you needed an SUV or AWD. Best of luck on your search!


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Response from AcuraT

9:14 am March 30, 2018

Both those cars you picked are very good offroad, so I am assuming you want something that is good offroad.

As you mentioned, Toyota 4Runner is good at reliablity which people value so they are expensive used but are also your best bet at highly reliable.

Jeeps in general you have to avoid on the same basis. Having said that, the Grand Cherokee has one issue - the transmission shifts roughly. It also has a greater incidence of failure. Squeaks and in-car electronics can be a concern. My co-worker loves his however, and it is three years old with 40,000 miles. The only issue he has had is the rear hatch strut broke costing him $300 to fix. Otherwise no issues. Of the good offroad vehcles, it tends to be the most reliable of a not good choice and its Uconnect system is quite good.

If offroad is not important and you just picked those two at random, then the best one in you price range is a Kia Sorrento or Hyundai Santa Fe. They are both relatively reliable and less expensive than the competiion. They are also solid vehicles that will meet your need in that class. Their audio and nav systems are okay - nothing great but may meet your need. Test drive them to see if they are okay.


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