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Replacing a 2010 Infiniti EX35

The Right Car for Me | TrueDelta

garfld

I want a compact crossover luxury SUV. I have loved my car but it lacks the newer safety features. Also, it drives me crazy that there is no trunk release or button to open the trunk. You literally have to walk up to it and open with the handle on the trunk door. Ok, maybe that's petty but it's important to me. It's a feature on the Rogue and all the less expensive cars.

My other problem is that I have a bizarre parking situation in a condo, and my car cannot exceed 72 inches in width.

Appreciate your suggestions. Thanks!

Priorities: Reliability & durability / Exterior styling / Fuel economy

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider new cars only

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Response from NormT

10:26 am January 14, 2018

Take a look at the Buick Encore if you like the EX35 size as the Encore has the same cargo capacity. Plus the Encore front passenger seat folds flat to hold 8-feet long items.

The Encore has a touch pad on the lift gate to release it and it springs open with one finger. The Encore width is 69.9" and very easy to park.

We could see almost 40 mpg when traveling the speed limit when we owned a 2013. My inlaws picked a used 2015 Encore with AWD and love it.

Nice thing about Buick it offers a 4 year, 50,000 mile warranty and can be found discounted brand new for under $20,000 and includes Active Noise Cancelation standard.

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Response from LectroFuel

12:59 pm January 15, 2018

Response from garfld

1:28 pm January 15, 2018

I guess I should look at the Encore. It seems very very small but it's kind of cute!
Thanks!

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Response from garfld

1:29 pm January 15, 2018

Response from LectroFuel

5:36 pm January 15, 2018

That parking situation kind of wipes out almost every luxury crossover except the Encore, Audi Q3, BMW X1, Infiniti QX50, and Mercedes GLA. The Buick Envision is 72.4" and is a nicer car than all of these. Two of my neighbors drive a BMW X1 and they like them.

The Audi Q3 is outdated, the Mercedes doesn't drive well, the QX50 is ancient feeling, and the BMW probably won't be reliable.

It is 2018, so I don't know why the Encore luxury CUV isn't even available with Automatic emergency collision braking. Even the $16k Toyota Yaris subcompact has it standard. The shape of the Encore could be considered cute, but it looks so boring IMO. More so with the Envision. It is reliable though and reviews say it drives comfortably. It isn't fun though and drives like a marshmallow, but that is what it is supposed to be.

The Mazda CX-5 is not a luxury SUV, but it does feel luxurious in the top trim. It is beautiful on the outside, is reliable, and gets decent mileage. The width is 72.5" so that may be pushing it. It is available with more features than the Buick Encore and is a better value. It has a larger cargo area than the Encore. Quiet interior and fun to drive for an SUV. If you go for this car, make sure it is a 2017 or newer because the current redesign is much better than before. It has all the latest safety features.

My choice would be the Encore if you can't go for the CX-5 or Envision.

Another thing: Consumer Reports' owner satisfaction surveys. The Buick Encore is rated as average. The Envision is below average or "Fair." The Mazda CX-5 is rated as well above average or "Excellent." These surveys just ask current owners if they liked their car enough to buy it again. Owners of the CX-5 were way more happy with their car than the Buick owners were.

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Response from garfld

11:56 pm January 15, 2018

Thanks for all the comments, lots to think about. I know, the parking thing is a bummer. I took the BMW X1 for a test drive and to my surprise I didn't like anything about the car. I guess I could look at the Envision and especially the CX-5. I can take it home and see if I can park it. We have a little wiggle room.

In all these years, I can't believe they didn't add those few little touches to the Infiniti QX50 that would make it irresistible to me. Really, just some kind of automatic trunk button! As an option!

Thanks, appreciate your comments!

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Response from NormT

8:24 am January 16, 2018

Or find one with power folding mirrors. :)

The Encore is one of the top rated compact cuv's at Consumer Reports and here, Truedelta. We enjoyed out leased Encore so much my inlaws bought one and really like it.

The CX-5 would be a stiff ride and only matches the Buick Encore in Consumer Reports Emergency Lane Change test and Motor Trend figure eight handling test. The Encore is being advertised for $19,900, which is less expensive than the Mazda, and offers a longer 4-year, 50,000 mile warranty.


Collision alert is all you get from Toyota also as it won't brake if your feet are on the pedals. You have to remove your feet for auto braking to work on a Toyota and sometimes it doesn't even work at all.

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Response from garfld

9:00 am January 16, 2018

Response from mkaresh

2:17 pm January 23, 2018

How are you calculating what will fit? The width specs you'll find on this site and elswhere are without the mirrors.

Many cars, especially those from premium brands but also quite a few Kias, are offered with power-folding mirrors. Will this help? Or you need space to open the doors anyway, so the mirrors aren't really a factor?

The 2017 and up Mazda CX-5 rides much better than the first-gen, which might be the one Norm is thinking of.

Infiniti will have a totally redesigned, roomier QX50 for 2019. Unfortunately, the new one is also a couple inches wider, and so well beyond your limit.

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