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E9ret

Luxury suv

Priorities: Ride smoothness / Feature availability / Audio & nav systems

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 50000
Maximum age: 3 years

Maximum price: US $ 24000

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Response from NormT

9:24 am May 7, 2018

Response from AcuraT

10:36 am May 7, 2018

There are a few choices that work for this fit. You have the Lexus RX, Buick Envision, Acura MDX, BMW X5.

The Lexus has unsurpassed quality. However you pay for it in cost. About 80% of owners count it as reliable at Consumer Reports.

Buick is GM's most reliable division. I have had success in the past buying the Enclave and it lasted as long as I needed it with minimal fuss. Also owned a Saab 9-3 which went for 12 years and 170,000 miles before a tree essentially ended its life recently. Since the 2018 Envision is on fire sale right now because the 2019 Envision launched 7 days ago, I bought a 2018 loaded Envision for $13,000 off. Considering it is a reliable SUV, I doubt I will ever pay the difference in price for a Lexus which may be slightly better overall (and it does not drive any better). About 75% count it as reliable at Consumer Reports.

The Acura MDX is 35% reliable according to Consumer Reports. It has transmission concerns in 2016 and 17 and probably should be avoided. It also has some electrical issues that persisted into 2017. The last generation is fine however as the transmission issues were worked out (2010-2015). So a used Acura is the way to go if you want Acrua.

The BMW X5 drives better but is less reliable than the two above and is most costly to fix. It has minor problems since the redesign in 2014, most have squeaks and rattles. In 2014 some have engine problems, fuel system, electrical issues, and climate issues. The climate controls issue persists though 2017. So do the squeaks and rattles. The other issues persist through 2016.

There are other options that are even less reliable out there but I would stick with these three, and maybe BMW expecting more issues with that brand in particular.

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Lexus RX
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Response from KilgoreTrout53

9:38 pm May 8, 2018

Consider a CPO GMC Terrain. The SLT 1 and SLT 2 models are nicely equipped and give Lexus and Buick a run for their money. The prior generation has a 112" wheelbase, making for a smooth ride. Add a V6 and you you have one nice vehicle. GMC's fit and finish is similar to Buick, I love my Terrain!

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