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I have driven an astro van for the past 20 years. I'm used to being large and tall in my car. I don't like sedans, they are too low. But I'm tired of getting 13mpg when I'm the only one in the car. I need a seat with good back support and I will be using it for daily running around and long trips to see kids and grandkids. I don't 'need' AWD, but I like the way the CRV kicks in to all wheel drive when it slips. My husband has a 2006 CRV sport model and it is not comfortable on my back afor long trips and is not smooth or quiet. Maybe because of sports suspension? I have a 2002 Honda Odyssey which is very comfortable, but I really don't need that much space. But I would buy that much space if it's comfortable and economical on gas. I buy new and keep them till they die, so I'm a fan of Honda, Toyota etc, but am considering a Mazda cx5. I've heard Mazda has rust problems? I like the safety features available now such as blind spot, lane drifting, auto braking etc.Should I stick with Honda Toyota? What about Subaru

Priorities: Ride smoothness / Reliability & durability / Fuel economy

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Wagon / Minivan / SUV

Car Needs: Errands about town / Long trips

Primary Driver(s): Senior driver

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 10000
Maximum age: 2 years

Maximum price: US $ 28000

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Response from 052516sm

10:21 pm March 10, 2016

Buy a Subaru Outback Wagon. Very safe, reliable, economical and comfortable to drive. Priced within your budget. I've had mine, trouble-free, for 5 years/49K miles.


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Response from mkaresh

1:40 am March 11, 2016

Mazda claims to have gotten its rust issues under control around 2009. The CX-5 also has cladding around the wheel openings, which also helps prevent rust in those areas. They do have sporty suspensions--much better handling than a CR-V--so drive one on the worst roads you tend to travel before buying one.

Subarus are probably a good fit for your needs. I'd check out both the Forester and Outback.

If you really don't need much space, the Buick Encore is worth a look. Among small SUVs it has the quietest and smoothest ride. If driven casually fuel economy can be very good. These have been very reliable so far.


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Response from NormT

1:18 pm July 24, 2017

At $28,000 the Buick Encore would easily be under your target. It is on the small size so using the parcel shelf for Xmas gifts one year help with two, full sized dogs and luggage with the rear seats folded down. We love the quiet, smooth ride. The Active Noise Cancelation really does make this sub-compact cuv the quietest in the segment and segments above it.

The 2016 Buick Envision Premium l, used at $29K, or a 2017 Buick Envision Essence or Preferred are discounted $10,000 and a really good deal at $26,000 or the better deal versus those economy cuv like Honda, Nissan, Toyota, Mazda, and Subaru.


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