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Lexus NX 300- great car, just too expensive, great front seats with support I love. This car has the bare mimum amount of space I need.
Subaru Outback- Front seats not as supportive as I expected, excellent cargo space, little concerned about long term reliability
Mercedes GLK 250- appreciate the diesel just not doing enough highway miles to warrant the long term cost. Front seat good but not great.

Looking for vehicle that has solid lumbar and great thigh support for long trips. Is reliable for 5 yrs and 125,000 km. Combined mileage under 10L/100 and cargo space.
I am almost 6ft tall.

Priorities: Front seat support & comfort / Reliability & durability / Fuel economy

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Hatch / Wagon / SUV / Pickup

Car Needs: Daily commuter / Errands about town / Long trips / Client-facing

Primary Driver(s): Senior driver

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider new cars only

Maximum price: US $ 45000

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Response from Garibaldi

6:40 am March 15, 2016


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Acura RDX
Audi Q5

Response from PNOMAN4U

10:24 am March 15, 2016

Thanks for the suggestions. Audi is too tempermental and probably out of the budget (I forgot to allow for the dollar exchange between Canadian and US) my top price would be 30,000 U.S.
Re. Acura, I have read here on Delta and spoken t others who say the RDX is not very reliable compared to other cars.
Thanks for the comments North Carolina, appreciated.


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Response from mkaresh

8:22 pm March 15, 2016

The first-generation RDX (2007-2012) had reliability issues. The current one (2013 and up) had some common problems the first model year, but nothing serious. The one I recall involved driveline vibrations, one of the things many people accept as "normal." The 2014 and 2015 have both been reliable. I'm not a big fan of how the current RDX drives, but many people seem to like it. The Lexus NX feels sportier.

I like how the Lincoln MKC drives a lot, and it has good seats, but less rear seat space than the NX or RDX and initial reliability hasn't been good.

If you can get one under your max, the Volvo XC60 is worth a look. Great seats, comfortable ride, and those as old as the 2013 have been reliable so far. (We have any iffy stat for the 2014, but it's based on a small sample size.) For 2016 you haev to get front-wheel-drive for good fuel economy. For 2017 the efficient turbo four-cylinder finally will be available with all-wheel-drive.

Among regular brand crossovers, you should at least take the Kia Sorento for a test drive. It rides and handles very well for a midsize crossover. Initial reliability hasn't been good, but if the past is any indication Kia will sort initial bugs out pretty quickly. Care from late 2016 or 2017 should be better than those in our survey. (I have more faith in Kia quickly working bugs out than I do Ford / Lincoln.)

Bottom line: you could end up very happy with any of these, but the Lexus is probably your surest bet


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Lexus NX
Acura RDX
Kia Sorento

Response from NormT

1:00 pm July 24, 2017

The 2016 Buick Envision Premium l can be found at your target of $30,000. It comes with standard AWD with torque vectoring differential. Our is a Premium ll and sees around 30 mpg on the highway and 24-25 mpg combined driving on my 8 mile commute.

Even a 2016 Envision Premium l discounted is about $10,000 than a Lexus NX as you have found out. It is very small and not as quiet as the Buick.

The RDX AWD system only send a maximum of 50% of power to the rear tires. Making it not much better in slippery conditions than a CR-V. The V6 CR-V, if you will, is over due for an update.

If you ever find the NX livable at US $43,000, check out the Buick Encore for $16,000 discounted in the states. At its full price when it came out it was measured against the bmw X1 and was considered a $13,000 less bargain. I guess at discounted price today it would be half price of the X1.


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Buick Envision
Buick Encore
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