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#1: Safety is an absolute. While most vehicles do a good job with front-end collisions, I'm particularly concerned with obtaining a vehicle with as much rear-collision safety features as possible. My wife had a serious back operation and a rear-end whiplash could cause her to be seriously injured.

#2: Accident avoidance technology is also a necessity (e.g., lane departure, emerging stopping, rear-collision injury mitigation, etc).

#3: Seat comfort must be the best possible to minimize my wife's back pain, particularly on long trips.

#4: Smooth ride needed to maximize ride comfort.

My wife and I are retired. Our children live 5+ hours away and we travel (around) 10 times per year to visit. Need a safe and comfortable vehicle to ease this process. A large car or SUV is probably what we'll need. Also, will need 4-wheel/all-wheel drive since travel takes us to upper New England in the winter.

Priorities: Safety & braking / Front seat support & comfort / Ride smoothness

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Sedan / Hatch / SUV

Car Needs: Family transporter / Errands about town / Long trips

Primary Driver(s): Senior driver

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider new cars only

Maximum price: US $ 100000

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Response from MarkFMoore

11:37 am December 31, 2015

Volvo. Best seats in the industry & best safety ratings. You can get Awd on any model and reliability ratings have come way up in the past few years. They also have the best Certified Pre Owned program If you wanted to save money over new. The Xc90 just took MotorTrends SUV of the year.

The new S90 will debut at the 2016 Detroit Autoshow. It's stunning.


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Volvo XC90
Volvo XC60
Volvo V60 Cross Country

Response from mkaresh

6:12 pm December 31, 2015

I agree with Mark that you should look at the Volvos. The new XC90 is impressive--you'll find my review linked beneath its photo. My main concerns with it: price (which might not be an issue at all for you) and unknown reliability, since it's all-new.

As Mark notes, Volvo has an all-new S90 large sedan on the way, if you find you like the new XC90 but would prefer a sedan.

That said, I've been very impressed with the 2015-2016 Hyundai Genesis sedan. It's an outstanding car all-around, especially for what it costs, has very comfortable seats, has excellent safety ratings, is available with a full array of safety features, and has been very reliable so far. On top of all of this, they haven't been selling well because the badge lacks prestige, so it should be possible to get a great deal on one.

The main negatives with the Genesis: no prestigious badge, non-luxury dealer service, and in-town fuel economy that isn't as good as an Audi or BMW with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. (The Hyundai has a big V6.) But you really should drive one before dismissing it.

Whatever you seriously consider buying, I'd ask the dealer to take it home first for a day or two to make sure that the seats are comfortable for her. It is very hard to properly evaluate seat comfort during a dealer test drive.


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Hyundai Genesis
Volvo XC90

Response from zcd1

9:56 pm January 3, 2016

Check out the Acura MDX. Smooth, comfortable, powerful, quiet and likely to be reliable. IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus, as well.


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Acura MDX

Response from mkaresh

11:05 pm January 3, 2016

The Acura MDX is my favorite three-row crossover to drive. But it looks and feels plain compared to the Volvo. The 2014 initially had some problems, but it's been getting better, and the 2015 has been better from the start. In my review of the XC90 (linked beneath the pic above) I compared it to the MDX.


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