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The Right Car for Me | TrueDelta

Nikhilnagaraj24

The Right Car for Me | TrueDelta
Nikhilnagaraj24
Would love a premium branded SUV with as many bells and whistles money can buy within my budget of 45-46K. I need a reliable brand but can make some compromises.
Acura RDX - Infotainment is horrible - Would have bought this otherwise
Lexus NX - A bit on the smaller side(but will compromise if it comes down to it) - But Infotainment and controls are meh
Lexus RX - a bit out of my budget and doesn't have Apple Carplay If I could ditch the navigation to keep the cost low
BMW X3 - hate the run flat tires
Audi Q5 - the 2018 model is out of my budget
Mercedes GLC - Seriously considering but worried about maintenance costs over 5-6 years
Lincoln MKC/MKX - Worried about reliability
Cadillac XT5 - seriously considering but questions/concerns about the evil that is GM
Jaguar FPace - Top contender as of now
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque - Love the vehicle but worried about reliability
Priorities: Exterior styling / Quietness / Rear seat room & comfort

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider new cars only

Maximum price: US $ 46000

If none of the above brands workout, I'm looking at a fully loaded Nissan Murano or a Ford Edge Sport. But Id love to hear from anyone about their thoughts on Ford Edge Sport, Ford's reliability and repairs and so on.

Priorities: Exterior styling / Audio & nav systems / Rear seat room & comfort

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider new cars only

Maximum price: US $ 46000

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Response from Sendog2016

12:56 pm May 4, 2017

I was going to suggest the Land Rover but I see you've already considered one! I've done research and kept an eye on the market for the last year or so. Personally I'd get one and I think I'll make the move if my Audi A4 ever packs it in (unlikely as its extremely reliable). The reason why I like them so much is the engine first of all, which the 2.0l is fairly fuel efficient and turbocharged. The quality of materials and the layout is pretty awesome as well. For being a "cheaper" Land Rover I like the design way better than its bigger brothers. The resale, at least here in Canada is pretty good. Lincoln and Cadillac I find are cheap in quality compared to European vehicles. Acuras are premium Hondas and Mercedes will cost you a mint for parts and labour. Jaguars are pretty sweet but I don't know how reliable they are as I don't know anyone that owns one. I agree BMW isn't what it used to be. Audi... I considered the Q5 myself but I agree, way too expensive and there's others that are more luxurious in that price range. However, you're paying for the legendary Quattro AWD system that in my opinion is the best. Let us know what you decide on and why!

Jason

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Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Audi Q5
Jaguar F-Type

Response from Member4193

7:58 am May 5, 2017

Couldn't you add an extra 1K for the BMW and have the dealer deliver the car to you with standard tires?

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Response from DarronS

9:49 am May 5, 2017

Check out the Mazda CX-7. Doesn't have the brand cachet of the vehicles you mentioned but includes everything you are looking for, should be more reliable than any of the European brands, and is priced right.

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Response from mkaresh

11:44 am May 5, 2017

I think DarronS meant the CX-9. They haven't offered the CX-7 in a few years, and when they did those with the turbo engine could be terribly unreliable.

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Response from DarronS

12:38 pm May 5, 2017

Response from Nikhilnagaraj24

3:00 pm May 5, 2017

Thanks for all the responses so far.

I looked at the CX-9. My wife has a Mazda-3, which I use from time to time. I belong to the school of thought that a family is better off owning different brands with varied capabilities. That may not be the right thought, but thats my thought :)

Also, I get bored of materialistic things pretty often and I am already bored of the Mazda infotainment.

I do realize I have too many constraints, but I can compromise on some stuff more than others. Keeping that in mind, the following are my filtered choices in the same order.

1. 2018 Jaguar F-Pace 25t

2. 2017 Cadillac XT5 Luxury

3. 2017/18 Audi Q5 Premium Plus(It turns out Truecar shows a lower price point if I buy from Illinois, just outside of Chicago as opposed to Minneapolis, where I live, which doesnt even have Truecar certified dealers)

4. 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (My colleague has the 2013/14 version and his axle broke just bcoz the car slipped in snow and hit the curb.... Maybe thats a one-off case and there are a lot of other parameters at place, here. But makes me nervous along with all the relaibility issues/revies I have read online)

5. 2017 Lincoln MKX Reserve (Slightly over 46K but gets me every option I can think of that money can buy). I test drove one yesterday and liked it alright. MKC was too small and the rear seat legroom was pretty bad.

6. 2017 Lexus NX or a base RX - But I hate the infotainment and the stupid joystick control. But the brand is reliable so am thinking if I should compromise on the infotainment. I love the aggressive looks of the Lexus SUVs though.

7. If none of the above cuts it, then a fully loaded 2017.5 Nissan Murano(Midnight editions looks pretty good....Like I said, I like the aggressive, stylish looks) or a 2017 Ford Edge Sport.

Anyone has any thoughts on Volvo XC60? I know we're awaiting a new/refreshed 2018 model so the price is still a big question. But how about the older models and relaibility/infotainment/maintenance costs and so on?

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Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Lincoln MKX

Response from Nikhilnagaraj24

3:02 pm May 5, 2017

@Member4193

Thank you. I'll look into that.

How about the long term costs involved with BMW? Are they as expensive as Mercedes vehicles, on the long run?

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Response from NormT

7:22 pm May 6, 2017

We picked up a 2016 Buick Envision Prem ll used with 3,000 miles that had a MSRP of $49,320 for $36K It is quite the ride and loaded with technology. It rides very smooth and handles good enough to whip through traffic in a hurry.

At prices of new 2016 Prem l for $29K from a MSRP in Midwest it is worth a look if you are not leasing. Otherwise 2017's go for $35K and get Android infotainment. Personally didn't think it was worth the price just for the infotaiblnment.

As your local dealer if you can take one for half a day that they offered us

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Buick Envision

Response from LectroFuel

8:14 pm May 11, 2017

According to yourmechanic.com, BMWs are more expensive than almost every other car brand by far. Mercedes is second and Cadillac third.

If you really want reliability in a luxury car, you have to go with a Lexus. You're kind of restricted because every other luxury brand is pretty unreliable (Acura has fallen too). Also, you'll get way more bells and whistles on a fully loaded Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, and Mazda CX-9.

For $45-46k, you can get style, but not any substance. What I mean is that base bottom of the line Jag F-Paces, Cadillac XT5s, Audi Q5s, etc are not as practical (which I doubt is a big deal when buying a luxury car), reliable, or feature-filled as a mainstream Honda, Toyota, or Mazda.

With that in mind, I'd test drive a Mazda CX-9 Signature. It's super stiylish and handles like a sporty car.

The Mercedes GLC is also a car you should check out as a base model (I think it has active safety features as standard). Reliability is iffy, but better than many on your list.

Ford's reliability has been pretty poor for a while. The Edge is a good car, but reliability has been so-so.

On your list, you have some cars that are very unreliable like the Land Rover, Jag, Ford, and Cadillac. The Lexus NX fully optioned would be my choice on your list, then the Nissan Murano, and RX. I'd still look at the CX-9 Signature and MB GLC though before you buy.

Don't forget to come back and tell us what you got! Good Luck!

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Mazda CX-9
Lexus NX
Mercedes-Benz GLC

Response from NormT

11:07 am July 10, 2017

Toyota/Lexus will not be offering Android or Apple car infotainment systems like everyone else. We'll see how going it alone does for them.

I'll reaffirm the Buick Envision Premium 2.0T that can be found under $30,000, or over 1/3rd msrp. No other car will offer feature content that the discounted Envision does.

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Buick Encore
Buick Envision
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