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The best Mid-sized SUV....??...

The Right Car for Me | TrueDelta

srichter365

A vehicle that is enjoyable to drive...good handling...good accelleration...comfortable seating...drives good...comfortable on road trip...good in neighborhood driving ( street to street ) and reliable...

I am caught between Audi Q5...Volkswagen Toureg...Mrecedes Ml350...and BMW X3....

Have been looking at 2010,2011,2012,2013,2014...the upper years tend to get our of price range...$18,000 to $25,000...

Your thoughts and suugestions or alternatives

Priorities: Handling / Reliability & durability / Powertrain performance

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 60000
Maximum age: 6 years

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Response from zcd1

9:06 am May 31, 2017

Thos are all good choices, each with its own strengths and weaknesses.

Two others that are worth your consideration are the Acura RDX and MDX. Both offer better value than you'll get from the Europeans, and they're also likely to be more reliable in the long run. Both also offer very comfortable seating in all positions, and the MDX handles surprisingly well for its size due to its "Super-Handling All Wheel Drive". This was one of the first torque-vectoring AWD systems to hit the market, introduced a decade ago.

The tradeoff is that they're not quite as refined as the Europeans, but for daily driving and road trips, they're plenty refined enough, IMO.

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Acura RDX
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Response from recycledsixtie

10:20 am May 31, 2017

I would suggest a used Lexus RX350. Certified from a Lexus dealer or from a private seller. Would suggest getting a prepurchase inspection done on the one you like. I really this suv for the smooth ride, reliability and economical to run. Cheaper to run than German. It rides smoother than the Acura RDX. Gas mileage is reasonable and Lexus service is exceptional.

It comes with a reasonable size spare tire(mine is a 2011). BMW X1 had run flat tires. BMW may be more fun to drive but the RX350 feels so solid. Enjoy your search!

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Lexus RX

Response from NormT

10:32 am June 7, 2017

There were $10,000 discounts on new 2017 Buick Envsions when we were shopping them. You'll get the luxury and quiet ride of a premium German brand but at a nicely discounted price of $25-26K dollars.

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Buick Envision
Buick Encore
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