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Thinking a higher mileage older Luxury SUV might be smarter than a 3 year off Lease?

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Dumping 2011 CRV with tranny shutter at 40mph that will not go away with 3x flush.
Originally thinking off lease 3 year old: Rav4, CX5, Sportage or Santa FE.
Now thinking slightly older & higher milage Lexus NX200 or RX350 might save us $10K and give us the safety and dependibility.

Priorities: Reliability & durability / Safety & braking / Handling

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 75000
Maximum age: 6 years

Maximum price: US $ 25000

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Response from LectroFuel

2:43 am December 10, 2021

Skip the Sportage and Santa Fe because their engines are prone to failure. You'd be safe with any Toyota or Lexus. The NX has a turbo engine, which isn't as proven and might not be as reliable as the other Toyotas. Mazda CX-5 would probably be my choice since a 3 year old RAV4 would be the previous generation, which was not great to drive.

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Response from MSA2001

12:55 pm January 12, 2022

The Lexus NX200t is a pretty good vehicle, we have one. So far only problem has been rear door power lift that has a mind of its own. Has 58K miles it is great in urban environments due to size and agility (we are in Seattle) and is likely to last a long time. Due to Lexus engineering the turbo engine will probably go to 200k miles easy with clean syn oil. I would also recommend the RX450h comfortable with excellent mpg. Either will not be easy to find for < 25K.

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