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Honda CRV- not enough luxury & was not able to test drive since all vehicles on the lot were sold. Worried not enough power. subaru outback and forester- not enough luxury, couldn't test drive, worried about not enough power. toyota RAV- too small and couldn't get light colored interior, toyota forerunner-too big and looked like a military vehicle, toyota highlander, too big, looked like a military vehicle and couldn't get a light colored exterior with a light colored interior. Kia, not reliable according to reports. BMW X-5- currently own a '05 but repairs are every expensive. Please suggest a vehicle for me. I need help. I live in Hawaii on an outer island. Choices are limited here and not always able to test drive since most of the cars on the lot that I want have already been sold. Can look but not test drive. Seems all the new cars have black or dark interiors and I want a light colored exterior and a light colered interior. Sales people all want to sell me a black interior. I also want good visability, quiet ride and luxury.

Preferred Bodystyle(s): SUV

Car Needs: Family transporter / Errands about town / Client-facing / Fun toy

Primary Driver(s): New driver / Senior driver / Tall driver

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 30000
Maximum age: 3 years

Maximum price: US $ 55000

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Response from recycledsixtie

8:12 pm August 24, 2014

Lexus is coming out with the NX this fall. It should be more luxurious and powerful than the RAV4 but also quite a bit more money I would suggest the Acura RDX and the Ford Escape Tituanium are worth a look which I am going to try this week. Lexus RX350 is too big and the Nissan Rogue is raspy and seats are uncomfortable. I find the Honda CRV has too choppy a ride. However I was impressed with the Nissan Rogue's ride which is not firm. Enjoy your search!

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Response from ilene

8:37 pm August 24, 2014

I just bought a Lincoln MKC - light interior! It's gorgeous and I love it so far!

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Response from mkaresh

11:49 am August 25, 2014

Good suggestions above. I haven't had a chance to drive the Lexus NX or Lincoln MKC yet. Either is about the size of the CR-V and should offer the color combination and luxury you're looking for. I don't like the exterior styling of the NX, but that's a matter of personal taste.

The Acura RDX is available with white / parchment and medium red / parchment combinations. It's a good all-around vehicle.

A fourth option could be the Buick Encore. It's smaller (and much less expensive) than the other three, which could be a positive or a negative depending on your personal needs and tastes. Power could be a larger issue--it's also considerably less powerful than the others. But worth a look.

As mentioned above, the Ford Escape might also be sufficiently luxurious.

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Lincoln MKC
Acura RDX
Buick Encore

Response from jasonmreece

1:37 pm August 25, 2014

If you're looking for something more luxurious/upscale, take a look at the following-

Acura RDX

Audi Q5

Volvo XC60


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Acura RDX
Audi Q5
Volvo XC60

Response from mkaresh

9:12 am August 26, 2014

The Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60 both drive well. Gayla loved the latter when we had one with a white leather interior for a week. But I only recommend these to people who won't have the car for more than a few years or who will be okay with a fairly expensive repair once every year or two after the warranty runs out. They're like the BMW this way.

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Response from eckelberg

11:25 am August 26, 2014

If you can find a Nissan Murano in your colors, I think you'll be happy with it. You might be able to get a good deal since the body style is changing for 2015. Reasonably reliable per consumer reports, and hopefully good Nissan service in Kona. Close in size to your X5.

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Nissan Murano
Volvo XC60

Response from jasonmreece

4:18 pm August 26, 2014

What about the Mazda CX-5? Your only option for a light exterior with light interior color combo would be the Crystal White Pearl with Sand (Beige) Leather, but I think that combo looks very upscale. A 2015 CX-5 Grand Touring AWD with Technology Package in that color combo has an MSRP of $31,675 and it's pretty darn loaded. It also handles great and has more than enough power for most drivers. Definitely worth a look!

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Mazda CX-5

Response from mitchell9353

12:39 am September 7, 2014

A friend of ours just bought a GMC Terrain. Very reasonable pricing (<$40K) and more luxurious interior than the BMW. There is a Light Titanium interior color option in the LT-2 trim that is very attractive. The V6 engine is probably preferable if you're accustomed to the BMW.

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GMC Terrain
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