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Which is better, 2008 Mazda Tribute or 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander SE?

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SAFETY FIRST! Driveabily, Fun, and easy vision. It's my 1st SUV. I don't want a "Large Size" at first. I need to seat 4 people comfortably to include my friends. Grocery Store is far, so I stock up, need large cargo area to shop for a few weeks' food. Back Seats lay flat is optimal. Low Mileage is okay, but not a MUST if the engine is RELIABLE and what I've read about both models, the engine is good on both models and years. I have found 2 cars (both of these), I need public advice quicker than slower. Thank you, Barbie!

Priorities: Safety & braking / Reliability & durability / Insurance cost

Preferred Bodystyle(s): SUV

Car Needs: Daily commuter / Errands about town / Long trips / Off-roader

Primary Driver(s): New driver

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars

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Response from jasonmreece

4:50 pm November 1, 2015

If you forced to choose between the 2008 Mazda Tribute and 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander, I would probably go with the Outlander. My main concern would be the car's history and making certain that it was not formerly a rental car!

The Mazda Tribute is literally the same vehicle as the Ford Escape, just with a different grille and emblem. The Escape had decent but not great reliability and being a 2008, I'm guessing it has quite a few miles on it? The 3.0L V6 engine used in most of Tributes has some weak spots as does the transmission.

The Outlander is five years newer, Mitsubishi usually has average reliability but I worry that they will be pulling out of the US market in the near future and service and repair might be a lot tougher if that happens.

I don't know your budget, but if you were a friend or family member and came to me asking for a small SUV recommedation for under $11k with excellent reliability, here's the short list I'd give you-

2007-newer Toyota RAV4- they're good looking, exceptionally reliable and one of the most enjoyable small SUVs to drive that I've ever experienced. If you happen to fine one with the optional V6 engine, you basically have a hot-rod compact SUV because they will MOVE! That engine is used in heavier, larger models but it is almost too much power for the RAV4. You simply CAN'T go wrong with one of these! I easily found some 2007 and 2008 models with under 80k miles for $10k.

2007-2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara- I'll bet $20 that you've never heard of a Grand Vitara, most people haven't. But they are very nice looking, solidlyl built and reliable all around. Their anonymity is the used car buyer's friend because they are cheap to buy. A 2007-2009 with under 100k miles can be had for $6-$7k and a loaded 2012 with 50k miles is still under $11k.

Not exactly an SUV, but will do everything you need and then some and get better fuel economy to boot-

2010-present KIA Soul- they have been rock solid reliable from day one, have a roomy interior and large cargo area and they get good fuel economy. A clean 2011 starts around $8k with under 80k miles. It's a great value.

Good luck!


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Response from mkaresh

1:16 pm November 4, 2015

Five years newer is much better. Mitsubishis also have a standard 5/60 warranty.

This is an Outlander, not the smaller Outlander Sport? I'm not a fan of the latter.

Both are easy to see out of.

Crash test scores are middling in both, with the 2013Outlander testing better than the 2008Escape.


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