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comfortable car for my mid-life crisis

The Right Car for Me | TrueDelta


Dodge Journey 2016 AWD with 3.6L 6 speed automatic transmission

Priorities: Fuel economy / Reliability & durability / Feature availability

Preferred Bodystyle(s): SUV

Car Needs: Daily commuter / Family transporter / Errands about town / Long trips

Primary Driver(s): Senior driver

Need minimum of 7 seats

Will consider new cars only

Maximum price: C $ 35000

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Response from mkaresh

1:30 pm November 4, 2015

The Journey is an old design that's not very space efficient, fuel efficient, or reliable. It is comfortable for people who fit in the first two rows and probably costs less than newer, better competitors.

The most impressive vehicle about the same size I've driven recently is the Kia Sorento, which is better than the Journey in just about every way. The upper trim levels are especially nice, with much of the look and feel of a far more expensive vehicle.

For maximum fuel economy in a seven-seat crossover, check out the Nissan Rogue. My main reservations with the Rogue involve its transmission: some people don't like how a CVT feels, and their reliability has been iffy (though shuddering is a much more common complaint than outright failure).

If you decide you need something larger than the above vehicles, the new Honda Pilot is excellent overall, though I wish its ride was a little steadier.


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Response from mwcten

12:18 am November 5, 2015

Hmmm. I'm not sure I buy the premise of your sublect line versus intended vehicle. A Dodge Journey is decidedly NOT a proper midlife crisis car. A midlife crisis car has to raise the eyebrows of the folks around you. It's the 50's Vette you cash out 401k money to afford. A riced out S2000 whose performance capabilities you have no reasonable avenue for using. A Lotus that is so uncomfortable and hard to fit into that it inspires you to get into better shape so you look less ridiculous in it. Or even a mid-00's drug-dealer Escalade.

If anything a Journey is a vehicle that deflects attention from a midlife crisis. It says "hey, things are normal at home; nothing to see here. Hey, I don't even care about this stuff enough to test drive the competitors. I don't even realize my vehicle will depreciate faster than a tractor trailer full of ripe banannas. But hey, things are OK, so I don't care about that stuff. The salesman is a friend of mine and he got me a good deal". It's true; a Journey telepathically says that stuff to all the folks who know you and what car you drive. You don't have to say a word. And those people will roll their eyes and harken back to the most recent lemony, oil leaking, CEL blinking Chrysler induced horror story they've heard from another friend and thank their lucky stars (or well informed stars?) they're driving a car made by someone else.

But back to the "My Next Car" issue that premises this whole section of the website; yeah, like Michael said, Get a Sorrento or Pilot, or maybe a Highlander if 35k is your budget.

And if you're actually serious about that whole midlife crisis thing, drop your budget for the 7-seater; get say a $10k Pilot or Sorrento plus a $10k real midlife crisis car. You know what it is for you. And it doesn't seat 7.



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Response from mkaresh

1:12 pm November 5, 2015

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