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mid size suv, legroom in front and rear, some off road use, decent clearance

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We have a Flex. Great car for tall family. However, Sync is horrible and hvac is moody. No more Fords for now. Wife wants a mid size suv that she can take off pavements to trailheads for hiking. Need some clearance for poorly plowed snow on roads. Don't want a true 4wd off roader as I would like to have a fairly controlled smooth ride that is quiet on a highway with noisy pavement. Wife is 5'6".

Priorities: Ride smoothness / Quietness / Reliability & durability

Preferred Bodystyle(s): SUV

Car Needs: Family transporter / Errands about town / Long trips / Off-roader

Primary Driver(s): Short driver / Tall driver

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 20000
Maximum age: 2 years

Maximum price: US $ 45000

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Response from mkaresh

1:19 pm September 20, 2016

What sort of HVAC problems in the Flex? The blend door motors that control airflow fail quite often in these. Not an expensive part, but often a lot of labor.

Many people with your list of criteria have been buying the Subaru Outback, which is really a lifted wagon. Plenty of legroom, but still possibly smaller than you're looking for. Owners have reported oil consumption issues with the 2013, but not for more recent model years.

Either Jeep Cherokee or Grand Cherokee is likely smooth and quiet enough, and both are designed for off-roading. My concern with either is long-term reliability. For both the new / updated 2014 model often required repairs, but the 2015 and up have been good so far.

If long-term reliability were your top concern, I'd suggest the Toyota Highlander. It's not designed as much for off-road use as the others, though. For that Toyota offers the 4Runner, but the 4Runner has the sort of ride you're seeking to avoid.

Lastly, GMC has an all-new, midsize Acadia for 2017. But an all-new GM vehicle in its first year is risky.


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Response from fireman-175

11:54 pm December 11, 2016

if it were the hvac doors, I am guessing the dealer would have hopefully noted that. I believe it is simply a software programming issue that should be dealt with. I sold the car and bought an X5.


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Response from NormT

6:32 am July 19, 2017

I hope you bought a 2006 X5 as it was the first years for xDrive AWD systems that splits torque.


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