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I have been sitting in cars just to see if I fit comfortable. the bolsters in the front seat hurt my hips; I finally found an subaru forester unlimited 2012, I fit in the seat. but when I check the reviews on edmunds, there are a bunch for every year that say do not buy, the same with the crv, and rav4, and cadillac srx. The only thing I found with no bad review was the lexus rx 350

They're not very cute. but I really dont want to drive a minivan. As much as I loved my sienna, I feel I will look silly. What about a ridgeline, do I want a truck?

Priorities: Driving position & visibility / Front seat room / Reliability & durability

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 100000
Maximum age: 11 years

Maximum price: US $ 17000

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Response from Suppin

12:30 am May 3, 2018

It's very difficult to determine what would be comfortable for you vs another person due to everyone having a slightly different body shape. I will tell you my old co-worker (who was a good sized individual) was perfectly happy driving around in a 2012 Toyota Rav4. I will say that the currentRav4's are all very reliable. The best reliablity will be with a 2wd version (although you lose some versatility). This is because the extra differential required for a 4wd is just more maintenance costs, and more things to potentially go wrong. The rav4 has no turbos (which is more piping and can lead to more leakings), and doesn't use a cvt (which is replace only if it goes wrong). By virtue of using older technology it gains reliability, which is good.

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Response from AcuraT

11:21 am May 3, 2018

The Forrester is not a bad car, and for example 98% of all Outbacks built are still on the road 10 years later. However, 10% on average burn oil. The question is, do you want to deal with that?

I own a 2013 Subaru Legacy with the H6 engine (not the H4 engine). It burns oil, and started doing so at 41,000 miles. Nothing else has gone wrong and now it is almost at 70,000 miles. It will turn 5 this October so we do more mileage than average on our cars (average is 12,000, we tend to do about 15,000 per year). If you are willing to check the oil level every 1000 miles and maintain the car, it will probably last you a very long time. However, because of primarily that, you are seeing a lot of negative reviews on a very good car. Subarus are not inherently unreliable, but a significant portion do burn oil which make it a higher maintenance car.

RAV4 is one of the most reliable cars you mentioned. Sure they have problems over time - all cars do. But usually nothing major goes on them. Same thing for the four cylinder Hondas like the CRV. They are fairly reliable and usually nothing major will go wrong either.

Cadillac SRX is a better Cadillac for reliablity but people complain about CUE system responsiveness. If it works well enough for you, you will probably like the vehicle. If not, avoid it. Looking at the newer ones (2014-2016) they seem fairly reliable according to TrueDelta and Consumer Reports. I would not go older as they seem to have more problems as they age.

Essentially, all but the Cadillac generally speaking are fairly reliable overll, and even for a Cadillac, the SRX is probalby one of the better more reliable vehicles that GM makes (and it is rare that I say that about Cadillac). Best of luck.

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Response from LectroFuel

8:13 pm May 3, 2018

There are negative reviews for every car, but you need to look at the ones that have more negatives than normal. Lexus has seats that feel like you are sitting on a couch and leather that feels like butter. I think the RX350 would be perfect for you. It isn't narrow and the seat bolsters don't stick out much. With little maintenance you can get to 200k miles. Resale value is very high because of this so I would get a 2010 (redesigned) with a limit of 100k miles for around $17,000.

I agree with the Forester because it has some of the best visibility of any modern car on the road. I don't think the seats have much bolstering. Oil consumption is a problem, so if you don't want to maintain your car checking oil every 1,000 miles I wouldn't buy one.

The Cadillac SRX 2010-2015 is mostly reliable. The most common problem is water leaks into the headlights and shorts out the light. They were pretty comfortable and resale value is lower than Lexus so it will be easier to buy a newer model. I would get a 2012 or if you want an updated (though problematic) infotainment system CUE debuted in 2013. The Lexus RX350 I mentioned is nicer, more comfortable, and more reliable overall. It is more expensive though. Rear visibility is not good on the SRX.

The 2013 RAV4 is very reliable and I prefer it over the Forester. The CR-V is not as reliable, but not bad.

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Response from danlisahall

12:10 am May 4, 2018

I agree with the others that the RAV & Lexus would be your best bets if they fit you well. The Lexis is going to be the most expensive.

I wouldn't cross the Forester off your list eitherAs another said the Forester is not a bad car!
Actually the 2012 Forester reliablity is rated quite good here on True Delta
Consumer's Report gives it an average reliablity rate.

Additionaly the Forester is frequently rated as one of the most comfortable cars for people who are challenged getting in an out. The seat height, wide door openings and lots of glass with almost no blind spots result in outstanding visablity all around

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Response from Suppin

12:35 am May 4, 2018

Honestly I love my CRV. I have the 2014 CRV EX-L before the CVT / Direct Injection/ etc. I would not hesitate to recommend it, but... once again my old coworker wasn't super comfortable in seats in my car. I'm a larger guy and am very comfortable. So I guess this one is a "try it and see if you like it". Once again she was happy in the RAV4 so there it is.

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Response from Member6538

10:52 am May 4, 2018

Thank you for all your helpful responses. I had been looking at an 09 lexus, but I think I will focus on 2010 and rav4. I did find a lexus that had a mileage discrepancy. It seemed pretty clear that it had been serviced 6 months before and 6 months later, and was clerical, however, how much would that affect a resale?

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Response from AcuraT

12:36 pm May 4, 2018

It depends on if others believe it is a typo or not. If it is clearly a typo (all other services done as scheduled) and just one seems wrong, it will probably be fine. If there are more issues with the service schedule, then the resell value will be impacted.

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Response from LectroFuel

2:14 pm May 4, 2018

Could you respond with a link to the car listing? After looking at the CarFax we could know for sure.

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Response from Member6538

4:35 pm May 4, 2018

http://www.patriotonline.com/VehicleSearchResults?search=preowned&make=Lexus

see if this works.

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Response from LectroFuel

12:08 pm May 5, 2018

As a buyer, I would not be worried about the incorrect mileage. When you look at the mileage at the 01/09/2015 service it seems like a reasonable amount of mileage put on the car between that service and the 01/03/2014 service. As for resale, I don't think it would hurt it too much. I would askt the dealer that is selling the car to look in their service histories to see if they have a correct mileage.The dealer that is selling this Lexus messed up the mileage as it was serviced at the same dealer.

Another thing that stood out to me was that on 08/26/2011 it looks like one of the Lexus dealers screwed up on replacing the front brakes. They replaced the front brakes twice in one day at different Lexus dealers. Looks like the brakes failed within 5 miles of driving out of the service center.

Overall I think it has a good CarFax and almost everything looks good. It is worth mentioning that the 2010 Lexus RX was a redesign which means that the 2010 is less outdated than the 2009. 2010 brought a new exterior and interior with new technology and updated seats. I would look into things like a backup camera, which is one of my favorite simple features put into a car.

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Response from AcuraT

10:44 pm May 5, 2018

Lectrofuel gives solid advice, I totally agree and have nothing to add. Check with the dealer. Being a remodeled year this car actually was not bad the first year of production, which even for Toyota sometimes is more of a challenge.

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Response from KilgoreTrout53

5:23 pm May 6, 2018

I used to own a Lincoln Town Car. That was the most comfortable vehicle I ever owned, whatever size you are. My Lexus RX is Vera comparable in ride.

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