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Looking for a new car for the family. Can be used. Want good fuel economy and prefer something that is fun to drive. Small SUV prefered.

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Coupe / Sedan

Car Needs: Family transporter / Errands about town

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 95000
Maximum age: 8 years

Maximum price: US $ 10000

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Response from mwcten

12:48 pm April 1, 2015

The usual suspects for good small SUV's in that price range would be the Toyota Rav4 and the Honda CR-V. The Rav4 offers an optional 3rd row seat and V6. Both are pretty reliable and get mid-20's mpg. The Mazda5 drives well and is kind of small-mini-van-ish; same mpg's, usually cheaper; 6 seats in 3 rows standard. If you can make a smaller vehicle like a Honda Fit work (has almost as much storage as the larger vehicles) I think it is more fun to drive; you will spend less $ and gain in the mpg department (mid-30's).


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Response from mkaresh

12:54 pm April 5, 2015

I like mwcten's suggestion of the Honda Fit.

In that same size class, you might try to find a Suzuki SX4, which was offered with all-wheel-drive. Suzuki no longer sells new car in North America, but they tend to be fun, efficient, and reliable. I'm not sure if the original ten-year powertrain warranty is still being honored.

The Mazda5 is a lot of fun for something with sliding doors and three roads of seats. Older ones often need suspension repairs, which usually aren't expensive. It did fail the small offset crash test, as did many models designed before this test was first conducted a few years ago.

The Honda CR-V is very popular, but isn't much fun to drive. The RAV4 might be a little more fun than the Fit.

The Subaru Forester can be more fun to drive than the Honda or Toyota, but then can get a bit expensive to maintain over 100,000 miles, and that's probably where they'd be given you budget.

The Ford Escape tends to be just okay in most areas, but reliability tends to be okay, and the price should be much lower than for a CR-V, RAV4, or Forester of the same age.


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