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small suv go haul feed, large woman, so a comfy seat, not one that curves too much, possible awd

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a vehicle that is safe, but not too hard to climb up in. I need plenty of room to carry stuffy, feed and hay. I had a sienna and loved it, but it was totaled and now my kids are grown. I'm a fat woman, so I need a comfy drivers seat.

I love the lexus rx 350 . but might be out of my price range.I m also worried about cost of repairs.

Priorities: Front seat room / Front seat support & comfort / Driving position & visibility

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 110000
Maximum age: 14 years

Maximum price: US $ 13000

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Response from NormT

7:48 am January 24, 2018

Under $15,000 you'll be limited by a medium sized suv. We really like the comfortable seats in our old 2015 Terrain with rear seat that slides 9" back and forth and fortg to haul more with the seat not folded. Here is the sister car, Chevy Equinox, that is a Certified Preowned and has an extended warranty. 2015 Chevrolet Equinox 1LT For Sale In Wilmington | Cars.com

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Response from KilgoreTrout53

10:03 am January 24, 2018

I recommend taking a hard look at the Toyota Venza. This model is a lower profile SUV that has comfortable seats and won't require you to step up so high as other SUVs. It's more like a wagon in many resepcts. You should be able to find ones available in your price range. You will get a younger car with far less miles than an RX350 in this range.

As far as hauling feed, etc. The Venza has over 70ft cu of cargo capacity with the rear seats down, vs about 64ft cu for the GM models. When comparing different makes and models, check out the reliability survey results here on TrueDelta. I also stongly recommend looking at CarComplaints, where you can see specific problem areas and trends.

I test-drove the Venza, RAV4, CRV, CX-5, RX350, Equinox, Terrain, SRX, Highlander and a few others this summer. A few we had overnight. The Toyota/Lexus products were my all-around faves for driving comfort and features.

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Response from LectroFuel

8:34 pm January 24, 2018

The RX 350 is one of the most reliable cars on the market, so you shouldn't be worried about repairs for this car. Repairs will cost more for luxury brands in general, but mostly the European brands. Be sure to get something with lumbar support and not a lot of side bolstering. The purpose of side bolstering (the curves I think you are talking about) is to keep you in your seat in the turns. Wider people don't prefer this, obviously. This is found is sportier cars, not Lexus and Toyota.

The 2013 and older Toyota Highlander was a comfortable SUV and drove similarly to the Lexus RX. It was quiet, smooth, and decently spacious. It is sort of a cheaper Lexus RX, but it feels similar. The Highlander is reliable, too.

KilgoreTrout53 had a good suggestion.

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Response from danlisahall

12:57 am January 25, 2018

Lots of good previous suggestions:
One important question in my mind is: How many hay bales do you need to haul at a time and are you likely to need to haul hay and passengers at the same time.

If you need to haul more than 4 bales or include passengers, another mini van may be your best bet. They have lot s of room for cargo & passengers including easy access all the way around

If you only need to haul 2-3 bales at a time consider the Subaru Forester. Very friendly drivers seat & egress for larger people along with industry leading visablity.

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Response from mkaresh

10:04 am January 25, 2018

The Venza is one I wouldn't have thought of, but makes a lot of sense. It's related to the Sienna minivan, just shorter and without the sliding doors. If it has enough cargo space it could be a good fit for your needs.

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Response from NormT

11:01 am January 25, 2018

And get a Cargo Apron to line the cargo area with the rear seats folded. Or keep your suv nice and get a small trailer. This would keep the aromatic farm smells, possible mice, and the mess feom feedback and hay seeds from soiling or ruining you vehicle.

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Response from LectroFuel

7:43 pm January 25, 2018

Since you are carrying farming things, I'd think about getting an SUV or minivan with a decent towing capacity.

The Highlander V6 has a 5000 lbs tow rating, which sounds like more than enough. The Highlander Hybrid has a 3500 lbs rating. These ratings are if you have the tow package. An RX 350 can tow 3500 lbs with the package. The Venza 4 cylinder and V6 tow rating is 1000 lbs without the tow package. The 4 cylinder tow rating with the package is 2000 lbs and the V6 is 3500 lbs. Why ruin your new car and inhale diseases when you can tow a trailer?

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Response from danlisahall

9:06 pm January 25, 2018

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