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Mercedes 450 GL

BMW x5

Audi Q7

Audi Q5



Priorities: Interior styling / Materials & workmanship / Powertrain performance

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 90000
Maximum age: 8 years

Maximum price: US $ 20000

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Response from NormT

11:46 am August 28, 2017

I did a search for suv body style with 4wd and plenty of features but there wasn't too much under $25,000 for luxury suv's unless you wanted an economy CR-V, RAV4, or C'X-5, as they seemed over priced. Plenty of X1, X3, Q3, Q5, GLK, and SRX's.

If you wanted some performance with your cushy ride look for a MKC Ecoboost. They'll have the most power for the softest ride and be lowest price as they are discount ted at purchase.

Regardless the make of luxury suv, male sure you get a warranty.


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Audi Q3
Lincoln MKX

Response from donbien

4:17 pm August 29, 2017

I have been very happy with my 2014 Mercedes Benz ML350 BlueTec (diesel). I now have 53,000 miles on it and have had only one minor issue-- one injector had to be replaced. I just purchased an extended warrantee from Mercedes Benz USA for another 50,000 miles. On long trips I average over 30 mpg and over the past 20,000 miles I have averaged 26 mpg. The car has plenty of power, is comfortable and quiet and is great for long trips.


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Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Response from LectroFuel

12:55 am September 2, 2017

Norm had some good recomendations. The Germans will have higher repair costs and more problems along the way. I don't see how it's worth it to buy such an unreliable SUV for cheap and spend a lot of money fixing it. Unless you get a Lexus, Acura, or Buick, definitely get a LONG extended warranty. I've heard good things about Carmax's warranties, but their cars are generally more expensive than a dealer.

Mercedes GL 450 ? You could afford a 2007-2009, but that car will be a nightmare. You would need to sell it when the warranty expires to avoid paying $5000 a year on repairs. It would be the oldest option with the most miles, but it's luxurious.

BMW X5 ? The newest one in your budget is 2011. Another reliability nightmare. Not as good as the Audis.

Audi Q5 ? The most reliable German car on your list, but that's not saying much. Newest year under $20k is 2012. This is my #1 pick for the German SUVs on your list.

Audi Q7 ? Won't be reliable. You could get a 2011. Handles well for the size and is luxurious.

Cadlillac SRX ? Although outdated for the time, it's interior was pretty nice. Comes with the dreadful CUE infotainment system. Reliability was better than the Germans, although still not good. Repair costs are lower than the Germans.

Lincoln MKX ? Taking a chance with reliability. It's a nice car, but it has MyFordTouch, which was problematic.

Also consider:

2010 Lexus RX 350 ? It has the softest ride and a quiet cabin. The interior is nice and best of all the car is reliable. It's a luxury SUV that you won't have to spend $5000 a year on for repairs. The downside is that it doesn't have the fun to drive character of the Germans. It's a softer car; softer ride, smoother powertrain, softer handling, softer seats. Also, Lexus have low depreciation, so it might be outside your budget.


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Lexus RX
Cadillac SRX

Response from NormT

10:09 am September 2, 2017

Owning a Mercedes Benz does not mean there is $5,000 annually in maintence. But I would bet that the frequently change water pump with Lexus V6 at almost $1,000 every other year can add up quickly.

Lexus looses it value just like any other luxury vehicle. So I wouldn't believe the wive's tale about Lexus holding their value. Residual values are set by the banks and the food chain of auction and dealerships just play along to make as much money as they can out the consumers. Edmunds long term test of the Lexus GS losing over 1/3 of it's value from MSRP in 20,000 miles. "Resale and Depreciation: We accumulated 20,940 miles on our 2013 Lexus GS 350.Edmunds' TMV?Calculatorvalued the vehicle at $47,431 based on a private-party sale. The market did not seem to support this price, asCarMaxoffered us $40,000 and the best we could muster from aprivate partywas $41,000. This made for 30-percent depreciation from our paid price of $58,377. We were disappointed. 2013 Lexus GS 350 Long-Term Road Test - Wrap-Up


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