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Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 50000
Maximum age: 3 years

Maximum price: US $ 25000

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Response from AcuraT

4:57 pm June 6, 2018

That is an odd list and you are going to get a lot of opinions on this one. Take this for what it is worth.

Forester - great small SUV. Great visablity. Easy to stay in your price range. The infotainment is not the best and lacks Apple car play as well as Andoid Auto until 2018 model year. Redesigned 2014 was a problem year with a number of issues, but 2015 on are better. Always have to worry about eventually developing an oil burning issue but as long as you manage it, a very reliable option (check oil every 1000 miles or so). This happens to about 10% of all cars they sell (some note it is not happening in the last couple of years which is true - but it is also true that they have not gone far enough to develop the issue).

Outback - great small station wagon also with great visablity. Also easy to stay in your price range. Redesigned in 2015 and that year had more issues, 2016 on is better. Same comments as on the Forrester about infotainment and oil.

CRV - very nice small SUV. Good visability. Easy to stay in your price range. Redesigned in 2015 and it had more concerns (more situations when there were some transmission issues like rough shifting, squeaks and rattles on build, and some power equipment issues). After that a better car and unlike the Subaru, no oil consumption issues. Offroad is not as good as Subaru if that is needed.

Traverse - bigger than any of the three previously mentioned. So heavier but it has decent visablity except out the back window which is small (just enough to get by). Was designed in 2009 and the redesign just took place in 2018, so it is an older design. Not as reliable as the previous three, as the cliimate control system has been a sore point for this model through 2015 (2016 and 2017 are pretty much troublefree - but that might be because the cars are just not old enough yet). The car is a cheaper version of the nicer Enclave which is ironically more reliable (ironic as it is the same platform).

Odyssey - also bigger than all of the above except the Traverse and heavier as a result with okay visablity (better than Transverse out the back, not as good as three smaller other options). Deisgn also an old one, dating back to 2011. Not the most reliable Honda out there, but not horrible either - but 2015 and on are better. Issues surround the transmission through 2014, brakes, suspension, squeaks and rattles, and electrical system. After that in 2015 most of this was resolved but the suspension concerns and squeaks continued for some owners. Again, Subarus and CRV are more reliable and the Traverse may even be slightly better in reliablity the last couple of years.

if the three smaller cars you mention work for you, stay with those. Otherwise stay with the more recent years on the Traverse and Odyssey as they both are more troublesome to own (not terrible, but not as good as the smaller ones).

Best of luck.


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Response from danlisahall

5:48 pm June 6, 2018

AcuraT's infor is accurate!

If you want a van, also consider Toyota Siennna.

Below is an article about the 15 cars most commonly kept by owners for more 15 years. It includes the Odyssey, Forester (not the OB surprisingly), and Sienna. So the Ody has had some issues, but it still apparently is very durable!


I also would go for one of the smaller models if they are large enough for you needs. My rational for that is that they are easier to drive/park and use less fuel.


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Response from LectroFuel

5:43 pm June 10, 2018

Since you are considering a car that isn't available with AWD, I assume you don't need it. As danlisahall said, I would check out a Sienna as that van has virtually zero problems. It is available with AWD.

I would eliminate the Forester from the list unless you like them for a specific reason. They make you pay for the AWD and it is the #1 reason why people buy them. If you don't need AWD it is kind of a waste and there are some better options. They are pretty good cars though. The Outback is a great wagon (mainly because there are only three mainstream wagons now), but the Forester is a kind of average small SUV.

The Odyssey has been less reliable than the Sienna, but still OK. On the 2011-2017 they had premature brake wear and 2014-2015 had transmission problems.

The 2013-2017 Acadia and Traverses are the only ones that have been reliable. Be careful not to get a previous rental car. They aren't as practical as a van no matter what people say.

The CR-V is a great all around SUV, but is not a good replacement for a van. It is too small like the Forester.


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