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Old 02-03-2017, 10:17 PM   #1
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Default Small SUV/crossover

We're slowly thinking about replacing the Legacy with a small SUV, used, up to 30k miles. I had quite a few vehicles on the radar but the mrs eliminated the better part of the list lol.
Budget is $25k, something with decent power, awd, an ok gas mileage.
We (I) were left with 2.0 ecoboost Escape, 3.6 Equinox, 3.5 Venza...Can you guys give me any advice as far as what else or which of these vehicles would be a good fit?
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I tought few people had the ecoboost Escape on here? Kinda leaning towards 2016/2017 Titanium with the 2.0 engine. Curious how these are performing, it has decent reviews online.
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VW Tiguan 4motion will not disappoint
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My mom has one and I love driving it. very comfy quiet and quick. Plenty of room for it's small foot print

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These looks sharp but seem underpowered and too small for my liking.
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Ecoboost Escape for sure. We had a last gen escape and my wife loved it. New ones are really nice, and offer pretty decent power for a small SUV!
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These looks sharp but seem underpowered and too small for my liking.
We love ours. And it fits me my wife 2 kids (with car seats) and my Doberman no problem and as far as underpowered I don't think so I will say overall driving it feels a hell of ALOT better then any other SUV (in the same class size) I have driven. From the steering to the fit and finish. Go drive one is all I'm saying.
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I like the latest rav 4. If i had to go out and buy a car today, that'd be it.

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Ford Edge or Edge Sport
Honda CRV
Toyota Rav 4 or Highlander
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Old 02-06-2017, 01:45 PM   #11
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cr-v would be dead reliable, but down on power. you can get a couple year old acura rdx for around that price too. the rav4 is pretty sweet, plus you can get them with the v6.

i wouldnt touch an equinox with a 10ft pole. they're such cheap garbage.
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i wouldnt touch an equinox with a 10ft pole. they're such cheap garbage.
In which way?
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I have a 14 equinox for the wife (base model). And I would suggest no... The thing has no balls, slow, and the back seats are very uncomfortable. If I had to do it again I would make her let me pony up for the edge....

It has been reliable, just not very comfortable...
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I have a 14 equinox for the wife (base model). And I would suggest no... The thing has no balls, slow, and the back seats are very uncomfortable. If I had to do it again I would make her let me pony up for the edge....

It has been reliable, just not very comfortable...
must be the 2.4, the 3.6 is much more suited for the car. backseat fits car seat and kids with 0 issue so it works out great.
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must be the 2.4, the 3.6 is much more suited for the car. backseat fits car seat and kids with 0 issue so it works out great.
Definitely is the 2.4, and i hate how slow it is!

I mean it is a decent kid hauler, but in general i hate how slow it is and boring/bland to drive. Atleast with an edge I wouldn't mind driving it!
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Love my 2.0 Escape. One of my favorite all time DD's.
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My mom has a loaded Santa Fe with the 2.0t engine. It is really nice on the inside I have to say and I like being in there, but it drives like the floppiest pussy imaginable. There is a sport steering button which does improve the steering feel a lot, but there is so much lag on that motor and the gas pedal feels so disconnected from everything that is going on. Also, the navigation system in that thing is utter dogshit.
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Brother's wife has a 2 yrs old Equinox (4 cylinder). Changed trans fluid at 30k miles.

Old fluid came out as black sludge.

Not sure if it's just his vehicle or if Equinoxs in general have bad transmissions.
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Thanks for all the input. Good stuff.
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I find the rav4 controls to be really annoying. I don't want to have to click a app button to find my nav screen or audio. I want a big button that says NAV. Only one worse is the crv, I never know what station is playing.
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my wife bought a 14 rav4 brand new. its been a great car. just... uninspired. not as sharp as some the others style wise imo and down on power as there is only engine choice across the board, a 176hp 4 cylinder. good space though, the back seats even recline.
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My brother has a older equinox 2010ish so it may not be the same as the current models? It is AWD v6, and it is the biggest sticking piece of shit I have ever come across.

The list of shit that has gone wrong with that car is too long to type out but I have never had or dealt with any car that has had as many issues as this POS has had. It's got 70k miles on it and is honestly ready for the scrapper. I would never touch another Equinox even it was given to me free and came with a lifetime bumper to bumper warranty.

As for the escape, my wife and I looked at those prior to getting her Edge. It was a little cramped in my opinion. We had a 2005 escape and it had noticeably more room. I also didn't like the console layout especially the gear selector. Otherwise the escape wasn't bad to drive and had decent power I actually like how peppy the 2.0 EB was.

We choose the Edge due to the size and thankfully my wife has loved it. We just got the Edge last year with around 30k on the clock and it's a 14 Limited it was just over what your budget is. If you got the SE or SES model I'm sure you can find one within your budget.
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Any thoughts on an infiniti FX or EX?
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We had a ' 13 Eco Escape for our mobile truck.

Biggest

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Ever!

The 3 years we had it, in the shop about 9 times. 6 times for the same reason. They refused to call it a lemon. Once the lease was done they asked if we wanted a new one. Laughed and went to Chevy for a 17 Equinox.

Is it as fast? No. It is however a lot nicer, and so far more reliable. The Scape was in the shop by now for the first time in the same time frame we have had the Equinox.
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Was it the 1.5 or 2.0?
Sucks to hear...I really started to lean towards one of those. EB Edge Sport with tt 2.7 even nicer. If the Ford idea gets scraped we'll most likely end up with an RDX.
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