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LeftyMeister
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Sep 19th, 2019 07:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

The wife wants to trade in the Mazda 3 hatchback for a small SUV. She had her eye on the Toyota C-HR but I checked it out at the dealer and it's dinky inside. I'm considering Mazda (C-X5?), Toyota (RAV4?), Honda (CRV?). The 3 has been a great car so I'm partial to Mazda.

Does anybody own one and would recommend it? What others should I consider?

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Sep 19th, 2019 07:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a Nissan Rogue (base model, no heated/power seats and no power rear hatch, no navigation but it’s got everything else) and I like it a lot. It basically handles like a car but sits higher, which I like. Cargo area is s decent size and with the back seats folded down I can fit a lot of stuff back there. Legroom for the rear passengers is also pretty good, and the back seats are actually adjustable and can slide forward and back like the front seats do.

I’m 2 years and 24,000 miles in without any mechanical issues.

The RAV 4 and CR-V I tried out in 2012 and found both to be very cramped in the interior. My knees hit the steering wheel even with the seat all the way back. I have heard that is no longer the case but have not verified that.

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Sep 19th, 2019 07:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

What's wrong with the Mazda that she wants to trade it?

LeftyMeister
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Sep 19th, 2019 07:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

She wants something that rides a little higher and has more cargo room.

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Sep 19th, 2019 08:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think she's going to have to go and see all that's out there. Has she considered a Subaru Outback or another from their line?

A used Lexus GX could be a nice upgrade.

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Sep 19th, 2019 08:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

I read up on the Outback. I ruled it out because A) we don't have a dealer in our town for service, B) it's more pricey than it's competitors, and C) the styling is getting dated.

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Sep 19th, 2019 09:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Outback also sits lower than most small SUVs, more like a car.

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Sep 19th, 2019 09:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

^ It sits lower but has excellent ground clearance.

That doesn't change to other factors in this case, but it is a capable vehicle.

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Sep 19th, 2019 10:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

By and large, I won't buy a vehicle that doesn't have a dealer in our town. The reason I bought a used Lexus LX back in 2009 was because it was out of warranty and could be easily serviced at our local Toyota dealer.

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Sep 20th, 2019 04:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've had two CRVs, a 2010 and a 2014.

Both were excellent, bulletproof cars. Never had a single problem with either one. That Honda 4-cylinder engine is a good one, been around for a long time.

And they are bigger on the inside than you would think looking at the outside. Lots of room in the back. And I think the new ones have gotten bigger.

The AWD version is excellent in the snow.

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Sep 20th, 2019 04:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've had my 2017 RAV4 for two years now and I'm happy with it. I have a couple of friends with CRVs and I find the seats uncomfortable, YMMV.

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Sep 20th, 2019 05:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

My wife has a 2012 RAV4 thats been an excellent troublefree car . 158k and still going strong.

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Sep 20th, 2019 05:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

I own a Mazda 3 and when we were looking for a small SUV for my wife in 2015 the Mazda CX-5 was on the short list along with the CR-V and RAV-4.

RAV-4 was crossed off early due to crappy ride and crappy dealer in our area.

The Mazda rode the best and was the most responsive. Always loved how my 3 handled. It is quick and nimble. Still going strong (it's a 2010). 1 con is the visibility out the back and sides. That may be taken care of now with the blind spot warning systems they have now. That wasn't available in 2015. Mazda's always seem to have less features than other cars for around the same money.

We decided on the CR-V for a few reasons. Overall more interior room, Honda reputation (we had an Odyssey that went over 200,000 miles), decent dealers nearby and better visibility. It also gets excellent gas mileage. 1 con, it has a CVT transmission. These have been hit or miss in other auto makers. Honda's seem to work better than most. We haven't had any problems with our 2015 but it is something to be aware of.

Best advise is to drive them all and see what she likes the best.

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We have had a 2018 Honda CR-V since February 2018. We are satisfied with it. No buyer's remorse. It's our 4th Honda (2 CR-Vs and 2 Accords). We can't complain about Honda.

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Sep 20th, 2019 06:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

For my grocery getter/gig mobile I picked up a GMC Terrain with V6 and all wheel drive. It has done well in Wisconsin winters, rides nice, has all the amenities like blue tooth and GPS and there is a GM dealer in just about every town and city in the US so service or repair (if and when needed) is no real issue. Locally I see a lot of them on the road so they appear to be a popular automobile.

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Sep 20th, 2019 07:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

"She wants something that rides a little higher and has more cargo room."

Many hybrids (which largely comprise the category you are looking at) have less cargo space than the hatchbacks/sedans they are based on.

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Sep 20th, 2019 07:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

Our daughter is driving a 2010 CRV. It’s a fantastic vehicle. Excellent visibility. Just a great all-around vehicle.

I like the styling of the new ones.

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Sep 20th, 2019 08:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

"^ It sits lower but has excellent ground clearance.

That doesn't change to other factors in this case, but it is a capable vehicle."

Totally agree, my dad has one. I guess I though of "riding higher" meaning physically you feel higher up, which makes the vehicle easier to get in/out of for those with back problems and also provides better visibility, IMO.



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Sep 20th, 2019 09:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

The Outback is a wagon and has a unique place in the North American market. It's priced like a compact CUV (RAV4, CR-V, etc), but has the floorspace of a mid-size (beacuse it is) CUV/SUV/wagonoid. I loved mine. The new 2020 Outback is very nice with the 2.4T engine and 12" screen (if you're into tech).

If you like Mazdas, the CX-5 is going to be hard to beat. Our other car is a 2016 CX-5 GT. Although if you want your MPGs, the RAV4 and CR-V (2020) hybrids are going to be hard to beat.

LeftyMeister
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Sep 20th, 2019 10:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Many hybrids (which largely comprise the category you are looking at) have less cargo space than the hatchbacks/sedans they are based on."

I'm finding that out as I'm researching. :o/

"I guess I though of "riding higher" meaning physically you feel higher up..."

Yep! With so many SUVs and Pickups on the road, it's increasingly harder in a car to see beyond the car in front of you.

We're not interested in hybrids.



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