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Which SUV Is The Best For Your Money?  
User currently offlineSophiemaltese From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2064 posts, RR: 3
Posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7612 times:

Okay, I'm not a big SUV person, but my brother actually has a need for one and his car died. What I want is opinions on which would be the best to buy for the money (preferably the least amount of money too...) Nothing super huge, so not a Suburban or Navigator (he couldn't afford that anyway.) Any good or bad experiences I'd like to hear.

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User currently offlineDash8King From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 2743 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7561 times:

Buy what is best for his money I assume you mean economically and those are small ones like RAV4 and Tracker maybe even the Jimmy/Blazer. Buick Rendevous is terrible gets 13.9 city miles to the gallon. What is he looking to spend and what company does he prefer if any. I would be happy to price some out if you could give a little more info.

User currently offlineUSAir_757 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 996 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7556 times:

Here's one for you:

NONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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User currently offlineSophiemaltese From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2064 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7548 times:

Well, he was looking at the new Saturn Vue or something similar. He doesn't like the Rav4 or anything too wimpy. I told him an Explorer or Jeep Grand Cherokee are nice. The Lexus model is great but probably way out of his price range. Something not too small and not too large that will last him a while. His 1987 Mitsubishi Montero lasted him well but he wants something different.

User currently offlineHamfist From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 614 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7535 times:

With the exception of the gas mileage, I have no complaints about my Xterra.

Bought it new last October. I got the SE (non-Supercharged engine) in black. Looking around inside, it's not a refined vehicle and is obviously a truck-based SUV. However, "refined" was not a part of my criteria and I got everything I wanted/needed--4X4, cruise, rubber floor mats, towing package, power windows & locks, keyless entry and a few other minors items. All costs included, I paid just over 25k. If that's still too much, and if he likes that particular truck, I would suggest he look at some that are 12-18 months from the new purchase date with 12-18k miles. Should be worth a few thousand off the new price.


User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7551 times:

I was going to get an SUV before I fell in love with the best looking car out there now (New Altima)... I would say with the warranty, and price, the best would be the Hyundai Santa Fe.

Also look at the new Saturn and Jeep Liberty.


User currently offlineFlight152 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3413 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7531 times:

Whatever you do, I do not reccomend the Jimmy/Blazer. They are basically the same car and we have had many major problems with the 2 Jimmys we had in the past. Hell, on the most recent one, even the horn was broken before we sold it. I would steer away from these models at all costs, they are garbage on wheels.

User currently offlineBoeing4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7525 times:

USAir...better than your grocery-getter!

Sophie...anything with a BIG backseat!

B4e  Smokin cool



User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7535 times:

Yea, and he has the money, go4 the new Envoy... Not the stretched one, just the regular one... $32,000-$37,000

User currently offlineSophiemaltese From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2064 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7528 times:

Nope, nothing like the Envoy (whoever makes that) we are talking a realistic budget, not a kid who is bragging what he drives (but really rides the bus) on the internet budget .....

Does anyone have much experience with Explorers or Jeeps?


User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7524 times:

I have an '95 Explorer Sport, and I love it! I bought it for 16 grand new then, and the only major problem I had with it was the transmission took a crap after 75,000 miles. But that was easily replaced by Ford because I had an extended warranty for it. Last year I drove it to Seattle from here in western AZ. Not one problem with it. Only when I got the fuel bill for that trip did I choke a bit.  Wink/being sarcastic $250 for whole trip. Now my "Sydney" (my nickname for it) is coming up on 98,000 miles. And she's still pretty solid. I can recommend Ford Explorers for your brother, ma'am...just do some heavy-duty inspections if he decided to go the pre-owned route. Hope this helps somewhat. Regards.


"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16907 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7517 times:

I like the VUE, very good looking vehicle.


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User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7508 times:

GMC makes the Envoy.

Saturn Vue, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sportage, Jeep Liberty.. check those


User currently offlineNWA742 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 7501 times:

In contrary to what Flight152 said, I would definitely go for the Blazer/Jimmy.

I had a '1993 Blazer and it had over 140,000 miles on it without any major problem.

I now have a '97 with 59,000 miles on it, and no problems yet.

They are very reliable trucks, and they are AMERICAN.



-NWA742


User currently offlineDash8King From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 2743 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 7509 times:

We had a Jeep Grand Cherokee LTD which is probably out of his price range, can't speak for everyone else but it had list of problems mostly because of Computer problems. I don't recommend it. I have heard good stories about the Explorer though. We had a 96 Jimmy and no problems with it except for the fact we found it a bit tippy and got a Tahoe after that which I love and am looking to get a used one next year. But that is not in the size or price range that he wants.

User currently offlineIlyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 7504 times:

OK...I've been in and around LOTS of SUVs over the years. I myself drive a 2001 Toyota RAV4. Wimpy? HAH! Only if you get the lethargic automatic version. My 5-speed model is quite zippy, actually, and gets decent gas mileage for being a 4WD (22 city/27 hwy). And it's had zero problems, with over 15,000 miles so far. With Toyota's reputation for quality and reliability, I would expect nothing less. The base price is a bit high for what you get, in terms of equipment (around $22K), but I feel it has good value per dollar overall.

That said, it sounds like your brother is looking for something a bit bigger, in terms of capacity and size. Personally, I like the mini-SUV because it does most of what the larger ones do, but without the bad fuel economy. Sounds like Nissan Xterra, Toyota 4Runner (wait for 2003; they are being redesigned), Honda Pilot, Chevy Blazer, Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, etc. would be the most likely candidates for him.

Most people I know of who have Explorers rave about them. I drove a '96 Explorer Sport a few times (I detailed it for the owner). It was a great vehicle, extremely roomy, comfortable, and easy to drive. It also had quite good power with the V-6, and the owner loved it. The Jeep Grand Cherokee...that's a pretty expensive alternative. I'd say they aren't quite as rugged as the Explorer, as they are more of a luxury vehicle like the Acura MDX or Lexus RX300. They can tow pretty hefty loads, though, and have unbeatable drivetrains. Pretty tough underneath the glitz.  Big grin

It would pay for your brother to make a list of what he's looking for, and match it with vehicles that suit him accordingly. Once he narrows it down to three or four, time to go test-driving. That's the fun part.  Smile


User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7389 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 7504 times:

One that has been through a crusher twice...

User currently offlineDavid b. From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3148 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 7499 times:

For those who need a SUV to go to the local store, here something that youll like.




Teenage-know-it-alls should be shot on sight
User currently offlinePacificjourney From New Zealand, joined Jul 2001, 2734 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 7490 times:

If price is really the issue try a Lada Niva. Not too big, diesel engine and cheap ! Last I looked about NZ$16000 new or about US$4.50 (closer to $7000 actually).

Don't laugh, look first.



" Help, help ... I'm being oppressed ... "
User currently offlineGumah From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 143 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days ago) and read 7451 times:

Hi Sophie,

I haven't shopped around for SUV's in quite some time, but I can tell you that my husband has been driving a Ford Explorer since 1993, and that thing is like the energizer bunny, it keeps going and going. It's got about 145,000 miles on it, we've taken it to San Francisco, Oregon and Vegas numerous times and it's still a great car. We've are really anal about keeping up the oil changes, as well as rountine maintenance and tire changes, and it's been an awesome, reliable car for us. We've never had a breakdown or any surprises. I don't know much about the newer models, I'm sure they have been "souped up" quite a bit from our model, so all the better.

I can't say enough about the Explorer. I highly recommend it!

Hope this helps!  Smile


User currently offlineTravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days ago) and read 7452 times:

My Toyota 4Runner is awesome. It is 2 years old, and has never had a single problem. It is a decent size, and the gas mileage is average for an SUV. (18-20 mpg).

User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7429 times:

David:

Funny how you had to steal my anti-rice site that me and Brandon found.......geez

96M: The RAV4 isnt an SUV.......by sane peoples standards.


User currently offlineNWA742 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 7436 times:

Hey llyushin96M,

Picture this:

Geo Metro ------ Cars
Rav 4 ------------ SUVs

Get it?

 Big thumbs up


-NWA742


User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 7436 times:

X5....everyone is know that has one loves it.
Even the 3.0 litre engine.


User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 7425 times:

I got an Isuzu Rodeo two years ago and have to say that it's by far the best of the (many) vehicles I've owned. There's really nothing bad I can say about it, even the gas mileage is much better than what one would expect from an SUV.
Rodeos, and Isuzus in general, are not big sellers, so buyers usually can get good deals.



"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
25 Post contains links 174thfwff : Sophie, What about the Ford Escape/Mazda Tribune? They both are well liked by all the car review websites, magazines. Edmunds.com ranked it number one
26 Post contains images N312RC : Snappy acceleration, great styling, reliable, and I drive one. Did I mention how comfortable the front seats are?
27 Sophiemaltese : I'm sure he'd love the X5. my question is this, how in the hell does anybody afford one of those things???
28 Post contains images Superfly : Sophiemaltese: He can pick up one these for much cheaper than all of the above. If he must have a new/newer SUV, go for the Ford Explorer. I think Gum
29 Dash8King : The only problem with Toyota, Nissan and other foreign vehicle makers is that the parts cost like more since they are imports.
30 Post contains images Dripstick : I hear there are some hot deals on SUV's in Cuba right now.
31 BH346 : I'll have to go with the Explorer as well, everything else near its price are tiny econobox SUVs with no power.
32 Trickijedi : As far as trucks are concerned... Ford makes the best trucks out there hands down. The Explorer has been the number one selling SUV for years now and
33 Sophiemaltese : I'm starting to think an Explorer might be the best choice. Of course it's still up to him, but he has no clue. He had a 15 year old Mitsubishi, Super
34 Greg : I'm sorry I misunderstood your question. My partner bought a Nissan Exterra for his son. It was right at around 20K. If you're looking for new..maybe
35 Sophiemaltese : Thanks for the input. He ended up picking a Lexus RX300. I just hope he can afford to eat now. I'm insanely jealous though!
36 JAL : A Nissan Pathfinder is pretty good, you might also want to check out the CRV.
37 LOT767-300ER : Honda CR-V makes me gag. The Lexus RX300......thats not an SUV....i saw one pop a suspension if u can call it on the local Target parking lot.
38 Post contains images Planelover : Lexus RX300 are really nice looking. Did he get a new one? I especially like the design of the current model. I was about to mention the Toyota Highla
39 Flyingbronco05 : Don't get an escape. The gas mileage is horrible. I think a 747 gets better gas mileage!
40 Spaceman : Ford Explorer doesn't get good mileage. If he can only afford the base model with the V6 engine the car gets wimpy power and really bad fuel mileage.
41 Flyingbronco05 : Whatever you do, don't get a SUV just on what people in this forum are saying. Go to the library and get a copy of Consumer reports the magazine. You
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