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Unread 07-24-2015, 09:24 PM   #1
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Hi all! I'm in the market for a used compact SUV. My budget is 10-15k, but I have a little wiggle room as I'll be financing it. I'm looking for a reliable car with AWD or 4WD- something good in the snow, as I'm a traveling nurse and can't call out on snow days! I really do not care about aesthetics at the moment- sure they're a plus, but I don't want to take the comfort of the seat or how much glove box space there is. Just the car, and if it's going to be able to last me a while.

Just today I've looked at a 2009 Honda CRV (51k miles, $16k), a 2010 Honda CRV (87k miles, $15k), a 2008 Nissan Rogue (75k miles, $13k), a 2012 Nissan Rogue (17k, 35-40k miles i believe), and a 2011 Toyota Rav4 (in the park of 15k, unsure of milage). My favorite out of the bunch were the Hondas, but they were the first ones I looked at of the day and I have a habit of setting my mind on the first thing I see (this is a bad thing). I would like to look at another brand, but I haven't found the right one in my area.

I've looked up all the specs and ratings online, as well as consumer reviews. There seems to be something negative about every single one, which now has thrown me off. I don't know what is the most reliable and what would be the best deal. I'm not in a huge rush to buy, but I do need one in a matter of weeks.

If anyone has any experiences/advice/opinions on these kinds, or even another make that I might be able to find in my budget, please do share. I absolutely won't consider Chevys, as my family has had 3 and we're fed up with the cars and service. I'm biased against Ford as well but would consider. My last car was a Hyundai, but I found the car to be cheap and I'm looking more at Japanese made cars. Thanks in advance!

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My wife has a 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander 4 cylinder AWD

Unlike the RAV4 & CRV, this AWD IS AWD, not 4wd that kicks in automatically when the wheels slip. This gives you more traction ALL the time, like when hitting a puddle on the freeway, no hydroplaning. CRV & RAV4 can't do that.

As for reliability, we bought it 4 1/2 years ago, 95,000 km, and now it has 165,000

What's failed or gone wrong,..... had one tail light that fogged up with condensation. That's it.

The SUV is one of very few actually made in Japan. It has a 10 year warranty.

It drives great, very responsive steering and brakes. Quality through and through.

I checked the reviews before I bought it, best one out there.
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My wife has a 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander 4 cylinder AWD

Unlike the RAV4 & CRV, this AWD IS AWD, not 4wd that kicks in automatically when the wheels slip. This gives you more traction ALL the time, like when hitting a puddle on the freeway, no hydroplaning. CRV & RAV4 can't do that.

As for reliability, we bought it 4 1/2 years ago, 95,000 km, and now it has 165,000

What's failed or gone wrong,..... had one tail light that fogged up with condensation. That's it.

The SUV is one of very few actually made in Japan. It has a 10 year warranty.

It drives great, very responsive steering and brakes. Quality through and through.

I checked the reviews before I bought it, best one out there.
Wow thank you! I will surely check it out and keep an eye out for one in my area!

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Don't touch an Outlander with a CVT. You're probably not going to find a whole lot of them (and therefore have many options) because they didn't sell many of them. It's also worth noting Mitsubishi probably won't be around in the US much longer, if they are, their dealers won't as they're not moving product.

It's a shame you're not interested in GM products, from what I've heard the Equinox is a top contender in that segment. "Fed up with the cars and service" sounds like you need to find a different dealer, because service isn't reflective on anyone but the dealer YOU chose.

You should definitely test drive a Mazda CX-7 and CX-9 though. They former has a turbo. CX-5 will probably be out of your price range (but better than anything else you're looking at).

If you are dead set on something terribly boring, out of those you listed I'd take the CR-V.
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Don't touch an Outlander with a CVT. You're probably not going to find a whole lot of them (and therefore have many options) because they didn't sell many of them. It's also worth noting Mitsubishi probably won't be around in the US much longer, if they are, their dealers won't as they're not moving product.

It's a shame you're not interested in GM products, from what I've heard the Equinox is a top contender in that segment. "Fed up with the cars and service" sounds like you need to find a different dealer, because service isn't reflective on anyone but the dealer YOU chose.

You should definitely test drive a Mazda CX-7 and CX-9 though. They former has a turbo. CX-5 will probably be out of your price range (but better than anything else you're looking at).

If you are dead set on something terribly boring, out of those you listed I'd take the CR-V.
We've just had 4 GM products and not one of them was a pleasurable experience, which is why we're trying other companies. I know people who love their Chevys but it just isn't working for us! I learned to drive in a 10 year old Silverado and I loved it when it wasn't giving me problems. Maybe it was just stinky cars in our area.

And boring is me. I'm going to be commuting and throwing a lot of miles on the car, so as soon as I'm done with my degree(s) and settle down I'm going for a mini cooper. But I will check out your suggestions. Thank you!

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I think, model Hyundai Santafe has special options.

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