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Any other Urban SUV models out there besides Nissan Juke and Subaru Crosstrek?

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Kia Soul, great for short people, pretty comfortable, lots of space, lots of gadgets
+1 for the Soul, but I don't know where the comment about being great for short people come from. I'm 6'2" and when I sit in it I can't even have the seat all the way back as I feel like I'm too far away from the pedals/steering wheel!
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it's great for the seating position, I'm 5' 4" and love it, in sedans I feel like I need to sit on a phonebook lol
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Thanks for the feedback guys, the wife is not too keen on domestic cars so we will have to eliminate the Jeep, Dodge, Chev and other domestic brands :)
The Jeep Renegade is built in Italy if that makes a difference.
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OP mentioned Outback...if it's considered "Urban SUV", none of others mentioned here would be able to compete. But it's built here in NA
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canabiz wrote:
Dec 9th, 2014 5:22 pm
We are in the market for a second car and the wife has settled on the Urban SUV. So far we have identified 2 models that we both like: Nissan Juke and Subaru Crosstrek.

I am just wondering if there is any other import, non-luxury Urban SUV out there that you can recommend? We are planning to test drive them soon and appreciate your feedback.

Thanks.

P.S. We may as well test drive the BMW X1 but it is out of our league ;)
Mini Countryman S. Pricier than the Juke but drives better and much nicer interior. Get a simple tuning module from Burger Motorsports (5 min install/removal) and it'll put out nearly 220hp.
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Mini Countryman S. Pricier than the Juke but drives better and much nicer interior. Get a simple tuning module from Burger Motorsports (5 min install/removal) and it'll put out nearly 220hp.
Does this drink premium unleaded or regular unleaded gas?
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Does this drink premium unleaded or regular unleaded gas?
89 minimum 91 recommended. Makes even more power with 93 and up though.
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Just a quick follow-up: We test-drove the Crosstrek and Juke yesterday and the Crosstrek wins hands-down! I thought about importing one from the States but it's built in Japan so we have to pay duty and that will negate any saving we can get, especially with the current brutal exchange rate.

The dealer offers us a demo model (Sport Package) with very low mileage for about $30K all in, after taxes, fees and incentives. We are not in a hurry to buy so I'll keep my eyes peeled on Kijiji and Trader.ca for a 2013 or 2014 models...the 2015 ones should be arriving at the dealership soon and we may see more older models on the market.
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Nissan is notorious for transmission problems. I'd avoid the Juke.

Nissan Juke:
http://www.thecarconnection.com/overvie ... _juke_2015

Subaru XV Crosstek:
http://www.thecarconnection.com/overvie ... strek_2015

I'd recommend the Toyota Rav4:
http://www.thecarconnection.com/overvie ... _rav4_2015

Or the Mazda CX-5, they look great:
http://www.thecarconnection.com/overvie ... _cx-5_2015
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canabiz wrote:
Dec 30th, 2014 9:01 am
Just a quick follow-up: We test-drove the Crosstrek and Juke yesterday and the Crosstrek wins hands-down! I thought about importing one from the States but it's built in Japan so we have to pay duty and that will negate any saving we can get, especially with the current brutal exchange rate.

The dealer offers us a demo model (Sport Package) with very low mileage for about $30K all in, after taxes, fees and incentives. We are not in a hurry to buy so I'll keep my eyes peeled on Kijiji and Trader.ca for a 2013 or 2014 models...the 2015 ones should be arriving at the dealership soon and we may see more older models on the market.


isn't the crosstrek just a toyota matrix with subaru guts?

If so, its not worth 30K. Buy a used AWD matrix for $15K and get a much more reliable engine (not that the 2.0 subby engine is all that bad but it has nothing on Toyota's 4 cylinder mills when it comes to reliability).
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I've been considering the same kind of vehicles. My top choice right now is the Mitsubishi RVR. The juke is too ugly for me to ever own.
I'm waiting til later in the year so I can see the cx3 since I've got a friend that works at Mazda he could get me a decent deal hopefully.
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absolutcamper wrote:
Dec 11th, 2014 9:05 pm
Mini Countryman S. Pricier than the Juke but drives better and much nicer interior. Get a simple tuning module from Burger Motorsports (5 min install/removal) and it'll put out nearly 220hp.
+1 Im driving one now, quite happy with it except mine doesnt have the sport button :( . Other then that its just big enough to deal with 95% of our usual errands, and thats with two baby seats in the back. Plus its AWD and drives like a gokart, love it.
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+1 Im driving one now, quite happy with it except mine doesnt have the sport button :( . Other then that its just big enough to deal with 95% of our usual errands, and thats with two baby seats in the back. Plus its AWD and drives like a gokart, love it.
Are you putting in premium gas? I know gas prices are low(er) right now but it's not going to be like this forever.

I am not a car guy, per se, so no I don't believe/want to put premium gas in my vehicle and that is why we have ruled out the Countryman.
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yes, I work from home, so gas prices dont affect me much.

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