New SUV Hunt, Narrow Down Choices
So narrowing down a few options...
Looking at all of them they would fit our needs in terms of size etc...
My wife saw the Rogue yesterday and fell in love with the looks of it.
For all of these we're looking at a higher trim (may not full on top but leather awd etc...).
I've always heard mix reviews on the CVT transmission. Reviews online are a little lack luster with essentially "it looks good and feels comfortable... but performance is meh"
Tried the escape out, and short of a few cosmetic oddities like the massive vent wheels it drove comfortably and felt good. The Blind spot lights on the mirrors didnt pop as much as other brands.
Tucson wasn't a bad go, I'm not sure if we'd go with the 1.6 turbo or the regular engine. Tried the regular engine.
So did a round of test drives today... took a lot longer than expected.
Wife felt the CX-9 / Pilot were too large and she wouldn't be comfortable driving them.
CRV felt spacious enough to manage. The trunk space dips downward giving more space than expected for dogs in the rear. My wife would prefer leather seats etc... and the trim with that was a bit more than we wanted to spend but doable without a problem. Overall drive felt refined and smooth, wasn't a "fun" drive but a very comfortable one. The video blind spot camera on right turns/parallel parking etc... was nice, the lack of it on the drivers side was odd but wasn't needed either lol.
CX-5 Might have worked size wise but very snug. Drove the GS AWD and oddly felt very uncomfortable. I've driven this one in the past a few times and liked it but this time around it felt a bit choppy, rough and not as clean a drive. Might be because the CRV was right before hand. A little snappier and more fun to drive but not as comfortable overall. Wife didn't like it fairly quickly so its been veto'd
Sportage, was too small in the trunk area, drove it didn't like the dash board, too many red lit buttons at night. Otherwise wasn't terrible. The gent we spoke with brought up the Sorento as an option. Took a higher trim V6 version for a test drive and actually liked it. Was responsive and quick enough, not difficult to navigate or drive. Surprisingly given the larger size to the CUV's my wife actually liked this one a lot.
On the next list to go is the Rav4, Escape, Edge, Tucson and Santa Fe.
Would love to hear some opinions from people on the Sorento (2018 model). Is it reliable and a decent drive? Is there estimated gas mileage reasonable right?
Settled on trading in the TDI Jetta, hard to not with the offered price.
Looking for a SUV as a more family car with extra storage, got 2x 80lb dogs and want to be able to fit them and kid seats ideally when going on trips.
I've read fairly positive things on:
mixed emotions on:
Looking for some suggestions/opinions. Test drove a few but anyone who currently owns one and can offer some insight would be appreciated. Be looking at about 160km 5 days a week on it for work so it has to be comfortable and relatively economical.
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Thanks for all the info guys.
Is there larger SUV options that aren't 7 seaters? Or even 7 seaters that are highly recommended? Prior to buying my Mazda6 I was looking through SUV's and have more or less defaulted to the ones I reviewed a few years back. Obviously the need this time is a bit different now that we have family and dogs.
Other suggestions welcomed, I don't have a ton of experience or test driving of these ones.