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Which Vehicle Should I Buy?

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Jan 18, 2014
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Which Vehicle Should I Buy?

I am in the market for new vehicle. I am open to buying used to save on depreciation.

My budget is up to 25k all in.
I need a vehicle that is reliable, winter driving friendly and has a back up camera.

So far I have the Honda CRV, Ford Edge and Hyundai Sante Fe.

Are these sound choices or are there other vehicles I should be considering? I am looking at 2016 to 2018
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Feb 6, 2009
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I was looking at similar vehicles recently, albeit a bit older. Was cross shopping the CRV and RAV4, ended up going with the RAV4. Good luck
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What made you go with the Rav4?
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Feb 2, 2018
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Any CUV made in the last 5 years will need your backup camera and winter driving requirement for Toronto.

The 2017 model year is the new generation of CRV. These new models could potential have oil dilution issues. The previous gen is a safer bet -the last model year of 2016 will likely have all the kinks worked out. Pretty good interior materials too.

Rav4's a safe bet. So is the CX-5, which is more fun to drive but smaller interior-wise.

The Edge and the Santa Fe are mid-size CUVs, one size up from the previously mentioned compacts. I don't have much experience with Fords. The Santa Fe's a very practical, roomy vehicle, with some features you won't find in compact CUVs. It's also bit thirsty and underpowered, but on a very mature, proven tech platform started in 2011.
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Buy something you like, not for economic or to save on depreciation or resale value. You will have to live with that vehicle for a long time and if you don't really like it, it will not be worth even having it.
If looking at a CUV, and want to get reliable inexpensive transportation, don't for get to look at KIA. If a Santa Fe is to your liking, then the KIA Sportage will be cheaper and have as many options.Option for options and dollar for dollar, the KIA will be your best bet for the money.
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Pete_Coach wrote: Buy something you like, not for economic or to save on depreciation or resale value. You will have to live with that vehicle for a long time and if you don't really like it, it will not be worth even having it.
If looking at a CUV, and want to get reliable inexpensive transportation, don't for get to look at KIA. If a Santa Fe is to your liking, then the KIA Sportage will be cheaper and have as many options.Option for options and dollar for dollar, the KIA will be your best bet for the money.
Kia Sorento... Sportage is cousin of Hyundai Tucson.

All good roomy vehicles.
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Feb 6, 2009
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i wanted a vehicle that was reliable and not costly to maintain. Plus i got an older model with low mileage, one of the last ones that was made with the v6 engine which had more horsepower and torque. I had spoken to my mechanic before purchasing, since they see such a big cross section of vehicles. He mentioned that if I plan to put on more than average miles, he suggested the CRV or RAV4
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All your first choices sound like the car is for your wife. Pick up truck or TTC for guys on RFD. Sometimes Corolla.
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You may want to get quotes on all 3 from your insurance company, you may be surprised with the difference.
My friend was looking into buying CRV but he ended up buying Santa Fe because his insurance was cheaper 80$ per month, this is not a joke.
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jikiji626 wrote: You may want to get quotes on all 3 from your insurance company, you may be surprised with the difference.
My friend was looking into buying CRV but he ended up buying Santa Fe because his insurance was cheaper 80$ per month, this is not a joke.
With so many people driving without insurance these days, this is not an issue.
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Your budget will work for all of those 3 used. My top 3 choices would be CRV, Rav4 or Forester
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turtle59 wrote: i wanted a vehicle that was reliable and not costly to maintain. Plus i got an older model with low mileage, one of the last ones that was made with the v6 engine which had more horsepower and torque. I had spoken to my mechanic before purchasing, since they see such a big cross section of vehicles. He mentioned that if I plan to put on more than average miles, he suggested the CRV or RAV4
Thats a smart mechanic! You want UNRELIABLE,disposable junk with lousy resale value then buy Korean. I don't know why the constant push for Korean crap on this forum? They cant even build decent appliances!
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For all these threads about people inquiring and asking what they should buy, I really wonder if the OPs actually listen to what was recommend and if they actually buy it by posting photos and proof.

Should almost be a massive thread in itself.
potsmoker1969 wrote: Thats a smart mechanic! You want UNRELIABLE,disposable junk with lousy resale value then buy Korean. I don't know why the constant push for Korean crap on this forum? They cant even build decent appliances!
Long time lurker I see? Great first post.

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Tommy74 wrote: With so many people driving without insurance these days, this is not an issue.
What? Regardless of what other people do you still need insurance.

Insurance quotes can differ hugely between vehicles.. When i narrowed down my search one vehicle was 25% cheaper than the other. Didn't really change my decision but it's always good to go in knowing what you'll pay.

My co-worker switched his older Audi to a new Lexus (both leases) and his insurance almost doubled. He couldn't believe it and hates his brand new Lexus because its costing him so much more. He's now trying to get out of his lease early lol. Worth checking.
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potsmoker1969 wrote: Thats a smart mechanic! You want UNRELIABLE,disposable junk with lousy resale value then buy Korean. I don't know why the constant push for Korean crap on this forum? They cant even build decent appliances!
You're totally misinformed and have a very biased opinion. KIA and Hyundai have for years now won many major awards for design, build quality and reliability.
Not defending their appliance manufacture but I am quite sure they are no worse than any other manufactures.
For a first post, you need to have something to say that has some merit LOL
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Ecsta wrote: What? Regardless of what other people do you still need insurance.

Insurance quotes can differ hugely between vehicles.. When i narrowed down my search one vehicle was 25% cheaper than the other. Didn't really change my decision but it's always good to go in knowing what you'll pay.

My co-worker switched his older Audi to a new Lexus (both leases) and his insurance almost doubled. He couldn't believe it and hates his brand new Lexus because its costing him so much more. He's now trying to get out of his lease early lol. Worth checking.
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vkizzle wrote: RX350?
No its a sedan.. I think its the ES but i'm not that familar with Lexus' his old Audi was an A6 so something comparable would be my guess. He otherwise loves the car, but seemed pretty pissed how much more it costed to insure lol.
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Ecsta wrote: No its a sedan.. I think its the ES but i'm not that familar with Lexus' his old Audi was an A6 so something comparable would be my guess. He otherwise loves the car, but seemed pretty pissed how much more it costed to insure lol.
Don't most people get insurance quotes on prospective cars before they finalise a deal? Did he just think, "oh it's gonna be around the same" and then get the shock after he already signed a deal?
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ES_Revenge wrote: Don't most people get insurance quotes on prospective cars before they finalise a deal? Did he just think, "oh it's gonna be around the same" and then get the shock after he already signed a deal?
You'd be surprised.. A lot of people fall in love with a car and look at the insurance cost like gas cost; it is what it is.
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I also went with a Gen 3 RAV4 over CRV.

If you don't need AWD (and you don't), you can pay $10,000 or less for a 2012.

The V6 costs a premium, however. The I4 has plenty of power.

No reason why a good example Gen 3 RAV4 can't last many years. But people want to change their cars up, etc.

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