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What would be your choice for a compact suv?

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what about the Q3? Also check out the 2017 VW Tiquan. It looks to be quite sexy.
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What about the base Porsche Mecan?
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macro6 wrote: What about the base Porsche Mecan?
Very poor gas economy.

I'd look at the CRV, RAV4, CX-5 or Subaru foresters. I researched this awhile ago, but there were issues with all the other models I looked at.
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z613 wrote: I wouldnt touch any of your choices for obvious reasons. Go honda or toyota. Wow.
Honda's quality is trending downhill. Best-overall Small SUV is the Forester.
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Rav4
Forester
HRV or CRV
CX5

Would be my choices.
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+Tuscon - new one looks really nice actually. Not completely sure about Hyundai though.
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motomondo wrote: Every buyer has different priorities. But let me mention just one thing: I recently had a chance to drive a '15 Kia Soul, fully loaded model. My first observation: The Soul seems to have more interior space than the Explorer, and it is way cheaper. How can the Explorer feel so small inside?
the escape? interior room is very similar in both, the escape has more cargo space however
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george__ wrote: Jeez that is like 8 years old news. Nissan CVT are fine now
Lol, if you mean fine as in terrible shuddering and complete breakdown, then yes, they are fine.

I guess they sell alot since they use them in pretty much everything, so they can't all be bad, but there seems to still be a considerable amounts of complaints on the Nissan forums.
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U4IA wrote: Lol, if you mean fine as in terrible shuddering and complete breakdown, then yes, they are fine.

I guess they sell alot since they use them in pretty much everything, so they can't all be bad, but there seems to still be a considerable amounts of complaints on the Nissan forums.
What about the new 4 door sports car the Maxima?
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U4IA wrote: Lol, if you mean fine as in terrible shuddering and complete breakdown, then yes, they are fine.

I guess they sell alot since they use them in pretty much everything, so they can't all be bad, but there seems to still be a considerable amounts of complaints on the Nissan forums.
All the complaints I have seen are prior to 2011 - it seems a lot of the more recent ones (last 5 years) receive few complaints.
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DJ_Peanuts22 wrote: What about the new 4 door sports car the Maxima?
No idea, we were looking at the pathfinder which seemed to have it's fair share of complaints. Cvt's have such a weird sense of acceleration, seems sort of unfair in a sporty car. But they still seem to get things up to speed fast enough.
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We are buying a compact SUV for my wife, and we were looking at the Sportage 2017 (very great feedback so far btw), the Tucson and the CX-5.

For the price, and options you get, we decided to go with the Tucson (dealer made us a great offer).
I still think the CX-5 is the top compact SUV, but the Tucson is definitely not far off. Keep an eye on the new Sportage though, a great contender this year.

CX-5 vs Tucson
http://www.autoguide.com/car-comparison ... dai-tucson

Sportage 2017
http://www.thecarconnection.com/overvie ... rtage_2017
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Rav4 or CRV.

The Sportage AWD equipped with the 2.0l turbo gets 20/23! Think twice before buying it in awd form! You will be seeing your local gas station more often than you think!
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sandikosh wrote: Rav4 or CRV.

The Sportage AWD equipped with the 2.0l turbo gets 20/23! Think twice before buying it in awd form! You will be seeing your local gas station more often than you think!
Ouch and that's just the EPA ratings and I imagine real world figures to be higher.
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Toyota Rav 4 for reliabiliy
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george__ wrote: Jeez that is like 8 years old news. Nissan CVT are fine now
If you haven't noticed, RFD's preconceptions when it comes to cars all seem to date from a few decades ago or something.

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