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  • avatar morin2 06/13/12 10:43 pm PST

    OK, that helps a lot. The most common response you will get is for a Honda CR-V or a Toyota Rav-4. But you'll have to go all the way back to around 2003-2004 to get one of those in your price range. For the same money, you could get a larger 04 Toyota Highlander. The Honda and Toyota are fine vehicles but everybody wants one and they hold their values very well - so its hard to find a bargain or negotiate a good price.

    If you want to get a younger SUV with fewer miles, consider thinking outside the usual Honda/Toyota box. My top choice for bargain or "value" would be a Suzuki XL-7. You could get an updated 2007 model for the same 9-10K price as a 04 Honda or Toyota. Another would be the Mitsubishi Outlander. A 2006 model would be comparably priced to the others.

    The advantage of buying a more recent model is that there will be less wear&tear from age and the safety features will be better.

    I'm a big fan of Subaru but the years available at your price range are prone to head gasket failure, so avoid Foresters for now.

    I'm afraid I cannot recommend any small to mid-size SUV from Chevy (except for the Tracker made by Suzuki - but that is an old design), Ford, Dodge, or Jeep.

    Check out both Consumer Reports annual auto issue in April and also read the owner's reviews under Edmunds' used cars.

    Be sure to get a pre-purchase (actually pre-negotiation) inspection by your mechanic.

    And good luck!

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  • texases 06/12/12 4:52 pm PST

    What size? How many people and luggage do you need to carry? What kind of offroad or bad weather capability do you need? They range from small (Rav4) to very large (Suburban).

  • morin2 06/12/12 7:51 pm PST

    You can click the "answer this question" tab below to keep the additional information all on the same thread. If we have a better idea of what you intend to use the SUV for, then our advice will make more sense. For example, if you need to tow a heavy trailer, that would rule out a lot of vehicles. And if trail use is important, that also excludes many models.

  • tredington 06/13/12 10:06 am PST

    Thanks for the replies!

    Am probably looking for a small or mid sized. Uses would be for transporting a family of 4(2 adults, 3 years and 6 months) around town and on small road trips.

    No 'heavy lifting' or 'rugged' conditions. suburban mostly with some city and some rural.

    Also, would not be for everyday use - a few times a week local and weekend trips.

    Let me know if you need any other info. Thanks again!

  • morin2 06/13/12 10:43 pm PST

    OK, that helps a lot. The most common response you will get is for a Honda CR-V or a Toyota Rav-4. But you'll have to go all the way back to around 2003-2004 to get one of those in your price range. For the same money, you could get a larger 04 Toyota Highlander. The Honda and Toyota are fine vehicles but everybody wants one and they hold their values very well - so its hard to find a bargain or negotiate a good price.

    If you want to get a younger SUV with fewer miles, consider thinking outside the usual Honda/Toyota box. My top choice for bargain or "value" would be a Suzuki XL-7. You could get an updated 2007 model for the same 9-10K price as a 04 Honda or Toyota. Another would be the Mitsubishi Outlander. A 2006 model would be comparably priced to the others.

    The advantage of buying a more recent model is that there will be less wear&tear from age and the safety features will be better.

    I'm a big fan of Subaru but the years available at your price range are prone to head gasket failure, so avoid Foresters for now.

    I'm afraid I cannot recommend any small to mid-size SUV from Chevy (except for the Tracker made by Suzuki - but that is an old design), Ford, Dodge, or Jeep.

    Check out both Consumer Reports annual auto issue in April and also read the owner's reviews under Edmunds' used cars.

    Be sure to get a pre-purchase (actually pre-negotiation) inspection by your mechanic.

    And good luck!

  • tredington 06/14/12 12:47 pm PST

    Awesome! thanks!

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