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Old 09-02-2020, 05:24 AM
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My mom gets a new Toyota Highlander every couple years. Seems like a pretty solid rig.
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Old 09-02-2020, 05:53 AM
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Highlander or the Lexus RX350 equivalent. Higlander XLE/Limited - 3rd row (small), sunroof, leather, and the goodies. The Lexus will be a 2 row (3rd row too new for your budget), with all the above as well.

Stone dead reliable and comfortable. Perfect for commuting. We all know the SUV pretense is simply to "look active" but never venture off pavement or get dusty

I like most of the choices recommended (GX, 4Runner, FJ etc) but really, is this for your ego or the wife's? if she is in a Q5, she's really not offroading.. just playing the role, which is fine.

FWIW, when we ditched the familiy van (great machine btw).. we looked at all of the SUV/Softroaders out there that were 2-3 years old an in our similar budget:
1) Nissan Pathfinder
2) Toyota Highlander
3) Acura MDX
4) Toyota 4Runner
5) Audi Q5
6) Audi Q7
7) Honda Pilot
and I snuck in a BMW 5GT too.. if its only 1 kid and wife, might try this oddball.. based on a 7 series, lots of interior room.. hatchback... raised seating, but not SUV high.. drives smaller than it is etc.
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My mom gets a new Toyota Highlander every couple years. Seems like a pretty solid rig.
I owned one as a company car for four years. Zippy issues. More car than SUV.

Ryan's wife may want a gussied up version but they are fine cars.

Don't sleep on the RAV-4 if the 3rd row seat isn't a deal breaker:

https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/awd-4wd/2016/toyota/rav4/los-angeles-ca-90001?year=&dma=&searchRadius=25&isNewSearch=true&marketExtension=include&showAccelerateBanner=false&sortBy=relevance&numRecords=25
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Highlander is high on my list but finding a newer body style Highlander with low mileage for mid 20's seems a bit difficult right now.
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Lexus GX 470 or 460, only downside is gas mileage with modifications I have. Very capable if you off-road and towing. Best SUV I've owned.
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Lexus GX 470 or 460, only downside is gas mileage with modifications I have. Very capable if you off-road and towing. Best SUV I've owned.
Thats cool. Did you make the front bumper? Love the rear cabinet
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Thats cool. Did you make the front bumper? Love the rear cabinet
Bumper made by Metaltech in Oregon. I made the drawers, carries all my recovery gear and tools, also used as full length sleeping platform.
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She only likes the Macan, which obviously is not under $25k...
I had a macan for a couple days. Not bad but not nearly as smooth and buttery as a Cayenne(w/ air suspension). IMO, Cayenne, Macan, Q5 is like Mercedes S-class, E-class, C-class, respectively. ...except the Audi is an Audi with massive planned obsolescence. (they know that they use crap relays, valves and such - but the business model makes bank on service.)
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Highlander would be what I'd be looking for.

Reliable and boring, perfect for driving a little one around.

We had a V8 XC90 that was bulletproof, but they are getting older now.
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Bumper made by Metaltech in Oregon. I made the drawers, carries all my recovery gear and tools, also used as full length sleeping platform.
Nice. Rear cabinet is great.

I am trying to find something like your bumper for my Series 80.
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My wife's 2013 Audi Q5 is up for a replacement due to its garbage reliability and notorious TFSI engine issue.

My budget is is limited to $25k as I don't want to have any type of loan save for mortgages. I'd like to keep the mileage at 70,000 or so if possible but also want the vehicle to be comfortable for my wife and young daughter (2). The wife ideally wants a third row seat but its not a requirement (apparently a sunroof is. )

I've always liked the Jeep Grand Cherokees and I've had good luck with the six Jeeps I've owned. I like 4Runners but they seem like they're a bit out of the price range I'm searching for. Other than a Ford Explorer, any other non-crossover like SUVs that might fit the bill that someone has had experience with?

Thanks for any help.

(I'd like for her to just grab up a Discovery II like I use as a daily but its terrible reliability would give me serious concern since she is the one primarily driving our daughter around when I'm at work.)
ok, we have:

1. comfy
2. reliable - somewhat?
3. non-crossover like SUV
4. third row seat is a bonus

I don't see anything about of-road capability. except "non-crossover like SUV"

If not important, a station wagon - BMW 3 series might be best. You can Dinan-ize them too...

If you do need off-road abilities, that narrows things a lot.

German vehicles seem lacking in reliability these days.

Toy Yotas have the aggro-fugly front ends on them...
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I just picked up a GLK350 and love it. Sounds small for what you're looking for. The GL series might fit the bill.
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Highlander is high on my list but finding a newer body style Highlander with low mileage for mid 20's seems a bit difficult right now.
I have talked about my old RAV4 four cyl highly but it's mighty short. I also just did brakes on a 2016 4Runner. It's mighty big. Like Sequoia size. Not sure if it's the Tundra frame or not.

I think I would like the Highlander bigs. Just right.

The 2008 Lexus GX470 I work on is oddly rust heavy on the bottom unlike my 2004 RAV4. Akron/Canton is full rust belt but why the difference given same manufacturing family?
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Everyone, thanks for all the information. The Lexus GS wasn't even on my radar and the wife really likes it. Might be leaning towards that at the moment. There are two 2015s within a reasonable weekend drive with about 100,000 miles right at the price point. That'd worry me with a European vehicle but not so much with the Lexus as my mother's Toyota Sequoia lasted 450,000 miles with minimal maintenance over the past 17 years.

Racer, no she's definitely not off-roading. I barely do that and I've got a lifted Discovery II, probably more on account of lack of time vice desire. She mostly likes the larger size as her vehicle is the one we do trips in and having a kid inevitably adds other stuff likes strollers and such that can be cumbersome. Plus it makes me feel better having the two of them in a larger vehicle.
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ok, we have:

1. comfy
2. reliable - somewhat?
3. non-crossover like SUV
4. third row seat is a bonus

I don't see anything about of-road capability. except "non-crossover like SUV"

If not important, a station wagon - BMW 3 series might be best. You can Dinan-ize them too...

If you do need off-road abilities, that narrows things a lot.

German vehicles seem lacking in reliability these days.

Toy Yotas have the aggro-fugly front ends on them...
No off-road abilities needed, more about appearance. A station wagon is out, I'm pretty sure she'd throw the pan at me that she's using to cook dinner with across the island from me right now.

I like how German and European vehicles drive, but her Audi and her brother BMW have caused me pause when looking that way. I won't even bring up British engineering and my Land Rover Discovery, but that has character that no amount of maintenance can ever take away...
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Maybe too boring - Honda CRV? Inexpensive, reliable.
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Maybe too boring - Honda CRV? Inexpensive, reliable.
Is the CR-V big enough? Pilot might be better.

Along with the 'purchase' budget, you should also post a 'maintenance' budget. CR-V versus Cayenne will be very different numbers.

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