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Default Most economical mid size suv?

Any recommendations on mid size SUV’s? Something that gets decent gas mileage. Not interested in bells and whistles. Actually a work truck type interior would be preferable. Would need to be fairly comfortable on the highway though
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Default Rav 4

There are those on THT who will say a RAV4 will haul any size boat but I have my doubts.
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Transit connect?
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T4R. End thread.
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Transit connect?
We have these and the full sized versions for work. No one complains about having to drive them. And we haven't had any major maintenance issues.
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Do you mean just gas mileage? I forget who, may be Consumer Reports, but someone does an overall cost of ownership/value that would show most economical overall as they take into consideration average insurance prices, maintenance costs and frequency etc...
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In terms of best overall ownership cost, 4Runner gets my vote. If in doubt try and find a used one that makes more sense than buying new.
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Mid 20s hwy from our 2019 Honda Pilot, and it’s AWD. Would suspect if you have a lighter foot and stick with the FWD model you’ll see upper 20s. Outrageously comfortable, swallows up loads of crap for road trips etc.

Obviously you’d get better mileage from the compact 4cyl SUVs, CRVs and RAV4s. But midsize I think your best options are pilot or 4Runner.
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Throw Highlander in as well. Right in line with the Forerunner with softer ride and family friendly so I'm told. Probably my next vehicle purchase.

Our Highlander has been excellent thus far.
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4Runners are awesome trucks but they get lousy fuel economy.
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Throw Highlander in as well. Right in line with the Forerunner with softer ride and family friendly so I'm told. Probably my next vehicle purchase.

Our Highlander has been excellent thus far.
Yep! Cannot speak for the newer ones but my 2004 Highlander with 130k miles has been truly dependable. It is my daily driver and has taken us from northern Ohio to Denver, Florida, NC and many other places without a glitch. Replaced the timing belt @ around 100k miles, replaced the tires, brakes and kept up with oil changes.

Still rides like new.
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Heh. 4Runner rated #21 on US News and World Report for Best Midsize SUV 2020.
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My daughter just bought a new Mazda CX5. We test drove all of the mid sized SUV’s that we could think of: Rav4, CRV, SantaFe, Forester, etc. and ended up being most impressed with the CX5.

Oh, and the ventilated front seats are amazing. I’ve been in other cars with ventilated seats and you could barely tell they were even on, these you actually need to turn down because your butt gets so cold.

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1997 Merc Mountaineer------- POS but pulled the heavy Grady well

2010 Hyundai Sante Fe-------- Did its job with no fuss

2020 Hyundai Sante Fe------- A tad bigger but it takes a LONG time before I need a fill up! I zip down I-95 doing 75mpg and after 75 miles on CC, it says I'm getting about 32-33 mpg! And I believe it! I don't tow with it and have yet to load it down for a 3-day fishing trip, but I know it will do great!

Comfy and QUI-ET!
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I just did a 1200 mile trip in my 2019 AWD Honda Pilot. Got 29.7 MPG

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Have owned several in the last 16 years, all average about 20 mpg - 2016 Highlander great ride and most comfortable for packing family, 2012 4Runner was fun to drive as it set up high, daughter inherited for college, Jeep Grand Cherokee was my favorite, easy in and out but T-boned and damn near totaled, current daily driving a 2019 Honda ridgeline, really like the interior room and small bed great for picking up grandkids bicycles and HD runs, before the hate starts, Big Red a F350 pulls the boat and a 1987 Jeep wrangler for haven fun!
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My wife has a 2019 Hyundai Tucson. We have been very pleased with it so far. Extremely affordable and gets right at 30 mpg.
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My wife has a 2019 Hyundai Tucson. We have been very pleased with it so far. Extremely affordable and gets right at 30 mpg.
And I believe it is getting a redesign for the upcoming year.
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Honda pilots have served many of my friends for over 200,000 trouble free miles.
One buddy hit 300,000.

I can't argue with their results. As far as towing capabilities and payload, average.
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wife rolls in a dodge durango. 5.7 hemi planty of power gas mileage and around 23 mpg

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