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Old 07-10-2015, 05:43 PM
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My wife has been driving a 2010 Toyota Highlander since it was new and it is time to start looking for a replacement and I would like some input from those of you who drive either a current model Highlander or comparable SUV. I'm most interested in the vehicles themselves, not so much about their bells and whistles. Two important things I am interested in is how smooth your SUV rides and how quite it is when on the highway.

Any advice you can offer will be greatly appreciated.

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The Tesla SUV is coming out this fall, and supposedly - it's worth a look.
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The Tesla SUV is coming out this fall, and supposedly - it's worth a look.
Buying a new car in its first year of production is a BIG mistake.
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I've owned both GM and Ford SUV. I think GM rides better and is quieter but Ford has better interior and finishes. My experience with Jap and Korean SUVs are that they are lighter and not as rugged as American made.
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No harm is goin to the local ford and Chevy dealer for a test ride. They both make some pretty nice stuff that may supprise you.
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Just about all of them have been re designed to unibody construction leaving just the 4 Runner and the XTerra in the small category beyond that you have to go to the Suburban, Taho Expedition size vehicles or Range Rover. If you are not going to tow heavy loads with it any of them should be quiet and comfortable riding. We rented a new Pathfinder recently and were impressed with it's ride not so much it's lack of power.
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Get a Lexus SUV if you want smooth and quite ....
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GMC/Chevy esp. Suburban for ride. Sister has a new Highlander and loves it - not me.
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We drive an Acura MDX 2012. I will tell you that the vehicle ride is amazing and very quiet on the highway. As for first year models, 15 years ago I would agree, but today I would say that first year production models are not nearly the disaster they were in the past. They are dependent on how involved the R&D teams are for each manufacturers. In fact we purchased the new TLX last October and have had zero issues with the vehicle. Now back to the SUV. Our 2012 MDX is amazing however we drove the new MDX jut last week and it was night and day. The new MDX was extremely quiet to the point you could here a mouse fart in it while on the highway. And yes I am a HUGE Acura fan!!!
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Does your current Highlander not satisfy those requirements?

Why the urge to sell it?

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Honda Pilot has been redesigned.

Volvo XC90 has been redesigned.

The full size Chevy SUV redesign is selling like hotcakes.

Subaru?
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Here is an auto db rating for vehicles to reference for quiet.

http://www.auto-decibel-db.com

Two very quiet SUVs, the new Tahoe(you will be hard pressed to find a quieter SUV), and the a Buick Enclave.
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if you want quiet then I would look at the Lexus rx / lx and the Buick Enclave
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Isn't noise mostly a function of tires on similar vehicles?
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Isn't noise mostly a function of tires on similar vehicles?
Some of it is for sure but some vehicles have more sound deadening material and are quieter by design. The smaller Buick SUV even has an electronic noise cancelling module in the rear.
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I am driving a Toureg TDI Exec and really like it.
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
Does your current Highlander not satisfy those requirements?

Why the urge to sell it?
It rides pretty good but the reviews I have been reading, on the 2015 models, indicate the ride is not that good. Overall we have been very pleased with our Highlander but it is noisy on the highway.

The reason for wanting to trade is we usually trade before we hit the 50K mile mark and the vehicle is out of warranty.

Thanks for the reply.

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Originally Posted by agallant80 View Post
No harm is goin to the local ford and Chevy dealer for a test ride. They both make some pretty nice stuff that may supprise you.
We will be doing that, I just want to eliminate as many models as possible first.

Thanks for the reply.

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Get a Lexus SUV if you want smooth and quite ....
quiet and reliable too! better resale than Acura % wise. don't like electronic interface of MDX. yes, I drive a Lexus GX.
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What about the refined CRV? Great on gas as well.
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