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My 15 year old is preparing for his driver's license which means we will ultimately be adding a 4th car to our fleet. My oldest son drives a 1999 Chevy S10 with less than 80,000 miles on it. He is in school about 2 hours away and makes frequent trips home. My plan is to give my youngest the S10 and find my oldest something newer so I don't have to worry about him driving a 19 year old truck back and forth.

My oldest has never asked for anything and has always taken (and been thankful for) whatever we gave him. He has said that if he had a choice, he would like a small SUV type of vehicle this time around as it would make hauling stuff easier and something smaller would be easy to drive/park in the city he lives in. With that in mind, I am looking at the following vehicles:

Honda CR-V
Toyota RAV4 & maybe a 4Runner
Subaru Outback & Forrester
Nissan Rogue & Pathfinder
Mazda CX-5
Hyundai Santa Fe & Tucson
Kia Sportage & Sorrento

My search is in the early stages so this is just a list I have come up with based on some preliminary research. I am a big Toyota fan so those go without saying. The Subarus get really good reviews and I know them to be tough cars. I am looking for some firsthand knowledge and personal experience with these and any other smaller SUVs you might recommend. Trying to find something within the next couple of month for around $10-12,000. Any constructive input appreciated.

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Can't go wrong with a Toyota
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Toyotas hold their value so you are going to pay the same amount of money for an older car with higher miles. Everyone is going to have an opinion and honestly with any modern car reliability issues are not much of a concern.

My $.02 would be Hyundai. You get a lot of car for the money with them.
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Toyota 4 runner
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chevy duramax
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get him something that a college male won't be embarrassed to drive. That small SUV market is ripe with "chick cars".

A third generation Pathfinder wouldn't be bad. Still maintains some manliness.



Toyota 4Runner would sorta be the obvious choice out of all of those listed.


The 1st, 2nd, and maybe 3rd gen Foresters aren't too bad.

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Went thru this same exercise 1.5 years ago, another car for the family fleet that one of my twins would take to college. Narrowed it down to the newest and/or lowest mileage Toyota RAV4 or Subaru Outback I could find in the $10-12K price range. It was hard to find anything I felt was decent so our budget kept inching up.

Ended up with a 2013 Subaru Outback with 80K miles for $13,000. I'm actually on the hunt for another one this year as twin #2 is going to need a car for his senior year.

This 2012 with 77K miles is on my short list...


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I'd say 4 runner. They are tough as nails and hold their value incredibly well.
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For $10-12k, I would look at a used vehicle that depreciates quite a bit. I'd much rather have a 4-5 year old Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5 or Kia Sportage with 30-50,000 mile on it than a 7-9 year old CR-V or RAV4 with 70-90,000 miles on it.
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Why doesn't anyone like vans, you can do a lot in the back of a van.
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Honda CR-V gets my vote.
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Stay away from Subaru 4 cylinder non-turbo engines before 2011, head gasket issues related to design flaw.
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Thanks folks!
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If you don't want your son to become a lesbian, avoid Subaru
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Best selling SUV in America is Honda CR-V, must be a reason, plus they have timing chains instead of belts, what ever you buy check and see if it has a timing belt or chain
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Can't believe no one said the RAV-4......then you'd have an extra tow vehicle!!!! LOL

(not laughing at you, I need to start shopping for my 3rd son's car any day now Brings our driveway up to 6 not including a racecar, toyhauler, boat, jetskis, tractor.....)
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Times have changed. When I was a teen, most of us got some old leftover car on it's last leg, if we were lucky. The truly privileged kids got nicer cars, but those were few and far between.

Now we see parents dropping $10-$20K without batting an eye...
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We recently sold our 2009 Rav 4. Great vehicle, however if he is tall it will be uncomfortable if he is using it frequently for longer trips. I am 6', and the drivers seat simply would not go back far enough for me to be comfortable for long trips. Had the seat rails had 2 more notches, it would have been fine. If it were not for having 2 rear facing car seats, we would still have it. Sold it to my BIL, and he plans to keep it for a while. Price point on them with under 150K should be in the 7,000 - 10,000 range, depending on options. The 4 cylinder is plenty of motor in it.

Out of the rest of the list, I would just avoid anything with a CVT. If looking at anything Nissan, just know that they will develop oil leaks over time. Nearly all of them do, almost without fail, with the exception of the old style (non cvt) pathfinders/frontiers. When that happens they will eat up AC clutches and alternators if not addressed.
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Originally Posted by Gnrphil View Post
Why doesn't anyone like vans, you can do a lot in the back of a van.
Would save a lot of money on rent in this town. And he could just set up shop at Folly every weekend too. Instantly the coolest kid in college here.
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