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Shopping for family car.

joon82 1,044 108 August 24, 2015 at 11:47 PM
Need a family car/suv/crossover whatever.

Want something roomy, quiet, and reliable.

My price range is about $25k.

Looked around

2016 Hyundai Tucson, Santa Fe sports, Sonata(and also hybrid)
2016 Kia Sorento
2015 Jeep Cherokee
2015 Toyota Prius

Any other cars should be on the list?

Love the new look of Tucson but all dealerships are asking almost full MSRP.
Price on 2015 Prius is tempting(only 19.5k for 2015 close out models) and also 51mpg.
Jeep Cherokee's manly? design and 9 speed transmission.
10 year 100k warranty on Hyundai plus life time battery replacement on Sonata Hybrid.

Currently driving coupe with only 15-20mpg.

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redesign on prius 2016. 2015 models may go on sale.
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mazda cx5 crossover

mazda 6 sedan, honda accord sedan.

subaru legacy sedan, great AWD car

if you are not adverse to slightly new, you can get a 2-3 yr old infiniti g37x for under $25k. not great MPG though, but fun to drive, and comes pretty loaded.
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Quote from jaqnabox View Post :
redesign on prius 2016. 2015 models may go on sale.
Yep thats why 6k off on 2015 Prius. Maybe more when it 2016 comes out.
I heard only 4-5mpg raise.

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mazda cx5 crossover

mazda 6 sedan, honda accord sedan.

subaru legacy sedan, great AWD car

if you are not adverse to slightly new, you can get a 2-3 yr old infiniti g37x for under $25k. not great MPG though, but fun to drive, and comes pretty loaded.
Have bmw e92 coupe for weekend fun car.
Will add Honda Accord and Subaru legacy.
Our family had 2000 Honda Accord and it ran 200k miles without problem but gas mileage sucked.

Had 2002 Mazda6 and didnt like it. Trying to stay away from dying brand like Mitsubishi and Mazda.
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I had a '98 Toyota Corolla up until 2 years ago and I loved it. Traded it in for my current car with over 200,000 miles on it.

My friend that works for a local auto repair center says he does not recommend a Prius.

I currently drive a 2012 Versa and it's pretty quiet inside and I've never had an issue with it. Currently has 118,000 miles on it.

My cousin has a Jeep Grand Cherokee with the saddle leather upgrade and it's really nice and very quiet inside. The Grand Cherokees have a pentastar motor which is supposed to be one of the more reliable and fuel efficient 6 cylinder motors on the market.

My sister drives a 2011 Toyota Camry and it's pretty roomy and quiet and never had an issue.

I thought you might appreciate some first hand experiences.
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Quote from joon82 View Post :
2016 Hyundai Tucson, Santa Fe sports, Sonata(and also hybrid)
2016 Kia Sorento
2015 Jeep Cherokee
2015 Toyota Prius
The Cherokee is a POC, sorry but it's true. LMAO

While the Prius is getting a re-design that means you can get this years model at pretty darn cheap. We have the V for one of our cars and it works great. It holds a heck of a lot more in the back then the regular hatchback and we still get around 45 mpg (with the A/C always on). Heck, out here after rebates you can actually get the Prius Plug-In for the same price as the Prius 3, or at least you could when I bought a car last.
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I had a '98 Toyota Corolla up until 2 years ago and I loved it. Traded it in for my current car with over 200,000 miles on it.

My friend that works for a local auto repair center says he does not recommend a Prius.

I currently drive a 2012 Versa and it's pretty quiet inside and I've never had an issue with it. Currently has 118,000 miles on it.

My cousin has a Jeep Grand Cherokee with the saddle leather upgrade and it's really nice and very quiet inside. The Grand Cherokees have a pentastar motor which is supposed to be one of the more reliable and fuel efficient 6 cylinder motors on the market.

My sister drives a 2011 Toyota Camry and it's pretty roomy and quiet and never had an issue.

I thought you might appreciate some first hand experiences.
Jeep Grand Cherokee is out of my price range. Would love to get one under 25k.

Plan to check out Camry when I check out Prius.
I can't seem to find Prius plug in here in Texas. Base price for plug in is 29k. With rebates and 7500 tax credit, I think I can get it close to 21-22k.

I guess Cherokee is not same Cherokees from 90s.


Currently stationed overseas. Going back to states in Oct. Will have about week to shop around for car and drive 800 miles to new duty station. Doing my homeworks before I actually go visit dealerships in Oct.
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No, the regular Cherokee is terrible compared to what they used to be. Always problems with that one. Hyundai is actually pretty decent now a days, I recommend checking them out too. My mom drives a '04 Sonata and it's roomy and never had a problem. This is actually her 2nd one after the 1st one was totaled (some stupid kid was running from the cops and t-boned her. She's completely fine so they're pretty safe too.) Both have/had over 110k miles on them.
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forgot to throw in the VW passat. it's very roomy, the trunk is absolutely huge. you can get a new gas passat for under $25k, or you could get a 2011 or 2012 w/ leather passat (gas) for around $15k pretty easy. if you go for the TDI (diesel) a 2012 will run you probably just under $20k. great MPG (40+) on the TDI, and strong reliability with the TDI engine.
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I was all about finding an SUV because I wanted AWD....ended up with a charger... I didn't want to make a jump to an SUV and I got a hemi with AWD... they don't make it in a V8 with AWD anymore, but the V6 is still plenty of power, but roomy for a family... base price starts at like 30k, but you know with dealerships, that's MSRP... I paid like 8k below MSRP on mine.... worth a look....

.... not sure where you're located, but here's an example: just over 25k... http://www.barberasautoland.com/n...86ef9a.htm

I realize it's after rebates, but I bought from this dealer and got the price advertised... called on the phone to confirm... went in person and after agreeing on the price got another 1000 off which surprised me... apparently because my wife had a leased car and qualified for more money off...
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