Need reomendations - crossover - decent MPG under 10k?

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  1. ViviTheMage

    ViviTheMage Lifer

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    Sooo, got my new car, love it.

    GF needs a new one. stick or auto, she can do both. We kind of like the escape hybrid, crv, tiguan.

    Something we can use to go camping, take the dog, in the mud/snow/etc.

    Is there something we are overlooking?

    Question on the hybrid, how often are the batteries replaced, and how much do they generally run?
     
  2. vshah

    vshah Lifer

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    what, you can't fit a tent, 2 sleeping bags, and a dog in the 135? :awe:
    add the subaru forester to your list.
     
  3. ViviTheMage

    ViviTheMage Lifer

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    The husky sheds too much :D

    the older foresters are too wagony, definitely no wagons. She has a 99.5 golf, but it's rusting out a bit, so we want to move up a little.
     
  4. Insomniator

    Insomniator Diamond Member

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    Too wagony? The forester is probably more capable for those needs than any of the options you mentioned.
     
  5. ViviTheMage

    ViviTheMage Lifer

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    It is the one thing she does not want, a wagon...and a rav4.
     
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    Its also butt ugly.
     
  7. ViviTheMage

    ViviTheMage Lifer

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    pretty much
     
  8. Dr. Detroit

    Dr. Detroit Diamond Member

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    10K is a tough budget-

    Saturn Vue (Bonus points for the V6, its the 3.5L Honda motor)
    Ford Freestyle
    Chrysler Pacifica
    Escape/Mariner
    Older CRV, Rav4 (They really hold their values well)
     
  9. Insomniator

    Insomniator Diamond Member

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    I'll never understand Americans' hatred of wagons. It is the superior vehicle type, and to say they are ugly and then mention a crv or escape..........
     
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    I don't either. It really makes no sense. I love my wagon. I will say that I can see how the forester could be considered ugly. I think its just plain. Somehow people are buying monstrosities like the juke and various box cars though.

    EDIT: Now to actually help the OP... I actually kinda like the tiguan. I don't know much about it though and at 10k, I'm assuming the typical VW maintenance costs.

    Hmm, capable and you don't want the forester or the outback, probably the two most capable cars in that price range with ground clearance, low end torque of a boxer engine and an awesome AWD system (especially in manual since they're usually 50/50).

    10k, Hmmm.... How about a nissan xterra?
     
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    It does make sense coming from a girl ... but I too dislike the old style forrester's...jetta wagons, AUDI SPORT QUATTRO, etc, just doesn't look right. I put them in minivan territory.

    That is MY opinion though, I know a lot of people love them.

    How are the hybrid batteries in the Escape? Costly to replace? Do they have a replacement cycle? I have a friend who works at a Ford dealer, so I might swing a decent price.
     
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    protege5

    but i'm biased because I own one ;)
     
  14. jlee

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    I don't like the first-gen Foresters, but the second-gens aren't so bad. And they're not slow, which outweighs any cosmetic issue they may have. :p