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Old 05-06-2011, 09:12 AM
 
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It's time to go back to an SUV. I don't need a big one, it's just my husband and me. We want good gas economy, and it should not be Japanese. Any suggestions? We'll probably go for one in the 2007-2010 range. I'm hoping there's something out there with better than 20 mpg.


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I love my Ford Escape!
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While we loved our Escape, it just wouldn't fit three carseats in the back, We had to upgrade to the Explorer and love it. DH drives it so not super sure how the gas mileage is. I am thinking around 20...maybe more on Highway, but could be wrong.
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Old 05-06-2011, 09:35 AM
 
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We have a Pacifica. It is nice and spacious. It gets about 21 MPG and I am sure it would do better on the highway.
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Old 05-06-2011, 09:35 AM
 
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I have a 2007 Jeep Compass and I LOVE it! It is considered a small SUV/crossover. Mine is four-wheel drive, which is great during the winter. The front has bucket seats that sit up nice and high. The back seats three, and the passengers feel like they are sitting up nice and straight. The back seat and passenger seat fold down flat if you need to haul anything. I have a short commute (all city driving) and get 23 mpg. When I take it on longer trips I get 28+ mpg. It rides great, is easy to get in and out of etc.


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Old 05-06-2011, 09:58 AM
 
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We have a Mercury Mariner (Cousin to the Ford Escape) and we love it. It gets about 22-23 in town and 25-26 highway. They are discontinuing the Mercury line, but the Escape is great from what I hear.
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Old 05-06-2011, 10:27 AM
 
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I just had a baby at the end of March and traded in my truck (the only car I've ever had *tear*) for a barely used 2008 Chevy Equinox. I love it!! It's advertised for 22 city/32 hwy. I haven't been doing much driving lately since I'm on maternity leave but the average economy is sitting somewhere in the 20s right now.
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Old 05-06-2011, 12:31 PM
 
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I just got my first every brand new car, and it is a 2011 Jeep Patriot. I love it... it gets about 24 city, 28* highway. It is wonderful, very spacious, and so QUITE.... but can still tow a boat, etc.!
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Old 05-06-2011, 12:34 PM
 
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I forgot to say that it has to be 4WD or AWD. Not looking at a minivan, even though I know lots of people love theirs. We looked at a couple of 07 Jeeps, one a Grand Cherokee and a Liberty but they weren't rated very high for economy. Thanks for suggestions, if there are more, keep them coming!
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Subaru Forester
Old 05-06-2011, 01:08 PM
 
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What about the Subaru Forester? It was recently redesigned and it's sleek. I don't own one myself, but I do have an Outback Sedan that I LOVE and would recommend to anyone. All Subaru's are AWD and wonderful in the snow. Good luck with your search.


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Old 05-06-2011, 01:25 PM
 
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I really like my car. It is AWD and it gets 19 MPG around town and 24 MPG on highway. Good luck on your search.
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Old 05-06-2011, 01:36 PM
 
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Subaru Forester! My automatic gets 23-27 mpg and is awesome in Wisconsin winters. I bought mine almost 3 years ago for around 20 grand. LOVE IT! Never had a problem.
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Old 05-06-2011, 01:56 PM
 
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I love my Ford Escape! It gets great gas mileage, is roomy and I haven't had any problems (I'm at 102,000 miles).
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Old 05-06-2011, 06:18 PM
 
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I know you said you did not want a Japanese car but I just bought a Toyota Higlander and i love it. Great on gas also.

My parents had a Ford Explorer and they loved that SUV. I also have friends that have a 2007 Jeep Liberty and love it. My aunt has the Chevy Equinox and she loves it.

Good luck it is fun looking and test driving!
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Old 05-06-2011, 07:17 PM
 
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I have a 2010 Equinoix and love it! It has great gas milage I get 27 city driving and 32 highway. Its got lots of room and is such a great smooth ride! Good luck finding the right SUV!
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Old 05-06-2011, 09:49 PM
 
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Why not Japanese? My Honda was assembled in the US with 85% of the parts made in the US. That's more than most American cars. I was surprised when I heard this because I also prefer American made goods to support our economy.
That was 6 years ago, so you might want to do a little research if that is your goal.
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Old 05-07-2011, 03:34 AM
 
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I am currently driving a Mitsubishi Galant, which was assembled in America, so that was my rationale for that purchase. I looked at Subaru, but Forester is assembled in Japan from Japanese parts. We looked last night (after car salesmen went home for the evening ) and found some cars we want to look into further: Jeep Liberty, Ford Escape, Ford Edge, Chevy Tracker, old style Blazer (S10), Chevy Equinox and Pontiac Torrent.

Thanks for all the suggestions and mileage reports! It helps a lot.
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Old 05-07-2011, 05:34 AM
 
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I just bought a Dodge Nitro and I love it!!!!! Great gas mileage and it looks really sharp!! One of my friends asked me if it was a Land Rover!!! Every where I go someone is always making a comment about it!!!!! I would recommend looking at one!!!! (mine is a 2011)

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