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... and who better to ask than folks from Motor City area.

 I’m looking to spend $16-$18k, no older than 2018, want AWD or 4WD, fairly low mileage (under 30,000?), and ... I’m not really fancy, but I find myself envying my sister’s heated seats 🙂.

 I’m thinking Ford Escape? Maybe Nissan Rogue? Mazda CX-5?

Anybody have feedback for me, or other ideas? Or is my pricing whacked?

HELP! 😁

Thanks!

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Thanks 👍 I have looked at a few of these sites to zero in on what I’m looking for.

But I’d also like input from people who have preferences of different cars, if possible. 

More if they’ve had a car they love. Or hate.

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7 minutes ago, Biff Mayhem said:

We have a 2015 Dodge Journey R/T that we’ve really liked. It was a step down from our gas guzzling Durango but has the heated seats and heated steering wheel. Does okay in the snow but it’s only fwd. AWD is the way to go. 

I have a Dodge Caliber now ( it’s 10 yrs old, got it used about 7 yrs ago).  I like it, and am sorry they did away with this model.

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2 hours ago, smr-nj said:

... and who better to ask than folks from Motor City area.

 I’m looking to spend $16-$18k, no older than 2018, want AWD or 4WD, fairly low mileage (under 30,000?), and ... I’m not really fancy, but I find myself envying my sister’s heated seats 🙂.

 I’m thinking Ford Escape? Maybe Nissan Rogue? Mazda CX-5?

Anybody have feedback for me, or other ideas? Or is my pricing whacked?

HELP! 😁

Thanks!

I had an escape a while back and absolutely loved it. 

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40 minutes ago, smr-nj said:

I’m giving the Escape a very serious look.  Gets vg marks.

I'm a Ford guy and between my wife and I, we've had two Escapes (2003 and 2013).  We've enjoyed both and have plans to get another this year once my son starts driving and inherits my wife's current vehicle (2019 Ecosport).  I'm driving my second Ford Edge (2008 and now 2015) and will be upgrading soon myself, but I'm not sure which Ford model I may look at since the Edge may not be around much longer.  Other family members have Escapes as well and all love them too!

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My previous vehicle was a Ford Escape.  Had air conditioning issues, just about annually, starting about, what, 50K miles in?  It was a known issue and was never fully resolved.  Checked for leaks, replaced the freon and compressor, yada, yada, yada....  Got over 120K out of it and the AC was probably the only real issue.

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Before my current Dodge Caliber (which has done well with me), I had a Subaru Impreza hatchback, and I loved it, esp the awd. 

However, I was dismayed to read that current Subarus don’t hit that high bar on reliability, etc.  

It was in that particular review that they recommended Ford Escape’s AWD.... and that’s when I started looking in that direction.

One sister of mine has a Rogue, and she likes it (leases every 2? Years.... I’m just NOT a “lease” person), but she hardly does any driving in it, and trades it in after 2 years, so how can you assess a car that way? I don’t think you can.

A sister-in-law got a Mazda, and loves it.... they’re out in Colorado, so it’s tested in big snows, etc. She does a lot of driving; I trust her assessment.

Long story short... I will maybe look at both the Ford and the Mazda, but am really leaning towards the Ford. (Now I’ll ask folks locally on their preferences for area Ford and Mazda dealerships.... which becomes important too).

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3 hours ago, smr-nj said:

sister-in-law got a Mazda, and loves it.... they’re out in Colorado, so it’s tested in big snows, etc. She does a lot of driving; I trust her assessment.

Long story short... I will maybe look at both the Ford and the Mazda, but am really leaning towards the Ford. (Now I’ll ask folks locally on their preferences for area Ford and Mazda dealerships.... which becomes important too).

Up until a few years ago (1974-2015), Mazda was part owned by Ford and had their own version of the Escape. I believe it was the Mazda Tribute. 

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1 hour ago, MotownWebGuy said:

Up until a few years ago (1974-2015), Mazda was part owned by Ford and had their own version of the Escape. I believe it was the Mazda Tribute. 

Yes. Essentially the same vehicle except badging and a few other things. 

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4 hours ago, MotownWebGuy said:

Up until a few years ago (1974-2015), Mazda was part owned by Ford and had their own version of the Escape. I believe it was the Mazda Tribute. 

Mazda builds fun cars but I haven't  had the best experience with their local dealer - they tried to swindle my daughter assuming she wouldn't know what they were talking about. But I suppose every manufacturer has crooked dealers.

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Have you considered an EV or hyrbid option? The Chevy Bolt is really the only one in your price range as far as American-made SUV models go. Ford rolled out a hybrid and plug-in hybrid model of the Escape but those are starting north of $30,000 I believe. Toyota has both a Rav4 and Venza hybrid SUV option and Honda also has the CRV hybrid that you can find used for under $20,000. I'm looking into the Bolt for my next car purchase.

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