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Need help with a vehicle (4WD or AWD)
« on: June 20, 2014, 05:16:19 AM »
My wife was T-Boned in her car a week ago by a red light runner and her beautiful Acura was totaled.  We were actually getting ready to trade it in for something different as we will hopefully be moving to the mountains outside of Winchester, Va by this fall and she wanted a 4WD or AWD vehicle.  She does not want a large SUV and is adamant she needs a trunk so looks like a sedan for her.  I've tried to get her to look at Subaru's but so far she doesn't like the looks of them.  The station wagon look.  What other vehicles out here has anyone owned that would fall in this category?  She is looking for used (2010-2011 range) as we never buy new vehicles.  She test drove a 2011 Rav 4 last night and wasn't impressed. 
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Re: Need help with a vehicle (4WD or AWD)
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2014, 05:22:22 AM »
I'm a Ford guy but I like the looks of a Mazda CX5. What I've read, they get good reviews.

I know it's not a sedan but something to consider?


As far as a sedan, the Ford Fusion AWD is reviewed kindly.


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Re: Need help with a vehicle (4WD or AWD)
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2014, 06:12:54 AM »
Most likely you'll be looking at an AWD vehicle if she's not interested in a large SUV.  There are fewer and fewer true 4WD vehicles made today.  And, that's not a bad thing as few people really needed a true 4WD vehicle. 

It's a shame about her thought on Subies.  That would be my first recommendation.  The VW Tiguan is a fun smaller 'ute.  It's got a peppy motor and handles well compares to others in its class.

Since you looked at a Subaru, it appears AWD cars are not out of the question.  Have you looked at an Audi A3 hatchback?  That is my favorite hatch car.  It'll have an interior just slightly better than her Acura, it has plenty of power w/ the turbo 4 2.0l, it gets good fuel milage, looks good (especially with the S-line package), and is practical.  Plus, you may even find a TDi version (diesel) which gets even better milage!

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Re: Need help with a vehicle (4WD or AWD)
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2014, 07:02:52 AM »
Depends a lot on your budget. Cadillac makes some, there is the Fusion that was mentioned, and there is also the Charger which can be had in AWD in the standard and R/T versions.
Is the WRX still too station wagon for her?
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Re: Need help with a vehicle (4WD or AWD)
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2014, 08:01:58 AM »
depends what you want to spend, my wife loves her A6.
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Re: Need help with a vehicle (4WD or AWD)
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2014, 08:38:42 AM »
I have 4wd in my truck because I know how to use it. For my wife having awd with automatic traction control means for her "it just works" nothing to think about just drive normal. For her that's better. Yeah you take a slight mpg hit but its worth it IMHO. And in her car it works so seem lessly its wonderful. No matter the condition it just goes!

VW and BMW both have nice awd cars as does Volvo I think. But yeah your budget is the question.

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Re: Need help with a vehicle (4WD or AWD)
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2014, 08:55:39 AM »
I should have mentioned. She went part time for now and I'll be taking a cut in pay to go back to my dream job so she wants to be economical about this.  At least as much as practical.  She's thinking of keeping it under 25,000 which means a used car more than likely which is okay as that's all we've bought for many years.
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Re: Need help with a vehicle (4WD or AWD)
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2014, 09:16:11 AM »
I should have mentioned. She went part time for now and I'll be taking a cut in pay to go back to my dream job so she wants to be economical about this.  At least as much as practical.  She's thinking of keeping it under 25,000 which means a used car more than likely which is okay as that's all we've bought for many years.

That will get you a brand new Sub, or a used Focus/Charger. If she wants to be economical, she may have to compromise on looks a little. Practical and sporty have a tough time coexisting.
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Re: Need help with a vehicle (4WD or AWD)
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2014, 09:19:42 AM »
Subaru makes a sedan in both the Legacy and Impreza model lines. Seriously, I'd take her to a Subie dealer and let her look at what they've got.
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Re: Need help with a vehicle (4WD or AWD)
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2014, 09:46:40 AM »
We recently found ourselves in the same situation.
We ended up getting a used but well cared-for
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Re: Need help with a vehicle (4WD or AWD)
« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2014, 09:58:14 AM »
It's a shame about her thought on Subies.  That would be my first recommendation.  The VW Tiguan is a fun smaller 'ute.  It's got a peppy motor and handles well compares to others in its class.

I have to agree with Doug on this. I love our Toureg, but if the Tiguan was available used at the time we would have bought one.

There are quite a variety of sedans out there that are AWD. I guess you're budget requirement would be helpful in making suggestions. If price were no option I would look at a Mercedes. They can be bought on the used market for a decent price.

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Re: Need help with a vehicle (4WD or AWD)
« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2014, 11:29:59 AM »
We've got:
07 RAV4 - part time push button AWD Wife loves it.
99 4Runner - 4WD- mine  I love it
05 Subie Forester  -AWD - Daughters (well, mine actually, but she drives it) She loves it


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Re: Need help with a vehicle (4WD or AWD)
« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2014, 12:06:41 PM »
There are quite a variety of sedans out there that are AWD. I guess you're budget requirement would be helpful in making suggestions. If price were no option I would look at a Mercedes. They can be bought on the used market for a decent price.


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Mercedes has an excellent quality reputation on 2011 + MLs and it's the most quite and comfortable vehicle we've ever owned. 
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Re: Need help with a vehicle (4WD or AWD)
« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2014, 06:05:49 PM »
Used Subaru STi or Mitzu EVO, if you can find one that hasn't been beaten.

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Re: Need help with a vehicle (4WD or AWD)
« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2014, 08:05:44 PM »
Used Subaru STi or Mitzu EVO, if you can find one that hasn't been beaten.




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Re: Need help with a vehicle (4WD or AWD)
« Reply #15 on: June 21, 2014, 06:57:35 AM »
She's trying to keep it below $25,000.  I've been away on work and just got home.  No idea what's even on the market around here in the used car business. 
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Re: Need help with a vehicle (4WD or AWD)
« Reply #16 on: June 21, 2014, 01:42:52 PM »
 I have the FJ cruiser and love it but that sounds like it will be too big. I vote for the Audi A3 also but what about the ford edge or escape? Neither one are too big bit nice room and fine on the Va roads.
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Re: Need help with a vehicle (4WD or AWD)
« Reply #17 on: June 21, 2014, 11:12:10 PM »
My buddy just sold a Mitsu Evo. Great car, wicked handling, AWD, stupid fast. Loved it.

BUT, as an everyday commuter car for his wife, it sucked, as the ride was too stiff, and it got awful fuel economy even if you werent in the boost. Short differential gearing.

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Re: Need help with a vehicle (4WD or AWD)
« Reply #18 on: June 26, 2014, 01:26:26 PM »
VW Golf (hatchback), Passat Sedan w/Trunk), or Tiguan (miniature SUV, no trunk)

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Re: Need help with a vehicle (4WD or AWD)
« Reply #19 on: June 26, 2014, 03:09:34 PM »
You could probably get a smaller lexus or infiniti AWD sedan in your budget too - love my G35x.

Lot's of good options for that price. Why not another Acura? The TL or RL or _L come in AWD?

Audi A4 is a nice sedan too! Used opens the doors to so much more (unless you want really low mileage...)

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Re: Need help with a vehicle (4WD or AWD)
« Reply #20 on: June 29, 2014, 06:24:54 AM »
The wife settled on a 2012 Rav 4.  Much nicer looking Rav compared to the old styles.  Perfect rating under Consumer Reports.  I don't care for the 4 cyl but she doesn't care about that at all. 
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Re: Need help with a vehicle (4WD or AWD)
« Reply #21 on: June 29, 2014, 07:36:01 AM »
Can't go wrong with a Toy. 
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Re: Need help with a vehicle (4WD or AWD)
« Reply #22 on: June 29, 2014, 05:15:38 PM »
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Re: Need help with a vehicle (4WD or AWD)
« Reply #23 on: June 29, 2014, 06:26:02 PM »
Until it rusts away to dust.

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Re: Need help with a vehicle (4WD or AWD)
« Reply #24 on: June 30, 2014, 04:22:24 AM »
Until it rusts away to dust.

That seems to be a problem of old.  My 2000 Tundra was doing great (no rust) but at nearly 200,000 thou miles on it the engine basically blew up.
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Re: Need help with a vehicle (4WD or AWD)
« Reply #25 on: June 30, 2014, 06:45:43 PM »
Toyota recently replaced the frame on mine.

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Re: Need help with a vehicle (4WD or AWD)
« Reply #26 on: July 01, 2014, 06:12:02 AM »
Toyota recently replaced the frame on mine.

Forgot about the frame issues.  I believe both of mine were inspected with no issues found. 
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« Reply #27 on: July 01, 2014, 10:41:01 AM »
love my G35x.

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Re: Need help with a vehicle (4WD or AWD)
« Reply #28 on: July 02, 2014, 08:56:09 AM »
I have the FJ cruiser and love it but that sounds like it will be too big. I vote for the Audi A3 also but what about the ford edge or escape? Neither one are too big bit nice room and fine on the Va roads.

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« Reply #29 on: July 02, 2014, 10:11:37 AM »

I have the FJ cruiser and love it but that sounds like it will be too big. I vote for the Audi A3 also but what about the ford edge or escape? Neither one are too big bit nice room and fine on the Va roads.

Toyota FJ 4x4 is my Wife's daily driver, currently with 187,000 miles on it.  We have no intentions of trading it out at all.

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Re: Need help with a vehicle (4WD or AWD)
« Reply #30 on: July 06, 2014, 07:07:55 PM »
Just actching up.  If I ever got out of a truck (not likely) the FJ would be on the short list for sure. I love the looks.
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« Reply #31 on: July 06, 2014, 10:30:40 PM »

Just actching up.  If I ever got out of a truck (not likely) the FJ would be on the short list for sure. I love the looks.

The look is wonderful. Just wait until you drive one. It rides so much better than my Tacoma.
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