I currently own a 2002 Honda CRV EX with 235,000 miles. It needs repairs, and I have decided to sell and get another car. I like my Honda, but not happy with winter performance. It has been the best car for transporting dogs - 3 labrador retrievers, and sometimes 2 or 3 other big dogs. I am looking for a used car under $6,000 (maybe $7,000) I expect new car to have high mileage, so reliability is a must. I want to explore other cars - Any suggestions.
Must be Manual and AWD. Currently considering Toyota Rav4, Toyota Highlander, Toyota matrix AWD (have gotten 4 labradors in this car) Honda CRV, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Soul, Subaru Forester ( concerned about the head gaskets, ball joints, other big ticket items that go on this car after 100,000 miles). Are there certain years that are better in any of the cars above I should consider (I like the Honda CRV style from 1998 -2001). Who has what and what to they love about that car, and what has been trouble areas? Thank you