My GF would like to get rid of her current vehicle, a 1998 Honda Passport, and get something newer before winter. Her Passport has held up fairly well, but with major rust on the frame, and over 200K on the odometer, it’s nearing time to put it out to pasture.
She doesn’t have a ton of money to spend, and we’re looking at used SUVs in the $5000-$8000 range. She’d prefer a 4x4 and a domestic vehicle this time, but nothing is set in stone. She’s test driven a Ford Escape, a Chevy Blazer, a Honda CRV and a Jeep Liberty so far. The Blazer was a plasticky P.O.S. that actually broke down during our test drive. I was neutral about the Ford. The Honda was cute, but kind of cramped and gutless. I was a little more impressed with the Liberty, as it was more comfortable, quieter, and had more options and a better control layout. She doesn’t like that the Liberty has only a 2-star rollover resistance rating. She’s also looking at an AWD Saturn Vue, though she’d prefer a selectable 4x4 vs. an AWD vehicle.
She doesn’t care about horsepower too much, but wants a safe, reasonably reliable vehicle that she can live with for at least 5 years, and that gets at least as good of mileage as her current one.