Am turning to the Car Talk community to help me think this through.
Is it better to buy a used Toyota Highlander (2008-2013) instead of a new (2015) Ford Edge?
A used, not new, Highlander because the latest generation has become even more bloated, both in size and cost.
Craigslist in my town (fairly large town, in fact) shows only two 2013 Highlanders for sale.
One has 26K miles and costs $32,000.
One has 38K miles and costs $28,000.
A 2015 Ford Edge, base model (all I need) can be had for the same $28,000 to $32,000.
Why even consider the Highlander? It isn’t because we need its size. We’re empty nesters, don’t go camping. I like the Highlander because of its great reliability record and quiet on the highway, both important to me.
The new Edge – newly designed for the 2015 model year – is supposed to also be very quiet, from reviews I’ve read. It’s just the right size for us, too, “just” a 5-seater. But the Edge’s reliability record according to Consumer Reports is well below average (full black circle). The Highlander’s record, year after year, is well above average (full red circle).
We’re in no hurry to buy. Our current car is a 2007 4-cyl Honda Accord that has never had a single thing go wrong (except for replacing the airbag, of course). If I wasn’t a dope, I’d drive it forever. But its road noise is a bit high, even with quiet tires and, for once in my wife’s life, I’d like her to feel proud of the car we own. We’ve never, in 46 years of marriage, bought a new car. (The Accord was closest, with only 3000 miles.)
So, Car Talk friends, what would you do? Keep waiting for a used 2008 -2013 Highlander and pay the reliability premium, maybe an older one with 60-90 thousand miles, or take a chance on the otherwise great Edge, and hope it won’t do what my last Ford did (a 1994 Taurus), blow up its transmission with about 75,000 miles on the odometer, ie, not under warranty.
Your thoughts, please.
– Steve in San Antonio