Hi. I have had a car for 12 years & now need you to help me to find the BEST SMALL SUV. Here is my situation: I live in New Orleans and drive (and parallel park) in the city, but need to do a fair amount of highway driving AND need to be able to haul stuff when we evacuate for hurricanes. Although I don’t drive off-road, New Orleans has beaucoup potholes and we often need to plow through rain-flooded streets with LOTS of high water. Since I’m old-fashioned, I like to hang on to my cars for over 10+ years and want a reliable car. Finally, I want an affordable one and used is more affordable than new.
My wish-list is: an affordable, low-mileage (used cream puff), fairly short SUV (Length about 180 inches or less), good ground clearance (can we do at least 7 inches or so?), decent MPG, strong engine (don’t have to haul a boat, but would like to move stuff easily), GREAT VISIBILITY (hate the tiny back windows that require cameras and such to parallel park and switch lanes), reliable. THANK YOU, FRIENDS!!