Thanks In Advance for your help. I’m in the market for a small suv/cuv. I’m a single mom- so no man to go shopping with, and on a tight budget. (sorry for the sexism- it’s blatant in the auto buying world.) I have 2 young boys (6 & 8), and a dog. I drive to Tahoe like once a year and commute daily. I have no idea whatso ever what any of these car terms mean and I’m overwhelmed from internet research and salesmen. I just want to quit.
I have a 96 pathfinder that gets about 13 mpg. Last week the timing belt went out, and it’s just not worth fixing. (other minor problems). Initially I was looking for a certified used cuv, but some smooth talking salesmen got me thinking about new, which can be close in price to certified. What I need: cheap, reliable, Safe, ^ mpg. I guess everyone needs that. New cars I really liked: Mazda cx5, santa fe, and Rogue. I still want to look at the Outlander Sport. I didn’t like sportage- it felt cheap, and tuscon drove oddly. I’m concerned about the rogue’s reputation for transmission problems although they may have solved it? Year? I got an offer for a “one at this price” Rogue for $17,500- very very base model. The lowest I could get the cx5 was $22700 which after all the added fees is out of my budget.
I’m starting to think I should go used and forgo the certified part. What years might you recommend for various cuvs? Rav4/cvr/rogue/… or should I go with the Rogue 2013 base- possible tranny problems.
Thanks so very much for reading my LONG question and any advice is appreciated.