I currently drive a 2000 Maxima GLE. It is a nice car, pretty much loaded. It is very comfortable, powerful, stylish and all that jazz.
Before I purchased the Maxima I had toyed with the idea of a mini-SUV (RAV4, CR-V, etc.) or a wagon. But for a single guy in Dallas, TX- these seemed like odd choices.
I test drove every SUV, mini-SUV and both the Forrester and Outback.
Recently I have found that I want my car to have more functionality (I'm an engineer - it seems everything I own needs to be multi-functional).
What are people's impressions of the Subaru's or comparable wagons. It has been a while, and I might get back to a dealer in the future - but I'm most interested in how people view the differences in power between the 4 cylinder and 6 cylinder cars.
Of course i have almost unlimited power now, but I'm not sure I really need it. What I seem to need power for is to pass people as I drive like a maniac on the highway trying to get places. I rarely do rapid acceleration from a stop, but I do a pretty fair amount of urban-highway driving.
Also - any thoughts about what is better - manual or automatic. I seem to prefer automatics now that I do more city driving, but prior I owned only manuals.
I would like the ride to be comfortable, at least for 4 adults (total). I recall the Subaru's seats being quite a bit more narrow than any sedans I test drove. Can three people sit comfortably in the back seat? What is rear leg room like - especially behind driver (I'm only 5'10", but I tend to drive a little further back than most people).
Any ideas are appreciated.
I don't mean to exclude other vehicles, if you have other suggestions I'd love to hear them - it is just that Subarus intrigue me because they seem like the are really "engineered" cars.
Oh , I almost forgot - I do have some interest in improving my gas mileage. My Maxima does OK on the highway, but in the city not so good. I'm trying to get a gauge of how close the EPA estimates are for the 6 cylinder wagons - my impression is they are not that accurate for my Maxima.
It seems to me the Limited has virtually everything the Bean has except the H6 and half an inch ground clearance.
Limited looks like quite a bargain considering it is nearly $3K less than Bean.
Any owners have comparison thoughts?
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