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Help! Looking for a Mid-Large SUV with Great Visibility

kavin2468kavin2468 Member Posts: 2
edited June 2016 in General

I am looking for a replacement car for my father, who is currently driving a 2005 Toyota Sienna. He needs a lot of cargo space but is looking for an SUV instead of another minivan. The biggest issue is that he only has one eye due to an accident, plus he's an older guy, so it is very important to find him a car that he will be able to see out of clearly and drive easily.

He's looking to spend at most $20k and of course used. I've been looking at the 2011+ Ford Explorer as a good Mid-Size, and the 2010+ Ford Expedition as a good Large-Size, but looking at both it seems like they would have a fair amount of blind spots.

Can anyone provide any advice here?

Thank you!


  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,454
    Sounds just like my brother but he drives an F-150 or an Odyssey.

    If your father is downsizing from a minivan, he may be disappointed in the interior room in an Explorer. May want to test out a Suburban to see if it's better than the Expedition. (I drive a Caravan and it's huge - can't imagine carrying some of the junk I wind up with in an Explorer sized SUV).
  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,454
    Oh, check out a Ford Transit Connect too. Some used ones are hitting the markets now.
  • kavin2468kavin2468 Member Posts: 2
    Hey Stever,

    Thanks for the advice. I would much prefer him in a smaller SUV but you are right, there's no way the room will compare. The Suburban does look nice but I think I would need something with at least blind spot detection for him, and a newer Suburban packing those kinds of toys is well out of our price range.
  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,454
    That's the other advantage of minivans - the soccer mom stigma keeps the prices down. :) SUV prices can get nuts.

    I'd love blind spot too but it's still a bit rare and usually a minimum $1,000 option on a new car.

    It's hard getting info on visibility, unless there are a lot of complaints about it. Two other models come to mind that may be big enough without busting the budget - an Outlander and a Santa Fe, both 3 row SUVs.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Member Posts: 18,927
    I wouldn't recommend the Explorer unless it has BLIS and a rear camera.
    2023 Ford Explorer ST, 91 Mustang GT vert
  • berriberri Member Posts: 10,165
    I find the Explorer seating and driving position a little weird. I don't think it's a bad vehicle, just you want to maybe rent one for a day or two so you can live with it longer than a test drive before you buy.
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