Mazda CX5 vs. Volvo XC60 vs. Toyota 4Runner

reginaphalangeereginaphalangee Member Posts: 1
edited October 2018 in General
I am looking to finance my first car in a few months. I’ll be 19 in December, so I would like to keep the car for at least 5-6 years. After a lot of research, I have crossed off the 2016 Jeep Cherokee (worried about the transmission issues and poor resale value/reliability) and have now narrowed my options to:

•2015/2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring
      Cons: no rear A/C vents or Power Liftgate

•2010-2015 Volvo XC60 
      Cons: backseats don’t recline, very expensive to maintain 

•2010-2013 Toyota 4Runner
      Cons: poor gas mileage

Given that they are all within the same price range, which would be the best choice? Ultimately I would honestly just go with the 4Runner, because it is absolutely everything I want in a car. All of the models I have found have 90K-118K miles. That doesn’t bother me a whole much since Toyotas last a very long time, and are the least expensive to maintain. My mom had a 4Runner, and she absolutely loved it. Unfortunately it got totaled, but I know she’d still be driving it had it not been. She bought a volvo two years ago, and it gave us nothing but problems. I am so conflicted and don’t know what to choice!!! Somebody help please!! (And I know these aren’t really comparable but still)


  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 49,687
    well, would help to know what your usage needs are. Miles per year, distance driven, where driven. And what you need it to do.

    and at 19, worried about power liftgate and rear AC vents?

    anyway, out of those I would recommend that Mazda as the best option for economy, and driveablility. Skip the Volvo, and the Toyota is premium price and lousy mileage, so unless you are doing serious off-roading the Mazda is likely a better bet.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD, 2023 Maverick hybrid Lariat luxury package.

  • boomchekboomchek Member Posts: 5,516
    Mazda CX5 is a good first vehicle. My good friend's younger brother who's in his early 20s has one and loves it. 4Runner will be heavier on gas but it is a bit roomier and more capable off road if that's what you'll be using it for.

    2016 Audi A7 3.0T S Line, 2021 Subaru WRX

  • ronsteveronsteve Member Posts: 1,187
    Not sure what your budget is, else we could shed more light. But you'll most likely get the most car (and longevity) for the money if you go with the CX-5.
    2015 Acura RDX AWD / 2013 VW Jetta 2.5SE
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