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Best Used Family Car Advice

cc_baseball30cc_baseball30 Georgia Member Posts: 2
edited February 2020 in General
Good Morning!

My wife and kids was recently in a bad car accident. They were hit by a drunk driver at 75 mph on the interstate. Luckily everyone was fine, however it totaled our 2015 Nissan Rogue. We are planning to purchase a new used vehicle but want to move up in size. I was wondering if anyone on the forum had any recommendations of which makes and model to look at. I want something reliable, that will last, as we tend to buy and keep cars for the long haul. Currently I'm looking at the Toyota Highland, Honda Pilot, and Honda Odyssey. I'm probably looking at years between 2015-2019. Any thoughts on these vehicles or recommends of vehicles I should add to my list would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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  • graphicguygraphicguy Edmunds Poster EmeritusMember Posts: 13,006
    I think you probably have picked the top vehicles that would hit your objectives. Roll with those. Can’t think of anything I’d recommend over those.
    2021 Acura TLX A-Spec-Platinum White Pearl
  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 41,667
    always worth looking at Hyundai also. They have nice product, and can be a better bang for the buck.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 29,082
    A minivan will always be a better value than an SUV. Nothing wrong with an Odyssey. Knowing your budget would help immensely.

    Comparing a Sienna XLE to an Odyssey EXL, both 2018 with 35k'ish miles, I see that the Sienna is worth $4k less. I'm not sure how the equipment compares, but I think those are close. So Sienna wins on value there. And, just for comparison, even a FWD Highlander XLE is $3k more than that same Sienna.

    If you are looking even cheaper, the Nissan Quest was built until 2017. If you can find a nice one, it would run a good $7k cheaper than a comparable 2017 Sienna.

    ‘21 Camaro LT1, '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited. 54-car history and counting!

  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 29,082
    stickguy makes a good point that made me look.

    A 2018 Sedona EX would be $3k cheaper than a Sienna.

    ‘21 Camaro LT1, '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited. 54-car history and counting!

  • cc_baseball30cc_baseball30 Georgia Member Posts: 2
    Thanks for all the feedback. As far as budget goes, 25K is my max. I'm the type that mentally has a hard time wanting to go the minivan route, but I'm starting to warm up to it the more research I do. I really like the Odyssey. My brother in law has a 2018 and loves it. Do anyone know anything about the Pacifica. I'm not crazy about buying anything Chrysler because I'm worried about reliability and durability issues. However, it seems to get pretty good reviews. I'm still a little hesitant though, based on the company track record the last several years with power train issues.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 29,082
    I own 3 chrysler vehicles at the moment and, honestly, I can't recommend the Pacifica right now only because of the lemon stories I have read. https://www.motortrend.com/cars/chrysler/pacifica/2018/2018-chrysler-pacifica-limited-long-term-update-3-review/

    To get a $25k Odyssey, you'll either have to forego options or get a more used one.

    If it were my money, I'd honestly find it hard to argue with the value of a CPO Kia like this one https://www.racewaykia.com/inventory/certified-used-2017-kia-sedona-ex-fwd-mini-van-passenger-kndmc5c13h6259956

    ‘21 Camaro LT1, '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited. 54-car history and counting!

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