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Help me choose an SUV

drjay9051drjay9051 Member Posts: 1
edited April 2015 in General
Need an SUV for my kayaking, mountain biking etc. Little if any off road but 4x4 a plus.

I may use this to commute from time to time (60 mile roundtrip) so comfort is an issue or I'd just get an old Wrangler.

Anyway not looking for a family type vehicle rather something more sporty.

I prefer the Wrangler look to the Cherokee but too small for me. I will be mounting roof rack for kayaks.

Any thoughts? FJ Cruiser? X Terra? Love the Land Rover but way too expensive.

Im looking for a CPO vehicle in the mid 20's price range.

So many choices it is a bit daunting. I do not want to test drive 10 different models so i am askingfor a starting point from you more experienced people.

Thanks

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 194,423
    drjay9051 said:

    Need an SUV for my kayaking, mountain biking etc. Little if any off road but 4x4 a plus.

    I may use this to commute from time to time (60 mile roundtrip) so comfort is an issue or I'd just get an old Wrangler.

    Anyway not looking for a family type vehicle rather something more sporty.

    I prefer the Wrangler look to the Cherokee but too small for me. I will be mounting roof rack for kayaks.

    Any thoughts? FJ Cruiser? X Terra? Love the Land Rover but way too expensive.

    Im looking for a CPO vehicle in the mid 20's price range.

    So many choices it is a bit daunting. I do not want to test drive 10 different models so i am askingfor a starting point from you more experienced people.

    Thanks

    The FJ and the X-Terra are more off-road oriented and may ride rougher than other SUV's.

    I think most any SUV or CUV has the ability to mount roof racks for sporting equipment. You might consider a Subaru - you could get a new Forester for the $25,000 price point you mention.

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 15,234
    edited April 2015
    Yeah, definitely. A number of Subaru vehicles would fit your needs there. If you want sporty + SUVish, look for an XT (such as Forester or MY2005 through MY2009 Outback) - there are a number of nice ones out there. A bit different, but even a WRX could fit your needs well (and it would be much, MUCH easier to load that roof rack than on a vehicle that sits tall like an FJ) and check that "sporty" box better than is reasonable (seriously, wipe that grin off your face; it's been two hours! :P).

    Other vehicles, perhaps a little less traditional: Have you considered a Flex? You could probably get a MY11 Limited Ecoboost unit for mid-20s. They have a pretty engaging drive, very comfortable, tons of space for stuff or people, and, again, an easy-to-access roof. They also have decent towing capacity at about 5K# if you needed it, and not horrible mileage for a large vehicle (likely on par if not better than those Jeeps/Toys/Nissans you mentioned).
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  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 29,837
    What about the new Jeep Renegade?

    You didn't mention exactly how big this needs to be.

    '21 Wrangler 4xE, '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited, '10 Escape XLT v6. 56-car history and counting!

  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,457
    A minivan is the ticket. :-)

    My other boating rig was an Outback, but the bikes just roll into my van.
  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 15,162
    I like the Xterra; the PRO-4X is pretty well equipped.
    That said, I have a 1999 Wrangler that I sometimes use as my DD. It's really not that bad as far as ride goes, although the convertible top is a bit noisy...

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport; 2014 M235i; 2009 Cooper Clubman; 1999 Wrangler; 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2015 X1 xDrive28i Son's: 2018 330i xDrive

  • skyisthelimitskyisthelimit Las Vegas, Nevada, USAMember Posts: 46
    FJ Cruiser is great! But if I had the money, I would definitely buy a Land Rover.
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