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Another car buying question (SUV-buying, to be more specific)

We need to get a 4th car sometime over the next 8 months or so, as our son will be taking one of our 3 cars to college with him for his sophomore year next fall and our daughter will be a senior in high school and "needs" a car (in quotes because we could probably make do with 2 but let's just assume the decision has been made that we are going to need another car).

Current thinking is to get a new car for my wife and pass her car (a GMC Acadia we bought new 6 years ago) down to the kids. I drive a small sportyish car I intend to keep for several more years and generally favor small cars for myself anyway, and we generally tend to keep cars a long time, so this will be our main family car for the foreseeable future, so it needs to be comfy/roomy enough to be our people-hauler, take family trips, help move kids into college, etc., and have a reasonable expectation of long-term reliability. I am generally not a big fan of SUVs, but it's pretty much a no-brainer that's what we need. We aren't vain when it comes to cars, and my wife honestly couldn't care less what she drives as long as it's not a minivan (which would definitely be in play if it were totally up to me but it's not). On the other hand, we do sort of "like nice things," we do want something pretty nice since this will be our main family vehicle for a good while, and we are blessed to be able to afford to get a "nice" car.

So what would people recommend, say in the $50k to $75k range? The types of things that are crossing my mind are Acura MDX, Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade, Genesis GV80, Lincoln Aviator. Wife has a soft spot for Ford Explorers for some reason, I think because she owned a couple a long time ago. Somewhat interested in hybrids and not totally opposed to going fully electric, but a little hesitant because this will be our vehicle for the handful of long car trips we take each year. Inclined to stay away from BMW, Audi, Volvo, Range Rover, etc., for long-term maintenance cost reasons, and because the larger ones may be out of our price range anyway.

Posted: 11/23/2021 at 3:36PM


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Current Thread:
  I actually like it. Looks stealth 🥴** -- hooville1 11/24/2021 12:51PM
  —-** -- hooville1 11/24/2021 12:51PM
  All good thoughts -- Starmut 11/24/2021 08:53AM
  You should get a tacoma pickup with a camper cover. ** -- Ronald Mexico 11/24/2021 09:26AM
  Lexus RX350 ** -- Spudnut 11/24/2021 08:32AM
  Same advice I give to everyone -- MaizeAndBlueWahoo 11/24/2021 12:50AM
  Wow. You are blessed. -- Hoobert 11/24/2021 11:07AM
  Mercedes GLE should be in that range -- CharlestonSC 11/23/2021 10:27PM
  ^ another vote - I have a GLS (large) and no issues; -- eric cartman 11/24/2021 08:59AM
  Acura/Honda ** -- me chuckles 11/23/2021 10:03PM
  I like my Hyundai Santa Fe more than my -- Saratoga Hoo 11/23/2021 7:18PM
  Thanks, everyone - keep the info coming!! ** -- Starmut 11/23/2021 7:07PM
  Toyota Tacoma -- GoochlandHoo 11/23/2021 6:50PM
  Wagoneer probably too $$$ but . . . -- Starmut 11/23/2021 11:09PM
  My wife has a Hyundai Palisade and LOVES it -- GtownHoo 11/23/2021 3:58PM
  Meh, the MDX comes behind the Kia and the Palisade -- GtownHoo 11/23/2021 4:03PM
  Ha! -- Starmut 11/23/2021 7:10PM
  Ha yourself -- Old Dorms Rule! 11/23/2021 11:25PM
  I am 99% sure my automatic shifts faster than a manual -- SoCalWahoo 11/24/2021 08:24AM
  I'm sure you're right -- Old Dorms Rule! 11/24/2021 10:25AM
  What about an Infiniti? ** -- graycalhoo 11/23/2021 3:48PM
  Some of those I wouldn't even classify as SUVs... -- The Hook 11/23/2021 3:41PM
  Assuming you mean "CUV" vs. "SUV" I agree -- Starmut 11/23/2021 3:42PM
  Interested in the Armada -- Starmut 11/23/2021 3:57PM
  I think it's a 2017/18... -- The Hook 11/23/2021 4:03PM

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