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What compact SUV would you get today?

I already own a 2016 Tucson. My wife and I just had our first baby and she wants to get rid of her 2014 Cruze. It is a manual and she just wants something around the size of my Tucson.

If you were in the market today what would you get?

A 2nd Tucson isn't really an option. She likes my car but of course having 2 of the same car wouldn't work for her.

We have test drove a 2017 CR-V, Rogue, Forester, and Rav-4. All of them being the limited model or equivalent.

My favorite so far are the CR-V and Forester. The CR-V is the best rated compact SUV in its class. She likes the Rogue the best due to the interior. I agree it was nice but the ratings on it are just not very good. The Rav-4? - drove well but everything else was kind of blah.
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What about kia sportage?
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Haven't really thought about that. Just by browsing it the 21/26 MPG isn't that impressive.
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What compact SUV would you get today?

Definitely a Sportage. Same car/chassis as the Tucson

It will have the same engines as the Tucson so not sure why the mileage would vary...


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Mazda CX-5 would be my second pick behind the Tucson. The new CX-5 has been redesigned and is a lot more well rounded then the last generation.
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Definitely a Sportage. Same car/chassis as the Tucson

It will have the same engines as the Tucson so not sure why the mileage would vary...


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Sportage has the 2.4L naturally aspirated instead of the 2.0L and the higher models have a 2.0turbo instead of a 1.6L turbo.

My vote is for the CRV 1.5Turbo.

The forester will seem nice during the test drive, but they haven't addresses their sound deadening issues, it's still one of the loudest in it's class. Whereas the CRV and Rogue will seem comparable to your tucson as far as road noise. I had a subaru impreza before I bought the tucson, traded it with 150k miles. The throw out bearing went out at 89k miles, that's the only repair it needed, however, it was an expensive one. The subaru boxer engine also eats a little oil, that's normal so don't be suprised if you have a put a little oil in every now and then. It's just part of the flat boxer design.

I like the Rogue because it's the largest in it's class, and has the softest suspension, great for babies and long road trips. But it's powertrain is a bit dated, the 2.5L engine is relatively an old design. However, old designs tend to be the most reliable due to years of refinement. The CVT was a new 2nd generation when they did this architectural redesign. Keep in mind, the rogue's fuel economy ratings are high, but in the real world, will be more like 25-28mpg average, whereas the honda 1.5T will get over 30mpg on average for high mileage commuters.
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Sportage has the 2.4L naturally aspirated instead of the 2.0L and the higher models have a 2.0turbo instead of a 1.6L turbo.

My vote is for the CRV 1.5Turbo.

The forester will seem nice during the test drive, but they haven't addresses their sound deadening issues, it's still one of the loudest in it's class. Whereas the CRV and Rogue will seem comparable to your tucson as far as road noise. I had a subaru impreza before I bought the tucson, traded it with 150k miles. The throw out bearing went out at 89k miles, that's the only repair it needed, however, it was an expensive one. The subaru boxer engine also eats a little oil, that's normal so don't be suprised if you have a put a little oil in every now and then. It's just part of the flat boxer design.

I like the Rogue because it's the largest in it's class, and has the softest suspension, great for babies and long road trips. But it's powertrain is a bit dated, the 2.5L engine is relatively an old design. However, old designs tend to be the most reliable due to years of refinement. The CVT was a new 2nd generation when they did this architectural redesign. Keep in mind, the rogue's fuel economy ratings are high, but in the real world, will be more like 25-28mpg average, whereas the honda 1.5T will get over 30mpg on average for high mileage commuters.
Thank you. I didn't realize that about the Subaru. That would actually be given to us by my in-laws. It's a 2017 fully loaded Forester 2.5i Touring. He hasn't mentioned road noise. I have only been in it a handful of non-highway driving trips before driving it for the first time last week. It definitely feels more like an SUV when compared to the CRV.

I did look at the 2016 CX-5 before buying the Tucson. It was a really nice car. Loved the handling of it. I would like to test drive a 2017 but unfortunately Nashville doesn't even have a Mazda dealership. Closest one is an hour away from where we live.
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I vote for 2017 CX-5 or Sportage if not Tucson. Sportage will be the easiest to transition to from Tucson when you drive each other's vehicles as far as control placement/feel/familiarity. CR-V felt like driving a bus compared to a Tucson and the interior is a bit cheap feeling. The 1.5T sounds absolutely horrendous when you give it any throttle.
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Thank you. I didn't realize that about the Subaru. That would actually be given to us by my in-laws. It's a 2017 fully loaded Forester 2.5i Touring. He hasn't mentioned road noise. I have only been in it a handful of non-highway driving trips before driving it for the first time last week. It definitely feels more like an SUV when compared to the CRV.

I did look at the 2016 CX-5 before buying the Tucson. It was a really nice car. Loved the handling of it. I would like to test drive a 2017 but unfortunately Nashville doesn't even have a Mazda dealership. Closest one is an hour away from where we live.
Well, free or heavily discounted is a whole nother factor. So the subaru moves up the list. The road noise will actually help babies sleep, which is why you have a sound machine in their room. It's like they're back in the womb.

The previous gen CX-5 was also quite loud, it's actually the major thing mazda fixed and addressed in their new gen CX-9 and 2017 CX-5. However, the CX-5 will have the tightest suspension of the entire class. Great for people transitioning from sports cars, but it's a little rough for my tastes. I haven't driven the latest 2017 model though.
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