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    Aren't Wranglers basically the worst vehicle on the road?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtsniffer View Post
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    Aren't Wranglers basically the worst vehicle on the road?
    not by a long shot. They just provide a different type of fun than the normal idea of an auto-x car, or that fast = fun.
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    More of a loud, slow, uncomfortable fun..
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtsniffer View Post
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    More of a loud, slow, uncomfortable fun..
    Hahah.

    If towing is off the card, opens up the world.

    RDX, CX5, Edge ST, one year old AMG lite etc.
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    I liked my Jeep. Surprisingly entertaining and a hoot to bomb around in.

    It’s just not ideal for every situation (nor is any vehicle)
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    Toyota 4 Runner TRD pro in Voodoo Blue?

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    Lots of good replies so far, thanks! The tow requirement can be ignored, as it's been pointed out, I'm keeping the truck and I doubt I'll ever be in a situation I can't find one to tow if mine breaks down.

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    It’s not gonna tow 6k lbs but the CX-5 signature is really nice interior and the 2.5 turbo is decently powered with 300 ft lbs of torque
    Looks interesting, hadn't considered a Mazda, but I'll look at them more.

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    I'm selling my gla45 for way less than that if the size works for you.
    Have never actually seen a GLA45 in person. Is the size comparable to the Q5?

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    With $60k budget why not look at the higher up trims for the Grand Cherokee? Shouldn't be hard to find a 2019 Overland with a 5.7 with the current promotions on.
    I like the styling of the Trailhawk, but an Overland would certainly meet the interior finish requirements.

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    I drove a Q5 with the 2.0 for a week which has since been tweaked to 252HP... fuel economy, fit and finish and performance was I felt good VFD... also they can be purchased 1 year post use with 3 years remaining warrant from alot of car rental places. Last place told me they were getting rid of one with only 18k on it for $32

    The only "utility" type of SUV is going to be a body on frame 4runner, or bigger like a Tahoe, Suburban, Expedition... and at that point, I'd just buy a truck.

    I just saw a Jeep truck today... I'm in love... but jesus 65k for a 3.6? ffs...
    How was the interior on the Q5? Acceleration? I'm really, really looking to avoid anything large so I can fit into my garage easily.

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    4Runner
    Looks pretty nice, but seems a bit big.

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    Mdx
    Definitely going to add this to the test drive list.

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    I liked my Jeep. Surprisingly entertaining and a hoot to bomb around in.

    It’s just not ideal for every situation (nor is any vehicle)
    I liked my old Jeep, the problem was that I enjoyed modifying it as well. With a Wrangler I would be six months into ownership, down $15k in mods and half my warranty voided.


    So far I think the test drive list is:

    - Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland
    - Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk
    - Mazda CX-5
    - Acura MDX

    What are everyone's thoughts on the Lexus RX350?

    @Darkane , without the towing, what would your list look like?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FraserB View Post
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    Lots of good replies so far, thanks! The tow requirement can be ignored, as it's been pointed out, I'm keeping the truck and I doubt I'll ever be in a situation I can't find one to tow if mine breaks down.



    Looks interesting, hadn't considered a Mazda, but I'll look at them more.



    Have never actually seen a GLA45 in person. Is the size comparable to the Q5?



    I like the styling of the Trailhawk, but an Overland would certainly meet the interior finish requirements.



    How was the interior on the Q5? Acceleration? I'm really, really looking to avoid anything large so I can fit into my garage easily.



    Looks pretty nice, but seems a bit big.



    Definitely going to add this to the test drive list.



    I liked my old Jeep, the problem was that I enjoyed modifying it as well. With a Wrangler I would be six months into ownership, down $15k in mods and half my warranty voided.


    So far I think the test drive list is:

    - Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland
    - Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk
    - Mazda CX-5
    - Acura MDX

    What are everyone's thoughts on the Lexus RX350?

    @Darkane , without the towing, what would your list look like?
    I was cross shopping the mdx and rx350 a bit (purely over the internet) and the mdx seemed hands down better. I know the internet can only do so much, but we ended up getting a few year old one and it is the most comfortable thing I've ever been in (not saying much) apparently the sh-awd is great too

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    Quote Originally Posted by arcticcat522 View Post
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    I was cross shopping the mdx and rx350 a bit (purely over the internet) and the mdx seemed hands down better. I know the internet can only do so much, but we ended up getting a few year old one and it is the most comfortable thing I've ever been in (not saying much) apparently the sh-awd is great too
    How do you find the rear cargo space with the third row of seating? That’s the only concern I have just by looking online, but the the six passenger model with middle captains chairs looks very attractive
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    Glc43 AMG

    Car could be anything now that towing is no longer needed.

    Stinger comes to mind.

    I don’t necessarily have a list. Most everything has been mentioned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FraserB View Post
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    How do you find the rear cargo space with the third row of seating? That’s the only concern I have just by looking online, but the the six passenger model with middle captains chairs looks very attractive
    We originally wanted the captain's chairs too, but didn't find one on our timeline. I have also been told by people who have second row captain's that they regret it. I would still take them if given the option. As for rear cargo with the 3rd row up, there isn't much. There is tons with them down, but you can't plan to take much with you if you use the 3rd row. With only one of the 3rd row up, it's manageable though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExtraSlow View Post
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    Sell the truck, put the dog in an expedition. A one year old model should be easily found under $60k. Not much dickering required here:
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    I guess partly related, does anyone know how flexible Acura is on their pricing? Are they in high enough demand that they’ll be basically sticking to MSRP minus manufacturer rebates? Do they typically have better offers moving into October/November?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FraserB View Post
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    I liked my old Jeep, the problem was that I enjoyed modifying it as well. With a Wrangler I would be six months into ownership, down $15k in mods and half my warranty voided.

    Just get a Rubi, 35s and leave it alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BerserkerCatSplat View Post
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    and leave it alone.
    I think we both know that wouldn’t happen haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by FraserB View Post
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    I think we both know that wouldn’t happen haha
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    I like the GLA 250 car2gos... the 45 would be a great year round daily if you still have the truck for moving more crap and towing

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    + for Q5 if you can drop the towing requirement. We have a 2013 currently, but also had a 2019 for a week as a loaner and we were still pretty impressed with it.

    Try and find a CPO 2017/2018... should be close to 40k vs 65k+ brand new. Could even get into a used SQ5 for 60k i think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtsniffer View Post
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    More of a loud, slow, uncomfortable fun..
    I'm still enjoying my new one. I wouldn't call them slow either. I think it's a sub 7s to 60mph or so in mag tests. It got Motor Trend SUV of the year so it can't be the worst vehicle on the road haha.

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    Decided on the first batch to test drive.

    Going to try out the Q5, RDX, MDX, Grand Cherokee Overland and Grand Cherokee Trailhawk this weekend. Next weekend will be the GLC300, X3 and maybe look at an RX series Lexus, but their pricing seems way more than what I want to spend.

    Any Acura dealers to use or avoid?
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