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adpd2008
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Car recommendation

Post by adpd2008 » Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:02 pm

We are 30s DINKs living in a city center. We currently lease a BMW X1. Lease is up soon and will be in the market for a new set of wheels.

here is some more info:
1. We drive 7-8k/year in an urban environment and street park.
2. Safety features and technology (e.g. Apple Carplay) are most important considerations.
3. We value not having to worry about maintenance or service that newer or leased cars bring.
4. We want a sub-compact SUV.
5. Our max budget is 40k - We can buy for cash or open to leasing with a reasonable MF.
6. Getting good value for things our preferences is important.

Would love to get recommendations for cars to buy as well as optimal way to pay for it given our lifestyle.

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Re: Car recommendation

Post by 2m2037 » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:33 am

An electric vehicle lease might be the way to go if you have regular access to a charging spot (work or nearby public charger since you mention you street park). Not sure if the Bolt qualifies as a sub compact SUV. You should try to get in before the rebates run out.

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Re: Car recommendation

Post by ClemsonBogle » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:43 am

I would tell you Honda CRV. I dont know about the apple play thing but i think it meets your other criteria. Should be ~30K loaded and i know gets 32-34 mpg and still very peppy. Resale has been very good. The 2018 has a new transmission and engine 1.5Turbo that honda is counting on quite heavily with powering the Accord as well.

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Re: Car recommendation

Post by yukonjack » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:44 am

Given the info listed I would take a look at a new Honda HR-V. Somewhat similar to you current vehicle but a better value and more reliable.

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Alexa9
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Re: Car recommendation

Post by Alexa9 » Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:03 am

Honda CR-V, Subaru Outback, Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV-4
Since your previous car was a bimmer: Lexus NX

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Re: Car recommendation

Post by KT785 » Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:06 am

If you're looking for something small (sub-compact) and heavily prize reliability and safety, I'd look at the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek with Eyesight; the 2018 Crosstrek also has Apple Carplay and Android Auto.

I have a Outback, but suspect that an Outback or Forrester would be too big for your needs. Plus, you'll get standard AWD with any Subaru which may, or may not be a major consideration depending on where you live and/or your hobbies outside of the city.
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Re: Car recommendation

Post by pochax » Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:19 am

Alexa9 wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:03 am
Honda CR-V, Subaru Outback, Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV-4
Since your previous car was a bimmer: Lexus NX
i know that Toyota/Lexus will NOT have Apple CarPlay.
Mazda CX-5 is a great car (i own one) but also will not have Apply CarPlay.

Honda CR-V WILL HAVE Apple CarPlay. you should perhaps look into Hyundai (Tucson?) and Kia (Sportage) as they probably also have Apply CarPlay.

don't know about Subaru.

the majority of review out there would put the CR-V and CX-5 as the top 2 compact SUVs so CarPlay probably tips it favor of the CR-V.

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Re: Car recommendation

Post by Rupert » Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:35 am

Fully-loaded Honda HR-V. The CR-V is not a subcompact, which is what OP says he/she wants.

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Re: Car recommendation

Post by emoore » Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:17 am

Why not go with another X1? They are good cars and much faster and sporty than a CRV or Rav4.

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Re: Car recommendation

Post by lazydavid » Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:56 am

emoore wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:17 am
Why not go with another X1? They are good cars and much faster and sporty than a CRV or Rav4.
Not really sportier anymore. 2015+ models are now FWD, and the six-cylinder has been dropped. Market research found that most 1 series/X1 owners didn't even know that their car was RWD, so they moved both to a new UKL (Unter Klasse, or "lower class") FWD platform.

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Re: Car recommendation

Post by 123 » Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:07 am

If you only drive 7K - 8K a year leasing would seem to be very costly due to probably a higher mileage allowance built into the lease. Financially you'd likely do better buying and replacing every 5 years or so if you must have the "latest" and can tolerate a longer replacement cycle. If it's mostly parked it's usually less likely to get stolen the older it is.
The closest helping hand is at the end of your own arm.

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Re: Car recommendation

Post by adamthesmythe » Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:31 am

> We drive 7-8k/year in an urban environment and street park.

Higher probability of a fenderbender, vandalism, or theft relative to the burbs. Insurance is unlikely to make you completely whole.

If you want to own a new car go for something as vanilla as possible.

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Re: Car recommendation

Post by tcassette » Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:09 pm

Subaru Crosstrek.

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Re: Car recommendation

Post by thangngo » Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:19 pm

adpd2008 wrote:
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:02 pm
We are 30s DINKs living in a city center. We currently lease a BMW X1. Lease is up soon and will be in the market for a new set of wheels.

here is some more info:
1. We drive 7-8k/year in an urban environment and street park.
2. Safety features and technology (e.g. Apple Carplay) are most important considerations.
3. We value not having to worry about maintenance or service that newer or leased cars bring.
4. We want a sub-compact SUV.
5. Our max budget is 40k - We can buy for cash or open to leasing with a reasonable MF.
6. Getting good value for things our preferences is important.

Would love to get recommendations for cars to buy as well as optimal way to pay for it given our lifestyle.
Why not keep leasing? You'll get a new 2018 BMW X1. What don't you like about the car? Your top criteria seems to be safety features and technologies. So keep leasing new car every 3 years makes sense.

adpd2008
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Re: Car recommendation

Post by adpd2008 » Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:51 pm

Thanks everyone who replied. We will check out the HRV and Crosstrek. Bored of the X1 so something different is in order.

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Re: Car recommendation

Post by daveydoo » Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:45 pm

adpd2008 wrote:
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:02 pm

1. We drive 7-8k/year in an urban environment and street park.
2. Safety features and technology (e.g. Apple Carplay) are most important considerations.
3. We value not having to worry about maintenance or service that newer or leased cars bring.
4. We want a sub-compact SUV.
5. Our max budget is 40k - We can buy for cash or open to leasing with a reasonable MF.
6. Getting good value for things our preferences is important.

Would love to get recommendations for cars to buy as well as optimal way to pay for it given our lifestyle.
I would respectfully suggest that you do a little homework and come back with a specific question -- maybe narrowed down to 2 or 3 models. "What car should I get and how should I pay for it?" just isn't the type of question that can be answered here. So you're down to an HRV and Crosstrek after a handful of replies? I would not be excited about either of those. YMMV.

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Re: Car recommendation

Post by Griffeycom » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:27 am

adpd2008 wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:51 pm
Thanks everyone who replied. We will check out the HRV and Crosstrek. Bored of the X1 so something different is in order.
Check out the CR-V while you're looking at the HR-V. We looked at both and the CR-V is so much roomier.

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Re: Car recommendation

Post by PowDay » Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:14 am

Check out the new VW Tiguan, it has all the tech you are looking for and then some, won't be as much of a step down from the BMW as a Subaru, and has a 6 year bumper to bumper warranty.

http://www.vw.com/models/tiguan/trims/2 ... tion/edit/

After coming from a new X1, anything HRV/Crosstrek is going to feel like a massive downgrade.

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Re: Car recommendation

Post by Rupert » Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:16 am

The Acura RDX might be a nice compromise between the BMW and Honda.

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