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Old 09-22-2011, 07:59 PM
 
Location: WA
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Thinking of retiring our 18 year old Saturn for a midsize car; DH has
been looking at Hyundai's, Sonata or possibly Elantra, maybe Ford, how
about a Toyota?

Preowned (used) it would definitely be, what year would you suggest? Most of the driving is done by a mature young lady---60 + ! LOL.

Oh! We would also get an all wheel drive as well 4 wheel disc brakes as
we live in the mountains and do get some snow. 30+ miles per gallon we would also like to get for gas mileage.

Thank you for your suggestions!
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Old 09-22-2011, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Sonata/Elantra do not come with AWD, Fusion only comes with AWD with the V6 so it won't get anywhere near 30 mpg. The Subaru Legacy and Suzuki Kizashi sound like your best bet. Toyota has the Matrix available in AWD but that isn't really midsize nor does it get even decent mileage for what it is.
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Toyota Rav 4 AWD. The V6 uses perhaps a gallon more than the 4-cylinder one, but it's a rocket and depending on your driving it does from 20-26 MPG.
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:17 PM
 
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Thank you for your prompt responses. We will rule out Hyundais as well as 30+ gas mileage and
consider the autos you mentioned. What about a Honda CRV or any good all wheel drive?

Thank you again!
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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The Honda CRV is a good vehicle, and has an automatic 4WD system, not AWD. Another consideration in the same category would be the Subaru Forester, which is a very snow-capable AWD, in addition to the already mentioned RAV4. If you want a bit more luxury and power compared to a CRV, you could also consider the Acura RDX.
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Certified Pre-Owned Jetta TDI with winter tires in winter. Epic highway mileage (and good city mileage too). You'll never need AWD with good winter tires.

AWD and 30+MPG is rare.
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Old 09-22-2011, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Both the Rav4 and CRV are solid choices, I'd lean towards the Rav4. The Rav4 gives up a bit of mileage in 4 cylinder trim and the interior on the Rav4, like most Toyotas, lives rather a lot to be desired. With the 4 cylinder (coupled with an old 4-speed auto) it's a dog. Handles pretty well, but it's slow. The V6 is a better engine coupled with a better transmission. It actually gets comparable to slighly better mileage than the V6 AWD sedans and you pick up some cargo room and the optional third row seats. They're actually usable in a pinch even for adults so long as the front two rows scoot up. Personally, I feel you give up too much with the way the CRV drives to get too excited about it. The Rav4 is close to car-like driving, the CRV is not.
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Old 09-23-2011, 07:15 AM
 
Location: USA - midwest
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You should consider the Subaru Forester, too. My wife got one recently and she loves it. About 25mpg in combined driving. Handles real well.
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Most of these suggestions are small SUVs. Remember - every Subaru is AWD. So you could look at the Impreza, which is a compact sedan/hatchback or you can consider the Legacy, which is a mid-size. Most Legacy models have a 4 cylinder engine and 2012 models have 31 MPG highway EPA number.
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:28 AM
 
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Most of these suggestions are small SUVs. Remember - every Subaru is AWD. So you could look at the Impreza, which is a compact sedan/hatchback or you can consider the Legacy, which is a mid-size. Most Legacy models have a 4 cylinder engine and 2012 models have 31 MPG highway EPA number.
I'd personally recommend the Impreza or Legacy as well. Pretty good MPG and a great AWD system. Given what the OP states is their normal driving conditions in the mountains, the Subaru will feel right at home.
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