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Old 03-13-2013, 11:33 PM
 
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Default What is the softest riding SUV?

Which SUV has the most car-like feel in terms of ride and handling. I like SUV's because of being raised and looking down on the road and just having a little more room in general. I'm interested in a very soft ride where I don't feel the road. I'm also interested in something with minimal body roll during turns, good turn radius and something that is very easy to park. I'm not interested in a sport suspension or a racing type SUV. Based on this criteria, what would you recommend.
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:49 PM
 
Location: 'Murica
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The softest-riding SUV is probably the Escalade, but that won't be very easy to park.

The Toyota Highlander has a smooth ride, is much easier to park, but still not that easy.

The Chevy Equinox has a kinda-smooth ride, and is yet easier to park.

Pretty much all SUV's have more body roll than passenger cars.
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:54 PM
 
Location: anywhere but Seattle
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Are you planning to do a lot of hardcore offroad driving?
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:00 AM
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Location: Windsor, Ontario
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The Jeep Grand Cherokee has a pretty smooth ride. Turning radius is 37 feet. Body roll is a bit of an issue, but its nothing extreme. I've never found them difficult to park at all.


Maybe a Ford Explorer would be more up your alley? Its more of a cross over, and very car like. They really took the SUV out of them.
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Old 03-14-2013, 03:54 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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You want what's known as a "Crossover SUV," which is a cross between a truck-like SUV and a car-like station wagon. Basically, a crossover is a small-to-medium sized SUV with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and light-duty suspension that gives you a car-like ride and handling at the expense of off-road capability, towing capacity, and cargo weight.

There are lots of examples out there with varying degrees of car vs. truck traits. Examples would include Ford's Edge and Escape, Toyota's Venza, Highlander, and RAV4, Subaru's Forester and Outback, the Honda CRV, and the Lexus RX series.

Toyota, Lexus, and Subaru are known for the softest rides among the brands I've listed above, so you might want to start there.
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:02 AM
 
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Which SUV has the most car-like feel in terms of ride and handling. I like SUV's because of being raised and looking down on the road and just having a little more room in general. I'm interested in a very soft ride where I don't feel the road. I'm also interested in something with minimal body roll during turns, good turn radius and something that is very easy to park. I'm not interested in a sport suspension or a racing type SUV. Based on this criteria, what would you recommend.
Unfortunately body roll and soft ride goes hand in hand, hard to have one without other, especially for an SUV (the higher & softer, the more body roll).

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Old 03-14-2013, 06:12 AM
 
Location: WFNJ
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The 2013 RDX fits your description, and stay away from the first generation RDX (2012 and prior). Those have a very harsh ride, I have one so I know.
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:08 AM
 
Location: NY
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Your going to have to just going to dealers and driving the car based crossover SUV's. I find the Subaru Outback in particular to be a very good driving SUV, as far as being car-like. Still, it's not as silky smooth as my Charger, but for an SUV it is very good.
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Lol...go drive a Caddy SRX or a Lexus RX.
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:25 AM
 
Location: NH
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Sounds like you want more of a crossover than an SUV.

A real SUV looks, handles and feels like a truck, Arr Arr Arr (courtesy of Home Improvements Tim Taylor)
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