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Old 04-28-2013, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Whittier, CA
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I have searched high and low and come up with nothing matching my requirements, surely something has to exist?

I found 2 potential vehicles - the 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT or the 2013 Subaru Outback, both are nice but unfortunately the Forester can't tow anything over 1000 lbs and the Outback does not have Xenon headlights even on the highest "limited" trim

Criteria:

NO American or Korean makes
0-60 in 7 seconds or under
Towing capacity at least 2000 lbs
Upscale voice controlled audio system (must have a subwoofer) and nav system
Leather interior
Dual zone climate control
Xenon headlights
AWD with stability control
Good safety rating
Fuel economy prefer at least 20mpg city, or 18mpg if it's a V6 and takes regular gas like the Outback
Bluetooth hands free/iPhone/iPod/USB integration
Cruise control, auto on/off headlights
Power seats for driver, preferably for passenger

Under $37,000
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:12 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Ya know, you can probably get aftermarket Xenons for the Outback if that's the ONLY thing that's keeping you from getting one.
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Whittier, CA
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Ya know, you can probably get aftermarket Xenons for the Outback if that's the ONLY thing that's keeping you from getting one.
Yes, that is the only thing that is keeping me from getting one but I do not want to spend time figuring out how to do it myself and doing it at the dealership will probably be ridiculously expensive - like $1000 or something LOL!
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Originally Posted by ducviloxi View Post
I have searched high and low and come up with nothing matching my requirements, surely something has to exist?

I found 2 potential vehicles - the 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT or the 2013 Subaru Outback, both are nice but unfortunately the Forester can't tow anything over 1000 lbs and the Outback does not have Xenon headlights even on the highest "limited" trim

Criteria:

NO American or Korean makes
0-60 in 7 seconds or under
Towing capacity at least 2000 lbs
Upscale voice controlled audio system (must have a subwoofer) and nav system
Leather interior
Dual zone climate control
Xenon headlights
AWD with stability control
Good safety rating
Fuel economy prefer at least 20mpg city, or 18mpg if it's a V6 and takes regular gas like the Outback
Bluetooth hands free/iPhone/iPod/USB integration
Cruise control, auto on/off headlights
Power seats for driver, preferably for passenger

Under $37,000
If you would consider an American-branded vehicle, I'd look at a GMC Terrain...fully loaded for right around your budget. I'm impressed with the quality of the vehicle.

For everything you want in a small SUV/CUV, there aren't a whole lot of choices on the market.
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Prosper
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You can find several midsize SUVs that would fit all your criteria, especially used. Right off the bat I thought the Porsche Cayenne S would meet most of that, except I think it gets 17mpg with a V8.
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:33 AM
 
Location: NY
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Lack of xenons on an SUV that otherwise meets all your criteria is a deal breaker? Really?

Get the Outback.
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Old 04-29-2013, 10:30 AM
 
Location: FLG/PHX/MKE
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Subaru Outback AWD: $23,495

No matter how much you bloat an Outback with options, it's still a $23k car with a lot of options, but not a $40k+ luxury car. It has standard AWD for $23k.

Even a Toyota Venza AWD is $40k.

Based on your list of criteria and also the last several threads you started basically about the same topic, you still want a luxury car, and it's still going to set you back more than $40k.

What to do: Drop criteria off the list, or buy a used one that checks every box on the list.

Last edited by 43north87west; 04-29-2013 at 10:43 AM..
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Old 04-29-2013, 10:33 AM
 
Location: plano
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Used new design model of Infiniti QX56 will hit the mark other than the mpg which is more like 18 on the highway.
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Old 04-29-2013, 10:40 AM
 
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If your real goal is to get a "luxury" S/CUV then why not just consider a used CPO one? A Lexus RX, Acura RDX/MDX, Infinti FX, Mercedes GLK, BMW X3/5 and the Audi Q5 would all be within your budget as a year or so old CPO vehicle, even when decked out. That is the route I would go if that's the kind of vehicle you really want.

I also agree with the people that are saying if the Outback otherwise checks off every box on your list, why give up on it over Xenon headlights? Sorry, but Xenon's are not the be all, end all of automotive lighting. Drive an Outback at night, do you feel that the "regular" headlights are inadequate? It sounds like you are more concerned about rattling off a list of "cool sounding gadgets" then you are in the car itself.
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Old 04-29-2013, 10:47 AM
 
Location: O'Hara Twp.
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If you want every option under the sun at a price below 37,000 you are going to buy a Hyundai or a KIA. Right now you are just in denial.
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