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Unread 10-22-2010, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Woodbury
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Try a used Land Rover LR2 or a BMW X3 if you're looking for top of the line luxury. I'll caution you that Land Rovers are horribly unreliable though, but they're sturdy vehicles that tackle lots of different types of terrain, much unlike Honda CRVs and Ford Escapes. The Volkswagen Tiguan is good as well. As far as American cars, I'd recommend the Ford Explorer or the Dodge Nitro if you're eccentric enough. But above all, as some have mentioned above, proper snow tires, front or all-wheel drive, and ground clearance are most important.
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Unread 10-22-2010, 04:57 PM
 
Location: HarborEast
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I rented a 2010 Ford Escape in August when I was in St. Paul interviewing.
It was a great SUV. I would never get rid of my G35 but if I needed an SUV
the Ford Escape would be it. No question about it.
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Unread 10-23-2010, 12:12 AM
 
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I LOVE the Subaru Forester--I had it for a week as a loaner car while they fixed my Impreza (small rubber part-but had to wait for the order to come in). I also really like my Impreza Wagon (2.5i). I can tell they are very strong cars, yet fun to drive. I've heard they have a great reputation. Depends if you're used to winter driving. I'm not, so I like the way Subaru's drive. All the Subaru's are AWD I think. Also, Ford Edge might have an AWD option. ?? The Honda CRV has an excellent reliability rating. Good luck!
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Unread 10-24-2010, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Mound, MN
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Rather than rely on the rather small sample of people who read this thread I would go to a place like - New Cars, Used Cars, Car Reviews and Pricing - Edmunds.com They have tons of research on new/used cars and forums where lots of people rank every model.
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Unread 10-24-2010, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Rural Western TN
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ive known alot of people here that like the subarus of any make and model, small enought o not suck on gas, but good on the snow and ice of ct at least.

weve always had a jeep for ct winters and they do great too...BUT its been my experience that part time 4 wheel drive (the ones you have to put into 4 wheel) seem to do better than full time or "inteligent" all wheel drive...

my dads jeep is one of those 'inteligent' systems that likes to decide for itself if 4 wheel is needed and can be very skiddy in the winter on corners...

mine and my mums old jeeps (now gone) were both those you have to put into 4 wheel and i NEVER skidded or had snow problems in either of those vehicles...
but jeeps are hard on gas, the only reason i replaced mine couldnt afford to run the thing.
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Unread 10-25-2010, 08:09 AM
 
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I second the recommendation of a Honda Pilot. I am up to 175K miles on my 2004 and will soon be getting an upgrade I love my Pilot! I have driven thru many a nasty snowpacked road, on frozen lakes and over everything else that Mother Nature can dish out with nary an issue. It is not a "small" SUV, more of a medium size, but perfectly suited for our family with two pre-teen soccer players and a labrador retriver.
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Unread 10-29-2010, 10:00 AM
 
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What are your primary concerns that you are looking for in an SUV. Style? Offroad utility? Gas Mileage? Passenger Capacity? Do Crossovers potentially fit the bill for you as well? Are you looking for just getting around better on winter icy roads or do you want the ability to get around in even the worst of conditions? More info will allow for better answers to find that perfect car to fit your needs. I have personally owned over 42 vehicles mostly sports cars but a few SUVs as well. And I used to travel extensively throughout the country clocking 150k+ miles per year and have used almost every car as a rental or test drive. So if you provide more info I'm positive you'll get much more useful answers.
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Unread 10-29-2010, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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I second the recommendation of a Honda Pilot. I am up to 175K miles on my 2004 and will soon be getting an upgrade I love my Pilot! I have driven thru many a nasty snowpacked road, on frozen lakes and over everything else that Mother Nature can dish out with nary an issue. It is not a "small" SUV, more of a medium size, but perfectly suited for our family with two pre-teen soccer players and a labrador retriver.
Random observation but that comes out to 25,000 miles/year you're putting on that vehicle....that is a lot of miles, wow.
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Unread 10-29-2010, 02:13 PM
 
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We love our Honda CRV. It's 10.5 years old, and has had only minor work done on it, so the reliability is fantastic (tires, brakes). It recently had $2k worth of work (shocks, tie-rods, some spark plug things), but at 10.5 years of age, it's not a surprise. I love the size of it, and a new CRV is high on the list when this one goes away, which hopefully won't be for another 5 years!
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Unread 10-30-2010, 08:16 PM
 
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Slig, your "random observation" is correct...my kids attend a Catholic elementary school 20 miles from our home, so that's at least two round trips every day...plus multitudes of soccer, baseball and basketball practices and games and cross country meets. All of my family lives "up North" from us here in Central Illinois, so lots of trips to MN and WI. I spend A LOT of time in my Pilot It is the best vehicle that I have ever owned.
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