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Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Nissan Murano, Ford Edge, Mazda CX-7, SUV
Jan 12, 2006 (4:24 am)
I think that the Pilot needs to be removed and add in the CRV since the Pilot is a large SUV for Honda. My wife currently has an 05 Murano and loves it, I am looking at a new vehicle as well for the 06 year but my choices are Rav4, CX-7 and RDX. I am looking for a vehicle that gets mid 20 gas milage and is comfy. i drove and the i4 Rav4 and it was nice, but not as comfy as the Murano.
#4 of 42 Re: Car-based Midsize SUVs [tidester]
Jan 12, 2006 (6:34 am)
Thanks tidester. Can you replace the Escape with the Ford Edge? I think that the Escape is more of a compact SUV.
#5 of 42 Re: Car-based Midsize SUVs [jrock65]
Jan 12, 2006 (9:19 am)
The Edge isn't available just yet but it's not that far off.
#6 of 42 Re: Car-based Midsize SUVs [jrock65]
Jan 12, 2006 (11:52 pm)
The Edge will not replace the Escape. Edge pricing is almost certain to start in the $20K with the folks at Edmunds, after taking two puffs of that good stuff, believing that it will be priced close to $27K to start. Looking at the Mazda CX-7, I'd say we're looking at either a $22K or a $24K price. The Escape will do battle with the Rav4 and start in the teens and when optioned might run up into the $24K price range. They can't drop the Escape because they need an entry level SUV and the Edge is definitely not one. I can't wait to see the New Escape. My thoughts are that we are not hearing anything about it because Ford likes to focus its marketing efforts on one product at a time. So while the Edge is being introduced, we'll hear or see nothing about the Escape. Just like when the Fusion was introduced (only three - four months ago) people would have said "Edge? What Edge?" save for us car nuts that knew it was coming but did not know what it would look like or where it would be positioned. I did see some spy pics but not much.
#9 of 42 Re: Car-based Midsize SUVs [jrock65]
Jan 20, 2006 (9:17 am)
"Despite rising gas prices, this segment seems to be growing, possibly at the expense of the truck-based SUV segment"
That's the whole point, the CUV segment is designed to be efficient in its work hauling people and stuff around. If you do not need to tow anything this is the segment to be shopping in.
SUV's have their roots in truck based, inefficient, poorly conceived platforms that have been bandaged to make them people movers. This is simply a long overdue design evolution that puts the priority on designing CUV's as a stand alone type.
You might want to add the Freestyle to you list as well, it deserves consideration in this group and is quite capable.
#10 of 42 Murano vs. CX-7
Mar 05, 2006 (5:52 pm)
Anyone think the CX-7 will pull marketshare from the Murano and perhaps drive incentives on Nissan's end?
#11 of 42 Re: Murano vs. CX-7 [ctx]
Mar 06, 2006 (8:43 am)
I definitely think so. The Murano and CX-7 seem to be the most similar in terms of size, function, style and utility.
The main difference is that the Murano is a naturally aspirated V6 and the CX-7 has a 4 cyl. turbo.
#12 of 42 Re: Murano vs. CX-7 [jrock65]
Mar 09, 2006 (6:24 pm)
Yes but even though I love the Murano I'm not too hot on the CVT. So we will see where this lands me in a few omths.