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GMC Acadia, Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford Taurus X, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, Honda Accord Crosstour, Dodge Journey, Car Buying, Car Comparisons, SUV
#7279 of 7326 Re: Which 4x2 small SUV/CUV has the highest ground clearance? [zeeboy]
Jul 29, 2012 (2:49 pm)
How 'bout the upcoming Subaru XV Crosstrek? Impressive 8.7" clearance. It's AWD, not 4x2, and still gets 33MPG highway. Should be out in a few months.... it's based on the excellent new Impreza, and has had excellent reviews on its ride quality and handling. Power is adequate, not fast.
#7280 of 7326 Re: Which 4x2 small SUV/CUV has the highest ground clearance? [zeeboy]
Jul 30, 2012 (7:44 am)
My sister shopped one so I drove a CX5.
Ride and road noise didn't even bother me. The engine's one size too small. You have to floor it to get moving and then it's loud and you get almost no results besides the noise.
That plus the back seat was small. Fold the rear seat and it hits the front seat back. You have to slide the driver's seat forward to do that.
Cargo area was decent but they should have put the seat a couple of inches farther back.
We drove the CX5, a Mazda3, then an Impreza, all back to back on the same night. You may be surprised but the Impreza's back seat is the roomiest by far. It's also the quietest of the trio.
She owns an 03 Forester and decided to keep it for now, much to the dismay of the CCB thread regulars.
#7281 of 7326 Re: Which 4x2 small SUV/CUV has the highest ground clearance? [ateixeira]
Jul 30, 2012 (11:25 am)
"You have to floor it to get moving"
#7282 of 7326 Re: Which 4x2 small SUV/CUV has the highest ground clearance? [kipk]
Jul 30, 2012 (11:38 am)
Sorry, I was exaggerating.
You floor it and you get a lot of noise but it doesn't really get moving. Using the word "moving" was too generous.
I apologize for that.
(on my 3rd Mazda, none of them as slow)
#7284 of 7326 First Rogue
Aug 20, 2012 (5:37 am)
Just purchased my first Rogue, in fact it is my first "small" vehicle. Been driving Yukons an PKup trucks.
I live on a dirt and gravel road so clearance was an issue, the Rogue does fine.
After a short break-in we pulled a small trailer and road bike to Casper, WY from Amarillo, TX with no problems at all. Had no problem staying with the 75+ traffic on I-25. Got 17 MPG.
Left the trailer and bike at Casper and toured Yellowstone then back to Amarillo. Avg 29 MPG
At Casper we picked up son and daughter-in-law. I let him drive and tested the back seat with my wife. I was impressed and fully satisfied with the room and view from the back seat.
Had no problem getting in or out. I am 5'7" and about 230.
The CVT was a great mountain highway auto, going up or down easily with no operation, sound, or vibration issues.
I note in previous posts the mention of a longer, or better warranty on some competitive models. At purchase I was able to purchase the additional 100,000 mile warranty for the Rogue and still be under cost of other makes which have a 100,000 mile warranty.
In truth, on those models which offer a long warranty, the buyer is still paying for it.
Seems all makes of small SUV's are beginning to look just alike, wife and I cannot tell them apart.
The Rogue looks different (except for its big brother Murano) and we like that.