My first post here, so please excuse if I miss following any forum rules.
I've been doing some intense research to get the best value for our money on a used SUV we're looking to buy from a dealer here in Chch.
It is going to be an upgrade (in terms of space, at least) from my wife's current hatchback, a 2005 Nissan Pulsar. The car will be ferrying my wife and new baby. So I am paranoid about it being a safe car.
Also, the Pulsar is suddenly ridiculously space deprived as the front passenger seat has to be moved and leaned so far forward to fit the baby's capsule on the rear seat that the car is literally down to being able to accommodate 2 adults (1 driver, 1 passenger directly behind). And with a collapsed mountain buggy in the boot (barely fitting in), there hardly any bootspace left to carry anything else.
Wife completely refuses to be seen driving any sort of car that barely resembles a people mover. So most Honda Streams, Odysseys, Toyota Wish, Ipsum, Estima, Mazda Premacy, MPV are ruled out.
The budget is 10k (ideal) to 12k(max!). I am trying to find a good balance between having a late model car (safer) and low kms (lesser general wear and tear).
So far on my shortlist are (in order of personal perference):
1. Toyota Kluger
2. Honda CRV
3. Suzuki Escudo
4. Nissan Murano
5. Mazda CX-7
Any feedback on these cars would be highly appreciated. Also let me know if there are other sensible options I am not yet looking at (I am just using the filters I just mentioned and looking at TradeMe and have been to a couple of car yards so far).
Specific question about the Mazda CX-7 - I am considering a 2.3Litre Turbo petrol version. May seem like over the top performance (I know), but it has a 5 star safety rating and I am not terribly worried about naysayers about its fuel economy.
However, I have no experience with turbos, nor do I know anybody who has owned this model (2007) or any turbo petrol. Is it incredibly unreliable and expensive to fix? Is that reason enough to strike it off this list?
I am looking to buy in the next 10 days or so. Really looking forward to members' feedback.