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Recommendations for Smaller SUVS, 4-Wheel Drive, etc., such as Nissan - Juke -- Any reviews?

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Does anyone have this car? I am not in the immediate market for a new car, but am looking around and would sometime in the foreseeable future like to get a smaller 4-wheel drive vehicle which is not exorbitantly priced. Is this vehicle 4-wheel drive?

Those who have one --- what do you think? Is it dependable --- handle well, good gas mileage, etc.

I like the looks of the Juke.

Do you have recommendations for any others?


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Photo Don­na1383743081.12314305 PostsRegistered 12/26/2005walking the dogs

I keep saying when I replace my Volvo XC90 I am going back to Ford for an Escape hybrid. I know several people who have and love them. We have an awesome Ford dealer/service center in my little town -- very nice, friendly, and trustworthy. That makes a big difference to me. My sort-of-local Volvo dealer closed during the nose dive of the economy.

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KatherineW1383745041.00328130 PostsRegistered 3/16/2009Alabamian by Birth; Southern By The Grace of God

Never heard of a Juke. I know someone with that small SUV from Honda. Can't beat it. But I am not sure if those small SUVs have 4 wheel drive.

Lucky charm1383745301.0337881 PostsRegistered 2/29/2008

Google it! I think the Ford Explorers are nice looking although some models have that cheese grater looking grill on the front. Don't know if you have to pay more for the chrome to cover it.

I would only consider an American made vehicle.

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Financialg­rl1383746122.3235488 PostsRegistered 8/21/2006Virginia

I just bought my first small SUV but not a Juke. Before you buy, do your due diligence. Go to online sites like Edmunds and see what they say about it. I get Consumer Reports and the latest issue (December 2013) has a whole section with different types of cars and their reliability numbers.

Under the Small SUV category, the Nissan Juke is listed. Reliability figures are shown for 16 models of small SUVs - the highest ranking small SUVs haven't really changed much over the years - Subaru Forester, Mitsubish Outlander, Toyota RAV-4, Honda CR-V, etc. Nissan Juke ranks 9th out of 16. Its reliability is just slightly better than average while all the above SUVs have much higher reliability figures.

Regarding comment about buying American and Ford, the Explorer is not a small SUV but is listed under midsize. Just know that in EVERY category of any SUV, small, midsize or large, Ford scored very very poorly. Under midsize SUVs the first American SUV you see in the red (showing better than average reliability) is Chevy Equinox. Ford ranks last in EVERY category.

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Luv2Decora­te1383746631.1436767 PostsRegistered 5/2/2008Floating on Lake Michigan

We have a few 4WD cars. MDX is a great car, I've purchased 2, looking at buying another one. The fit/finish is fantastic, however it's not inexpensive to operate. It's the most reliable car we've ever owned. Our kids drive a Subaru. It's all wheel drive, inexpensive to operate and a very sound car.

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CardinalGi­rl1383746816.9737081 PostsRegistered 7/11/2007

Check out the SUVs that Kia makes. Very nice for the price.

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azgal1383749130.461357 PostsRegistered 7/31/2007arizona

When we were looking for a smaller SUV we looked at the Juke. I think its a really cute car but they recommend premium gas so the good mpg is offset by the price of premium gas. My son(who is a master tech for Toyota) said if premium gas is recommended and not required, you can use regular gas but it affects the mpg and the performance . We also decided it was a little small for us . We wanted to use it for trips and just didn't think the trunk space was enough for us. We bought a Nissan Rogue and really like it.

I agree with beancounter. Edmunds is great source for information.

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croemer1383749367.37780230 PostsRegistered 1/29/2009

I thought I read this would be the last year for Juke. I would check out all the reviews on line I could find and hopefully you will be able to decide if it is the SUV for you and if it will continue to be produced because if not that would likely hurt the re-sale value.

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Blueskies21383749720.4349 PostsRegistered 4/21/2013Still enjoying blueskies:))

My cousin just bought a GMC TERRAIN.

It has most of the options as our Escalade and was only low $20's.

Highly recommend that you at least give it a look angelpuppy1.

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Gooday1383751214.26711984 PostsRegistered 1/20/2008

I am a car enthusiast and I look all the time. I also read the car section in the Sunday papers. It is my thought that they are all good and it just depends on your personal preference, if rebates are being offered, warrantees, mileage, and the package you desire.

I happen to really like the Ford and the Nissan Murano. The only one I do not care for and if you disagree ladies, sorry.....and that is the Toyota RAV. The reason being the front seats are small. The back seats are small, therefore making small back area. My friend has had two of these over the past 12 years and I just don't feel the comfort.

My other friend has the Nissan Murano and I really like that. It is quite comfortable.

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occasional­rain1383763525.37318061 PostsRegistered 8/21/2007

The Suzuki sx4 five door is a crossover. That means you can choose to use two wheel drive during the summer months and use less gas, switch to AWD in snow and heavy rain, and four wheel drive if you need to get out of a snow bank. Switching is as easy as pushing a button.

Suzuki is moving it's new car business out of the US so, while the warranties and service will remain the prices will drop. That means a good deal can be had. The mileage is around 30mph highway and it uses regular gas. It's smaller than the Rave 4, about the same size as the Juke.

Marienkaef­er21383765711.0139884 PostsRegistered 1/10/2007Beautiful San Juan Islands

For a smaller SUV, my recommendation is a Subaru Forester.

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RedConvert­ibleGirl1383768719.22714999 PostsRegistered 9/3/2005Pacific NW

Huyandai Santa Fe is a very good choice. My husband enjoyed driving one for two weeks, I drove it one day. Very nice!

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Shop Till ­you Drop1383774352.79849 PostsRegistered 2/4/2010TX

I can give you a little insight on this subject because I bought a Juke two months ago. I bought a 2013 and so far have been happy with the performance, but not so much with the gas mileage. It handles great which is a real plus. We have had rainy weather the last couple of weeks and it handled well on slick roads. The turbo engine is what causes the premium gas issue. I have found that if I am just driving around town on the side streets, no issues with regular gas. But on the highway, I hear a clatter noise when I speed up. This is exactly what the dealership explained. I have been buying mid range gas the last two weeks and no noise. I sold a Chevy Equinox and went into the Juke it is alot smaller. I think the car is great for two people, but past that, not much leg room in the back. But so far I have had fun with it and really enjoying the sporty ride of this little cross over!

Qwackertoo1383775057.8612498 PostsRegistered 9/16/2006
On 11/6/2013 Marienkaefer2 said:

For a smaller SUV, my recommendation is a Subaru Forester.

I think it would be a great car or the Outback . . . IF we move to where I have an issue with winter driving, I'm buying one or the other. Here, I just stay home half a day or so, and it melts. :)

AngelPuppy11383823862.839289 PostsRegistered 5/26/2008

Thanks so much for all of this great info! I really appreciate it. I will certainly look into all of these models you have listed and keep in mind your experience in dealing with these cars. I never really thought that I would want an SUV, but as I've gotten older, I think it would make me feel more secure driving in the winter.

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AuntG1383825912.9937386 PostsRegistered 1/31/2009Wisconsin

Ford Escape, Ford Edge, Toyota RAV-4 are three I would look into, but the one I really want is a Chevy Equinox. These aren't cars, but smaller SUV's. I think if you want an all wheel drive car, Subaru would have a good selection of them.

violann1383828181.73713938 PostsRegistered 12/12/2004
Our Ford Titanium Escape is just perfect. I had absolutely wanted a Subaru but as it happened, the Ford dealer was closer to our house, and I'm just DELIGHTED that I changed my mind. I LOVE this car. It is the perfect little sister to our treasured Ford Flex.

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AngelPuppy11383909388.9439289 PostsRegistered 5/26/2008

Thank you for the recommendations! I love to look at cars and see what they have to offer. I hate the prices though! {#emotions_dlg.ohmy}

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Luv2Decora­te1383911427.136767 PostsRegistered 5/2/2008Floating on Lake Michigan
On 11/8/2013 AngelPuppy1 said:

Thank you for the recommendations! I love to look at cars and see what they have to offer. I hate the prices though! {#emotions_dlg.ohmy}

If the price is too high, buy used. If you can find a good used car dealer, they can assist you and sell you a good used car. We bought our kids a used 2010 Subaru Legacy, it had 95,000 miles on it, but it was in mint condition. It was only $11,000. When I researched the Subaru, it's not uncommon for the cars to rack up 250,000 miles.

Just a thought...

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Rununculus1383912538.0634649 PostsRegistered 8/12/2013

I love my 4Runner (smallish), but with all the Toyota recalls I'd rec a Honda CRV. The smallest Toyota SUV is the Rav4.

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Rununculus1383912642.244649 PostsRegistered 8/12/2013

ITA about buying used esp. a Japanese model. My 4Runner was $15K, certified (it's 2WD not 4WD), had 45k miles on it. It took me a couple months of looking at different dealerships before I got that great price tho, it had just been marked down from $20 because it was "growing hair" on the dealer's lot, as they say. The more leisurely your search the better a deal you can find.

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blrc1383913012.11234 PostsRegistered 4/14/2007here

We have a 2013 Subaru Outback and a 2014 Subaru Forrester. Love them both. Good gas mileage.{#emotions_dlg.thumbup}

AngelPuppy11383995494.7079289 PostsRegistered 5/26/2008

Thanks for those ideas. You always think it's better to buy new, but I know that's not necessarily true. I've had a couple really great used cars. You can sure get new cars that are lemons also!

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ID21383996537.6632861 PostsRegistered 6/25/2012

The only recommendation I have is to buy AMERICAN!

Love my "Pure Michigan"

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