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Old 08-01-2011, 01:25 PM   #1
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Which Toad

I've been looking and researching for a light weight SUV to replace my 03 Grand Am.
I really like the Ford Escort, but am not too keen on the current tranny problems.
Also like the Equinox, but GM is still using plastic gaskets on their intake manifolds that may lead to coolant leaking into the engine.

So I think it's down to the CRV or the Liberty. I know the Liberty is heavier and gets less mpg, but is there anything else I need to consider before I choose.
My typical use will be dirt roads, city roads and hwy driving. And of course towing it. Also, looking for comfortable seating for four adults and ease of getting in and out. One last thing, DW doesn't drive sticks.

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Old 08-01-2011, 04:53 PM   #2
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Hard to beat the CRV.

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Old 08-01-2011, 04:55 PM   #3
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We bought the 2011 CRV instead of the Equinox based on price point and History of All Honda products. No special fuses to unplug, just run through the gears and leave in Neutral with key on accessory. Lightweight, great mileage, AWD, automatic, TPMS built in( not sure if we can find a way to monitor them in the MH though) rear seats partially recline so it's comfortable for all 4 passengers.
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Old 08-01-2011, 05:12 PM   #4
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Another CR-V fan here. Unless you're doing serious off-roading the CR-V really does it all. Super easy to tow and nice comfortable ride too.
12 paws, 40 feet and the open road
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Not sure of your needs, but we searched for, MUCHO Interior space, driving comfort, milage etc., then found that Hyundai Elantra Touring model, for $<16K, out the door/ taxes etc...., also has a 10 yr./100k mile warrantee and..... @ Under 3000 lbs for towing fits my needs. Driving the toad, I've been getting 31 mpg around town in the Hyundai, and Blue Ox finally....came out with a Base Plate, which I have installed. (more info below on blog)
Still working out all the BS involved for wiring, but should be ok soon.


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