What is a good crossover SUV to get through the CARS program?

I need a little help picking a car to trade in my clunker for through Cash for Clunkers.

I've tried looking at cars online, but there's such an over-saturation of models and places to look at and different versions of cars, I thought someone here more knowledgeable about autos may be able to help.

For one thing, I know my car qualifies for trade-in, and I should also note that my credit rating is VERY good (800s) and almost spotless, so financing shouldn't be a problem.

I'm looking for somewhat of a good-sized car, as I have grandparents who use a wheelchair, to transport, but something not huge, along the lines of a Honda CR-V, Ford Edge, or a Hyundai Santa Fe.

The caveat is wanting something that is less than $20,000 / about $200 a month. This is where I have the most trouble, finding a good car for that price. I wouldn't mind a lease either, as long as it doesn't surpass 2-3 years.

Can anyone offer any help?

4 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Here are a few vehicles I would look at.

    1. Mazda CX-7 - http://www.mazdausa.com/MusaWeb/displayPage.action...

    You can get at a good price with your trade-in. They are offering $1000 off and 0% interest for 36 months. It has a ton of great reviews.

    2. Nissan Rogue - http://www.nissanusa.com/rogue/

    A great affordable crossover and rated by Consumer Digest whom I feel does a great job at analyzing vehicles.

    3. Chevy Equinox - http://www.chevrolet.com/vehicles/2010/equinox/ove...

    If you want to buy American then this will probably be the only cross over in your price range. It has a good warranty, on star, and great gas mileage. As for the vehicle itself it is a Chevy so don't expect it to be as nice as the other two.

    4. Honda CR-V - http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-v/

    My wife owns this car and she loves it. I like it too. It is an all around great vehicle but it's body style is a little feminine. Great for her but I drive an Explorer. It is a quality vehicle that will last you a long time.

    I would test drive all of the above and figure out what is most important to you. Is it safety, saving money, looking cool, quality, or comfort. I would buy the Rouge if you want a little bit of everything.

  • 1 decade ago

    To get under $20,000 you will have to get a Kia Sportage, or one of the Suzuki SUV's.

    A base Mazda Tribute is around $23,000, then take off the $3500

    Better hurry, Cash for Clunkers is going to end Next Monday at 8PM.

  • 1 decade ago

    I would go with the ford escape or chevy equinox. they are both very inexpensive and have a lot of room and good quality and power. the edge would be next on my list. Very refined good MPG and decent prices

  • 4 years ago

    toyota, honda hyundai ( sure hyundai ) and kia are all very well. hyundai has come alongside method and are very realiable and safetly ranking could be very prime so don;t hesitate purchasing one. hyundai and kia are one manufacturer so each are very well. toyota highlander kia sorrento hyundai sante fe or veracruz and honda pilot. determine all of them out .

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