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Old 02-07-2010, 04:51 PM
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So we're in the market for a new car. The Daewoo keeps freaking out on us, and we've more than passed the amount that I bought it for in repairs. We've got a couple in mind, and I'm looking for some more opinions from other dog people. So far my choices are:

Honda's CRV

Toyota's 4Runner and Rav4

Kia's Sorento


and finally
Nissan's Rav
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Old 02-07-2010, 04:54 PM
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Old 02-07-2010, 04:56 PM
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No Kia or Saturn - poor quality. I would go with the CRV - it gets good gas mileage and it's quality. It also has the dog room :-) However, it doesn't have much pick-me-up as it's only a 4 cylinder engine. Would you be okay with that? (you kind of have to sacrifice the pick-me-up if you want good gas mileage)

I have a Ford Explorer and I absolutely love it, but the gas mileage is about 22mpg (and I drive under 65 at all times). It's big, but not too big. Has the back space that's huge and perfect to throw my doxies in. They can't jump over the back seat so it's a great space for them.
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Old 02-07-2010, 05:01 PM
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The Honda Element, though ugly as s***, is very well known to be EXTREMELY dog friendly and able to cram all sorts of crates inside. There's a ton of seating/cargo configurations. But it's ugly as s***.

I also have on my list the Subaru Forester. You just cannot kill a Forester. The Dodge Nitro has a very nice cargo area, too. Can cram a LOT of fishing gear into a Nitro so dogs should not be a problem. But it's a Dodge........
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Old 02-07-2010, 05:01 PM
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I don't know a whole lot about cars, but look for something with easy to clean interior - and play around with the seats if you can. Do they fold up, down, etc? I have a PT cruiser and its really easy to fold the seats down, move this level thing in the back(trunk) and throw a couple crates in the back for transports

Is toyota the one with the recall? shows how much I pay attentions to what everyone's been talking about. lol

I like the Kia's Sorento

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Old 02-07-2010, 05:04 PM
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I have a Pontiac Aztek - VERY dog friendly. They don't make them anymore, but if you find one used ....

Otherwise, I'd go with the Element if it were me.
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Old 02-07-2010, 05:08 PM
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yeah toyota has the recal stuff going on right now, i still like their cars though.
i like the rav 4 over the 4runner but prefer the look of the older models, it seems they got alot bulkier over the past few years and i dont like the newer ones as much.

i do have to say, mum got a new prius in the fall and im REALY suprised at how nice the car is, LOTS of interior space!!!

i would also say look into subarus (most likley my next car will be a used outback or forrester, and the suzuki sx4 (im REALY digging the sx4 and if i could get a new car thats what ill likely go for, there a peppy subcompact with 4 wheel dirve and the back folds down nicely for crates/dogs, not a great choice if youll have people and dogs though.

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Old 02-07-2010, 05:11 PM
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With all the Toyota problems lately I'd be looking at a Ford Escape. It has a better safety rating than the Toyota RAV4. Saturn is going under so if there was a problem how would it get fixed? Kia is Korean so I would not even consider one of those. They might be ok with Electronics such as Samsung TV's and such but how safe are they when it comes to making cars?

The thing to do is look for safety first then look at how it would fit the dog.

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Old 02-07-2010, 05:21 PM
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I did the same search, and decided on a 4Runner or a Rav4. When I can finally afford a new car, that's my choice.

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Old 02-07-2010, 06:07 PM
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Nissan's ROGUE. LOL Sorry everyone!!!
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