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Old 03-27-2013, 04:10 PM
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Subarus can be rather expensive or have really high mileage used. I like the older Outbacks (before that travesty of the "new" Outback. If I wanted an SUV I'd buy one!)

I went with a Honda Fit. I have not measured it for a crate but the seats do fold completely flat, something a lot of the other smaller cars wont do. Under 20k out the door with a Sport. Flappy paddle shifting is amusing enough when the people you share a car with wont get a manual
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Old 03-27-2013, 04:26 PM
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Nolu, you're making me want a CX-5. Stoppit.
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:13 PM
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Probably totally not what you're looking for, because good luck finding one with 40k or less on it, but I can fit four crates in my 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Two wire crates in the back, side by side, one is a 34 I think, one is a 32, and then I can get a 200 or 300 (not sure the size) airline crate in where the seats fold down, because they fold flat, and then I have a soft crate that goes on the other size that's probably 24 inches tall?

But I've got 274k on it, lol
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:02 PM
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Ahhhh! Nolu, you're amazing! The CX-5 is the top of my list, but I just don't think I can squeak it out under $20k I can get the escape for $18500 out the door after tax/tags/title... Is the Mazda worth an extra $3-4k? I don't know if I can justify it.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:07 PM
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On a somewhat tangential note, what are the favorites for cargo mats? Plastic to wipe off? Carpeted mats so crates don't slide as much and you can pull them out to was 'em? Plastic tarps because you've given up on controlling the dirt?
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:13 PM
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For cargo liners I cut an indoor outdoor carpet to fit my RAV and it's perfect for what I need. And about $20!
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:18 PM
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I used to have the black roll matting in my pt cruiser, it was great, I just cut it to fit and tucked it under the plastic. I have nothing in my jeep, just the carpet, and schtickies lol.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:30 PM
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Ahhhh! Nolu, you're amazing! The CX-5 is the top of my list, but I just don't think I can squeak it out under $20k I can get the escape for $18500 out the door after tax/tags/title... Is the Mazda worth an extra $3-4k? I don't know if I can justify it.
I gotta crack on the Fords a bit here. I work for Enterprise and we have scads of them in our fleets. We get brand-new stuff before the dealerships do and all of our cars are pretty much new.

They suck. I drive them all the time and I dislike them quite strongly. You couldn't pay me to drive a Ford product.

I personally think the Escape drives like a go-kart compared to some of the other small SUVS and hatchbacks on the market.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:43 PM
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I personally think the Escape drives like a go-kart compared to some of the other small SUVS and hatchbacks on the market.
I liked it well enough (but I still appreciate your opinion!!!)

Don't get me wrong, if the Mazda were the price of the Ford I'd drive it in a heartbeat...but it's not. The base model products are almost $4k apart, and the Ford has more included options.

I was hoping that the 2013 Mazdas would be discounted at some point since they already have 2014's on the lot, but looks like that's a pipe dream!
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:05 PM
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Just got quotes back from several dealers stating their bottom line price on the CX-5 is $22k + tax, tags, title, processing (so $23.5k) It's just too high

I could wait 6 months and see what happens, but I don't think I'm going to get it for less any time soon.

Although this gem of an email is awful darn convincing...

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Thank you for your email request and for taking the time to speak with me today. My name is xxxxx from xxxxxx Mazda. Here is a link to the 2014 Mazda CX-5 that we spoke about. This 2014 Mazda CX-5 is fun to drive and get the best mpg of any SUV in the USA. I know you said your budget is $21k but let us look at it this way. Investing another $2K in a fun vehicle like this will never be regretted. Consider it an investment in you.
AN INVESTMENT IN ME?! How ever could I refuse such an offer?

I did reach out to the dealer you suggested, Stef--we'll see what they respond with tomorrow!
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