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My friend is getting an Luxury CUV/SUV... HELP!

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I have a friend nice lady but somewhat well dingy I would say and she is getting new or slightly used luxury CUV/SUV. She has enlisted my help to help her look and decide upon one. She basically has narrowed it down to four CUV's... I suggested the Lincoln MKX (said no) Caddy SRX (said no) and also the Buick Enclave (said no and it was too big). My friend likes image and the Cadillac nor Buickish/Lincoln image prolly appeal to her. Can't make her buy one.

The options... Given this list what would you guys suggest/buy for yourself if you had too in order...

-2007-2008 Lexus RX-400H AWD

-2007-2008 Lexus RX-350 AWD

-2007-2008 Porsche Cayenne V6 AWD

-2007-2008 Audi Q7 3.6 Quattro

Under or Around 50K no less than 40K she says... No BMW either and talked her out of a Benz...

Here is what I would get out of those and suggesting to here in this order...

1.) Lexus RX-400H AWD *Good Looks/ great Fuel Economy, decent price point, good build quality*

2.) Porshe Cayenne V6 AWD *Its a Porsche, Porsche good looks smooth powertrain and nice off-road*

3.) Lexus RX-350 AWD *Solid CUV and nice styling and good build quality*

4.) Audi Q7 3.6 Quattro *I think its ugly and whimpy with the V6, decent interior tho* (my last choice by far!)

Please help me and my friend and also list why you like which ones and for what reasons in the order you would suggest them. Thanks so much for all your help in advance I know GM/Domestic stuff well not so much this forigen stuff. Please help!

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Your friend eliminated 3 of the 4 I'd choose (SRX, X5, Enclave). The only other one I'd want to spend my money on would be an Infiniti FX...what's she think of those? I'm none too fond of the way any of the other choices look, but if I had to buy from that list, I'd go with the Q7.

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Wow! That eliminates all the desireable ones.

I don't know what to say.

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Really... Even the RX? (That I secretly always sort-a like along with the LX, only Lex/Toy models I would buy)

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That elimated all my choices, the only one of those I would consider is the Porsche. My top choices would be the X5 and the SRX.

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Bah.

Tell her to try out an Enclave before she automatically writes it off because its "too big".

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Hey I warned her. She is rather young tho, like early 20's... I know her through work.

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Meh the Porsche I guess.. Only others I like are the X5 and MDX. The Lexus is too conservative and is probably due to be replaced shortly?

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Ehh, not sure how she got it down to those. Did she actually test drive a bunch of stuff and decide those were the best? A used SRX is definitely the best buy, my dealer had an 07 with 4k miles on it, loaded to the gills for $39k. She's not going to get that value anywhere else.

I can't believe she would pick the Lexus over the BMW, Cadillac, or MB. This must be a prime example of why the RX sells so well; people just assume it's the best because it's a Lexus and never even consider the better offerings.

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Only one I'd buy is an Enclave and maybe an SRX....the rest can be crushed for all I care.

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Nope she has driven all of the following...

SRX- Doesn't like the looks off...

M-Class- Didn't like how it drove...

BMW- Didn't care for the looks...

Hasn't checked an FX yet but doesn't want an Enclave to big and its a BUICK!

Thats how she got her list... I guess so I am suggesting Lexus RX-400H for the gas milage or the Cayenne.

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She wrote off the SRX!? WTF!?

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Ehh, not sure how she got it down to those. Did she actually test drive a bunch of stuff and decide those were the best? A used SRX is definitely the best buy, my dealer had an 07 with 4k miles on it, loaded to the gills for $39k. She's not going to get that value anywhere else.

I can't believe she would pick the Lexus over the BMW, Cadillac, or MB. This must be a prime example of why the RX sells so well; people just assume it's the best because it's a Lexus and never even consider the better offerings.

This is the main reason why the perception gap exists. They drive a Lexus no matter what. This will be Toyotas downfall. They are falling into that trap GM and Ford fell into. GM learned it not only has to look good, but perform well and last.

I noticed too Toyota is secretly adding more service areas to their dealership body.

Toyota also is scaling back on the plants here secretly

Toyota is also keeping all its mechanical issues under wraps (i.e. the sludge issue and Tundra issues)

Toyota also is misusing its work force too.

Yet... people blindly buy these cars. In reality, Toyota is no different than Wal Mart. I cannot stand Wal Mart.

If she wants to buy a Toyota, tell her to go ahead...

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What about an MDX? Just about anything is better than the RX...

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Tell her that it is prudent to at least look at the competition <SRX, Enclave, Acadia> even if she doesn't intend to buy it just so that she can make an informed decision.

then... once she sits in the Enclave or SRX, close the doors, lock them, have the lease paper work in the glove box, and tell her she can't come out till she signs.

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and I object to the very idea that she's take any of these... much less the Porsche... off road.

maybe if she ran over a curb at the mall or something

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Honestly, only the SRX would make my own list. I see the quality and appeal of the lambdas, so don't crucify me, I just don't care for the proportions stylistically.

The rest are overpriced crud. I might give the X5 a pass, but not the others.

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The Porsche is hideous and only slightly less so since the MCE.

If I were choosing my list would be:

  • Cadillac SRX
  • Buick Enclave
  • Lexus RX
  • Audi Q7
I like them all, even the Lexus, but the SRX is by far my favorite, with it's sexy new interior, great performance, good looks, it can probably be had for a good price. Edited by Dodgefan
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Acura MDX. The Lexus RX350 is a pleasant, if benign, vehicle.

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Personally, if I were in the market for a luxury SUV (and I never will, since I think SUVs are completely unnecessary and their drivers leave much to be desired), my top three would be either a Volkswagen Touareg, a Range Rover, or a Lexus GX. Or even a Land Cruiser.

Since none of those are on the list... :lol:

The Q7 is my first choice. As you already said it, the 3.6 is not the most powerful engine in the world for this SUV. But the design is slick, inside and out.

The RX400h is my second choice. Mainly because I feel that if you *must* spend your money on an SUV, at least spend a little more and get a hybrid.

RX350 is my third choice. As with the hybrid, it's smooth and impeccably built.

I wouldn't recommend the Porsche Cayenne to anyone. I think it's absolutely hideous.

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I never thought about an MDX or RDX... I will suggest both. I bet she says I want the Lexus or Porsche she likes the names. And for some reason loves that ugly Audi. I know the RX is a good SUV my aunt has a 2000 RX-300 with 100,000 miles on it and it runs like a top. (Also it drives very nice!)

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I forgot about the MDX...I happen to really like it's styling inside and out...and it does have a good powertrain.

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Yeah the MDX has a good motor and tranny. I think the Q7 is ugly and the Porshe Cayenne is rather nice looking.

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