I never dreamed I’d be looking at any vehicle that resembled an SUV – all those disparaging remarks I’ve made in the past are coming back to haunt me. But the small SUVs are really more like glorified station wagons; some websites call them “crossovers.”
Right now we’re considering, in order of preference:
- Honda Element
- Subaru Forester
- Ford Escape
- Honda CRV
- Toyota RAV4
- Hummer H3
(OK, kidding on that last one, just wanted to see if you were paying attention.)
I've heard great things about the Element, but haven’t been in one or seen it in action yet. According to reviews, it’s more truck-like than the others and noisier, but it is hands down the best for people with disabilities because of the way the doors open (low in the back, full double door on the side). I've had a crush on the RAVs since they first came out. Subarus and Hondas are so dependable. The Escape is a hybrid, which I've sworn would be my next car, but I’m not sure now it would be such a great choice, since I drive so little.
Do you have opinions or suggestions? Buy new or used? A favorite car dealer in the Portland area? I would love for this to be a done deal in the next couple of weeks!