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My wife has a Hyundai Santa Fe and loves it.
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Kia's are made here, but it is a Korean company. my neighbor just bought the SUV. Not as pretty as his Toyota Rav4 but gets the job done. I'm also a Jeep Wrangler owner but I refuse to sell mine. I have a station wagon for the "practical" side of things.
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Love my 01 cherokee. 153,000 miles and all I've done are brakes. Its been offroading and long trips. Sure wish they still made them. You can get them used pretty cheap. Not too bad on gas either.
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Try a Subaru. Had one great one, saved my life and my kids in a crash when a van spun out on black ice and waffled us. Bought a new one sight unseen, great car but had a lemon motor. Went Honda Odyssey a while, lack of AWD and ground clearance is the only drawback. Sold that to buy a tow vehicle for a camper. I would buy another Subie in a second. My sister has a new Legacy GT sedan that replaced her '98 with insane miles, and her dogmobile is my grandfather's '94 Legacy wagon, still chugging along. Aunt on Cape Cod had them, ran on the beach with it. Check the Forester too.
Subaru all of the way. Great crash test ratings, great AWD, and a solid line up of choices, from the Legacy, Impreza, WRX to the Outback. My wife loved her Forester. They have an excellent line of AWD's.
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Toyota 4Runner is their smallest SUV on a true truck frame (Tacoma). Mine is a 2008 and I love it. Six airbags standard across all models.
The Toyota RAV 4 is a great Crossover SUV on a car frame. Available in AWD and great for all weather, paved and gravel surfaced roads. Would be good on trips. Being a crossover, it's got smaller cargo space than the 4Runner. Spare tire mounted on rear hatch making it easy to change flats and increases ground clearance without risking damage to the spare.
If you want real off road capabilities go for the 4Runner. Toyota really holds their resale value so used ones are great. With routine maintenance 1/2 million miles easy.
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Another vote for Subaru Outback, have a 09' and love it. It even has a couple secret places.
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Subaru perfected the AWD vehicle, it's all they make now. They are a bit pricey compared to the competition.
Wife has her second Hyundai Santa Fe... She liked the first one she likes the new one even more...
It could be worse!