questionsdoes anyone own a new (2012-14) mid-size suv?

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I'm glad to see you don't have a Hyundai on your list. A friend of mine just traded his for a new Toyota because the Hyundai was so terrible. The signals and window motors had to be replaced several times. Overall, they were just poor quality where it really mattered.

I can't speak however on any of the ones you've got listed. My brother has a Rav4 and he really likes it. My sister has a CRV and she really likes it too. Neither have ever complained about them, so I guess that's a plus.

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I believe Hyundai owns Kia, but regardless, my cousins purchased a new Kia Sorento about 4 months ago and absolutely love it. I've rode in it and it's nice inside, and they said it does well on the snowy roads. My boss and her husband just bought a Rav 4, but it's for him to drive, so I don't know what year it is. Good luck in your search!

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@capguncowboy: Funny you say that about Hyundia because I did take the Santa Fe for a test drive and liked it but the starting price is to high so we scratched it off our list.

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@lmensor: I took the Sorento for a test drive and it drove nice and is our leading contender. Good to know about the driving nice in the snow because we have plenty and for a long time. Is it FWD or AWD?

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@eeekdageek: I'm not sure which one it is, but I will see them this Saturday and check it out.

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I own a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe and love it. I also own a 2011 Kia Soul. Same love for it. Hyundai is the primary owner of Kia, and I have been eyeing the Sorento to take the place of my 1996 Jeep Cherokee. (Sigh) YMMV but I would easily pull the trigger on a Hyundai/Kia.

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Interesting to see the Ford Escape isn't on your list. I'd check that out.

If you're scared away from Hyundai based on horror stories, you'll get the same thing with Kia, since Kia is indeed owned by Hyundai.

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@smallbigtall: I don't believe that the OP is indicating "scared" of Hyundai/Kia. I actually see favoritism toward them.

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@jsimsace: Thanks for the reading comprehension lesson. While we're on the topic, I don't see favoritism from eeekdageek (henceforth referred to in the masculine) toward anything but Kia, unless you consider him "liking" the over-budget Hyundai Santa Fe from a test drive as "favoritism." I'm sure I'd like a BMW if I test drove one, but if it's too expensive that it's crossed off my list, I wouldn't consider my favorable experience as "favoritism."

Anyway, given his response to capguncowboy's warning of their reliability, it didn't seem clear that he knew Hyundai and Kia were the same company. So, in order to contribute to the conversation, I thought I'd confirm that and let him know, should he be (in the future, or after this thread, and not necessarily at that current moment) scared from Hyundai based on reliability concerns, that Kia wouldn't be that much different.

But, I get it, you own both a Hyundai and a Kia, so you gotta defend your territory when someone strikes a nerve.

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@smallbigtall: The written word is more easily misunderstood than the spoken word....I forget that sometimes. :( For instance, I can't tell if you are being sarcastic about the "reading comprehension" or not....I sense that you are. Either way, after reading your first response I can get what you are saying. You have a valid point and I understand it. If you were offended I apologize.

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@eeekdageek: The Sorento my cousins bought is an AWD model. We had snow and ice here Christmas Eve and they were at a party about 20 minutes from home and that was their first real experience with it in bad weather and they were very impressed.

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Well just in case anyone was interested I went with the Kia Serento
Thanks for the info