V60 Cross Country? CUV ground clearance without the CUV.
GLB 35 AMG (Wldcard)
Smoke weed everyday
Hit crubs n fents n burshes
Manual brown diesel wagon
The Lexus NX may also be worth looking into, though they are a bit smaller.
I'm a cyclist and over the years I've done it all...
1. Roof mounted bike rack on Passat
2. A4 Avant w/bike inside
3. GTI with bike inside
4. Hitch mounted rack on A6
While I did the bike-inside-car thing for a long time, having a hitch mounted rack has been a revolution. No worries about getting the interior dirty or banging/scratching it up, no wheel removal, no awkward lifting the bike up hoping your pedal doesn't hit the bumper, much easier to carry multiple bikes.
To each their own but IMO you'd be better off finding a car you really like and skip the bike-in-car requirement. Of the cars you listed I'd look at the XC40 and Q3. If it was me I'd seriously consider the Stelvio and X3.
1986 3.2 Carrera Mini-build thread:
1973 Pro-Touring Camaro build thread:
With that said, I'm pretty sure puma1552 is pretty strongly set on having the bike inside the car and I'm certain we've already had this conversation before so...OP just go buy an X3.
I put my bike in my S5 as well. Removing the front wheel is even easier than attaching the bike on an external rack. Of course, it would be a problem if my SO would do that activity too, but this would be true with a small SUV as well (I think).
Last edited by BlakeV; 07-29-2020 at 02:47 PM.
Mazda CX-5 Signature. Turbo is peppy, handling is good, quiet and refined above its class, has all the bells and whistles. And you'll get decent change back from your $50.
Current fleet: '15 Mazda6, 04' Ranger, '94 Miata, '19 Kona
Former: VWs, Audis, e46s, and Miatas galore.
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Whether OP loads bikes inside or uses a hitch mounted bike rack, I'd say the X3 would be the best choice here. We've had ours 5 years and love it.
Grand Cherokee Limited or Limited X with the Hemi V8.
Yes, it's on its way out, but it's a great vehicle all around. It's got a nice, smooth ride, quiet, well featured with all the stuff you want, and also capable off road. And it's sized right, imo.
And you can get them discounted, but even at MSRP the Limited X V8 comes in at just under $50K.
So my MDX is again at the dealer, chasing a clunk they created when the control arms were replaced.
They did give me a pretty sweet loaner though and I thought about the OP:
It’s an RDX A-Spec. Not particularly roomy, but I think my road bike with its approximately one meter wheel wheelbase would fit. It’s also pretty fun to drive. The infotainment is pretty terribly laid out, but this is my second time in an RDX and I’m figuring it out.
The motor is awesome, the transmission is awesome, and it handles really really nicely for a CUV. The steering is numb, but everything is numb these days. It also has vented seats, which I’ve never had in a car before. I do wish the seats went down a little lower, but that’s a personal preference thing since I’m not really an SUV kinda guy.
No idea what the price is, but it’s an Acura so it’s probably sub 50k.
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No complaints with dealer though, they've been great and following the process of escalations, etc. and have been working really hard to properly diagnose and fix the car.
Last edited by puma1552; 07-30-2020 at 10:15 AM.
CX-5 GTR Turbo AWD or Signature Turbo AWD ($38k MSRP)
how was this NOT on the list??? maybe I'm biased, we just bought one last week. We got the non-turbo GT AWD for $32K.
1) Ventilated seats - CHECK
2) Memory seats - CHECK
3) Upgraded audio - CHECK
4) Sunroof - CHECK
5) App remote start (not fob) - CHECK
6) Minimal/no safety junk - ummm, every single new suv has most of these standard now-a-days, but you can turn a lot of them off
not big enough? CX-9
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praise the lowered
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