Best RWD Midsize SUV

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Asked by Nov 28, 2015 at 11:14 PM about the 2014 Nissan Murano SV

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

What is the best rear wheel drive midsize SUV to buy and what brands have RWD vehicles?  I recently bought a 2014 Nissan Murano and hate it.  The new transmission is weak and the FWD is horrible.

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41,115

How about the Pathfinder or the Toyota 4 Runner? Unfortunately the Explorer is now front wheel drive.

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41,115

I don't like the RAV4, Escape and the CRV because they are part time all wheel drive or front wheel drive.

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That's why I took that down. I was mistaken. I would not have a CVT either

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Pathfinder is too expensive as well as the 4 Runner which has a choppy ride. I don't trust car dealers, so I guess I'm relying on the public to help me decide what to trade for.

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146,625

If you can afford it, the Mercedes M-class. http://cars.axlegeeks.com/d/c/SUV-_-_-Crossover/RWD

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41,115

I actually like the Subaru CVT and it is the only one I would consider. Subaru has the oil consumption issue and I lost the lottery on that one.

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http://www.autobytel.com/sport-utility-vehicles/car-buying-guides/10-best-mid-size-suvs-122968/ -- however they start with Jeep and that sorta takes away my confidence from the site

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41,115

If you are looking for an economical and smooth riding RWD SUV then you have almost no choice at all. Not a lot in that price range that is attractive. Maybe the Hyundai is RWD but I don't know.

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I drove the heck out of my 2002 Ford Explorer and felt very safe in it. It gave me everything I asked for and was running fine until some young girl not paying attention rear ended me and bent the frame. I had to buy something in a hurry and thought this car was okay. I'm looking to trade as soon as possible. Gas mileage is excellent, but the CVT transmission and FWD are horrible.

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I like the 2013 Mercedes GLX 350, but right now it's just now in my price range. Don't know anything about their maintenance either.

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41,115

The Explorer is strangely now front wheel drive except for the 4WD models. That would be my choice in mid-sized SUV.

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41,115

You might consider the Ford Edge but it is front wheel drive if you don't get the all wheel drive. It is bigger than the CRV class mini- SUV's.

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146,625

Just curious... why do you prefer Rear wheel drive? I am not dissing your opinion just wonder...

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On a slick road FWD gives no traction when taking off or stopping. When accelerating up a hill there is no control over the front wheels.

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I tried a Ford Edge. It was basically the same, but smaller interior. It was much like the RAV4 and neither had any power, plus they have FWD. If you're taking off on a slope with a FWD vehicle there is no traction or control of the front wheels.

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2015 Subaru Outback Limited with 3.6 H6 engine, 256 horsepower and 245 foot pounds of torque. The cabin is very roomy with generous legroom,

15,735

See this, http://www.motortrend.com/news/2015-subaru-outback- 36r-first-test/

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By the way, most of the vehicles you mentioned are all compact size while the Outback is a midsized vehicle built on the Legacy chassis. It is definitely larger than the Forrester, RAV4, CRV, and others. Take one for a spin with the CVT transmission and be prepared to be impressed. Also is a leading car for passengers safety. Good luck.

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