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View Poll Results: What car/suv/cuv were you also considering when you have purchased the Nox/Terrain ?
Kia Sorento 27 12.11%
Hyundai Santa Fe 15 6.73%
Toyota Rav4 20 8.97%
Ford Edge 60 26.91%
Other (post below) 101 45.29%
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post #1 of 70 (permalink) Old 09-01-2010, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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Hi, i would like to know what car/suv/cuv were you also considering when purchasing the Nox/Terrain ?

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post #2 of 70 (permalink) Old 09-01-2010, 11:31 AM
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This might sound crazy, but we didn't test drive any other vehicle when we decided to purchase new. I read TONS and TONS of information on the web and read all the consumer and professional reviews about the 'Nox. So, my wife and I test drove one, and ordered an LTZ on the spot. We would have considered the 2011 Ford Edge. But, by the time you add up all the options that we would have wanted, we would have been WELL above what we paid for the 'Nox.

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2011 Buick Regal *
2011 Camaro LT RS

I know...very different cars...but,in my view...two very exceptional GM offerings. Test drove many...along with many later Equinox test drives. Finally decided using a more practical approach..but wasn't so easy.
Also considered Buick LaCrosse when they first came out....but still too big a boat. The Regal was a much better fit with streamlined cockpit..but yet sleek and comfortable. Both have similar new features as cabin quiet...and other neat new features...of which many are also incorporated in the new Equinox too,tho.
Of course the Camaro is an entirely different animal. Test drove many 312 hp LTs and 400-426hp SS models. Was sold on the LT which at the time was around $30,000 loaded with RS package...while SS approached $10,000 more in comparison. Around 30mpg for 312 hp suited me. However..after owning several SUVs..going back to a regular "car"..wasn't so easy in the final assessment. Plus..this was to be the wifes car.
We also drove Acadia/Enclave..a few Fords...and many import type CUVs.
After taking a recent road trip in the new Equinox...I have no doubt that we made the right decision. For us..it is quite a unique ride..surpassing any other SUV/Cuv that we test drove. Rakish..Sporty..comfortable..and can get arond well in our Indiana snows.
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This might sound crazy, but we didn't test drive any other vehicle when we decided to purchase new. I read TONS and TONS of information on the web and read all the consumer and professional reviews about the 'Nox. So, my wife and I test drove one, and ordered an LTZ on the spot. We would have considered the 2011 Ford Edge. But, by the time you add up all the options that we would have wanted, we would have been WELL above what we paid for the 'Nox.
Within this segment (small crossover CUV) I too was seriously considering the 2011 Ford Edge due to the enhanced cabin - especially the myFord touch system. However, like you once I priced out the options I would have wanted (almost fully loaded) the price was just too high for me. The only alternative vehicle we considered was the redesigned Kia Sorento which I still believe is an excellent vehicle for the price and has some options not available on the Terrain like dual climate control, panaoramic sunroof and third row seating. Additionally, the KIA's cabin tech is just as good if not better than the Terrain with respect to Bluetooth functionality (Terrain does not automatically download the phone's address book).

Ultimately, the wife decided that for the 30K plus purchase price she preferred the Terrain over the Sorento. Despite the items mentioned above in the Sorento's favor, the wife fell in love with the Terrain's unique exterior styling and the modern feel and refinement of the interior cabin in comparison to the Sorento. The price differential with the comparable options we were looking at was about an extra $2,500 to $3,000 for the Terrain, however, she felt that it was well worth it.

We've been told to expect delievery of the vehicle (2011 SLT-2) next week. I don't see many Terrains on the road but I also don't see them on the GMC lot that I drive past every morning. I'm glad to see several Sorentos on the road as consumers are not letting the Korean automaker's past quality issues deter them from this fine vehicle.

If I had my drutters however, I would have purchased a SLT-2 Acadia which I think along with the Buick Enclave is one of the sweetest looking crossovers on the market. I just don't have the dough to swing that 40K+ purchase price with the options my wife and I want in a new vehicle.

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I compared the specs of the 2011 Hyundai Tucson and 2010 Santa Fe with the Equinox, but after I read all the Equinox reviews I left out anything else - including Escape, CRV, RAV4.

The Hyundai's would get around 5k less in price, but with a lower performance grades. And this time I allowed myself the 5k more...

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Aside from the Escape Limited, the only other vehicles I looked at were the Santa Fe and Venza, but they did away with the dual exhaust for some reason. The Edge is too expensive for the trim level I wanted and I am afraid of those panoramic roofs, although they seem to be much more common these days.

The second a colleague showed me early photos of the Terrain I said "that's my next vehicle". That was last June-ish. I ordered in early
September after test driving the first one I could find. Come to think of it... I'm almost at the anniversary of when I placed my order (of course I no longer own that one but still). This year has flown by!

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I was looking at so many different vehicles I can't even remember what they all were! One that I was getting serious about enough to look up prices was the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. It's an expensive little car! It seemed like a good replacement for my Honda Prelude, but my dad didn't like that it was a rear wheel drive...so I kept looking since I was in no rush. After riding around in my bf's mom's Mitsubishi SUV, I liked the idea of having a slightly bigger ride and being higher up off the ground...so the search for SUV's began.

I would check out all kinds of SUV's on the road as I made my daily commute, but nothing really popped out at me. I kind of liked the Venza, but I knew someone who had recently bought one and didn't want to be a copier! haha. I also thought it looked a little too minivan-ish. Then the car show rolled around and my dad suggested I go. I had planned on checking out the Hyundai Sante Fe and the Jeep Grand Cherokee (although very expensive when bought new), but I ended up seeing the 2010 Equinox for the first time. What can I say? It was love at first sight . I brought home the brocure and showed my dad. He was like "what's this, the new Equinox? No way!" So, something had finally caught my eye after months of half-assed searching.

The Equinox was the only vehicle I ever took on a test drive as well. I took it for a drive and loved it. Then I priced them out, then I took another for a drive and ordered one! Then I believe I took another one for a drive while I was waiting for mine to arrive! Haha. I LOVE IT!

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This might sound crazy, but we didn't test drive any other vehicle when we decided to purchase new. I read TONS and TONS of information on the web and read all the consumer and professional reviews about the 'Nox. So, my wife and I test drove one, and ordered an LTZ on the spot. We would have considered the 2011 Ford Edge. But, by the time you add up all the options that we would have wanted, we would have been WELL above what we paid for the 'Nox.
that is my story EXACTLY..kinda crazy

only i test drove a terrain and ordered an equinox. Looked at the edge, but like you said it was about 7k more than the equinox. not worth it in my mind.

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I just can't see spending $30,000 plus on small SUV. I spent a lot less on my Nox (LS) than 30K. To each their own and I don't want to start a war. People get cars with the options they want and spend what they want. I got the Nox over the Sorrento as the Tranny failed on my 2003 Saturn VUE and GM bought it back for $5000 towards a new GM vehicle. If not the Sorrento was less than the Nox for bascically the same vehilce. The Sorrento warranty is great. I give the edge to the Nox. I'm looking at a Sonata for our new car in the future
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