A year ago, my wife wanted the same thing. We went to practically every dealer to sit in every mid-sized SUV and we test-drove the ones we felt were possibilities. We ended up buying the Acura RDX with Technology Package. Acura's are great in that they basically come in only two option trims: One is with, and one is without Technology Package. The TP comes with GPS and upgraded stereo, but even in the "basic" trim level, the RDX came with sun roof, heated leather seats, all-wheel drive, 19" wheels, back-up camera, iPod plug-in and other items that everyone else charged extra for. The competitors either felt cheap, were too expensive, or didn't feel right when I sat in the drivers seat. I don't know why, but several SUVs had odd arm rests between the seats where my elbow would fall between two fold-down arm rests. I preferred having a console between the seats to use as an arm rest. The RDX also gets about 24mpg, which isn't great, but was OK for our needs. The biggest difference was how the RDX felt when we drove it. It felt like a sports car compared to everything else we drove. It has a 4-cyl Turbo engine that I was skeptical of, but it has so much power and is so smooth it's unbelievable. The closest 2nd choice SUV for us was the Murano, but when we drove it, it felt like the other Nissan vehicles which all feel very hard and plastic-like. My son owns a 2003 Altima and the interior of his car is very all very hard plastic. After owning the RDX for almost a year, my opinion hasn't changed. I'm a very critical car owner and after all this time, I still like the RDX very much. Typically after owning a car for short time, I'll find something that bothers me about it. Nothing about the RDX bothers me. Anyways, suggesting a car to anyone is difficult because everyone has their own "needs" and everyone has their own opinion which is different that everyone else. Ask 50 people about whether you should buy an LCD, Plasma, DLP or projection TV and it will be like asking about a car: You will get 50 different opinions.
im looking for a new suv, i have a gmc envoy and im looking for something smaller like a nissan murano or something in that style and size. does anyone have any suggestions?