Shopping for another SUV, hopefully a Mazda

It wasn’t that long ago when every car in our household wore a blue oval badge… we were really into Fords! (and that included a Mercury Sable and a Lincoln Town Car too). I’ve had ten Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors myself. Dad drove a Ford Aerostar forever. My sister crashed a Ford Taurus which we replaced with a Ford Explorer, and then another. But with time our family diversified, first getting a Jeep into the mix and then a Chevrolet. But with my recent purchase of a Mazda Miata I’m leaning towards getting another Mazda.  An SUV to replace one of the aging ones we still have: Ford Explorer or Jeep Grand Cherokee.

This post will be the start of my research for the replacement.

At the last two Pennsylvania Commonwealth Auctions in Harrisburg I had my eye out on a Ford Escape Hybrid or it’s twin Mazda Tribute, but they were going for crazy high prices and we came home empty handed on both trips.

So the options are as follows:

mazda suv's tribute cx5 cx7 cx9

The Mazda Tribute is basically the smallest of the group but it’s also the boxiest one. The CX-5 is the newest smallest option, and is probably too new to be reasonably priced on a used car market. Realistically we’ll be looking at an early 2010’s model… and the CX-5 debuted last year I believe so it’s probably way too expensive for the budget.

So the choice really is between the Mazda CX-7 or the Mazda CX-9. They are roughly the same size with the 9 being a few inches longer and maybe slightly more spacious on the inside. But the CX-7 looks more rounded and sporty.

mazda tribute mazda cx-5 mazda cx-7 mazda cx-9

The search is on… I’ve noticed a lot of Manheim auctions out in Ohio and Virginia with one or two repo’ed CX7’s on the list. But they are very high mileage and who knows how well they were taken care of. The local craigslist has plenty of both CX-7 and CX-9 for sale in various price ranges. I need to do more research on which model is more dependable than the other. Or what signs to look out for not to buy a lemon.  Looking forward to test driving a few in the near future.

If anyone has any suggestions please leave them in the comments below. Thanks!