So, due to some rather unfortunate (and extremely frustrating) circumstances, I'm finding myself suddenly in the market for a new car.
I really dislike the entire process of car shopping, and I'd place the experience as one slightly below total-mouth root canal in terms of stress and pleasure. However, I'm not about to start catching a bus to work, so a car is kind of a requirement.
I'm pretty settled on wanting / needing a crossover-SUV type model -- I don't work in a job that lends itself to calling in for snow days, and having a non-4WD / AWD car the past 4 years hasn't been the best experience. I'm also pretty tall, so the sedan lifestyle isn't exactly for me.
I was wondering if anyone on RZ had any experience with the following cars that they'd be willing to share (either positive or negative):
1. Ford Escape
2. Jeep Patriot
3. Honda CR-V
4. Subaru Forester
I've looked at all four models, and there are things about each that I like and dislike. I'm lukewarm on the notion of buying a Japanese / non-American car (old jingoistic feelings die hard), but I'm open to the possibility this go around.
So, if anyone has owned any of these cars and would be willing to share thoughts one way or the other, I'd really appreciate it. If not, carry on!