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    Pros/cons to a 4 cylinder crossover?

    First off let me say my normal daily speeds are under 60 mph and I will not be towing anything

    I use the highway maybe 3 times a month for short distances. Mainly considering it for the extra mpg ( in this case it's 19/26 vs 17/25 on the 6 cylinder ).

    I've read reviews about not having enough power and they can be noisy? True? Downfalls? Pros?

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    Re: Pros/cons to a 4 cylinder crossover?

    Which car? How heavy? Would it be normally aspirated?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tl01 View Post
    Which car? How heavy? Would it be normally aspirated?
    Duh! Should have added its a 2012/2013 Dodge Journey. Not sure on the weight but Ill look it up

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    Curb weight is 3818, gross weight is 5,005. Also naturally aspirated... But I have no idea what that actually means :/

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    Re: Pros/cons to a 4 cylinder crossover?

    Reviews of that 4 cylinder aren't great. Sub par gas mileage with slow acceleration. I've found dodge 4 cylinder engines to be raspy and loud. What about a 4 cylinder Ford with ecoboost?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tl01 View Post
    Reviews of that 4 cylinder aren't great. Sub par has mileage with slow acceleration. I've found dodge 4 cylinder engines to be raspy and loud. What about a 4 cylinder Ford with ecoboost?
    Out of my price range I need a vehicle with third row around $18k.

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    Re: Pros/cons to a 4 cylinder crossover?

    New or used? Certified preowned?
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    Re: Pros/cons to a 4 cylinder crossover?

    Look at the 2012 Mazda5. We just got the sport model brand new for 18 with them clearing them out. Gets decent mileage and seats 6. The 4 cylinder engine seems like it'll be just fine.


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    Re: Pros/cons to a 4 cylinder crossover?

    Was just going to suggest the Mazda 5 too. I have rented a journey and a Mazda 5 and greatly preferred the Mazda 5.
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    Re: Pros/cons to a 4 cylinder crossover?

    Hyundai Sante Fe has a 3rd row option in some models.

    No TA's and its an in-a-pinch 3rd row at best, but I thought I'd mention it.

    What about a Sorento? Veracruz? Bit bigger than Sante Fe.

    Journey just doesn't do it for me. Not for a full time 3across, and trust me I'm very pro 3across, but the Journey isn't my cup of tea at all.

    A friend f mine has one and I've installed seats with her many times.

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    Re: Pros/cons to a 4 cylinder crossover?

    I would really not go for the journey, I don't know anyone who has ever owned one who liked it
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    Dodge tends to be bottom of the barrel in build quality & tends to overstate their gas mileage.

    I wouldn't give up a six cylinder engine for 1-2 mpg in any car, but especially not in a Dodge product. Having acceleration as well as braking as options for avoiding an accident is very important to me.

    A 2009/2010 Ford Flex with 40-50k miles would fit your price range. I'm sure some other lightly used models would as well.
    Mama to Josie (4/08, 47lbs & 49"), retriever-cat Hotrod, munchkin-cat Gizmo, and hell-cat Leggs.

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    Re: Pros/cons to a 4 cylinder crossover?

    My bf works for Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep and has since the Journey was introduced. He says that build quality has improved greatly and that he would advise going with the V6 as the 4 cylinder tends to be underpowered and causes more engine wear/stress.

    I would also look at the Mazda5 as another option, but even I would consider a Journey now as they really have been doing a better job of build quality (this coming from a die hard Toyota owner who isn't very impressed with their "quality" anymore, lol).

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