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      09-12-2016, 01:59 AM   #1
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Question Question If no X7 by end of '17, what 3-row SUV would you buy?

My lease will be up by Oct '17, and I don't think we will see X7 by then.
I am considering upgrading to a 7 or 8 seater, but I can't really see anything else drives like X5. What are my options? MDX? GL is too tall for my garage, sadly, I'd love to get that if I could. What else?

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      09-12-2016, 03:20 AM   #3
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Im in the same boat. I'm looking at the model X 90D. It has a 7 seat configuration. Although it's not for everyone, I'm thinking of trying something new/different. For the same price (maybe lower) as a well equipped model X I could get an X5M (but no 7 seat option there I believe)....
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I was in the same boat and settled on the X5 with third row seating. Its not nearly as bad as claimed, unless u really need the 7 seats most of the time and for really long trips. Otherwise its manageable for 4-5 adult sized and 2 shorter than average adults.

I almost pulled the trigger on the q7, but x5 beats in the looks department.
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      09-12-2016, 03:56 AM   #5
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Escalade, GMC Acadia, Land Cruiser... Plenty of those.
I had 3rd row in E70, it's pretty miserable.
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      09-12-2016, 10:08 AM   #6
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Volvo XC90. for family car, I recommend Mini Van.
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      09-12-2016, 10:29 AM   #7
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Well, i personally think that if one needs a third row which actually can accommodate people with some level of comfort.... it is time to accept it and get a minivan. Unless one wants to drive a behemoth like Esque or Nav. ))))
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LX570 is my option. But my garage doesn't allow me. And I hate parking outside.
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Volvo XC90. for family car, I recommend Mini Van.
I keep only one ride, I agree minivan is the best option for family car, but I am trying to multitask and I set my expectations low, I understand "3rd row" as an option is not a substitute for a proper full size 7 or 8 pass vehicles.



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Thanks for the reminder, maybe the new model made some improvements on 3rd row, otherwise I don't remember it being much better than X5 with 3rd row, I'll go back and look at it.

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LX570 is my option. But my garage doesn't allow me. And I hate parking outside.
Yep, same issue here, low clearance on garage door, and complicated driveway limiting height & length of my next ride. I looked at GX and LX, strangely GX sits taller than LX?

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Escalade, GMC Acadia, Land Cruiser... Plenty of those.
I had 3rd row in E70, it's pretty miserable.
Escalade would be my first choice (despite it being a fleet car, so my color would be something like a red or blue) but again, the height is the limiting factor. My 1st choice was GL (now GLS) and even though the vehicle clears my roof, the roof rails makes it a challenge. I thought AMG (though I don't think I'd spend that much money on that) would cancel the rails, there is no option. I asked the dealer about it, he said even if we somehow cancelled it (no option at the moment) he said antenna sticking out. I even looked at GX which seems to be even taller.


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Nobody mentioned MDX, is it not reliable or something that I don't know about Acuras? Since this will not be utilized on a daily basis (I just want to try and gather two families, 4 adults, 1 young adult and 1 kid, or 4 adults, 3 kids in car seats/boosters in same car whenever we decide to go on a road trip. So while it wouldn't be utilized on a daily basis, whenever we get people in the vehicle, it would be at least 4-5 hrs trip, so they need to be somewhat comfortable.
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Mercedes GLS is very roomy. Decent looking for a large SUV.
http://www.mercedes-benz.ca/content/...avi:highlights

Edit: Missed the part about GL not fitting in your garage...that's a bummer for sure. The GL is a beauty

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Nobody mentioned MDX, is it not reliable or something that I don't know about Acuras? Since this will not be utilized on a daily basis (I just want to try and gather two families, 4 adults, 1 young adult and 1 kid, or 4 adults, 3 kids in car seats/boosters in same car whenever we decide to go on a road trip. So while it wouldn't be utilized on a daily basis, whenever we get people in the vehicle, it would be at least 4-5 hrs trip, so they need to be somewhat comfortable.
I came out of an 07 Acura MDX before My X5. I had the top of the line version with active suspension and SH-AWD. Most reliable vehicle I have every owned. Gas and go, next to no issues and I owned it for 8 years so I gave it a good run. Handled great with summer tires on OEM 19's. The 7 passenger aspect I didn't use much but was ok if you some small kids to haul in addition to the standard 5 adults. Sadly the latest gen MDX has had all the "Sport" removed and is nothing more than a soccer mom mini-van. Even the interior is inferior to the previous gen.
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weird I had a 06 MDX and it was the most un-reliable car I've ever had. at year 3, things were breaking down one by one. I've had more luck with BMWs than that POS..
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The wife went with the Sequoia. I have been pleasantly surprised and she loves it. It is more nimble that you would expect. It gets large vehicle mileage though. She also came from an Acura MDX.
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weird I had a 06 MDX and it was the most un-reliable car I've ever had. at year 3, things were breaking down one by one. I've had more luck with BMWs than that POS..
An 06 would have been 1st GEN MDX...they did have a lot of problems. 2nd Gen were one of the most reliable on the road.
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I had an 08 Acura MDX, only a hand full of minor issues for 7 years. Only oil and gas needed... Space utilization is very good. Test drove the XC90, nice car and space... Didn't like the four cylinder engine, it's powerful but too harsh (supercharged and turbo) too many moving parts. The new Q7 is probably my choice if I can get over the ugly front end.
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Q7 but if shopping 3rd row only and no-frills the LR4 has (had?) the largest 3rd row available without going into the American SUV (IIRC).
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Q7 but if shopping 3rd row only and no-frills the LR4 has (had?) the largest 3rd row available without going into the American SUV (IIRC).
I really like LR4, one of the last true SUV's that is both functional and does not drive like a box on 4 wooden wheels, sadly at 75", I don't think it will fit in my garage.

PS: I was surprised to see Volv XC90 is such a wide vehicle at 80" width compared to 76" X5.

I guess that's all there is, unless I go with a Minivan, anything else we're forgetting? Sounds like Q7 will be up for a test drive, if I can find one with 3rd row, unless it's standard now. I remember Mercedes had a version of Pacifica or whatever Pacifica was based on, why on earth did they discontinue that model..
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I had an 08 Acura MDX, only a hand full of minor issues for 7 years. Only oil and gas needed... Space utilization is very good. Test drove the XC90, nice car and space... Didn't like the four cylinder engine, it's powerful but too harsh (supercharged and turbo) too many moving parts. The new Q7 is probably my choice if I can get over the ugly front end.

This thread reflects what I've read about MDX so far, either no problems, or a lot of problems, and if they now made it less "premium", it won't help either.
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I really like LR4, one of the last true SUV's that is both functional and does not drive like a box on 4 wooden wheels, sadly at 75", I don't think it will fit in my garage.
in access mode "crawl mode" it reduces the height by 1.6". i do not know your garage or it's dimensions but if that is enough then it should clear. i prefer the outgoing LR4 with the eight cylinder motor but if you're shopping new only then you have no choice but to get the SC6 unless dealers in your area have leftover V8.
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My lease will be up by Oct '17, and I don't think we will see X7 by then.
I am considering upgrading to a 7 or 8 seater, but I can't really see anything else drives like X5. What are my options? MDX? GL is too tall for my garage, sadly, I'd love to get that if I could. What else?

Thanks guys.
I've got the 3rd row for my X5 and it does the job (if you have kids sitting at the back seats)...I would never change for a Mercedes...
The new Q7 looks deceiving but eventually not my style...
So, X5 is still the one to go for....I too am waiting for X7 before I swap.
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