The Xterra is over 10 years old and has 120,000 miles on it. It can go a bit longer but I'm starting to look an what can replace it with. Car will probably be traded in unless I have a relative that wants it.
The vehicles I have thought about (all new):
Acura MDX: Mixed on the Acura Design
Audi Q7: Really like the 2017 model on paper although have not driven it yet
*Chevy Traverse 2018: Will have to wait and see but looks good so far
Dodge Durango: Love this vehicle but worried about reliability and no free loaner if under warranty
*Ford Expedition 2018: 2017 is nice and almost purchased one but wanted to wait for the updated model. Bigger than really needed
*Land Rover Discovery 2017: Waiting to see it in person but is looks really nice
Land Rover Discovery Sport: When I saw the Discovery I found this car. Similar size to Xterra which might make it to small
Mazda CX9: Good size and very comfortable
*VW Atlas: Waiting to see it in person
List of requirements:
Seating for 5 adults with +2 option for kids for short trips
Moderate off road ability (6-9 inches of snow and forest access road capable)
AWD or 4x4 system that can be on at highway speeds (forget to turn off)
For the Dodge I know I mentioned reliability but then have Land Rover listed. Land Rover dealer has free loaner vehicles which is needed if the car is in the shop for a week or more where as Dodge does not offer that. Minivans were removed because of ground clearance.
Right now I'm really leaning toward trying to get the Land Rover Discovery Sport or Land Rover Discovery with the Audi Q7 coming in second.
What I want to know is the Car Lounge opinions on these vehicles or if I'm missing any I should be checking out when I start my shopping this year!