Mantruck101 wrote: I've been casually vehicle shopping just because I'd like something new. Unfortunately, every SUV I try suffers from this new visibility problem. I tried an RDX earlier this week and it just didn't work for me. With the driver's seat down low, I felt like I couldn't see over the hood. With the seat jacked up, I was eating sun visor. I didn't even bother driving it as a result.
I think I'm going to have a really difficult time finding something with similar sight lines to my Escape when it's time to replace it.
The new Subaru Forester wasn't bad in terms of visibility. It's bigger than the previous model and the interior is pretty good. My only issue with it was the exterior. I liked the look of the previous generation better. The Escape I tried in my price range (13-SE) had great forward visibility but was comparable to the Nox looking back. The Nox had the backup camera though. I didn't like that I couldn't see the hood at all. It felt like I was driving a minivan.
Mantruck101 wrote:Lots of luck with you new 'Nox, Rob!
Thanks! So far I like it a lot. I can't say I love it yet though. There's nothing wrong with it and it does everything well. There is just zero excitement factor and I absolutely hate the sound of the 4-cyl engine. I figure the v6 would have fixed that but I really wanted to go for something with better MPGs.
I took it on it's first long trip last week. I went from Central Bergen Co, NJ to Ocean City, MD. It's a 240+ mile and 4 1/2 - 5 hour trip each way. The Nox did great. It has a really quiet, comfortable and smooth ride. I went with my father (who is 74) and he said he was amazed that his legs didn't cramp on the trip. I also had my first back seat passenger (also 74). She said the back seat was very roomy and comfortable. She also mentioned her back usually bothers her in cars but she had no problems in the Nox. I averaged around 26 MPG with the first 2 fill ups. The old Escape would have probably been in the 17-19 range. Having satellite radio was nice too...