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Last night I* got offered a job that would require lot of driving and being on the road constantly working for a company fixing machinery. I was told there would be some kind of allowance for a car of my choosing. I started kind of looking and am not sure what to go with.
Some options I've looked at are:

Ford Escape
Ford Edge
Ford Taurus
Ford Fusion

I'm thinking an SUV/Crossover would be better for hauling tools I would need and comfort wise but I'm not sure. Does anyone have any feedback on the cars mentioned in terms of reliability/comfort?
 

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I have a taurus and the trunk is gigantic, but its really deep in the back of the car and would prob wreck your back having to pull tools out of it all day, and my front wheel bearing is already failing with 36,000 miles. My boss has the fusion inside its pretty big for a car of that size but your gonna give up trunk space. We had an escape at my old security job that was nice but it broke down quite a bit.
 

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Do you have any suggestions? I'm open to all and willing to explore other options.
I love my 2016 4Runner more than any daily driver I've had before but that probably falls way out of your allowance. But to compare to your choices listed, I'd look at Camry's, Rav4's, base model Highlanders. Corrolla would probably be too small.

I really dislike the look and feel and quality of most GM crossovers and cars.

Honda has a new spiffy-looking crossover thing but I forget what it's called. EDIT: It's called an HR-V. Pretty good looking in my opinion and my previous experience of owning a Honda is that they have the best end-user support of all time. They extend warranties for known issues and essentially follow through with those warranties without question and regardless of owner. Had an 2006 Civic that had an engine block crack but they extended the warranty to like 8 years to cover it. Had the car towed and brand new short block with literally zero hassle (minus the block cracking of course). But all designs have flaws and Honda tends to get after it and fix the flaws when they show up.
 

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What type of tools will you be hauling?
The job is calibrating precision machinery and stuff of that nature, so nothing real big like carpentry stuff obviously.

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I love my 2016 4Runner more than any daily driver I've had before but that probably falls way out of your allowance. But to compare to your choices listed, I'd look at Camry's, Rav4's, base model Highlanders. Corrolla would probably be too small.

I really dislike the look and feel and quality of most GM crossovers and cars.

Honda has a new spiffy-looking crossover thing but I forget what it's called. EDIT: It's called an HR-V. Pretty good looking in my opinion and my previous experience of owning a Honda is that they have the best end-user support of all time. They extend warranties for known issues and essentially follow through with those warranties without question and regardless of owner. Had an 2006 Civic that had an engine block crack but they extended the warranty to like 8 years to cover it. Had the car towed and brand new short block with literally zero hassle (minus the block cracking of course). But all designs have flaws and Honda tends to get after it and fix the flaws when they show up.
IMO GM cars/crossovers are junk. Terrible interiors and i hate the way they drive. But I'll have a look at the Hondas. I've never taken a look at one but I'll consider one possibly.
 

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The job is calibrating precision machinery and stuff of that nature, so nothing real big like carpentry stuff obviously.

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IMO GM cars/crossovers are junk. Terrible interiors and i hate the way they drive. But I'll have a look at the Hondas. I've never taken a look at one but I'll consider one possibly.
Exactly my feelings of them as well.
 

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I have a Ford Fusion and it's an awesome car. I also bought it for the sole purpose of a long commute, mine being to college and back 200 miles a day. I couldn't ask for a better vehicle.

32 MPG, comfortable, reliable, etc.
 

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We bought my wife a 2016 Escape SE with the 2.0 Ecoboost. We've had it since Jan 1 this year, have about 12,000 miles on it, and it's been a very good vehicle.

We live in a hilly area, and average about 23mpg with it being 99% city, and mostly uphill. I got about 27mpg on a trip to Minneapolis and back, but it sits up a lot higher than a car, so I can't really complain.
That said, it's got plenty of cargo space, is a comfortable ride, and is very quick from 40-70 when you need to pass on a two lane blacktop thanks to the ecoboost turbo and the nicely spaced out six speed automatic. 0-60 is slower than my PI Swapped Thunderbird, but 40-70 feels quicker (haven't actually measured it).

If you don't need to haul a lot of equipment/large tools, the Fusion might be a better choice for payments, mpg, etc. You can get a wider choice of engines, the 2.5L v6 gets the best MPG of the non hybrid models, while the 2.0 Ecoboost gets only 1mpg highway less.
 

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Thank you guys for the replys and help. I think I may have my mind made up on a Transit Connect. Yes they are ugly as sin, but, they're spacious and can be had for a good price. I can get one of two engine options though, the N/A 2.5L or the EB 1.6L. Does anyone have any experience with either in terms of reliability? Remember, this will be driven more miles in a month than most people would put in a year. This thing needs to last well over 200k miles.
 

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Thank you guys for the replys and help. I think I may have my mind made up on a Transit Connect. Yes they are ugly as sin, but, they're spacious and can be had for a good price. I can get one of two engine options though, the N/A 2.5L or the EB 1.6L. Does anyone have any experience with either in terms of reliability? Remember, this will be driven more miles in a month than most people would put in a year. This thing needs to last well over 200k miles.
The standard 2.5 has been around awhile. I do not know how the EB 1.6 is, I do know the "car" based 3.5EB has an issue where the water pump fails internally, dumping coolant into the oil and destroying the motor. Not sure if this is an issue on the smaller 4cyl EB's.
 

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Thank you guys for the replys and help. I think I may have my mind made up on a Transit Connect. Yes they are ugly as sin, but, they're spacious and can be had for a good price. I can get one of two engine options though, the N/A 2.5L or the EB 1.6L. Does anyone have any experience with either in terms of reliability? Remember, this will be driven more miles in a month than most people would put in a year. This thing needs to last well over 200k miles.
Huh, wouldn't have thought about that but that may be perfect for your application then.
 
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