Help My Friends Find a Car - Automatch Territory.

So I suppose we have professionals for this (Automatch), but I'm going to try crowdsourcing this. I was asked to help find a suitable vehicle for my friends upon their move to Portland. We talked and I got their requirements, recommended some stuff, and promised I'd ask the magical internet machine.

- Budget - 25K

- Body - No SUV or Minivan

- Space for 3 adults + 2 child seats (average 5-seater arrangement will work)

- Be able to function in all-weather conditions, rain, snow, classic Pacific Northwest.


- As safe and efficient as possible

They were considering Subaru, and I told them they were absolutely right, the Forester, Outback, and XV Crosstrek (Though it's not awesome enough for me), would all be perfectly acceptable choices. But of course, let me know what you guys think.

We then discussed buying vs. leasing, because they're moving out there for 3 years, so leasing may be more convenient, so which should they choose?


Also the husband used to have a 2CV, so give him a little props

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