My dad’s trusty truck is finally showing signs that it wants to retire after almost 300,000 miles and 28 years. Dad’s now looking for an automatic CUV / small SUV to use as a commuter, along with HD and grocery runs for the next few years until he retires. He wants something that’s 2008 or newer, decent on gas, and reliable. He’s looking to spend $7,500, give or take $1,500. Also, in case you’re inclined to Craigslist, he lives in San Diego.

So far he’s expressed interest in: Escape, CRV, Rav4, and CX3; but I honestly have no input or reference about how well they’ve held up. What should we be looking for/look out for?