Best New Cars for Realtors

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Jonathan and Associates, Inc

Today, the auto show was in town here in Charlotte and I decided to go down to see all the new models and see if there is something out there better than what I'm driving now.  I admit, I'm a serious car nut so I look at things pretty critically because I want to know that I have the very best car for the task at hand.  So here are my recommendations for you if you are looking to buy a new car this year. 

My bias is towards SUV's for real estate.  They can hold lots of stuff, people, and they ride on larger tires so potholes aren't a problem.  I've driven cars before and inevitably, tires are always an issue.  However, I have listed my favs here too. 


What I like: Its cheap and its a Honda, so it just works well.  The CRV will not offend anyone.  Plus, it gets great gas mileage (22 City / 28 HWY for the AWD version).  You can get a fully loaded CRV  Leather with Navigation for $28,000. 

The back seats can sit two 6' tall adults comfortably.  Lots of bins too to store supra keys, lock boxes, business cards, and everything else we amass

What I don't like: Not Much.  Sure, the front end is funny and its probably a better city runabout then a country hauler.  But very impressive

Second Runner Up in this class: Toyota RAV 4 and Saturn Vue, and Mazda CX-7

Best Up Level Small SUV: LINCOLN MKX

What I like: This is American? This vehicle is as nice as an Lexus RX330!  Plus, its got great looks.  Lincoln has come a long way with this vehicle and you've got to check his one out. 

Sky view sunroof, Microsoft Sync multimedia system, the most comfortable seats, and it comes in some pretty cool colors too.  Plenty of room for 6' tall back seat passengers.  Lots of storage for all things real estate.  Decent gas mileage (18 City / 25 HWY) with a V6.  Plus, this car would look wicked vinyl wrapped.

What I didn't like: The instrument cluster looks like it came out of a 83 Granada. 

Second Runner Up: Hyundai Veracruz and Hyundai Santa Fe

Best Large SUV: Buick Enclave

What I like: Great Warranty, Spacious, Easy Access to 3rd Row that actually fits people, great looking, second row captain chairs, A/V outlets to plug in laptops, etc.  This, and the GMC Arcadia, are the best large SUV on the market

What I didn't like: I wish it came in diesel.  That's it. 

Second Runner Up: Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot


What I like: Great sporty looks, interior looks great, navigation easy to use, comes fully loaded, great gas mileage (19 city 23 HWY), no premium price for the hybrid.

What I don't like: Nothing.  The RDX and the MDX are the the two best in the category

Second Runner Up: Cadillac SRX (Almost a 3 way tie with the acuras)


What I like: Its Big and it has a business card holder.  Lots of legroom, but you will need to order running boards.  Lots of space, lots of truck, lots of power

What I don't like: The stock price of Shell Oil will increase with the purchase of this truck. 

Second Runner Up: Chevy Silverado. 


This was the hardest category.  If you're not looking for a premium car, look at the Nissan Altima and the new Honda Accord.  They are stunning

What I like: TONS of look at me good looks, incredible interior, great warranty, won't offend anyone, great seat space, lots of power

What I don't like: What's not to like. 


These are just my humble opinions

Jonathan Osman
charlotte nc homes for sale


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Jonathan, I'm into vehicles too so I really enjoyed your blog. I have a Hybrid. Love the mileage, the technology and the horsepower.
Nov 16, 2007 02:43 PM #1
New Jersey Real Estate James Boyer Morris, Essex & Union County NJ Realtor
RE/MAX Properties Unlimited, Real Estate - Morristown, NJ
MB 320 CDI would be what I would pick right now.
Nov 16, 2007 02:50 PM #2
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection


I love looking at the new cars, but for now I love my Subaru. 


Nov 16, 2007 02:58 PM #3
Lisa Bosques
Burien, WA
Ditto Jennifer!  I find the Subaru Forester to be perfect for this business - it gets good gas mileage, it holds my signs well, it gets around in all kinds of weather with its anti-lock brakes, and I can go over curbs(at slow speed of course) very easily!
Nov 16, 2007 03:18 PM #4
Charlotte Home Loans Your Charlotte Mortgage Lender
Charlotte, NC

I almost forgot the Auto Show was in town! "Gotta go to the Auto Show!"

Of your picks, I have driven the Acura MDX and while I am not an SUV fan at all, this vehicle is amazing! Drives like a dream and if no one else is in the car with you, it can handle any aggression you want to throw at it!


Nov 16, 2007 11:43 PM #5
Dawn DeGroff
Fredericksburg Realty, Inc - Fredericksburg, VA
I love my Saturn Outlook. 
Nov 26, 2007 05:37 AM #6
Eric Egeland
RE/MAX SUBURBAN - Libertyville, IL

always interested in reading what others have to say about their cars


I have a Volvo s60, but the GMC Arcadia looks pretty nice

Apr 22, 2008 10:34 AM #7
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