So I've been shopping for a reasonably sized SUV to make more or less weekly trips between the city and the mountains. Not going to use it for much of anything else and it won't be a daily driver. This week, I test drove a whole bunch of models and ended up putting down a $500 deposit on a 2008 Buick Enclave, with 54,000 km (33,500 miles) on it. It is an Arizona vehicle originally - many people from here buy AZ vehicles because they get mostly highway-driven and don't get beat up as much as the harsh Canadian winters put on a car. However, I have been waffling and humming and hawing because a 2008 Lexus RX350 was also high on the radar, and I'm wondering if it would be the better call. The price of the two vehicles is about the same and they're both from reputable dealerships. 2008 Buick Enclave - 54,000 km Pros of the Buick: -Huge. Massive. Seats 8 pretty comfortably, back row is actually fairly roomy. So I can take people with me to said mountains easily. -Also, quite heavy, which should bode well for snow performance; I expect it'll be a tank. -Good interior, lots of nice options (rear DVD etc.) but thankfully, no sunroof or navigation system, which are two problem areas people have had with this model that I can avoid having to fix. -Super comfortable, quiet ride (best I've experienced in any similar vehicle). Nice when doing a 400km round trip. -Dealer offers a lifetime engine warrantee for free. -Basically in immaculate condition inside and out, might as well be new to look at the thing. Cons of the Buick: -Reliability might be a problem. It's a low km car but it's a first year model, and they have had issues with the timing belt and some other components. Somewhat offset by the warrantee, but I'd rather not be stuck in snow 200 km away and have my car break down. -Fuel economy isn't exactly terrible considering its size, it's a V6 rather than a V8, but it is a big car so it's not good either. -V6 is a bit underpowered for it but not really looking for performance here anyway. -Hard to find decent snow tires for the stock 19" rims. -Roof bar system is not the best but if I put anything up there it wouldn't fit into my 6'2'' clearance underground parking anyway. 2008 Lexus RX350 - 83,000km Pros of the Lexus: -Comes with a set of free winter tires, roof cross bars and tow package (though I don't know what I'd tow to be honest). -Reliability; I can pretty safely expect it to make it to 200,000km on the odometer. -Fuel economy is pretty decent for a mid-size SUV, and it handles a bit better than the Buick. -Ride is comfortable and quiet, though not so much as the Buick. -Interior is comfortable, and in overall very good shape. -Has scotchguard on the hood to keep it lookin' nice. -Dealer gives free nitrogen for life, couple of other minor perks. Cons of the Lexus: -Smaller than the Enclave. Could still probably get enough gear in to take a couple people with me but not as many or as comfortably. -Has 83,000 km (51,500 miles) which is still fine but obviously more than the Enclave. -Has a sunroof, which compromises head room (I'm tall), though it's still big enough up front. -Has been driven here so it has plenty of the expected rock dings on the hood, which is a nitpick since it's been detailed and they're all invisible from 2 feet away. -Doesn't have DVD or some of the other little niceties of the Buick, but I'm not sure I care THAT much about that stuff. Any experience with either of these or advice in general? Help me make a call here.