I own a 2012 Toyota Matrix with 320,000 km, which I love, but I want to replace it with a new SUV. I looked at the subcompact and compact models and got a little confused. As I do a lot of daily mileage (130 km), I am looking for a reliable, comfortable SUV that does not consume too much, that can pull a little (1,500 pounds), that offers the best value for money. price and that I can keep for a long time. Having had an unpleasant experience with Kia (a Rondo with a slamming engine), I’m not too interested in this brand. What do you suggest to me?
We understand you love your Toyota Matrix. It’s an excellent car and after 320,000 km of loyal service, you are once again proving to us that its reputation for durability has not been usurped! To come back to your questions, unless you are having difficulty parking near your home, it would be better to opt for a compact SUV, especially since you travel 130 kilometers every day. And in this category, there is a vehicle that meets all your criteria: the Toyota RAV4. The team of Car guide In fact, it was elected compact SUV of the year 2021.
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It is quite simply the most interesting compact SUV on the market today. Spacious and practical thanks to its large trunk, it also offers excellent ride comfort. Since you drive a lot, a hybrid model would be a good choice for you thanks to its low fuel consumption. The towing capacity is 1,750 pounds, which is slightly more than your needs.
If you have a little time ahead of you, the Prime plug-in hybrid version is even more interesting with its 68 km of 100% electric range, but it is difficult to obtain and the waiting time is rather long.
And no matter which model you choose, the RAV4 is also a very reliable vehicle with a high resale value, which is also a plus for a long term purchase. Be aware, however, that interest rates are generally high at Toyota.
If you still prefer a subcompact SUV, the Subaru Crosstrek is the vehicle that best meets your criteria. Less bulky than the RAV4, it is also less efficient especially when it is equipped with the 2-liter engine. But it offers a good load volume for its size, its towing capacity is 1,500 pounds and, above all, its ride quality is particularly well suited to Quebec roads.
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