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#265518 25-Jan-2020 08:50
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Hi

I am following this forum for last few months .

I planned to buy new mid-sized SUV around $40k range in the next few weeks . Please recommend . My requirement is for family with kids and mainly weekend driving.

Thanks

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  #2406458 25-Jan-2020 09:00
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Welcome to geekzone.
If you go to the search link and type in "New suv" you will get some results.
This topic seems to have come up a lot recently.
Its probably good to have a look at those to start with.




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  #2406488 25-Jan-2020 10:49
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Subaru Forester. Mazda CX 5. VW Tiguan. Audi Q3.






 
 
 
 


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  #2406516 25-Jan-2020 12:23
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The latest Mazda CX5, if it gets the same interior update as the Mazda 3...


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  #2406523 25-Jan-2020 12:47
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We have the new Toyota Rav4. It is fantastic. We have the Hybrid model and cannot fault it.





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  #2406527 25-Jan-2020 13:10
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Generally I recommend the CX5, Forrester, Tucson and Sportage. However if your budget is $40k then you will be looking at a front wheel drive variant so I would be inclined to rule out the Korean offerings on the basis that the front wheel drive variants have the older MPI engine.

 

I have the all wheel drive CX5 and I am very happy with it. My only complaint would be that the engine gets a bit trashy at higher revs, and the front USB ports are in a stupid location.

 

I haven't driven the Forrester but I'm not a fan of the frumpy appearance. I also prefer the Mazda Skyactiv transmission over Subaru's CVT alternative, but otherwise the Forrester seems to be highly regarded. 


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  #2406593 25-Jan-2020 14:02
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I'm on my second Outback, love it. 

 

Drove 600km yesterday in a current model rental Nissan Qashqai. Drove ok, but overall experience was so so, it lacked finesse.


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  #2406594 25-Jan-2020 14:04
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Another mid sized SUV that looks to have increasing popularity is the Holden Equinox. The 2 litre 9 speed auto option gets good reviews especially for performance and handling.

Make list of the features that are important to you and go and drive as many different makes and models as you can to find the one that "fits" you.




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  #2406646 25-Jan-2020 14:41
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Dunnersfella:

 

The latest Mazda CX5, if it gets the same interior update as the Mazda 3...

 

 

Does that mean it is missing the touch screen infotainment system too? To be forced to use only  the wheel is painful IMO.


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  #2406647 25-Jan-2020 14:43
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I have the 2019 Holden Equinox, AWD 2L turbo, love it!
I know the police dog vans have been changing over to the Equinox and Wellington Free Ambulance have them too.

Our decision was based on the size of our garage, along with all of the features we wanted. Combined that with the finance options and test drives. So make a list, check it twice, and good luck ;)

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  #2406648 25-Jan-2020 14:47
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My parents have a RAV4 which they have had since 2007 and never any problems with it. Probably not as nice a drive as the CX5, which seems to be a popular choice, and I beieve uses the same wheelbase as the mazda 3. Also it does swing badly at the back when going around windy roads, so can make people carsick in the back. They were looking at replacing it with the EV version when it comes out, but strangely Toyota don't seem to use lithium batteries, and are still using the older nickel metal ones, which are about 20% larger and heavier for the same capacity.


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  #2406653 25-Jan-2020 15:06
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The Holden Equinox may be a good SUV, but the Holden brand is under a financial cloud. If (when) GM pulls the pin on Holden and ceases operations, what will be implication for support, parts or resale?


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  #2406654 25-Jan-2020 15:11
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mattwnz:

They were looking at replacing it with the EV version when it comes out, but strangely Toyota don't seem to use lithium batteries, and are still using the older nickel metal ones, which are about 20% larger and heavier for the same capacity.



The plugin hybrid version of the Toyota RAV4 is coming later this year, and has a lithium battery, about 65 km of electric range and does 0-100 kmh in 6 seconds.

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  #2406658 25-Jan-2020 15:24
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dafman:

The Holden Equinox may be a good SUV, but the Holden brand is under a financial cloud. If (when) GM pulls the pin on Holden and ceases operations, what will be implication for support, parts or resale?



It’s just a rebranded craptiva , they need to sort out reliability issues first. The ravs are nice outback’s are great . The CX5 is starting to look old and dated now .

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  #2406667 25-Jan-2020 15:34
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dafman:

 

The Holden Equinox may be a good SUV, but the Holden brand is under a financial cloud. If (when) GM pulls the pin on Holden and ceases operations, what will be implication for support, parts or resale?

 

 

Holden are pulling out of the car market, but will still be selling SUV’s. The Equinox, Acadia and trax are all GM products marketed as either Chevrolet or GMC. There will always be parts and support for those products, just because they’re not sold in NZ or Australia, it doesn’t mean they’ll also stop selling them in the USA.

 

Talking to someone who works in Lang Lang, VIC it appears that Holden did such a good job adapting the Acadia to Australian and NZ conditions, the 2020 model GMC Acadia took everything Holden engineers did to it back to the US, so their model is closer in spec the Aus/NZ model. GM are so happy that Lang Lang will be picking up a lot of the engineering of GM products, even those that will never be sold as a Holden.


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  #2406668 25-Jan-2020 15:34
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jarledb:
mattwnz:

They were looking at replacing it with the EV version when it comes out, but strangely Toyota don't seem to use lithium batteries, and are still using the older nickel metal ones, which are about 20% larger and heavier for the same capacity.



The plugin hybrid version of the Toyota RAV4 is coming later this year, and has a lithium battery, about 65 km of electric range and does 0-100 kmh in 6 seconds.


What’s the power like in these evs when you have them fully loaded for a camping trip?. All people talk about is range, I am more worried about the towing power of a full suv with 3 kids and a dog towing the family’s camping gear in a trailer with a bike rack

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