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Scott3
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  #2573136 24-Sep-2020 00:54
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CrashAndBurn:

 

I go out of town probably once every 3 months. As much as I would like to go electric, the most I'd go will probably be a hybrid. I have been wanting that Rav Hybrid but budget says NO :(

 

 

They only came out last year, and are quite desirable. There is some gap between your budget and one of those.

 

In terms of hybrid SUV's that fit your budget there are only really 3 options:

 

Lexus Rx400h / Toyota Harrier Hyrbid / Kluger hybrid cira 2006 - 2009. All use the same 3.3L v6 hybrid power train making 200kW. These vehicles are about offering the performance of a 4.0L v8 (of their era), with economy similar to a 2.4L 4 cylinder SUV. They were the very first performance (rather than fuel saving hybrid). Modern 4 cylinder SUV's will beat them for economy, and low running costs (6x sparkplugs, costs more than four spark-plugs etc). But my car is very powerful and comfortable, and uses a lot less fuel than a modern v6 highlander for example. Probably not a good fit for your goals.

 

Misti Out lander Plug in Hybrid. There is one high mileage 2014 example on trademe for $17k, and the rest at $21k+. These are AWD, and I think they outperform the 2.4L petrol version. A touch bigger than the Rav4 but still in the same class. Plug in hybrid is quite desirable - I wanted one of these, but my wife didn't like the badge or styling & they were well out of my budget when I was looking. Could be a good fit, but I think the $17k one will get snapped up (it is high spec too), and the rest are well out of budget.

 

Subaru XV hybrid. I don't know much about these. They are one size down from the forester, essentially being the Impreza hatchback with lifted suspension and bigger tires. That said, its 220mm ground clearance is impressive, and would make it one of the better cars in class off road. While not technically a mild hybrid because the car can move under electric power alone it is towards the milder end of the spectrum, only saving 0.5L/100km over the non hybrids. Still 6.5L/100km is quite respectable for an AWD car, even if it is blown out of the water by the larger toyota Rav4 which gets under 5.0L/100km. Some used imports are just seeking into your budget range. Could be worth a look. Obviously Subaru is pretty new in the hybrid game.

 

Also could consider the Prius alpha, although this is a fat wagon rather than a suv.


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  #2573139 24-Sep-2020 01:06
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Yeah the hybrids are more of a want rather than a need. Will stick with the conventional SUV's for now due to budget constraints. As trying to get a hybrid on my current budget worries me as it will be highly likely a very high mileage one or could be due for some costly repairs.


 
 
 
 


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  #2573156 24-Sep-2020 07:05
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My parents have a SX4. Think it's 2006 or thereabouts, 2l auto 4wd. They love it. Good visibility out of it, comfy, Even has heated seats, locking centre diff. Surprisingly capable off road. I've pulled my hilux out with it haha. The auto is pretty dopey, I expect newer models will be better in this regard. Would be worth considering.

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  #2573314 24-Sep-2020 10:35
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I was ordered and waiting on the RAV4 Hybrid last year and as mentioned above cancelled it due to how long the wait was (saved 10k and was able to up to the limited instead as well which I would now only stay with) . Now glad I cancelled tbh I really really want the Rav4 Prime instead of the Rav4 Hybrid (The Prime is hybrid plus plug in). No NZ or Aus date as USA sold entire 6 month allocation in one week :(

 

But what a lovely match it will be with my Solar/Powerwall in a couple of years.

 

As others have said just go with what budget allows and choose on options, year or km as suits.


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  #2573378 24-Sep-2020 11:11
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wratterus: My parents have a SX4. Think it's 2006 or thereabouts, 2l auto 4wd. They love it. Good visibility out of it, comfy, Even has heated seats, locking centre diff. Surprisingly capable off road. I've pulled my hilux out with it haha. The auto is pretty dopey, I expect newer models will be better in this regard. Would be worth considering.

 

The SX4 (as with almost all vehicles in this class) does not have a center diff. An electronically controlled coupling is used to send power to the rear.


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  #2573380 24-Sep-2020 11:13
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One thing I have found handy is to get familiar with the trim levels, model years, and when any facelift models were introduced of the vehicles you are looking at. Modern cars are pretty robust, so a couple of years age difference doesn't really mean much those aside (except to the price). Even higher mileage doesn't mean as much as it used to (except for the re-sale), properly maintained.

 

What may vary however is the changes between major model refreshes and the minor facelift updates. Generally speaking, I would consider the first year of facelift model to be the most attractive option for value. This is usually when they have a) worked out the kinks from the earlier years; b) incorporated safety updates; and c) added more options to different trim levels.

 

This doesn't cover everything, as some manufacturers might make equipment changes in-between, but a better place to start.

 

 


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