June 30, 2022

Honda has a superb monitor file for reliability and dependability.Jeremy Sinek/The Globe and Mail

I drive a Toyota RAV4 and I’m fairly pleased with it, however each me and my automobile are getting previous and the time to exchange it is likely to be coming quickly. In a really perfect world I’d like a hybrid or electrical automobile that may be a little smaller than a RAV4. It needs to be excessive sufficient that my previous bones can get out and in, and have GPS and AWD and all the security bells and whistles like lane departure warning and variable cruise management and the cool rear-view mirror that’s truly a picture of your backup.

I don’t actually have a finances in thoughts ($25,000-to-$60,000?) and am most likely versatile on nearly the whole lot I’ve talked about, apart from positively wanting a hybrid or electrical automobile. One different huge issue is reliability, therefore I’ve pushed a whole lot of Toyotas! Any concepts? – Dorothy

Richardson: You and me each, Dorothy! We have now a 2009 RAV4 that’s been by the wringer now that my children drive it, and I anticipate we’ll substitute it subsequent spring.

Gentile: And like Dorothy, you’re not so younger.

Richardson: Ouch! It’s formally my spouse’s automobile although, so she has the ultimate phrase on what we’ll get subsequent.

Gentile: After all, you haven’t any say. Ladies drive auto purchases – they affect greater than 80 per cent of all car-buying selections in a family.

Richardson: There’s a distinction between influencing and making the ultimate choice, . Naturally, in my family, my spouse does each.

Gentile: I believe that’s most likely the case in lots of Canadian households.

Richardson: Anyway, on to Dorothy’s dilemma. She’s been blissful together with her RAV4 however desires one thing somewhat smaller and which is up-to-date on security expertise. She additionally desires a hybrid or electrical mannequin, so the apparent first selection is to stay with Toyota and have a look at the Prius. It’s not an SUV or perhaps a crossover although, and it’s most likely a bit too low to the bottom for her.

Gentile: I agree. A Prius would positively be too low for her. One other Toyota hybrid price is the RAV4 Prime, which is a plug-in hybrid. Since she loves her previous RAV4, I’ll wager she’d like the brand new plug-in-version even higher. It could journey about 60 kilometres on the electrical energy alone – that’s one of many highest ranges for a plug-in hybrid. Though it received’t be smaller than her present mannequin.

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Richardson: She desires one thing smaller and I don’t suppose she’ll care concerning the 300-plus horsepower of the RAV4 Prime. She’ll have extra choices if she goes with a gas-powered automobile. And it’ll be cheaper.

Gentile: It should. However let’s give her another hybrid choices first. Since she likes the Toyota household, possibly shifting as much as their premium Lexus model is likely to be price a glance. Lexus simply launched its first plug-in hybrid within the Lexus NX. Didn’t you simply drive it?

The Lexus UX hybrid has a fundamental checklist worth of $40,700.Courtesy of producer

Richardson: I did and it’s a beautiful automobile. You’ll be able to learn my assessment right here. It even provides the digital rear-view mirror that flips as much as present the view from the rear digital camera. However Dorothy, in the event you put on glasses to drive, you received’t use it a lot – your eyes will get drained from specializing in the display screen of the mirror somewhat than the view it shows. I solely use the digital view if the mirror itself is blocked.

Gentile: I like that fancy mirror. However Dorothy ought to know all vehicles now include a rear-view, backup digital camera as commonplace, both within the mirror itself or on the primary show display screen. It’s a pleasant added security function to have in a automobile.

Richardson: The NX is dearer than the RAV4 and it feels it, too. It falls into the highest finish of Dorothy’s worth vary, with the essential hybrid at slightly below $50,000, however the plug-in hybrid model is $60,000 earlier than taxes and the silly freight and PDI expenses. She’ll get the options she desires in a brand new RAV4 with out losing her cash on higher high quality leather-based.

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Gentile: Perhaps Dorothy ought to deal with herself with the smaller Lexus UX hybrid. It’s quite a bit inexpensive, with a fundamental checklist worth of $40,700.

Richardson: She may like that if she doesn’t need the house of the NX, although it’s fairly a drop in dimension. The UX is similar dimension because the Toyota C-HR, however not as wedgy in its seems, and there’s no hybrid model of the C-HR in Canada.

Gentile: To be sincere, I believe she may like a extra inexpensive, gas-powered automobile just like the all-new Toyota Corolla Cross compact utility automobile.

Richardson: I’ve not pushed the Corolla Cross, however I’ve pushed loads of Corollas they usually definitely have reliability and worth for cash. Does the Cross have a taller seat, for Dorothy’s previous bones?

Gentile: Sure, it has a taller seating place – wonderful egress and ingress, a lot of security options and lots of bells and whistles. However I haven’t pushed it, simply seen it in particular person, so I can’t touch upon the journey and dealing with, both.

Richardson: Toyota’s been slicing again on manufacturing too, because of the worldwide scarcity of laptop chips. Dorothy might need a protracted wait if she holds out for the Cross. How concerning the Honda HR-V?

Gentile: Certain, if she desires to purchase a brand new automobile throughout the subsequent six months. Like Toyota, Honda has a superb monitor file for reliability and dependability. The HR-V is a pleasant compact dimension: it’s smaller than her present RAV4, however it nonetheless has a excessive journey top and its dimension makes it simple to drive and park in tight spots.

Richardson: It’s about as boring a automobile as you should buy, too. I’d have to hold a photograph to recollect what it seems like, and drink much more espresso than I do already to remain awake whereas driving.

Gentile: Honest level. So what are you considering that may add a bit extra pleasure?

The Hyundai Kona electrical seems good and may be very satisfying to drive.ULI_SONNTAG/Handout

Richardson: Off the highest, Hyundai Kona electrical. It’s the best dimension, it seems good, and it’s very satisfying to drive.

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Gentile: The Kona electrical is pricey for what you get – it’s nearly $44,000! But it surely does are available a gas-only model that’s far more inexpensive, beginning at $22,000. So Dorothy can get two fuel Konas for the worth of 1 electrical Kona. However I don’t suppose it needs to be high of her checklist, as a result of the Kona is geared extra towards a millennial than a senior. Wouldn’t you agree? LOL.

Richardson: I simply drove the electrical Kona once more and was completely impressed by how effectively it compares to the opposite all-electric competitors in each essential approach. And don’t overlook that Dorothy will get a $5,000 federal rebate off that checklist worth, and much more if she lives in Quebec or British Columbia or Nova Scotia.

Gentile: And don’t overlook PEI and New Brunswick – they now provide as much as $5,000 in provincial EV rebates. Coupled with the federal rebate, that’s an enormous saving that positively makes the worth tag extra cheap. However what concerning the journey top and seating place? Assume it’ll meet Dorothy’s wants?

Richardson: There’s a straightforward approach to discover out. Go to a Hyundai dealership and sit in a single. When you’re there, ask concerning the out-the-door worth distinction between the common Kona and the electrical Kona and determine how a lot you wish to be electrified.

Gentile: So we’ve given Dorothy a number of choices. What’s your advice?

Richardson: If she desires all-electric, go for the Kona, however provided that she will cost it simply at residence. If she desires a hybrid, strive the Lexus UX for a little bit of treating herself. And if she desires fundamental however sensible transportation from a gas-powered engine, have an in depth have a look at the Honda HR-V.

Gentile: Dorothy, deal with your self to the very best of each worlds – the luxurious and fuel-savings of the Lexus UX hybrid.

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