June 26, 2022

2022 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.Daniel Byrne/Handout

My companion and I at present drive a 2017 BMW X3. We like to go climbing, tenting, paddleboarding and biking in Manitoba the place we dwell and throughout Canada. Previous to the X3, we drove a Jeep Wrangler. The cabin was very loud on highways.

The X3 doesn’t have sufficient room for our outside way of life. We’ve regarded on the BMW X5 and the trunk house isn’t materially larger.

We check drove the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport and totally loved it. The trunk house was additionally impressively giant. We additionally appreciated the 5,000 kilos of towing capability for a future camper or boat. We don’t desire a three-row SUV as a result of we are going to by no means use the third row. We additionally desire to drive an SUV reasonably than a truck as a result of we will lock our gear inside.

What are your ideas on the VW Atlas Cross Sport, and what different suggestions do you have got? – Ed

Mark Richardson: I drove the Atlas Cross Sport just lately and was stunned by it. It did nearly every part effectively. I assumed it could be fairly boring.

Petrina Gentile: It’s a pleasant bundle. It’s spacious inside and the design is sharper than the common Atlas. However the drive didn’t actually excite me. At occasions, the V6 engine was gradual to speed up.

Richardson: Did you press the Sport button to vary the digital drive mode? It responds quicker whenever you try this.

Gentile: No, I often desire consolation mode when driving an SUV. So it makes an enormous distinction?

Richardson: It doesn’t make it go any faster, however it makes it extra responsive by altering the shifting sample. I left it on Sport and was fairly completely happy.

Gentile: And it does include commonplace all-wheel-drive and a towing capability of 5,000 kilos should you get the extra highly effective 3.6-litre, V6 engine – excellent for Ed’s energetic outside way of life.

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Richardson: The Atlas Cross Sport is actually the identical SUV because the Atlas, which has a 3rd row. What Ed is absolutely asking for is a advice of the most important SUV doable that doesn’t have a 3rd row.

Gentile: He needs the scale of a three-row SUV with out having that third row, although he can all the time simply depart it folded beneath the ground. It’s a waste to need to buy it, although.

Richardson: Today, not many SUVs provide the possibility of shopping for both five- or seven-passenger seating. If there’s room to place a few additional youngsters into seats, that’s what the market needs. The brand new Jeep Grand Cherokee helps you to select, although.

Gentile: I just like the look of the all-new 2022 Grand Cherokee – I haven’t pushed it so I can’t touch upon the experience and dealing with. However it will probably tow as much as 6,000 kilos with its first-ever plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Richardson: Don’t get too excited concerning the plug-in hybrid. It isn’t obtainable but, however the brand new Grand Cherokees are, and there are nonetheless some older ones round if yow will discover them. I’ve additionally not pushed the brand new mannequin, however I’ve been impressed with the older Grand Cherokee since I drove one throughout Labrador a couple of years in the past. Very snug and really succesful. It’s a surprisingly refined Jeep, not like Ed’s previous Wrangler.

Gentile: It’ll undoubtedly be quieter than his previous Wrangler.

Richardson: All the things is quieter than his previous Wrangler, even no matter you’re driving in the present day with all of the home windows open. We’ll be savaged within the feedback beneath, nevertheless, if we don’t point out Jeep’s reliability document.

Gentile: In terms of reliability, the Jeep model falls beneath the trade common, based on J.D. Energy’s 2022 Car Dependability Research within the U.S. The examine measures the manufacturers with the fewest reported issues from homeowners after three years. Jeeps ranks 19 out of 32.

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Richardson: That’s an enchancment through the years although, proper?

In a 2022 examine, the Lexus RX car was the best ranked midsize SUV.Handout

Gentile: It’s transferring up the rankings, however it hasn’t cracked above the trade common for some time. Taking a look at 2019 and 2020, for instance, it was seventh final on the record. So, it’s bettering. However possibly Ed ought to take a look at a Lexus RX. Within the 2022 examine, that car was the best ranked mid-size SUV. And as a model, Lexus is above the trade in dependability, coming in sixth out of the 32 manufacturers. Plus, it’s made in Canada.

Richardson: There’s nothing improper with the Lexus, and it offers you the selection of two or three rows, relying on if it’s the regular-length model or the stretched model, which is 12 centimetres longer. It’s greater than $5,000 above the worth of the Jeep, although, at $57,500 to start out.

Gentile: However it’s a extra luxurious car. And to not point out, it has a superb monitor document for reliability and dependability. However do you assume he needs one thing extra mainstream?

Richardson: I feel he actually needs a three-row SUV and to by no means use the third row, however let me toss something wild on the market he could haven’t thought of: the Hyundai Santa Cruz. You see how I’m pondering right here?

The Hyundai Santa Cruz has a locking tonneau cowl, in addition to a separate locking compartment underneath the mattress.Mark Richardson/The Globe and Mail

Gentile: No, I don’t see the way you’re pondering. Santa Cruz is a truck – primarily based on the automobiles Ed talked about, he needs a two-row mid-size SUV.

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Richardson: Ed says he doesn’t desire a truck as a result of he can’t lock his issues safely, however the Santa Cruz has a locking tonneau cowl, in addition to a separate locking compartment underneath the mattress. It’s a Hyundai Tucson with extra space within the again as a result of the roof has been eliminated. For the motive force and passengers, it’s a snug all-wheel-drive car with plenty of room for bikes, paddleboards and equipment. And it has a tow score of 5,000 kilos.

Gentile: I’m not denying it’s upscale and appears like a Tucson inside, however it’s nonetheless a truck. Even the Honda Ridgeline has a lockable mattress. Let’s persist with what he needs, which is an SUV that may tow. We will keep within the Hyundai household – possibly a Santa Fe? It was the highest-ranked mid-size SUV within the 2022 JD Energy Dependability examine.

The Santa Fe is Hyundai’s largest two-row SUV and it has 2,041 litres of house behind the entrance seats.Handout

Richardson: The Santa Fe is Hyundai’s largest two-row SUV and it has 2,041 litres of house behind the entrance seats – that’s 266 litres greater than Ed’s X3 and even barely greater than the Grand Cherokee. It’s not as a lot as the two,203 litres of the Volkswagen, however it is perhaps sufficient for him. It begins at greater than $6,000 much less, too.

Gentile: Towing is a bit lower than his 5,000 kilos goal. Its 2.5-litre turbo engine can tow as much as 3,500 kilos, however he doesn’t have a ship or camper, but. It might match the invoice.

Richardson: So all in all, I don’t assume we’ve modified his thoughts. I feel he’ll be happiest with the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport that he already is aware of he likes.

Gentile: Agreed. However it’s all the time good to have options, proper?

What automobile do you have to purchase? Write to Mark and Petrina at [email protected] and use ‘What automobile’ as a part of your topic line. Emails with completely different topic strains will not be answered.

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