June 28, 2022

I’m a single senior, no youngsters, no pets. I’m in search of a brand new SUV, not a crossback. Sitting up excessive is a precedence. I desire a small-as-possible footprint as I’ll usually not have passengers. A cushty luxurious inside is vital to me – I’m not in search of “no frills”. My worth would as much as $75,000. I plan to maintain to maintain it long run and reliability is vital to me. It is going to be a second car as I’ve a Mazda MX-5 that I park for the winter. – Linda

Richardson: Luxurious and dependable and a tall seating place. Not an excessive amount of to ask for, however once you take a look at the JD Energy scores for reliability, lots of the most luxurious manufacturers don’t rank too excessive.

Gentile: True. However a luxurious model did come out on prime of the listing should you take a look at the 2021 JD Energy Dependability scores, which ranks three-year-old automobiles based mostly on responses from actual house owners with issues starting from connectivity and infotainment points to powertrain and design flaws. Lexus was the perfect model with the fewest issues.

Richardson: The primary car I considered for Linda was the Lexus UX. I’m probably not certain if she’d name it an SUV, however it does seat the motive force larger up off the street than a sedan. When she says she doesn’t desire a “crossback,” do you suppose she means a crossover, or a hatchback?

Gentile: I believe she means hatchback. If that’s the case, the UX crossover is an efficient choice to begin – it’s a pleasant compact dimension, straightforward to park and drive. It has an upscale inside and it comes with a hybrid powertrain. However the seating place isn’t too excessive. Suppose that’s a deal breaker?

Richardson: It could be, however nearly every little thing’s larger than Linda’s MX-5 roadster so the UX could be sufficient. There aren’t too many SUVs which can be genuinely small, so possibly we have now to go up in dimension to a extra conventional car with a tall seat. The BMW X4 is beautiful, and received JD Energy’s award for high quality amongst premium compact SUVs.

Gentile: Linda would most likely just like the sporty dealing with and the upscale inside of the X4, however I don’t suppose she’d just like the sloping rear roofline – at the very least I don’t. I discover it hampers rear visibility and it reduces headroom within the rear seats and cargo house.

BMW X3Uwe Fischer/Handout

Richardson: I don’t suppose she cares about that. Perhaps the X3 as a substitute? It’s a much less sporty strategy to the identical platform, and it’s not a current car. The important thing once you’re in search of reliability is to contemplate solely automobiles which have been round for some time, so that they’ve had an opportunity to show themselves and have had minor points corrected.

Gentile: X3 is certainly a better option – it’s spacious inside, even for rear-seat passengers. It’s highly effective, fuel-efficient, and enjoyable to drive. And it has good outward visibility and a excessive seat place.

Richardson: There’s a newly-refreshed model of the X3 for 2022, however the mechanical elements are largely the identical. This usually means a greater deal on a 2021 mannequin, however nowadays, with shortages in all places, don’t maintain your breath for that. As a result of we’re considering German, do you like the Mercedes or the Audi instead?

Gentile: Should you take a look at JD Energy’s Dependability scores, Mercedes as a model was barely under common, and Audi wasn’t ranked as a result of it didn’t meet the factors of getting sufficient respondents. However within the JD Energy 2021 Preliminary High quality Research, which measures the issues skilled throughout the first 90 days of possession, Audi was the worst performing luxurious model. It got here in second final out of 32 manufacturers. However in equity, Mercedes and BMW had been additionally ranked under the business common. Solely two luxurious manufacturers – Lexus, the highest luxurious model, and Genesis – had been above common. So possibly Linda ought to take into account a Genesis GV70 as a substitute of a Benz or Audi?

Richardson: That’s a very nice car, however my drawback with Genesis is that you want to dwell inside 50 kilometres of a dealership to reap the benefits of all of the free upkeep and providers that you simply pay for within the mounted worth.

Gentile: So, since we don’t know the place Linda lives, you’d favor to skip the GV70 in favour of one thing else?

Richardson: No, I’d undoubtedly suggest the Genesis IF she lives near a dealership. And I’m certain they’ll stretch the 50-km restrict a bit if she asks properly. If she’s too distant, nevertheless, then skip it. and I’d actually counsel she appears to be like at a Lincoln Corsair. Lincoln was proper behind Genesis in these JD Energy rankings, and its small SUV is such a pleasure to drive. Lincoln affords an analogous concierge service to Genesis, too.

Gentile: I didn’t care a lot for it.

Richardson: That’s since you’ve nonetheless bought a number of years to go earlier than the seniors’ reductions kick in. I actually favored the relaxed really feel inside, if I set the drive mode to Consolation and the digital show to Calm. Lincoln calls it a sanctuary. It’s the other of her MX-5, however I believe she’d like that.

Gentile: Properly, you’d know what a senior would love. However I believe she’d be happier with the Lexus UX – that’s my prime decide for Linda.

Richardson: It’s my prime decide too, and the apparent first selection due to its famend reliability. However any of the opposite three also needs to make her completely satisfied, they usually’re all comfortably in her worth vary.

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