What I need is room for two adults and two children, for the next eight to ten years, reliable and good build quality for the price, and drives more like a car than a boat. What I want is a third-row seat no matter how small, sliding rear doors, AWD for our winters, cruise-control and a few other options. Have to get a fucking automatic for the wife.
Here're the 'crossovers' prices*, all with AWD otherwise what's the point, best to worst value:
Kia Sorrento LX turbo AWD
- third row seats option
- decent mileage
- best transmission (6-speed auto)
- best engine (hp/torque)
Here're the 'small minivan' prices, best to worst value:Nissan Rogue SV AWD- third row seats option- AWD- best mileage- CVT transmission (feh)- excellent safety features- $31500
Kia Rondo LX AT 7-seat- third row seats- no sliding rear doors- no AWD option- not CVT transmission (yeah!)- $22300
For 'crossoers; it is between the Outlander and the Rogue, as I just cannot yet sign on with Korean cars at the same price, much less convince the J-wife. However, if we cheap out, too bad about losing the sliding doors, but the Rondo's much better value than the Mazda5!Mazda 5- third row seats- sliding rear doors- no AWD option- CVT transmission (feh)- mediocre safety features- $30000
*AWD/third-row option included if noted. Prices right off Canadian websites, taxes, fees and rebates included. Mileage may vary.
**$32K for 2015, $37 for 2016