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So I need to buy a new car- preferably a cuv/SUV since I live in a place where it snows quite a bit during the winters.

 

I'm trying to look for a vehicle within the 30-40k range. If possible id like a car with some decent hp as I do a lot of highway driving and need to pass cars and accelerate quickly when merging and such.

 

Right now I'm looking at a rav4, forester, and even the Acura rdx and Infiniti qx50, but the last two are quite expensive in terms of maintenance, gas, and insurance....

 

Please help and give your opinion!

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An 07/08 late facelift Forester 2.5 XT Sport would be my choice.

 

Fuel costs might be a bit on the high side at 40k a year, given you'll be lucky to average 25 on a run.

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I tried the forester 2.0xt but not the 2.5, and the turbo lag was pretty bad IMO.

 

I want a wrx but the 2015s are way to low on the ground

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The 2.5 has less "lag". The advantage of more displacement. Also, it's not "lag" but boost threshold. Very different things.

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What about an offroad-style volvo? Practical and safe. Don't know about where you live, but they salt the roads like sh*t here, so plastic covers in exposed areas seems like a good idea. And who f*cks with a Volvo?

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The XC-70 isn't that good off-road though. It lacks they two main advantages that its primary competitor, the Audi Allroad: air suspension and a low range mode for the gearbox.

 

C5 Allroad 2.7 Biturbo or 4.2 V8 could be worth a shout.

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You could go E39 530i Touring to save money on everything you mentioned and still get a pretty speedy wagon capable of Canadian highway weather. Opt for the 540i to get the V8 and lose on the gas battle unless you opt for manual. You'll get one helluva unicorn if you sort a 5-speed out too.

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You could go E39 530i Touring to save money on everything you mentioned and still get a pretty speedy wagon capable of Canadian highway weather. Opt for the 540i to get the V8 and lose on the gas battle unless you opt for manual. You'll get one helluva unicorn if you sort a 5-speed out too.

what about the older wrx sti lets say around 04-07 before they went to a hatchback. and I assume you mean 30-40k us right. the older wrx/wrx sti are a good buy if you find them
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You could go E39 530i Touring to save money on everything you mentioned and still get a pretty speedy wagon capable of Canadian highway weather. Opt for the 540i to get the V8 and lose on the gas battle unless you opt for manual. You'll get one helluva unicorn if you sort a 5-speed out too.

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Audi A4? 4x4, 35k new. the 2 litre has 220 hp.

Audi Q5 can be had for under 40k.

 

You consider a pickup? F150/Silverado/Avalance. All have 4x4, plenty power and well within budget new.

 

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo? 300hp lunacy for sub40k money. (might be low like the wrx tho)

Taurus SHO?

 


There are a lot of SUVs and crossovers in the 20-40k bracket, but most are dross unfortunately.

 

A few that are ok, that havent been mentioned:

Nissan Xterra? the 4 litre has 250+hp. Decent go-anywhere suv.

Ford Explorer

Mercedes GLK

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Thanks for the input guys, and yeah I'm in canada so 30-40 CAD.

 

I tested a qx50 today, and it was very cramped to say the least, I may go and try a Volvo and consider a truck- thanks zyonig for the suggestion.

 

I totally would like the glk but it's like 47-49 base where I'm at so I can't do that.

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4Runners are pretty nice. I would say the best off road type vehicle you could get for 30-40k would be a middle range Toyota Tundra but that's just my opinion.

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Station wagon master race. SUVs are top heavy, slow nonsense and CUVs are a joke IMO

get a Volvo, BMW, or a merc.

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X5, GLK, ML, Q5, Q7?

 

Not sure how much they cost in canada used. In my country you can get used ones around that price range.

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Yeah, cuvs are somewhat of a joke.

 

Not really liking e thought of buying a used car just because I'm not too sure what to look for- inspecting the vehicle and such

 

Parents have an ML, although that range is a bit too much for me

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Don't buy a barge. An ML is still very big and you don't need that sh*t. A good european station wagon sticks to the surface no matter what (You can't lose grip in a Saab even if you try), and doesn't drink as much fuel as a stupid, impractical, big and ugly SUV. Sure big cars are nice on highways or on country roads, but they're unredeemingly sh*tty in the city. I take it you don't prefer auto trans? How old are you willing to go?

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You should certainly consider a "nearly" new car. Around a year old or so. Let someone else take the initial depreciation hit, yet still get something thats under warranty.

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Don't buy a barge. An ML is still very big and you don't need that sh*t. A good european station wagon sticks to the surface no matter what (You can't lose grip in a Saab even if you try), and doesn't drink as much fuel as a stupid, impractical, big and ugly SUV. Sure big cars are nice on highways or on country roads, but they're unredeemingly sh*tty in the city. I take it you don't prefer auto trans? How old are you willing to go?

I will give SUVs credit for their seating position, in a car chassis you are always close to the ground and very much 'in' the road, but in an SUV you have a commanding position and feel like the road is just a formality. I think an SUV is more comfortable for long distances and frequent trips (despite the awful fuel consumption).

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Cant go wrong with a Honda, CRV is a great buy if you want. Or a Volvo or Toyota.

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Cant go wrong with a Honda, CRV is a great buy if you want. Or a Volvo or Toyota.

Agree the reason I need to get a new car is just so I don't freeze my butt off in -20 and lower degree Celsius temperatures, since by Hondas heater is nonexistent. Since I'm buying rather than leasing, I want something with a bit more oomph for my highway driving and just cuz if I'm driving the car for say 5-7 years maybe more, might as well be one ill enjoy driving.

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If there's one thing you can't really describe SUVs as, it's "enjoyable to drive". Do you get the Audi A4 Allroad in Canada? That in 2.0 TFSI guise might be a good shout. Permanent AWD, widened track and increased ground clearance, ~220bhp, 0-60 in 7.2, decent ride and with the right tyres will handle limited off-road use. But drives like a proper car, unlike most SUVs.

 

Could you push to newer but second hand cars still in warranty? Plenty of X-Drive BMWs if you could.

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