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Fuel Efficient SUVs

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Fuel Efficient SUVs

My fathers Sienna is getting close to the end. 478,000 km, 15 yrs.
Starting to overheat, probably needs a new waterpump or something along those lines, and I dont think its worth to fix. Burns a lot of oil, drinks gas, suspension is noisy. Its had a good run.

We are looking to gift my father as a family since hes had a long run with his Sienna and is now retired.

I know something like a 2014 Rav4, or CRV would do the job, but I know he would lowkey enjoy some "luxury" even though hes a typical brown dad who would say he doesnt need to waste money on that. lol

Looking to stay with in 35k -38k tax in,

So far looking at :
2015 Highlander Hybrid
2016 Mazda CX9
2015 Audi Q5 Diesel
2019 Rav4
2015-16 NX300h


What are your thoughts on these cars? I know its hard to get a "Fuel Efficient" SUV but something within 10l/100km would be decent.

The CX9 is the most intriguing at the moment. Decently priced, (bad resale), but not sure if the fuel efficiency will be good enough. My dad about 60% city driving.

Let me know if anyone has any other suggestions


Thanks
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Wow that's amazing mileage on the van!

Forget the highlander hybrid, its a joke for fuel efficiency that's all I really know lol.
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booblehead wrote:
Jul 30th, 2018 2:28 pm
he deserves a RX350 ... 14/15
I thought about this, but I have a feeling he would rather want a 2016. And those are over 50k :(
And the RX350 is not really fuel efficient, I think same as the Sienna
EP32k2 wrote:
Jul 30th, 2018 2:27 pm
Wow that's amazing mileage on the van!

Forget the highlander hybrid, its a joke for fuel efficiency that's all I really know lol.
Hmm, Interesting.. I should check up on Fuelly.com
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STCman wrote:
Jul 30th, 2018 2:31 pm
I thought about this, but I have a feeling he would rather want a 2016. And those are over 50k :(
And the RX350 is not really fuel efficient, I think same as the Sienna

sure it is .. you just have to give him a whole bunch of gas cards that will last him a couple of years of driving. Smiling Face With Sunglasses
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STCman wrote:
Jul 30th, 2018 2:31 pm
I thought about this, but I have a feeling he would rather want a 2016. And those are over 50k :(
And the RX350 is not really fuel efficient, I think same as the Sienna

Hmm, Interesting.. I should check up on Fuelly.com
My wife gets around 11L/100km on her 2018 RX350 F Sport city/highway combined.
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Will he continue to drive 32,000km/year? If so, are those all/mostly highway mileage? What's the size requirement? Does he still need the size of a minivan to haul stuff/people?

Something like Nissan Murano and do almost 8L/100km on highway.



BTW I agree with Zack that Murano has one of the better interior and most comfortable seats in this class. I average 7.9L/100km driving from Calgary to Kelowna which is pretty decent for something that tall and heavy. It's not exciting but sure is comfortable, good for retirees.
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Wife's Q5 gets about 13L/100km city, 8L/100km hwy. It's dumb though and she should really just be driving a Golf Sportwagon or A4 Allroad wagon.

OP, what does your dad use it for? Just for commuting? Hauling stuff? Hauling grandkids? (if not, start making babies already! :P )

That Sienna could have a lot of life left. Water pump is cheap to fix and you could probably give it a good maintenance update for $1k, but I understand wanting to give him something nice.
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With that much city driving avoid turbo CRV... great highway mileage however poor city mileage [think motortrend did test on this]

Consider Subaru Forester [discount on 2018s or new designed 2019 model soon] or Ascent if want bigger vehicle. If going for Forester give the 2018 XT a look... might be a bit out of price range but your dad will like the power.

The 2019 RAV4 should be in CRV ballpark mileage wise and great if don't like cvt or turbo [RAV4 will have same engine as Camry I believe so hp and torque bit above current 2018s which would not be bad either especially since should see more discounting closer to winter debut of 2019s]. New RAV4 hybrid early 2019.
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didnt the equinox come out with a diesel?
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6mthatch wrote:
Jul 30th, 2018 7:56 pm
didnt the equinox come out with a diesel?
yes but from what i've read it's a bit of a turd. the motor is shared with the diesel cruze. fine for that application but i think a little too 'weak' for the equinox.

it'll be interesting to see if GM can find a SUV to put the 2.8 diesel found in the canyon/colorado. seems like a stretch though since other than the tahoe, they've nothing rwd-based -- maybe they can bring back the jimmy LOL . anyway, i have one in my truck and very happy with it.
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Seeing as we seem to have transitioned away from pre-owned cars to new models....

2018 CR-V 1.5L turbo = 8.3 L/100km
http://www.fuelly.com/car/honda/cr-v?en ... bmodel_id=

2018 Equinox 1.6L Turbo Diesel = 6.6 L/100km
http://www.fuelly.com/car/chevrolet/equ ... bmodel_id=

2018 Terrain 1.6L Turbo Diesel = 7.1 L/100km
http://www.fuelly.com/car/gmc/terrain?e ... bmodel_id=

The Equinox is said to be quieter than the Terrain and in Premier trim it is a fairly comfortable car with all the bells and whistles (except for adaptive cruise control) though maybe not as trimmed out as well as a Signature trim Mazda or the Murano in the top two trim levels.

And.... Chevrolet has reportedly much improved their reliability if you believe what JD Powers says in their surveys. I'm skeptical. Consumer's Reports still does not find their vehicles to be worthy of more than an average rating for the most part.

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I love the oxymoron title of "fuel efficient SUV"
No SUV is fuel efficient. Efficiency is relative. Modern sedans of the same interior space get some 40mpg+ while SUVs might get 30mpg if babied.

So does your dad need the size of of the Sienna (which SUVs won't provide) or is efficiency the game here?
Realistically diesel is the only real option.
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STCman wrote:
Jul 30th, 2018 2:18 pm
My fathers Sienna is getting close to the end. 478,000 km, 15 yrs.
Starting to overheat, probably needs a new waterpump or something along those lines, and I dont think its worth to fix. Burns a lot of oil, drinks gas, suspension is noisy. Its had a good run.

We are looking to gift my father as a family since hes had a long run with his Sienna and is now retired.

I know something like a 2014 Rav4, or CRV would do the job, but I know he would lowkey enjoy some "luxury" even though hes a typical brown dad who would say he doesnt need to waste money on that. lol

Looking to stay with in 35k -38k tax in,

So far looking at :
2015 Highlander Hybrid
2016 Mazda CX9
2015 Audi Q5 Diesel
2019 Rav4
2015-16 NX300h


What are your thoughts on these cars? I know its hard to get a "Fuel Efficient" SUV but something within 10l/100km would be decent.

The CX9 is the most intriguing at the moment. Decently priced, (bad resale), but not sure if the fuel efficiency will be good enough. My dad about 60% city driving.

Let me know if anyone has any other suggestions


Thanks
The reason your dad was able to get to 478,000 on his Sienna was because the vehicle was equipped with a powerful engine . On the flip side this powerful engine consumes more gas. If your dad's Sienna was equipped with a fuel efficient engine with lesser power , there was no way this vehicle would have reached 478,000. SUVs need powerful engines to ensure longevity . Generally SUVS equipped with an engine starting from V6 have a longer life than a 2.0L fuel efficient engine.
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