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Recommend a vehicle for mountain and snow highway

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Recommend a vehicle for mountain and snow highway

Hi,
My driving patterns are about to change from entirely city driving, to doing occasional trips (one return trip every couple months) through BC/AB mountains, so I am looking to replace my current older vehicle with something more suitable.

-Prefer to be higher up with more heft than a sedan (wildlife collision spooked me from driving sedan on the highway)
-Prefer a higher-end/luxury fit & finish
-AWD and excellent handling for the hills and twists of the Coquihalla Highway & Rogers Pass in the winter.
-Reliable performance
-Open to either used wiithin a few model years, or new.
-Budget up to $60K, though 50K would sure be nice.
-No trucks

I have always driven a V6 so I am used to and enjoy a peppy ride. I get that it might not fit with my other requirements.

Please let me know any vehicles you think I should be looking at.
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I would say Subaru Forester XT with winter tires, but you want luxury.. and Subaru isn't very luxury.
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The RDX @iflyplanes suggested would be a great choice, Lexus also makes the NX 300 (fancy RAV4) which is pretty nice as well. Also comes in a Hybrid model.

Option either model out until you hit your desired price point.
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Volvo XC60 for higher end.
Subaru Forester or Ascent a bit lower.
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Volvo V90 cross country
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X5 Diesel or the gasser, whatever ticks your performance/fun box the best.
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+1, but I would go would go with an A6/S6/RS6 Avant because it is heavier. If you like peppy, the RS6 is 600hp. Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes

A BMW 5-series wagon might also work.
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batcave wrote: If you like peppy, the RS6 is 600hp.
Lookup rs6 vs Lambo videos. IIRC, the same engine is used in some Lamborghini's.
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OP: what do you mean when you say "reliable performance"? Those are two big words and they mean different things to different people. As does "luxury". Those three things together have a higher price tag but some people might think that the Mazda CX-5 represents performance and luxury whereas others would draw the line at a Porsche Macan.

My wife loves her 2018 Audi Q5 technik but it leaves me cold. Time will tell if it's "reliable".
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Do what I did and pick up an off lease Q7 for $40-50k, you won't regret it. Look for higher trims with the air suspension.

Just got back from a trip to the mountains, quattro plus variable suspension 6-10 inch ground clearance for highway/offroad plus back massages whenever we feel like it are priceless.
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iflyplanes wrote:
If one can get over the ugly centre console and odd track pad for the infotainment then yes
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Blubbs wrote: Do what I did and pick up an off lease Q7 for $40-50k, you won't regret it. Look for higher trims with the air suspension.

Just got back from a trip to the mountains, quattro plus variable suspension 6-10 inch ground clearance for highway/offroad plus back massages whenever we feel like it are priceless.
+1 for Q7
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blexann wrote: If one can get over the ugly centre console and odd track pad for the infotainment then yes
I have one. Obviously I'm biased, but I think the interior is great. The trackpad is different yes, but it takes 1 day max to get used to it.

Anyways OP, since you mentioned the curvy mountain driving, I'll point out that nothing will bring a smile to your face like launching around flowy corners with SH-AWD and feeling the the torque vectoring push you right out. The added live vectoring display is also a pretty neat gimmick. I tried out a Q5, X3, and X2 as well neither were as fun or planted as the RDX.
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Blubbs wrote: Do what I did and pick up an off lease Q7 for $40-50k, you won't regret it. Look for higher trims with the air suspension.

Just got back from a trip to the mountains, quattro plus variable suspension 6-10 inch ground clearance for highway/offroad plus back massages whenever we feel like it are priceless.
Until the air suspension goes and you will be crying the blues paying to get it fixed.

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