So, I think we have narrowed it down to two choices for our Utah Snow Vehicle: a Mazda CX-5 or a 2015 Outback. We already have a 4X4 F150 with a shell for big trips, etc. The CX-5 gets accolades for being pretty fun to drive (important to me, I like a zippy car that handles well.) We can also pick up a lightly used one for a lot less than a new Outback.
Conundrum: We can't make a move on a car until we close on our house here at the end of November. The tires on our current car are on their last legs. IF we keep it through the winter, we'll put snows on it. It's a 2007 and has 112,000 miles on it. That means if we keep it at all into the spring, we'll have to put new tires on it AGAIN, unless we slap the old ones back on it. Regardless, we're looking at $1000-$1600 in new tires for a car we don't want to keep. But taking on the debt of a house and then a week later buying a car seem really unwise. BUT the current car is ripe for a major repair, I can just feel it. What to do?! Wish we could pay cash for the new car, but we sunk a ton of cash into the new house.
There are a ton of CX5's that have come in as off rental cars, hence the price difference plus they have been out for a year or two. I like the CX5, great driving car but it is small inside, not enough room for adult skis inside with still the ability to have a 3rd person ride in the back seat.
Manufacturers still think people buy manuals because they are less expensive..NOT THE CASE, they buy them for driving enjoyment. Any luck with bringing one in from Canada, aye?