Originally Posted by JB Smoovee
Outback is slower than dirt and only gets around 26 mpg. With the GSW, you get 50 on the highway, superior handling, and the joy of a manual. Its a no brainer.
Besides, AWD is a total waste of money and robs power and mileage. If you have proper snow tires, there is no need for AWD especially in Tahoe where it doesn't snow.
I've never owned AWD, but would really like it. I run snows on my 2002 Saab 9-5 wagon (manual, with original clutch) and it's OK, but I find that the snows really don't remain that effective for too long, especially since most of my winter driving is on clear pavement. Honestly, my old Corolla was better in the snow.
With that said, we're at the point where we will need to either replace or supplement the Saab. We want a wagon, since I don't relish putting bikes on top of an SUV or crossover. Front wheel drive is probably OK, though I'd prefer AWD. Want safe vehicle, good gas mileage, good cargo space, decent back seat for my tall teen daughter, and wan't a car that's somewhat enjoyable to drive, ideally with a stick. All are not available in one vehicle.
Any thoughts on the following, which we are considering:
- Golf wagon TDI (should we wait until AWD Alltrak?)
- Volvo V60 (FWD=much better mileage, AWD available)
- Volvo XC70 (V6 only, not great mileage in either FWD or AWD; small cargo capacity)
- Audi Allroad
- BMW 328 wagon (beautiful, but expensive and small)
- Subaru Outback (most practical, but my wife and daughter hate them)
- Prius V (great cargo, great gas mileage, but driving experience? No AWD)
- Acura TSX wagon (are they still available? No AWD)
- Mercedes E350 (expensive, not all that much cargo space all things considered)
Other SUVs we're considering: Audi Q5, Mazda CX5, others?