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#7322 of 7355 Re: how about... [kyfdx]
May 10, 2013 (9:43 am)
I'd pick the straight-6, too. The 2.0T may be more fuel efficient but it's rough, and the stop/start features in particular needs a lot of refining. This was on a 3 series sedan, FWIW.
I'm sure they'll refine it in the next year or two. It needs it, though.
#7323 of 7355 Re: how about... [ateixeira]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
May 10, 2013 (1:19 pm)
Starting with 2013 model, the 2.0 Turbo is standard.... I'm glad we have the straight-6..
#7324 of 7355 Re: how about... [fushigi]
May 10, 2013 (3:39 pm)
I was reading about the '14 Outlander in a magazine, and it looks like they will still offer the GT model with the 3.0 V6. That could be the deciding factor in purchasing another, we really like that drivetrain.
#7325 of 7355 Re: how about... [toomanyfumes]
May 10, 2013 (7:59 pm)
I like it as well, and since the '14 Outlander has shed some weight fuel econ should be even more improved. Numbers haven't been published that I've seen but I'd expect 20/26 at a minimum.
That said, the PHEV model is what I'll be tracking. The Chicago area consistently has some of the most expensive gas in the country while also having some of the cheaper electricity rates.
#7326 of 7355 Safety FAIL for many compact CUVs
May 17, 2013 (12:14 pm)
Kudos to the Subaru Forester & Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.
For the Escape, Patriot, Encore, Sportage, Tucson, Wrangler, Rogue, CX-5, Tiguan and CR-V, you have some work to do.
Personally, I'm glad that IIHS continues to make crash testing more difficult to pass. In the event I'm in an accident, my car's job is to sacrifice itself to protect me & my loved ones.
That the Subie & Mitsu both weigh around 3300 pounds with AWD means that the added safety isn't coming with added weight (the AWD Rogue is almost 3500 pounds).
#7327 of 7355 Audi Q5 vs Volvo XC60
Jul 12, 2013 (6:00 am)
I'm considering one of these two cars as my next purchase. I currently drive a 2001 Volvo S80, which I purchased used in 2005. At the time it had about 40,000 miles on it, and now it has 170,000. I have been really happy with the car overall, however it's starting to show it's age on the inside (plastic parts starting to break, leather badly worn on the driver's seat). I love the comfort of the car, especially the seats.
I did not find the car overly expensive to maintain. Yes, there are some issues, and not as inexpensive as my old Toyota Corolla, but overall the satisfaction rate has been pretty high.
I have really been interested in Audi for a while, and I'm drawn to the Q5.
Can anyone give me some insight into Audi?
I hear they have a lot of issues, but I'm wondering how true that really is. If I go with the Audi, how often can I expect to be at the dealership with an issue: once per year? every 6 months? Once per month? Overall, what should I budget for repairs per year?
Whichever one I go with, I am planning on buying used (two to three years).
Your advise is appreciated!
#7329 of 7355 Re: Audi Q5 vs Volvo XC60 [motor_mouth]
Jul 15, 2013 (12:48 pm)
A good site for looking at specific issues is truedelta.com. You can look at specific reports from individual Q5 owners to see not just overall reliability, but also what types of issues are most common for the various years. I know Consumer Reports had some serious things to say about the Q5, but truedelta may be able to nail down more specifics on any issues. If reliability is a concern, how about a Lexus RX? An upper-trim Subaru Outback may be a solidly reliable choice that could save you a few dollars as well... it's one of the safest vehicles on the road, and top-of-the-line models have quite a few features and good driving dynamics. Here's a link to Q5 reliability on truedelta: http://www.truedelta.com/Audi-Q5/reliability-874
You do have to join to see complete in-depth data, but there's no fee, all they ask is that you reply to their quarterly e-mail about reliability of your own vehicle. Happy hunting!
#7331 of 7355 Re: our newest comparison test [Stever@Edmunds]
Jul 15, 2013 (6:20 pm)
Reading the comparo makes me happy to stay with Mitsubishi.