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    Which car?

    This is generally a question that is fraught with danger but here goes. Thereís a chance I could be leaving the work Hilux and getting into something more comfortable. Donít go yota bashing, itís been a great car - but after 5 years and 200,000KM Iím after something that rides a bit better (I think an upholstered brick would, but anyway).

    Shopping list is as follows - Please donít put down options Iíve specifically excluded here - Iíve been doing a tonne of research and anything excluded is for a reason. Must have list is just that, so please donít suggest vehicles that donít meet this lists spec.

    -Mid sized SUV or wagon
    -All wheel drive, or selectable 4WD - AWD preferred.
    -Minimum 2000Kg towing capacity - it wonít need to tow much very often but if I grab a dingo or similar from work it needs to be able to tow it.
    -Leather interior - or Pug proof fabric.
    -Budget up to $60K - $65K at a pinch if I found exactly what I wanted.
    -Prefer Diesel
    -Prefer full sized spare

    I have short listed several vehicles but wondering what others opinions are before I list those. Below is a list of vehicles I wonít consider or have already struck off the list.

    NOT the following- these have been excluded for a variety of reasons, from didnít like interiors to ĎI wouldnít be caught dead in thatí
    Anything European.
    Ford.
    Kia Sorento.
    Mazda CX-9
    Hyundai Palasade
    Utes, trays, etc.
    Haval, LDV, etc

    Contenders so far are-
    Hyundai Sante Fe.
    Pros - meets all the specs, Cons - Not sure I like the inside.
    Subaru Outback.
    Pros - looks good, meets spec. Cons - engine options - only comes in NA Petrol.
    Mazda CX-8
    Pros - meets spec, Cons - Itís a Mazda and I donít overly like the look of them.

    So, what others can you think of that meets all of this???

    TIA.
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    I would prefer the Hyundai , we have had 4 Hyundai's so far never had a problem, my daughter is on her 6th all been problem free . I would also say Kia which is a Hyundai for there extra warranty, but the Hyundai seams to have better interior. But every one to there own.

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    The Sante Fe is still in contention but the interior didn't grab me and the high centre console put me off a bit and seemed to make me feel too confined. The Sorento interior just put me off completely unfortunately - I sat in it for 10 seconds and it was gone from my list completely. My first 2 visits were to Hyundia and Kia but I've had to look further afield which I wasn't really expecting - we've have Hyundais and Kias in the family and I rate both very highly. It might sound trivial talking about not buying a car because of the interior, but I spend up to 20 hours a week behind the wheel so I need to really like it before splashing out on it.


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    If AWD wasn't a must I'd suggest the MU-X.
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    While a little expensive a RAV4 is very good. My brother had a few versions as his work car for many years and it was great - comfortable and quiet - 2wd/AWD options, petrol/diesel/hybrid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 101RRS View Post
    While a little expensive a RAV4 is very good. My brother had a few versions as his work car for many years and it was great - comfortable and quiet - 2wd/AWD options, petrol/diesel/hybrid.
    Towing capacity only 1500kg unfortunately - I quite like them.


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    Well half of your contenders list are already crossed off on that criteria alone.
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    With the Subaru - make sure that you drive it, if I'm not mistaken it's a CVT transmission? I have driven a few CVT's and disliked them all - not saying that the Subaru isn't nice, maybe I just copped a few crappy CVTs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tins View Post
    If AWD wasn't a must I'd suggest the MU-X.
    Selectable 4WD while not preferable is an option - and I hadnít considered one of these - will check them out. Thanks. Which car?


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    Speaking of CVTís, are they a good choice for towing? Some CVTís have been problematic in the past with towing (ie taking off uphill or with a heavy load) but I donít know about newer models.
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