My Subaru is coming up to 17, engine is getting a bit tired, thats the age I ditched my last two cars - one everything was shot, the second pretty much shot and I was emigrating.
I'd buy the same vehicle again, except its a smidgen small now and a four speed gearbox isn't enough.
My thinking is:
Might as well stick with Subaru, the dealership is nearby, in my opinion they have class leading ergonomics and dynamics, can't really be bothered looking much further. If I had to I'd start with Toyota.
A WRX would be nice, but they're a bit expensive use too much petrol, desirable to be stolen, impractical for daily driving and long distances.
An Outback would be nice too, but they're the 'premium' model so price is premium and so is servicing for no reason except they can. A Liberty is practically the same vehicle at 3/4 of the price.
An XV would make sense but the drivers field of view is stupidly flawed and its a stupid premium over the Impreza hatch for 50mm of extra height and ground clearance.
A Liberty would be OK, its one of the few sedans I don't mind, and compared with the Outback its good value. But if I'm buying a sedan why wouldn't I buy a Camry hybrid? Camry isn't AWD I guess.
Forester is too big and bulky and a bit tall but maybe I'd get used to it, why wouldn't I buy a Rav4 hybrid?
Impreza sedan and hatch - don't like the hatch, flawed field of view, sedan is not bad but won't take a tow-bar which is stupid so I can't tow a trailer so I'd need a hatch.
I'm leaning to the Liberty or maybe a used Outback if I had to buy something tomorrow, maybe my Forester will soldier on a few more years and it'll all be different then.
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