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time for a change

Q: I own a 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer 4WD and I’m very happy with it, I’ve had no problems. I plan to give it to my daughter next year so she can have a safe car. However, I have every intention of buying a car, but I am very undecided about the choice. Could you direct me to an equivalent (not electric though) to the Lancer? I was thinking a Subaru or a Mazda.

– Joanna T

A: You have many choices, but the most logical and financially attractive would be the Subaru Impreza. A robust, intelligently designed car. However, if you’re looking for a vehicle that offers superior driving pleasure and a sleeker interior design, you might consider the Mazda3.

As square as possible


Land Rover LR4

Q: We are looking for a used SUV to replace our 2006 Nissan X-Trail 4×4. My spouse has a horror of the curved lines of new vehicles and would still like to have a 4×4 with a manual transmission, which is rare on the market. It looks on the side of the Land Rover LR4 with its boxy design, but is described as guzzling gas mileage and poor reliability. Is it a good choice or do you have any suggestions for a manual transmission model with this type of design?

– Nadine A.

A: The temptation is undoubtedly great (LR4), but please resist. Consumption is indeed very high (more than double that of your current X-Trail) and reliability is problematic (particularly air suspension). And this vehicle is not offered with manual transmission. In your situation, Toyota’s 4Runner is currently the best option. Wonderfully rustic, incredibly lovable, reliable and above all with an exceptional residual value.

An expense, not an investment


A Chevy Volt

Q: I have leased a Chevrolet Volt LT since June 28, 2019 on a 60 month contract, financed at 3.9% and 100,000 km authorized mileage. I am very happy with this vehicle so far. Apart from a few free adjustments, there were no problems. Annual running costs are capped at $700 per year ($300 gas and $400 electric) for 10,000 miles. At the end of November I will get some money back after a real estate transaction and I am thinking about buying the car (19 months ahead of term) for the sum of $18,000. The vehicle then covered approx. 55,000 km. I intended to resell it myself in time and on the spot. Is that a good decision?

– JY A

A: A good decision to keep, yes, but why do you want to pursue the acquisition? A car is an expense (very rarely an investment), so why use the money from your real estate transaction to get it faster? Where’s the urgency? You don’t risk hitting the mileage limit before the deadline. Especially since you say you want to keep it for a while to sell yourself. Why not go to the end of your lease? At this point you make the purchase decision by considering whether this vehicle still meets your needs and expectations.

Has the time come?


The Volkswagen ID. 4

Q: My 2009 Mini is getting old but still drives. Eventually I will replace it with an electric car, but given the delay in ordering, I’m wondering if I should reserve my dream model (ID.4) now. I’m afraid I’ll end up in a situation where my Mini will break down (or it’s no longer worth the cost of repairing it) and I’ll have to wait forever for the electric car.

– Frederick O

A: If the current situation (waiting period) lasts until autumn 2023, it would make sense to put yourself on a list. Good news for you, the ID.4 is now being assembled in the USA and Volkswagen’s Canadian management is hoping for an increased number.

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