First time hacking attempt. I’ve leased before but was woefully unprepared.
I’m looking for an SUV, need to have: good safety ratings (plus safety suite stuff ie blind spot monitoring, crash avoidance, etc), car seat will fit in the middle w/o restricting access to the other seats, cargo space >35 cu. ft. (ok, if achieved with 3rd row folded), sub-$350 a month before tax and fees/ 36/39 & 7500k/yr, preferably a decent enough deal that if we decide to buy at the the end of the lease we won’t lose a ton vs purchasing.
Want to have: apple carplay, power liftgate, maybe leather, sunroof, decent mpg (>20 mpg city, >27 hwy).
So far, we like the Tiguan, Highlander, and interested in looking at a CX-9. Any suggestions are welcome.
I’ve contacted several VW dealers about leasing a Tiguan SEL, but I get pushback for asking for a discount from MSRP, base MF, AND lease cash. I’m getting responses like “sales discount is only for financing (not 0% btw)” then “sure, I’ll give you that same discount but you can’t have base MF too”.
Yes, the car seat matters, but some vehicles have so much overlap that nothing works. Actually, most cars are like this. Most people just stick the kid on either side, but they are statistically much safer in the middle. Wife is a data scientist, no fighting this. haha
Light interior because we live in NOLA and it’s so damn hot most of the year. I can put a seat cover on the back bench. It’s fine, I detailed cars, I know kids will wreck anything.
Have you done actual temperature comparisons on light and dark leather from sun/heat? When I did, it was never enough to make a difference (there used to be a Quora too). Tint will have a much bigger impact that interior color.
As a dad, I say light interiors are fine. If anything milk- and formula-based spitups show up worst on black leather. After a certain level of maturity, little kids can also be taught to not wreck their parents’ cars.
However, I don’t think you’re going to find ‘good’ leather in your price range… I’d personally take a high quality fabric over entry-level leather.
Sorento. Soul and Sportage are both rather compact.
In addition to the models mentioned by others: Look at Nissan Murano if you qualify for the rebates such as VPP and/or loyalty (check Marketplace thread by @aronchi)
As someone who lived in the desert for many years where 115 in the summer wasn’t uncommon, the biggest help I found was doing a high quality ceramic tint, with the highest IR rejection possible, on all the glass. Getting the windshield and roof glass done makes a HUGE difference and is worth every penny.