Currently driving a '17 MDX, thought '22 comes out, I jump on that and not a care in the world. WRONG! This plan would have worked if my insurance didn’t count '22 MDX as made of gold and the insurance payment alone would be jacked up by $180 a month. So '22 MDX is now bottom of the list. Since I don’t need 3 rows, decided to test drive everything under the sun in my quest to find the perfect vehicle. So far (cars are going to be all over the place spec / price wise):
- 21 RDX - loud, jumpy, unrefined - are all words that come to mind while driving it.
- BMW X3 30i - like the car. The seats are a bit short. Would have been nice to have thigh extender. Going back later to check 40i to see if the sports seats are more to my liking, but I have a feeling that they will cut into my legs on the sides. Also the version that I test drove was barebones, need to find the Premium version to test drive exactly what I would get (hoping 40i will be closer to that to at least test out how things work)
- BMW X5 - didn’t drive yet, later today
- Audi Q5 - waaaay to small in the seats department
- Audi Q7 - would have been perfect, but who makes a luxury car with no auto hold?!? I’m too lazy to hold my own brake. Also the dynamic cruise was kind of shitty in the lane keep assistance. It was bouncing all over the place and a few times went seriously out of the lane before correcting. Is this normal for Audi?
- Pallisade - drove SEL that had both optional packages. All I can say is that I’m coninced that Hyundai spent an obscene amount of money making all the reviewers gush over it. Wind noise was ridiculous. The dash looks like the cheapest plastic known to man. My 3 year olds toys are nicer in the plastc department.
- 2020 Santa Fe Limited - not bad, but too cheap in finishes for the price. the turn cameras have got to be the dumbest gimmick since honda’s version
- 2021 Outback Limited XT - actually liked it. The car is jumpy from the power distribution, but I can regulate that. The infotainment system will probably take some getting used to, but considering that I’m more of a plug the phone in and use that person, I don’t think that’s too much of an issue.
- 2020 Ascent - kind of liked it, but it’s loud and loud is not my favorite. Didn’t try the 2021 version with updated MobileEye.
My “hell-no” category:
- nissan / infinity - bad experience with the brand and the local dealership for any service repairs is horrendous
- Volvo - no nearby dealer
- Pilot - don’t like front seats because of the arm rest (picky I know)
- Atlas - same issue with auto-hold as audi
Wants / needs:
- suv form factor or a tallish wagon
- comfortable seats (super important), have really destroyed back
- enough room for 2 adults, one child seat (Gigantic child seat Britax) and later on a mid/large dog
- decent to good semi-autonomous system especially when it comes to low / mid speed traffic
- android auto
- would love a panoramic roof
- something that leases decently (unlike for example Hyndai / Kia)
I know it’s a very long post dismissing a ton of cars, but maybe I missed something and should take a look at.