I’m four months from the end of my Pathfinder end of lease and looking for a smaller replacement. So far my favorite has been the Santa Fe, but I understand it doesn’t lease well. I’ve test driven:
Santa Fe - Perfect size, love the features except the engines but I can live with it.
Forester - I like it other than the gutless engine and ridiculous control layout (how many buttons can you jam onto a steering wheel?). Still a possibility.
RAV4 - A tad small feeling and the hybrid is the one that seems appealing, but there doesn’t seem to be much chance of it leasing well either.
Rogue - Just ok.
Equinox - Too small, feels cramped in the driver’s seat. Didn’t even bother taking it out of the lot.
QX50 - I liked it other than the dated infotainment and cooled seat function that did almost nothing. Not as many features as the Santa Fe despite being “luxury”.
Any suggestions on models I’m overlooking that would lease well? The 2020 Outback turbo will be out by then and I’d consider it, even though I’m not a fan of the wagon look. I suppose there’s the Grand Cherokee too if they lease decently. I’ve never driven one.