We currently have a 2012 RAV4 AWD Limited (with that awesome V6) and a 2012 Prius C3 (with an incredible 53mpg). Being recently retired and no longer having to commute, we're looking to downsize to a single car. Living in northern Vermont in a small town with only one paved road, it has to be AWD. So we were looking at the 2020 RAV4 Hybrid, the Honda CR-V and HR-V, the VW Tiguan 4Motion, and the Mazda CX-3 and 30. It's just my wife and me with our three golden retrievers so cargo trumps back seat comfort.
- The RAV4 is a nice car, but overkill for us and it has a mushy feel on the road. Same for the Tiguan and the CR-V
- The HR-V is a very nice size for us, is lower than our RAV4 which would make loading our kayaks on the roof easier, handles our beat up roads well and has enough power for our needs. But the mpg is a weak point for such a small car...and the seats are among the most uncomfortable I've ever tried. A shame, as the dealer is fantastic and when I asked for a test drive he tossed me the key fob Friday afternoon and said bring it back Monday. I was in love with the car for about twenty minutes at which time my rear end started complaining.
- I've not yet looked at the Mazdas. The specs look promising and I've heard the seats are pretty nice, but the local dealer has a horrible reputation and has been charged by the state for rolling back odometers on used cars. If I buy new and never go there for service it wouldn't matter, but if I ever need warranty work...