The best vehicles for a one-car household

The best vehicles for a one-car household


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Let’s start with a reality check. There is no one car that can do everything. If you have a big car, sometimes you want a small one; buy a coupe and sometimes you want a car. In fact, if you can only swing one car for your household, a car is probably as close to perfection as the car can get. Due to its size and shape, a car (or alternatively a slim, medium-sized crossover) can carry a lot of people, carry a lot of stuff, remains easy to maneuver and control on the road, does not threaten to bulldoze everything in its path, a commendable fuel economy – the list goes on. With a few exceptions, you won’t be running a ten-second quarter of a mile or crossing three-foot rivers or cruising with the hood down, but these three vehicles offer space, comfort, safety, capacity, technology and looks you’ll be sure to take with you. to live.

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Budget Buy: Subaru Outback Wilderness ($37,000)

Somewhat mockingly, Subaru was late in the game making a truly off-road-focused car. The stock Subaru Outback has always been capable, but other brands have been offering “rugged” trim levels of comparable vehicles for years and years. The Subaru Outback Wilderness has been worth the wait. For under $40,000, it’s a very rugged, intensely capable version of the most featured car…maybe ever? It’s such an important vehicle that there really isn’t a direct competitor unless you’re cross-shopping with small SUVs.

Subaru’s signature symmetrical four-wheel drive and eyesight safety suite are standard, but Wilderness trim adds extra ground clearance for a total of 9.5 inches, redesigned bumpers for improved off-road approach/departure angles, an upgraded version of Subaru’s X-Mode AWD management technology, wheels and tires those designed for rough terrain terrain, roof rails designed to carry gear and a host of wilderness specific styling details. Of course, there are also plenty of branded accessories to stick to. One note: The Wilderness delivers better fuel economy than its less robust relative. If you need a family car that can go anywhere, but don’t fancy a hulking SUV, look no further.

Also consider: Toyota Rav4 TRD Off Road, Ford Bronco Sport Badlands

Read further: The Subaru Outback Wilderness Doubles the Outback Formula

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Sweet Spot: Genesis GV70 ($41,500+)

Sure, at the top we said wagons are almost perfect, but the sweet spot in this category is… no wagon. Genesis has definitely released new models lately, all of which are quite beautiful, competitively priced and more affordable than their direct competitors. The all-new 2022 Genesis GV70 is the best of the series. In fact, it’s the best across the board – in our review of the GV70 we said: “The GV70 doesn’t just offer better value than the rivals like the BMW X3 or the Audi Q5. It’s just better and justifiably gets big – time recommendations and qualify for big prizes.” So, uhh, it’s really great.

The GV70 is handsome, plush on the inside and a spirited driving experience, whether you choose the standard 300PS inline four or the optional 375PS 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6, both of which have four-wheel drive . Everything inside looks and feels extra premium, from upholstery to control buttons. Genesis may be an “upstart” automaker, but it’s capitalizing on its youth, having learned from (and beating out) its competition.

Also consider: BMW X3, Audi Q5

Read further: The 2022 Genesis GV70 throws a gauntlet to other luxury crossovers

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Upgrade Option: Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo ($110,000)

There are many electric vehicles available today, and some of them are cool. Most are fast and a few are very premium. But maybe none of them take every element — style, performance, technology, comfort, heritage, etc. — and dial each one at 11. Leave it to Porsche to go for the gold and grab it with one swing. The Taycan 4S Cross Turismo (that “4” refers to how many wheels it drives, you see?) is as fast as it is sleek. Its 482 hp and 477 lb-ft are complemented by a overboost feature, which can temporarily increase power to 562 horses. That’s enough power to launch this smooth sled to 60 in under four seconds. quiet!

There are some drawbacks to the Taycan 4S Cross Turismo; namely, at just 215 miles the range isn’t incredible, and it has a 2+2 seating configuration. However, we believe the all-electric motivation has negated those criticisms, as fuel doesn’t get cheaper and EVs quickly become the way to go. (And honestly, if you spend $100K on an electric Porsche station wagon, you might even be able to swing a second car with more range.)

Also consider: Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon, Audi RS 6 Avant

Read further: The Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo is a killer electric car for every day

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