I’m looking to purchase a new or used hatchback or crossover that I plan to use on a cross-country camping trip. I haven’t yet purchased the trailer, but we’re looking at teardrop style trailers that have enough room to stand up in. I would love to have a nice Subaru Forester, Crosstrek, or even Impreza hatchback so we can handle snow and ice when we go North. However, if we decide to travel South at some point (Amazonian Brasil or Northern Argentina), I want to make sure repairs are not a headache. It looks like Toyota, Volkswagen, Ford, and Honda would be a wiser choice in terms of available parts and knowledgeable mechanics in those areas, but I’m not entirely certain. To keep price point low and mpg high, I started leaning towards a hatchback, but nearly all of them are FWD. I like the Toyota Matrix for ground clearance and popularity, but it’s hard to find an AWD available for a test drive.
- What’s your opinion on FWD for pulling a trailer through snow and ice?
- Which models would be easiest/quickest to repair throughout North and South America?
- Overall, what models would you recommend for this kind of trip, taking into consideration fuel economy and long-distance driving comfort?
Thanks for your help!