I am kind of buy and hold long time person. I only buy new or newer cars for daily driving. I have toyota Camry which I bought new and I never had any issue. Recently I went 2400 miles drive (back and forth) as well. Never had to think of any issues.
My Camry has no issues. But cars have changed so much and it seems like I live in a ancient world.
I am thinking about buying SUV. I test drove RAV4 and Mazda CX5. In terms of looks they both look nice and good safety features. I have more roomy feeling in my Camry than either of RAV4 and CX5. My Camry seats seems be bigger (at least to me). I did not have measuring tape so I can’t objectively tell if there is a difference.
RAV4 seems to sluggish as I have put my foot way down in order car to move with some speed on highway. To me RAV4 is more sluggish than my Camry 2005 (it has 140 hp).
Mazda seems to be very responsive and turbo engine is lot more responsive.
I had quite a bit of back ache after driving Mazda. It is similar kind of feeling after driving BMW M series. Not sure back ache issue is due to stiff suspension in Mazda or seats are not as long as my Camry (I am 6’ 3)?
How mazda CX5 esp. turbo engine compares (I know it is not good comparison) to toyota for 10 + years of ownership.
Will I be able to do regular maintenance on own my own like changing battery, air filters, Mass air flow sensors, spark plugs or throttle body clean up etc in a Mazda?
I don’t drive much (like 5k per year) and I don’t think I will save any money with Hybrids. Hybrid cost more and after about 10 years Hybrid batteries needs to be replaced.