My 5 year lease for my 2015 Honda Civic EX 4-Door Manual expires in December 2020. I am the primary user of the car (the only car in the household), and I drive approximately 14,000 km per year.
We are moving to the Plateau Mont-Royal shortly, and will park in the street with a sticker, even in winter. My boyfriend and I want kids 2-3 years from now, so baby seat, stroller and company to plan. We make a return trip to the chalet in the Laurentians every 2-3 weeks. The slope is steep and we have had difficulty climbing it in winter. We want a new rental, this time with an automatic transmission, for 3 to 4 years.
I was considering renting a compact again, but the upcoming expansion of our family makes me hesitate. At the same time, I live in a neighborhood with narrow streets, where tight parking lots are common. My father suggests a subcompact SUV instead. He has a soft spot for the Subaru Crosstrek, but suggests that I also look at the Honda HR-V, Nissan Qashqai and Hyundai Kona. The Mazda CX-3 is a little less interesting according to the rating of the Car guide.
I wonder if a subcompact SUV is really the right choice for my needs. My ideal would be a vehicle a little more spacious, a little more skillful in more difficult conditions, but which remains compact and maneuverable in the city. And I admit that I got used to the luxury of my heated seats and my smart key start with push button …
Obviously, I understand that my monthly payments will increase given my requirements, but I would like them not to exceed $ 400 per month if it is realistic for a 4 year rental. Thanks for your help.
From what you describe, you have perfectly identified your needs. If you’d rather drive a compact and want an all-wheel-drive vehicle, you could turn to the Mazda3. Its main drawback is restricted rearward visibility due to the very wide C-pillar. But with its four-wheel drive you could go up to your chalet without any problem.
If you’re interested in subcompact SUVs, your dad who recommends the Subaru Crosstrek is right to do so. It is a vehicle well adapted to Quebec climatic conditions and which is no longer than a compact car.
With its slightly raised ground clearance, highly efficient all-wheel drive, and nice interior space, it should be fine for your everyday use. At the time of this writing, a Convenience version with automatic transmission costs $ 380 taxes included for a 3-year lease (20,000 km / year). Since rates are higher for longer rentals, hiring a Crosstrek for longer is not really worth it.
The Hyundai Kona is also an interesting vehicle, but its trunk is smaller. The Mazda CX-3 is fun to drive but clearly too small for family use. The Nissan Qashqai offers good interior space, but its handling is inferior to that of the Crosstrek. Finally, the Honda HR-V also offers good clearance and a spacious trunk, but its engine is noisier and its driving not really pleasant.
With that said, feel free to hop into these vehicles and try them out to see which one you like the most. But in our opinion, the Crosstrek would be the ideal model for your future use.
Considering that you are going to have several children in the years to come, I advise you to rent the vehicle for a maximum of 3 years and see if it is still suitable for your use at that time. If the space is still adequate, you can take the same vehicle back. If you find that you need a bigger model this will be a great time to shop for a new one.