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Lexus NX
Land Rover Evoque

Priorities: Ride smoothness / Quietness / Exterior styling

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 30000
Maximum age: 2 years

Maximum price: C $ 40000

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Response from LectroFuel

4:40 pm July 28, 2017

It would help if you could be more specific with your description instead of two cars.

The Lexus NX is a pretty good car. I'd personally go for a fully loaded small CUV like the Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring.

The Land Rover isn't. The Evoque is really a flawed car. It's almost impossible to see out of and I've heard it has a rough ride. It's overpriced and unreliable. This catagory of small luxury CUVs are not known for their plush rides and quietness.

You could always go for a Buick Envision, too, as the next member will soon tell you.

Check out the Mercedes Benz GLC. It's a luxurious car without the compromises of being based on a cheaper car like how the NX is a nicer RAV4. It's also been reliable and has standard active safety features.


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Mercedes-Benz GLC
Lexus NX
Buick Envision

Response from NormT

7:02 pm July 28, 2017

For C $40,000, 2 years old and less than 30,000(?) you are looking used German SUV area. But you could get a new cuv with all electronic safety aids. The Buick Envision Premium and the MKC offer the most features for the dollar. They both offer the best AWD system allowing a single to propel the car while the others slip. The MKC is almost $6,000 more than the Envision Premium, while the Lexus NX200t is around $10,000 more expensive new and it offers less features for that amount. The NX will only send 50% of the power to the rear wheels compared to the above two.

Both of the MKC and Envision accelerates quicker and has higher collision avoidance speeds as tested by Consumer Repirts.


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Buick Envision
Lincoln MKC

Response from LectroFuel

11:36 pm July 29, 2017

Oops, I didn't see you were in Canada. You shouldn't get a luxury CUV. The MKC is extremely unreliable. It's had many issues with interior switches and the A/C system. It's an upmarket Ford Escape. At least the Lexus almost guarantees great reliability. Buicks have pretty good reliability ratings too, but to a lesser extent.

Again, think about a fully loaded small CUV. Way more bang for the buck and still a great driving car. Tons of more features are available in your budget compared to luxury CUVs. The Mazda CX-5 is more sport-oriented, the Toyota RAV4 is more comfort-oriented, and the Honda CR-V is well-balanced. Since you are looking at some cars with styling that is "out there," perhaps a CX-5 would be best for you with its beautiful lines. It'll be about C $38,000 for a 2017 CX-5 GT with the Technology package, which is fully loaded with all the bells and whistles.

If you don't think those drive well, look at a 2017 Nissan Murano SV with the Driver Assistance package. Not as many features as the cheaper small CUVs, but it might feel more premium.


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Mazda CX-5
Honda CR-V
Nissan Murano

Response from NormT

9:42 pm July 30, 2017

"The only vehicle in this test with "sport" in its name is irrefutably the least athletic one. The Lexus NX200t lands a full tenth of a g behind the BMW X1 in cornering grip. Stops from 70 mph require a protracted 183 feet, an astounding 20 feet more than the best-in-test QX30. And despite making the most power at 235 horses, the NX is the second slowest of this group..." Car & Driver

Comparing the Lincoln MKC and the Lexus NX on Consumer Reports says that the MKC owners are just as satisfied as Lexus owners. Lexus customer service is keeping the NX top ratings?

We were at a Lexus dealership today while my inlaws looked over a used Buick Encore. We were acrossed the street at Toyota the day before as that is what they've had for 2-3 decades but they like my Envision. Their 2011 Corolla took a tree branch and was totaled. They drove the used RAV4 but it drove big and tinny compared to the Envision (not really fair to compare to a Toyota) and noiser my wife's GMC Terrain SLT. The Encore's smaller foot print fit my MIL better as she is older and far from tall. She felt comfortable with it as she doesn't like to drive on the freeways....whatever.

So I got to poke around the showroom while the wife hopped in the new LC. Dammit if I hit my knees on the dash ingress on just about every car with my 6-foot frame. The NX has no cargo space it is really tall lift over height. The seats and arms rest were Lazy-boy'esque soft. Nice and supportive with tall bolsters. Closing the door still had a little them of metal vibrating we don't have in the Terrain or Envision. The NX feels like it is closer to Encore size as I sat in the back of one the last two days. Granted the NX has a nicer feel but the 2017 Buick Encore with AWD can be had for half the price or $17,800 for a 2017. It just needs a ecu tune to give it 2.0T power.


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Buick Encore

Response from LectroFuel

2:26 am July 31, 2017

The Buick Encore is a nice-driving car, but that engine is waaay underpowered. 11 seconds to 60 mph with the base 1.4L Turbo, asecond slower than my Prius. With your budget you can get the 1.4L Turbo with Direct Injection that gets a 0-60 of 7.8 seconds. I wouldn't call it a "luxury car" because it's just a nicer Chevy Trax, but it drives much better than a Trax. The Encore is in a different segment than the NX. It's a subcompact lux CUV that competes with the Audi Q3, Mercedes GLA, BMW X1, etc. The NX is a compact lux CUV that competes with the Q5, X3, GLC, etc. IMO, the small mainstream CUVs (Mazda CX-5) are still a better value than the compact luxury CUVs.

The NX and the MKC have a similarly pleasant driving experience, but the NX has a much higher overall score on CR because of the excellent reliability compared to the poor MKC reliability. I guess what I'm trying to say is that luxury CUVs that have much to like about them also have so many problems with comfort, reliability, etc. You don't find that in the small mainstream segment because that is where automakers are putting their effort and money into. The small mainstream CUVs are all pretty good cars and you don't sacrifice much comfort at all. You actually get more features for the money.


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Response from NormT

6:18 am July 31, 2017

NX compete with GLA, Q30,X1

he NX is small and that is one of the complaints on Consumer Reports owners satisfaction surveys.

The Encore was considered a $13,000 cheaper version of the BMW X1 back in 2013. The X1 was redesigned and shares it's fwd platform with the Mini.



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Infiniti Q30
Mercedes-Benz GLA
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