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Posted on August 15, 2021 at 11:45 a.m.

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Q: Next month I’m finishing the lease (4 years) of a 2018 Hyundai Elantra GL with 80,000 km on the clock, which includes an annual trip to Florida. Well maintained, no problem so far. It suits me in terms of comfort, reliability and consumption. The end-of-lease purchase price is $ 9,500. I am 79 years old and I use my car for what it is, that is to say a simple means of transport, without flafla. I hesitate between keeping it for at least four more years, with normal repairs and maintenance (brakes, tires, etc.), and buying a new Elantra Preferred 2021, without the hassle, but with the cost of a new car. I try to minimize my costs as well as avoid problems.

Michel K.

A: The reliability of the 2018 Elantra is average, nothing more. To ensure your peace of mind and considering your annual mileage, why not get a new one? The model has been revisited in the past year. And since you do not want to “flafla”, why not prefer the Essential version ($ 17,899)? It has 15 ”tires, probably the same size as your current vehicle. If so, you might be able to avoid purchasing new winter tires.

The perfect vehicle

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Toyota Corolla Cross

Q: I have a 2000 Honda Civic SE which has served me very well. I am retired and I would like to acquire a last vehicle. I don’t do a lot of mileage, except for a few trips to Quebec. I would like a reliable, economical vehicle with low maintenance costs and without too many electronics. My priorities are: automatic transmission and air conditioning. I also look at used models (end of rental or vehicle having had only one owner with low mileage and good maintenance). I would like a vehicle in which we sit a little higher than in my Civic. The models that interest me are the Honda HR-V, the Toyota Corolla and the Toyota RAV4. Do you have any other suggestions?

Suzanne M.

A: Several vehicles meet your criteria. If you are looking for a new vehicle, we suggest you take a look at the Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taos or the future Toyota Corolla Cross. He will start a career in the fall. The HR-V is nice too, but not as comfortable as the aforementioned models for long trips.

Electric and fast

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Audi Q4 e-tron

Q: I have recently been without a vehicle. I previously had a 2018 Jaguar F-Pace R sport on lease, and before that a 2017 Mercedes GLC 43 coupe. I don’t need my vehicle to go to work. I’m looking for a four-wheel-drive hybrid or electric vehicle that can provide me with driving pleasure, comfort and a little cargo space, like the other two vehicles. I put a refundable deposit on a Rivian, but I expect long delivery times, hence the reasons for my hesitation. What would be your suggestions for well-equipped vehicles under $ 125,000 available no later than January 2022?

Nikola J.

A: According to a Rivian representative, the first Canadian deliveries will begin in December. You should have an interest in the Tesla, of course, the Polestar 2, the Audi Q4 e-tron (marketing begins in December). You could also include the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo (see this week’s test bench), but at $ 125,000 this one might not be as “equipped” as you want it to be.

We hand over the keys and we take another one

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio 2019

Q: We drive a 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio and the lease will end in February 2022. It already has 91,000 km on the odometer when our contract was for 80,000 km. We love it and would love to keep it, but we question the long-term reliability of this car. We will have to pay close to $ 30,000 to buy it and if we decide to return it, we will have to pay close to $ 8,000 for the excess mileage. Your recommendation would be appreciated.

Francine C.

A: It is difficult to establish the long-term reliability of this vehicle, as its distribution is, after all, fairly confidential. Caution dictates handing over the keys. Since you liked this vehicle, we suggest that you speak with your dealer about a new lease and, at the same time, negotiate the excess mileage charges.

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