So I have to decide on my new ride by the end of next week. Got it narrowed down to the Kia Niro or the Hyundai Tucson. I really like both of them a lot so it's going to be a tough choice. Tucson has the AWD, is slightly bigger, more cargo space - which I need - panoramic sunroof and more power - I'll be getting the turbo model if I do.
The Niro on the other hand has a nicer interior, only has regular sunroof, but just crushes everything else - in the Xover/Suv vehicles - in fuel efficiency, even a lot of the plugin hybrids. Official line is 50mpg I believe but there are guys on Youtube showing they're averaging 60+ MPG - 66 MPG is the best I've seen. So while it doesn't have the AWD or other sexiness I'm only filling up the tank once for every three times I would be in the Tucson. That's substantial over the long haul.
Yesterday I spent the day driving a few of the Tucsons of various trim levels, and the day before I took a Niro out for a 2 hour drive. Ugh, it may come down to flipping a coin as the price on both will be the same - likely about 30k on the nose for their respective trim levels. Anyway, pretty excited as it's been a decade since I've bought a new ride.
Then I'll be breaking it in with a road trip to the US second or third week of Sept. Me and the broshack are deciding either to head up to Lambeau and see the Pack and check out Milwaukee and Chi-town over 3 or 4 days, or go Detroit-Cleveland-Buffalo and back home. In which case we'll catch a Lions game or one in the Dog Pound. Anyone care to chime on where it would be more fun to see a game - Detroit? Cleveland? Buffalo? Chicago? Green Bay? Gotta' do a bunch of house and clothes shopping along the way too.
"Some motherfuckers are always trying to ice skate up hill." - Blade