2017 Lemon Aid New Car Reviews - SUVs

SUVs: MicroCompact - MidSize - Luxury - All-Terrain

Volume sales of Sport Utility Vehicles in Canada are increasingly clustered around so-called Sport Cute models based on compact car platforms. These so-called Crossover Utility Vehicles (CUVs), possess a high seating position, good cargo capacity, and can carry four or five people comfortably.

The CUV format is moving into bigger and bigger vehicles. The Chevrolet Traverse, Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, GMC Acadia, Hyundai Santa Fe XL Infiniti QX60, Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander all have three rows of seats and ample cargo space, if not necessarily at the same time.  

Truck-based SUVs, once at the core of the market, have been pushed to the margins of the segment. The Jeep Wrangler and the Toyota 4Runner are the last popularly-priced body-on-frame SUVs still available. Impressive towing capacity is the key advantage that the truck-based vehicles have over the more common CUVs.

Micro CUVs
New for this segment this year include the Nissan Qashqai and updated versions of the Buick Encore and Chevrolet Trax from GM. 

Compact CUVS
Compact CUVs represent the bulk of the segment and four key segment stalwarts, the Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V, Jeep Compass, Mazda CX-5 and Volkwagen Tiguan, are all new this year. In addition to all new vehicles, two big segment players, the Ford Escape and Subaru Forester, are subject to mid-cycle remakes for 2017.

Mid-Size CUVS
The new GMC Acadia went on sale last summer and the U.S. built Volkswagen Atlas, its first three row CUV offered by the company in North America should be on sale by the summer of 2017. 

Luxury CUVS
New this year are a new Audi Q5, Buick Envision and the Cadillac CT5, which replaced the discontinued SRX. 

 

Chevrolet Equinox  Hyundai Santa Fe Sport  Jeep Patriot  Nissan Rogue 
2018 Chevrolet Equinox  Hyundai Tucson  Kia Sorento  Subaru Forester 
Ford Escape  Jeep Cherokee  Kia Sportage  Toyota RAV4 
GMC  Terrain  Jeep Compass  Mazda CX-5  Volkswagen Tiguan 
Honda CRV  New Gen. Jeep Compass  Mitsubishi Outlander  2018 Volkswagen Tiguan 

2017 Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain

 


 

 

What’s new
Equinox: With the next generation Equinox already announced, 2017 will be the last year for the current model. The top model was renamed Premier for 2017. Terrain: Nightfall Edition is the sole change for 2017. The next-generation model of the Terrain was revealed at the Detroit show in January but is not expected in showrooms until the summer of 2017 at the earliest.   

Performance
The 2.4L four furnishes adequate acceleration but can get raucous when working hard. Low highway fuel consumption. The brake pedal has a wooden feel and the brakes lack initial bite. Small glazed area hinders outward visibility. Except for minor details like the logo on the steering wheel, the cabins of the Equinox and Terrain are essentially the same. The climate controls feature too many buttons. The cabins contain a number of hard plastic surfaces, but are relatively attractive. Comfortable seats and plenty of passenger space, front and rear. The cargo bed is narrow and shallow below the window line, limiting cargo capacity. The Equinox and Terrain share no exterior panels and attract different buyers.

Comments
The Equinox and Terrain are near the end of their current lifecycles. Most of the examples of this platform are powered by GM's ubiquitous Ecotec 2.4L four, but a 3.6L V6 is optional for those who want more power or have towing needs. The take-rate for the V6 is roughly five percent. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. Properly equipped, the Equinox 2.4L can tow up to 680 kg (1500 lbs.), with the V6 having a maximum capacity of 1588 kg (3500 lbs.).
Pricing

All-wheel drive is a $2200 option and the 3L V6 will set you back $2000 for its extra power and smoothness. Moving up from the base Equinox LS to the LT trim level is expensive for what you get, as is the range-topping Premier model. Leasing is good value for 2017. There may be some good deals on the current Equinox once the next-generation model launches. The Terrain is priced anywhere from about $1000 to $2000 higher than and equivalent Equinox but lacks any compelling virtues to justify the price difference.

Reliability
Average reliability predicted based on limited data. Predicted weak points include premature brake wear and electronic sensor failures. A GM extended warranty is recommended if you plan to keep this vehicle for a long time. 

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2.4L-4 (182 HP)*, 3.6L‑V6 (301 HP)  

Transmissions: 6A 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive*, all-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  11.0L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  6.2L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Forward collision. ane departure, blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings are available 

Additonal Airbags:  None
Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/160,000
Current Generation Debut: 2010
Country of Origin: Canada

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


2018 Chevrolet Equinox

 

NEW

What’s new
Chevrolet finally renews its Equinox lineup after eight long years on the market. The Terrain, the GMC twin to the Equinox, has not yet been renewed. A wide array of active safety equipment will be available on the new Equinox. The new Teen Driver feature permits parents to monitor the use of their vehicle. Apple CarPlay-Android Auto is standard for 2017.

Comments

Based on a new architecture, the 2018 Equinox is built on a 132 mm (five inch) shorter wheelbase, spans 118 mm (4.6 inches) less from bumper to bumper, is roughly the same width and height and up to 180 kilograms (400 pounds) lighter than its predecessor. 
The previous 2.5L four and 3.6L V6 engines have been retired in favour of a trio of new powerplants. The base engine is a 170 horsepower 1.5L turbo four, with a 2L turbo four with 252 horsepower replacing the 3.6L V6 that was an option on the old Equinox. In what might be a Too Late to Stop it move, given the fiasco of the Volkswagen diesel scandal, Chevrolet has announced its intention to market a 1,6L turbodiesel that produces 136 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. The 1.5L and diesel are hooked up to a conventional six-speed automatic transmission, with the stout 2L attached to a new nine-speed automatic that debuted in the 2017 Malibu.
With its multi-segment frontal port treatment and undulating accent lines, the Equinox reflects Chevrolet's current design vocabulary. The overall elegance of the new Equinox is undermined by its busy frontal treatment and side embellishments that do little than impart visual discord. That said, the bright detailing around the windows is very well judged. The cabin of the new Equinox reflects the current School of Chevrolet design ethos, with a dashboard that looks lifted directly from the Malibu sedan. The rest of the interior, with pleasing shapes, some attractive colour combinations and matte finished hard surfaces, is very stylish. The dashboard of the Equinox is stocked with clear instruments and simple, logical controls.The shorter wheelbase has not hurt rear seat legroom or cargo space, both of which are ample. The front seats are comfortable but the small voids in the lower outboard rear seat backrest, meant to permit easy seat folding, leave some occupants feeling unsupported. Chevrolet notes that its new rear seat design, where the bottom cushion flips forward, allows the backrest to fold in a way that creates a flat load floor. 
The Equinox is still built in Canada but the Terrain, when it turns up, will be imported from Mexico.  

Pricing

No pricing details are available at this time. 

Reliability
New vehicle, not rated. The previous Equinox was rated average for reliability. 

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
1.5L-4 T  (170 HP), 1.6L-4 TDI (136 HP), 2L‑4  T (252 HP) 

Transmissions: 6A , 9A (2L only)
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  N/A
Highway Fuel Economy:  N/A

Active Safety Features:  Forward collsion warning with low-speed forward emergency braking. Lane change, land departure, blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings. 

Additional airbags:  No info available


Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2018
Country of Origin: Canada (Equinox), United States (Terrain, eventually)

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Rear: NR

NHTSA Rating:


2017 Ford Escape

 

What’s new 
The mid-cycle refresh of the Escape went on sale in the spring of 2016 as an early 2017. Exterior styling updates include a new hood, grille and front fascia. Interior revisions encompass a revised dash centre stack, centre console, cabin trim changes and SYNC-Connect, which allows owners to start, stop and unlock their vehicles from their smart phones. The previous 1.6L turbo has been replaced by the 1.5L engine used in other Fords; while the biggest available engine remains a 2L. Ford maintains that the 2L engine is all new. The turbo engines features an auto stop/start system for 2017. Active safety equipment including lane keep assist, adaptive cruise contol and collision warning with brake support, is optional for 2017. 

Performance
The 1.5T turbo delivers more than adequate power and good flexibility, but was no faster than the previous-generation 2L Mazda CX-5 with fewer horsepower. The six-speed automatic transmission mates well with the 1.5 L turbo four. The more powerful (240 horsepower) 2L turbo four is genuinely fast and very eager. Precise steering. Well thought out ride-handling compromise but both are affected when the vehicle is loaded up with passengers and cargo. Good visibility. The cabin is very vertical with those in front sit in a very legs-down stance. The front seat cushions are more comfortable than before but larger drivers will still find them too small and they are still narrow. The outboard rear seats can be reclined individually, the seat is thinly padded and legroom is tight for this class. The cabin reflects contemporary style and is carefully assembled from attractive components. The slow-moving power tailgate reveals a low load floor. The rear seats fold when cargo-area release toggles are pulled, but create a stepped load floor. 

Comments
Like other European-designed Fords, the bold lines, unusual shapes, slick detailing, matte finishes and more soft-touch surfaces of the Escape's cabin are very attractive. Engine choices include a normally-aspirated 2.5L four, and two turbo fours, a 1.5L and a 2L.The sole transmission offered is a six-speed automatic. An "On demand" all-wheel drive system is optional. Properly equipped, towing capacities for the Escape are 680 kg (1500 lbs.) for the 2.5. 907 kg (2000 lbs.), for the 1.5T and 1578 kg (3500 lbs.), for the 2.0T with the towing package.

Pricing

Very complex model range with three engines, front and all-wheel drive and numerous option packages. The front-wheel drive $25,099 S base model, powered by the proven 2.5L normally-aspirated four, lacks equipment such as heated seats, even as an option, that many buyers consider essential. Moving up to the SE trim level brings a wealth of features such as heated front seats, accoustic glass in the front doors, a rear centre armrest, satellite radio and alloy wheels that many buyers want, for less money than the content would indicate. Upgrading from the SE to the Titanium model includes luxury equipment such as leather upholstery and a power driver's seat, at a tempting price. The180 horsepower (12 more than the base 2.5L four) 1.5L turbo four is mandatory with the SE, with the stout 245 horsepower (with 275 lb.ft of torque) being optional on the SE and standard on the Titanium. Equipping an SE to approach the feature content of the Titanium highlights what a good value the Titanium is. The SE 201A package is a bit expensive for its extra content and the SE Sport package is significantly overpriced. The Titanium 301A option group contains lane departure warning, lane keep assist, self-parking and xenon headlamps for a reasonable fee. All-wheel drive, not offered on the S, is optional on the SE and Titanium models. The 2L turbo four, standard on the Titanium model, is a $1000 option on the SE. Very good value leasing for 2017.     

Reliability
Below average reliability. Numerous complaints regarding poor fuel economy and well as glitches in the dashboard and electrical system. Turbo engine maladies are not unknown. The normally-aspirated 2.5L four is a better bet than the turbos but many features buyers like are not available on 2.5L cars. An extended warranty from Ford of Canada is recommended if you plan to keep your Escape past the warranty period.

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
1.5L-4 T  (180 HP)*, 2L‑4 T (245 HP),  2.5L-4 (168 HP) 

Transmissions: 6A 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  10.7L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  8.3L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Available lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support
Additional airbags:  Driver's side knee airbag

Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2013
Country of Origin:  United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: A

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating:


2017 Honda CR-V

 

NEW

What’s new
An all-new 2017 CR-V, based on the 2016 Civic, went on sale in December of 2016.

Comments
Built on a 40 mm (1.6 inch) longer wheelbase, the 2017 CR-V is longer, wider and taller than its predecessor. The CR-V is powered by a 1.5L turbo four that produces a stout 190 horsepower in the CR-V. A CVT is the sole transmission available. Most buyers will pick all-wheel drive, but a front-wheel drive LX trim variant be available to advertise a low MSRP and also meet the needs of customers who like the ride height, space and versatility of the CR-V but do not need AWD or too many frills. The CR-V features automatically deploying radiator shutters to maintain optimum operating temperature, standard heated seats, remote start, alloy wheels as well as options like heated rear seats, rain sense wipers and a rear tailgate that can be triggered by wiggling a foot under the rear bumper. Android Auto-iOS CarPlay are standard on all trim levels. The navigation system on the new CR-V is supplied by an outside specialist firm. The Honda Sensing safety suite is standard on all-wheel drive variants. Blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors are new to the CR-V for 2017.
Styling is contemporary, with smoother flanks than the Civic, but the bulging rear fenders, accentuated by a rooflne that tapers inward toward the tail of the car, which itself is distinctly over-styled, are awkward. That said, the CR-V features some artfully-rendered bright detailing. Like the Civic, the new CR-V has some bizarre and unattractive alloy wheel choices. According to Honda, a lot of effort was expended to improve the look and feel of the interior. The gauge package, with a bar-graph tachometer at its top, a digital speed read-out in the middle and a trip computer info screen at the bottom, flanked by a temperature and fuel gauges, is reminiscent of the one in the Civic but with a re-ordered central core. The dashboard is clean-lined, a bit over-scaled for the size of the car and clad with soft-touch materials. The centre of the dashboard is dominated by the large touch screen seen in other Honda vehicles, but one that has been graced with a radio volume knob, the lack of which proved irritating to owners of other Honda products. Big, comfortable seats, lots of legroom and ample cargo space round out the cabin of the new CR-V.

Pricing
Even the base LX front-wheel drive model is very well equipped. All-wheel drive is standard on all trims except for the base LX, where it is a $2800 option, but also includes an array of active safety gear standard on all wheel drive models. The price to upgrade from the LX all-wheel drive to the EX trim reflects the value of its additional features. The EX-L is a spectacular bargain and the range-topping Touring trim is very good value. Good lease value.
Reliability
Predicted reliability is above average but the engine and transmission are unproven.  

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
1.5L-4 T(190 HP) 

Transmissions: CVT 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  N.A.
Highway Fuel Economy:  N.A.

Active Safety Features: Collision mitigation braking, lane departure and forward collision warnings are standard on all-wheel drive models. Adaptive cruise control in standard on the EX and higher trims. Touring model equipped with blind spot and rear cross traffic variants

Additional Airbags: None


Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2017
Country of Origin:  Canada, United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Rear: NR

NHTSA Rating:


2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

 


What’s new
Mid-cycle remake includes new fascias front and rear and a new grille outside, with revised trim and a new navigation system inside. Hyundai claims updates to the 2.4L engine enhance refinement and fuel economy. The 2L turbo four has been retuned to deliver better mid-range acceleration and increased fuel economy, but has lost 25 horsepower in the process. A rearview camera is standard on all trim levels for 2017, with a multi-view camera standard on premium models. Adaptive cruise control with stop and go capability and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection are newly available for 2017. New Ultimate range-topping model.

Performance
Tested with the 240 horsepower 2L turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission, the Santa Fe's smooth, flexible and punchy engine performed effortlessly. The 2.0T turbo engine uses little more fuel than the normally-aspirated 2.4L. The Santa Fe's ride is a model of absorbency at all speeds. Unfortunately, the whipped-cream ride is at the result of soft springs and flaccid shock absorbers that cause excessive oscillations over big bumps as well as significant lean in corners. This lack of precision isn't helped by numb steering that masks anything going on under the Santa Fe's tires. The Santa Fe's upscale cabin could be mistaken for a Lexus if there were no logos inside the car. Clear gauges and simple, logical controls. Front occupants are treated to large, enveloping seats that are perhaps too soft to maintain proper support on a long trip. Outboard rear seat riders are pampered with supportive, reclining seat and generous legroom. Good cargo space unfettered by a spare tire, which is stored, outdoors, under the back of the Santa Fe.

Comments
Two four-cylinder engines from the Sonata, a non-turbo 2.4L and the 2L turbo, power the Santa Fe Sport. Power reaches the front wheels, or optionally, all wheels, via a six-speed automatic transmission.
Pricing
The Premium trim upgrade is a bit expensive for what you are getting but the SE trim upgrade is very good value. Moving up from the SE the to 2.4L Luxury model represents an exceptional deal. When additional equipment standard on the 2.0T SE compared with the 2.4L SE is accounted for, the price to move up from 185 to 240 horsepower is roughly $3000. The 2.0T Limited is great value for the money but the supplement to move up to the Ultimate trim level is roughly twice the value of the contents included in the range topper. All-wheel drive is not offered on the base Santa Fe Sport, is a $2000 option on the Premium trim level and is standard on all other versions of the Santa Fe Sport. Leasing is not worth investigating. 

Reliability
Predicted average reliability. The previous Santa Fe was reliable. Some rust-related problems reported on the last Santa Fe.

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2.4L-4 (185 HP)*, 2L-4 T (240 HP)  

Transmissions: 6A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  12.0L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  9.1L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Available blind spot, rear cross traffic warnings. Adaptive cruise control with stop and go capability and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection are available

Additional Airbags: Driver's side knee airbag

Warranty: 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2013
Country of Origin: United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


2017 Hyundai Tucson

 


What’s new
New SE trim level. Lower prices and enhanced content levels for the Limited and Ultimate trims. The Premium model now features a heated steering wheel. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are new to the Tucson for 2017. 
Comments
Hyundai representatives at the 2015 New York Auto Show stated that this new Tucson represents the first in a cycle of product renewal for the Korean firm. Built on an all-new platform, the Tucson is a bit larger than its predecessor and has become a viable alternative to the bigger Santa Fe Sport.
The cabin of the Tucson reflects contemporary style and is fashioned from materials that are attractive for a vehicle at its price point. The interior features comfortable seats, good legroom front and rear and plentiful cargo space
The base engine will be a 2L 164 horsepower normally aspirated four, with a 175 horsepower 1.6L turbo four optional. With so little power difference between the 2L and the 1.6T, opting for the turbo seems pointless and is most likely meant solely to flatter U.S. Government fuel economy tests. The suspension, not a strong point on the previous Tucson, is much improved.
Active safety technologies include lane departure, blind spot and rear cross-traffic warnings, as well as lane change assist and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection– an impressive array of safety devices for a vehicle in this class.

Pricing
All-wheel drive, standard on the 1.6T and 2L Luxury trims, is a $2000 option on other models. Nicely equipped base models. The 2L Premium upgrade is good value and, with alloy wheels, heated rear seat and steering wheel as well as blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors, is equipped in a way to suit the needs of most buyers. Both the 2L SE and Luxury trim upgrades are exceptional value. At $1600, the 1.6L turbo is good value on the Limited. The Ultimate trim is priced to reflect the value of its additional content. Leasing the Tucson is not worth considering this year. 

Reliability
Not rated. insufficient date. The previous-generation Tucson generated few complaints.

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
1.6L-4 T (175 HP), 2L-4 (164 HP)*

Transmissions: 6A*, 7A (dual clutch) 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  11L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  9.1L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Available blind spot, rear cross traffic and lane departure warnings. Available lane change assist and autonomous emergency braking.
Additional Airbags: : None
Warranty: 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2016
Country of Origin:  South Korea

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating:


2017 Jeep Cherokee

 


 

 

What’s new
Xenon headlamps are standard on all but the base Sport trim level. Broader Overland packages for 2017. New Sport Altitude and Limited High Altitude packages.  

Performance
Equipped with the 3.2L V6, the APA's test Cherokee is quick, quiet and economical. Other than being in too high a gear when exiting a corner, the transmission works very well. Steering, ride and handling are very well tuned for the Cherokee's intended "family hauler" role. Strong brakes. The cabin is impressive, with big gauges, logical controls, abundant soft-touch surfaces, comfortable seats and good space for passengers and cargo. Fuel economy wth the V6 is virtually the same as the 2.4L four. 

Comments
Based on the same platform that underpinned the now-discontinued Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart, the Cherokee is the only one of the three models to enjoy any market success. Two engines, a 2.4L four with 184 horsepower and a 271 horsepower 3.2L V6, are offered. The sole transmission is a nine-speed automatic. Three AWD systems Active Drive I, a single speed unit, Active Drive II, equipped a with a two-speed transfer case and Active Drive Lock, which adds a locking rear differential, are available. Optional active safety equipment includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross traffic detection.

Pricing
Front-wheel drive is standard on all trims except for the Trailhawk and V6-powered Overlands. Drivetrain options include all-wheel drive at $2200, and the V6 at $1595. The North trim upgrade is priced to reflect the value of its content, the Overland is aggressively priced and the Limited is a bargain. The Trailhawk looks a bit expensive on paper but ticking the order box for it delivers a lot of off-road capability with a single stroke.  

Reliability
Below average reliability overall. Some transmission control issues and outright failures have been reported. Some owners report electrical problems as well. An FCA Canada extended warranty is recommended is you plan to keep your Cherokee past the three-year/60,000 km basic warranty.

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2.4L-4 (184 HP), 3.2L‑V6 (271 HP)*

Transmissions: 9A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  11.6L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  8.6L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Available active cruise control with stop and go, forward collision warning with active braking, lane departure, blind spot and rear cross traffic and and lane keep assist.
Additional Airbags: Front occupant knee airbags and outboard rear side airbags
Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000

Current Generation Debut: 2014
Country of Origin: United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: M

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating:


Jeep Compass, Jeep Patriot

 


 

 

What’s new
With the second-generation Compass ready to go on sale by the spring, there are no changes of note for the Compass this year. The Patriot name will be discontinued. 

Performance

The 2.4L furnishes adequate urge and is reasonably refined unless it is pushed really hard. The six-speed automatic transmission operates in a more "traditional" manner than the continuously variable transmission (CVT) it replaces. Freedom-Drive II (the more capable of the two optional all-wheel drive systems), maintains higher engine revs on the highway, increasing fuel consumption. Avoid the 2L four as it develops less power and is little more frugal than the 2.4L. Competent handling as a result of suspension improvements made for the 2011 model year. Absorbent ride. After several rounds of improvements, the steering is now precise and nicely weighted. Prominent road noise. Spongy brakes. Roomy cabin and cargo area. Comfortable seats. Good cabin fit and finish. 

Comments

Car-based sport-cutes dominate the tall wagon market in Canada, and these car-based Jeeps inhabit the heart of the market. Though they look different outside, these vehicles are identical under the skin. The Compass is all soft enveloping forms, whereas the Patriot displays traditional square-rigged Jeep styling cues. Power comes from either a 2L or a 2.4L four also seen in other Chrysler vehicles. Transmission choices are a five-speed manual, a six-speed automatic or a CVT (Freedom Trail II only). Power goes to the front wheels, or optionally, to a part-time "on-demand" all-wheel drive system. The Freedom Drive II option makes these Jeeps “Trail Rated”. Properly equipped, the Compass and Patriot can tow up to 909 kg (2000 lbs.).

Pricing

The Compass is priced from $1300 to $1400 (High Altitude), $1000 (Sport) and $1300 (North) higher than an equivalent Patriot. All-wheel drive costs an extra $2350 to $3300 higher on the Compass and from $2350 to $5600 on the Patriot. Compass: Upgrading from the Sport to the North trim level is overpriced but moving up from there to the  High Altitude model is very good value. A fully-equipped Compass is priced about $3000 less than a similarly equipped Honda CR-V, but the savings will be lost when you trade-in the Compass. No leasing is available. There could be some major discounts on these vehicles once the new Compass is on sale.  

Reliability
Below average reliability. These vehicles age poorly. Complaints include premature suspension and brake component wear and oil pan leaks. An extended warranty from FCA Canada is recommended if you plan to keep the vehicle after the basic and powertrain warranties expire. Vulnerable to corrosion, an oil-based anti-rust treatment is recommended.

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2L-4 (158 HP), 2.4L‑4 (172 HP)* 

Transmissions: 5M, 6A*. CVT 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  11.7L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  9.2L/100 km
Active Safety Features: None
Additional Airbags: None
Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2008
Country of Origin:  United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: P

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


2017 New Generation Jeep Compass

 

NEW

 

After 10 years on the market, Jeep finally releases a second-generation Compass that replaces both itself and the discontinued Patrilot.

Comments

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has finally unveiled a second generation Compass. It is built on the same platform than underpins its showroom mates, the Jeep Cherokee and Renegade. The redesigned Compass replaces both itself and the current Patriot, which will not be renewed. The new model looks more mature compared to its predecessor, which always had a slightly makeshift aura to it.
The cabin is very much in the FCA corporate style and none the worse for it. It's tastefully conservative, with crisply-marked gauges, logical HVAC and audio controls, copious soft-touch surfaces and attractive materials. The front seats are comfortable and there is plenty of legroom front and rear, but the rear seat cushion is hard and uncomfortable. Rear seat headroom is tight. Good cargo space.
Power is provided by a 180 horsepower 2.4L four that is hooked up to a six-speed automatic transmission on front-wheel drive models, with all-wheel drive variants employing a nine-speed automatic. Two all-wheel drive systems, Jeep Active Drive, a full-time all-wheel drive is will suit most buyers and Jeep Active Drive Low, with a 20:1 crawl ratio, available for the more adventurous. The Trailhawk version adds Selec-Terrain which includes Selec-Speed control and Hill Descent control.
In a move destined to create confusion, the new Compass will be sold as a 2017 model alongside the remaining first-generation Compass, also sold as a 2017 model.

Pricing

The base Compass model, the front-wheel drive Sport model with manual transmission, is priced at $24,900 ($26,395 with automatic). All-wheel drive, standard on the Limited and Trailhawk trims, is a $2500 option on the Sport and North trims. Very good value North trim upgrade which includes popular items such as alloy wheels, roof rails, deep tint glass, fog lights, satellite radio and Keyless Go. The Limited range-topper, which adds luxuries like leather seating, a power driver's seat, heated front seats, heated steering wheel and a remote starter, is priced to reflect the value of its content. The Trailhawk is a convenient way to create a very capable all-terrain vehicle by simply ticking an option box. Fantastic value Safety and Security, Navigation, Cold Weather and Advanced Safety and Lighting packages.  


Reliability
New vehicle, not rated. Below average reliability is predicted. 

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2.4L‑4 (180 HP)* 

Transmissions: 6M, 6A, 9A 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  N.A.
Highway Fuel Economy:  N.A.

Active Safety Features: Available forward collision, lane departure, blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings as well as forward collision active braking and lane keep assist


Additional Airbags: Driver side knee airbag
Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2017
Country of Origin:  Mexico

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front:NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Rear: NR

NHTSA Rating:


2017 Kia Sorento

 


 

What’s new
Revised packages and packaging. Android Auto-Apple CarPlay is now available. LX 2L and V6 variants gain auto temperature control for 2017. SX trims now have adaptive headlamps as standard. The SX+ trim now features autonomous emergency braking.

Performance
While it feels like a tank when you first leave from a stop, that sensation dissapates once you become accustomed to the vehicle. Our SX test vehicle was powered by Hyundai-Kia's punchy 3.3L V6 that is silken smooth under most conditions, but delivers a delicious, precision snarl when pushed. The operation of the Sorento's six-speed automatic transmission goes completely unnoticed as its operation is essentially faultless. The brakes do shed speed quickly enough but pedal travel is excessive and pedal effort is too soft. A firmer pedal and greater initial bite would be big improvements and would be more reassuring in stop and go traffic. The Sorento's combination or resilient ride and tidy handling is very pleasing for a large family bus. The Sorento is a very refined machine.
The Sorento's cabin doesn't push any stylistic boudaries but is totally functional, tasteful and fashioned from attractive components. The dashboard featurers clear gauges, and considering the vast array of functions it controls, the dash centre stack is straightforward and works very well. The first two rows of seats are roomy and very comfortable. Access to the third-row seat on our test vehicle was for the nimble, with room enough for children or small adults. Good cargo space when in two-row mode, with limited space available when the third row is arrayed for passengers. Excellent sound system in our SX test vehicle and the heating and air conditioning worked very well in a varied week of weather.

Comments
Available engines include a normally-aspirated 2.4L four, a 3.3L V6  and a 2L turbo four that produces 240 horsepower. Power reaches the front wheels, or optionally all wheels, via a six-speed automatic transmission. Active safety equipment such as active cruise control with forward collision warning and blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors are available.  
Pricing
The third-row option is restricted to V6-engined Sorentos. All-wheel drive, standard with the V6, costs from $2200 (2.4L) to $2400 (2L) more on other models. Moving up from the LX to EX and from there to the SX trim levels are all good value. The EX+ package is keenly priced with the SX+ package being priced to reflect the value of its content. The V6, packaged with the third-row seats, is priced at just $1100, which is a bargain considering its stirring performance and compelling soundtrack. Very good lease value for 2017.

Reliability
New model, not rated. The previous Sorento was rated above average. 

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3, 2/3/2

Engines:
2L-4T (240 HP), 2.4L‑4 (185 HP), 3.3L-V6 (290 HP)* 

Transmissions: 6A 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  14L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  10.1L/100 km

Active Safety Features: Available forward collision, lane departure, blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings. Available Active cruise control with autonomous emergency braking. 


Additional Airbags: None
Warranty: 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2016
Country of Origin:  United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating:


2017 Kia Sportage

 

What’s new
The all-new Sportage went on sale in the spring of 2016.  

Performance
The large 2.4L normally aspirated four delivers smooth, effortless performance and is nicely mated to its conventional six-speed automatic transmission. The nicely weighted steering, while lacking in feedback from the road, is precise and has good directional stability at highway speeds. The ride-handling compromise of the new Sportage is quite well judged for this type of vehicle with a comfortable ride married to tidy handling. The more powerful 2L turbo engine is both fast and flexible, but, with an average fuel economy of 12.7L/100 km, experienced in extremely hot weather, it is very heavy on fuel. The turbo’s ride was a bit firmer and its handling slightly crisper than the 2.4L model. Compared with its platform mate, the Hyundai Tucson, the Sportage is smoother, quieter, is quicker with the base engine and its cabin is a bit more luxurious

Comments
Kia showed the newest iteration of its popular compact crossover at the Montreal show. The design, while very elegant and bearing fantastic surfacing and detailing, breaks no new ground for the model or the brand. The new Sportage is 40 mm longer than the previous model, most of it due to a longer wheelbase, which results in substantial rear legroom. The Sportage's cabin is fronted by a dashboard with big, clear gauges and logical controls. Soft-touch surfaces cover the upper dash and upper door panels, with hard trim panels on the lower dash and rear doors. Most surfaces look good but the plastics on the lower dash and console look a bit too shiny. The Sportage cabin has plenty of cupholders, bins, cubbies, slots for water bottles as well as cupholders. Comfortable seats, front and rear.
The platform, which also underpins the new Hyundai Tucson, is reportedly stiffer, safer and delivers enhanced refinement and driving precision.
Most versions of the 2017 Sportage will be powered by a 181 horsepower 2.4L four. Optional will be a 2L turbo four that produces 237 horsepower. Power reaches the front, or optionally, all wheels, via a six-speed automatic transmission. Available active safety equipment includes intelligent cruise control, forward object and pedestrian detection with automatic braking, lane departure, blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings.

Pricing
Vast model range. Good value EX and SX trim upgrades, especially as the SX includes the 237 horsepower 2L turbo four.The EX Premium package includes a lot of content for the money but the EX Tech package is a bit expensive. All-wheel drive, standard on the SX trim, costs from $2000 (EX) to $2200 (LX) higher than a front-wheel drive model of the same trim level. Very good value leasing. The days when Kias were less expensive than key rivals are over as the EX Premium model is priced roughly the same as a Honda CR-V Touring. Very good value leasing for 2017.

Reliability
Predicted reliability is above average. 

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2L-4 T (237 HP), 2.4L‑4 (181 HP)*

Transmissions: 6M, 6A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  11.3/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  9.5L/100 km
Active Safety Features:  Available active safety equipment includes intelligent cruise control, forward object and pedestrian detection with automatic braking, lane departure, blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings.
Additonal Airbags: None

Warranty: 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2017
Country of Origin:  South Korea

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating:


2017 Mazda CX-5

 

NEW

What’s new
The second-generation CX-5 goes on sale by the summer of 2017. 

Comments
The new CX-5 is built on the same wheelbase and is essentially the same dimensions as its predecessor. With the return of the 2L and 2.5L gasoline fours and a six-speed conventional automatic transmission, the mechanical elements of the new CX-5 are unchanged from those of its predecessor. For 2017, the gasoline fours are joined by a 2.2L turbodiesel that produces 150 horsepower and up to 280 lb-ft of torque. The diesel, mooted since the introduction of the latest 6, is finally here. GM is also offering a diesel in the new Equinox and it will be interesting to see if the diesel engines are accepted by buyers or if it is already to late for diesel power in North America. 
Along with other recent Mazdas, the cabin of the new CX-5 is a model of elegance. The gauge cluster looks very similar to those of the Mazda 6 and the recent CX-9, is both elegant and easy to scan. The climate control panel will be familiar to owners of other Mazda vehicles as the unit is common to several models. With chic shapes, attractive finishes and some very convincing faux alloy accents, the CX-5's cabin is very elegant. The aftermarket style standalone screen, seen in other Mazdas, takes pride of place on the top centre of the new CX-5's dashboard. Built on the same wheelbase as its predecessor and essentially the same size overall, cabin and cargo space of the new CX-5 should be similar to its predecessor. 

Pricing 
The cheapest CX-5 is the $24,900 2L GX front-wheel model offered only with manual transmission. Opting for automatic transmission on a GX forces buyers into the larger 2.5L engine for a total price supplement of around $3000. All-wheel drive is standard on the GT trim and a $2000 option on the GS model. Upgrading from the GX to the GS and from there to the GT are both exceptional value. The GS Comfort, GS Comfort and i-Activesense (with a full suite of active safety equipment) and GT Technology packages (with the safety gear and a number of luxury features as well, are tremendous bargains. No leasing details are available at this time.  

Reliability
Not rated, insufficient data, Few complaints received thus far.  

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2L-4 (155 HP) , 2.2L-4 TDI (150 HP estimated), 2.5L-4 (187 HP)

Transmissions: 6M, 6A 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  N.A.
Highway Fuel Economy:  N.A.

Active Safety Features: Available forward collision, lane departure, blind spot, rear cross traffic warnings and active cruise control. 


Additional Airbags: None

Warranty: 3/Unlimited, 5/Unlimited
Current Generation Debut:  2017
Country of Origin:  Japan

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Rear: NR

NHTSA Rating:


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