2017 Lemon Aid New Car Reviews - SUVs

SUVs: MicroCompact - MidSize - Luxury - All-Terrain

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 Mitsubishi Outlander

 


What’s new
A third-row seat is now available with the four-cylinder engine. Pedestrian detection is a new feature on the V6 GT S trim. 
Comments
Styling updates for 2016 moved the Outlander closer to a conventional CUV look than before. Attractive cabin with good room in the first two rows, but the available third-row seat is more of a catalogue feature than a welcoming place to travel. Engine choices include a 3L V6 and a 166 horsepower 2.4L four. A plug-in hybrid was announced in 2016 but has not yet gone on sale. The V6 mates to a conventional six-speed automatic and the four is linked to a CVT. Unlike many manufacturers that have dropped their V6 engine options, Mitsubishi retained it as two thirds of previous generation Outlander buyers opted for the V6 for its towing capacity, power and smoothness. Tested before its current update, the Outlanders, tested along with Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4 and the Chevrolet Equinox, exhibited precise steering, good roadholding and a compliant ride. Equipped with all-wheel drive and grippy winter tires, a base 2.4L Outlander delivered a sure-footed performance during particularly arduous winter weather. While the 2.4L four delivered similar acceleration as its competitors, it is not the smoothest unit, suffers from exhaust rattles when the car is operating under light load at low speeds, but is a quiet cruiser. The CVT exhibits more of the rubber band effect than some competitors, including the Subaru Forester. Very comfortable front seats with wondrously quick and hot seat heaters. Good sound from the base audio unit.

Pricing

All-wheel drive, standard on V6 Outlanders, is a $2000 option on the 2.4L ES trim. The $3300 supplement to move from the ES four-cylinder to the SE V6 includes a third-row seat, the V6 and a variety of other features. The price bump from the SE V6 to the GT-S is partially explained by the active safety features included in the GT-S upgrade. The ES Premium, ES Touring and SE Touring are excellent value. The ES Premium package is essentially a four-cylinder version of the GTS-AWC, for about $4500 less. Poor value leasing.

Reliability
Not rated, insufficient data. Historically reliable powertrains. 10 year/160,000 km powertrain warranty. Poor paint adhesion has been a problem on previous Mitsubishis.  

Specifications


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

Engines:
2.4L‑4 (166 HP), 3L-V6 (224 HP)* 

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

City Fuel Economy:  11.9L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  8.5L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Available active cruise control with forward collision alert and collision mitigation. Lane departure warning and pedestrian detection. 
Additional Airbags: Driver's side knee airbag

Warranty: 5/100,000, 10/160,000
Current Generation Debut:  2014
Country of Origin:  Japan

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


2017 Nissan Rogue

 


 

 

What’s new
Exterior revisions include restyled front fascia, grille and headlamps, with minor trim updates inside. A Rogue One Star Wars edition, limited to 400 units, is available on the SV all-wheel drive model. Newly available features include forward emergency braking and pedestrian detection.

Comments
The second-generation Rogue has been well-received and is Nissan’s best seller in Canada. Very pleasant cabin ambience with clear gauges and logical controls, but the shallow audio and climate control knobs are hard to manipulate. Good cabin fit and finish. Roomy first and second rows of seats but the third-row seating, which is more of a brochure feature than a reality, is strictly for kids. Comfortable seats in the first two rows with the third-row seat being little more than an upholstered perch.

Driven briefly, the Rogue was smooth, quiet, composed, comfortable and pretty easy on fuel. All Rogues are powered by Nissan’s big 2.5L four that sends power to the wheels exclusively via a CVT. Properly equipped, the Rogue can tow up to 454 kg (1000 lbs.).

Pricing
All-wheel drive, standard on the SL Platinum, is a $2200 option on the S and SV trims, The SV Moonroof and Technology and SV Moonroof, Technology and Family packages are conspicuous value. The SL Platinum trim upgrade is a bargain. The Rogue One special edition is only for fans of the movie as it makes no sense as a value proposition. Good value leasing this year. 

Reliability
The components powering the Rogue, shared throughout much of the Nissan range, have been average for reliability. Some CVT failures reported starting at around 140,000 km but, according to Nissan, the CVT in the Rogue is improved.

Specifications


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

Engines:
2.5L‑4 (170 HP) 

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

City Fuel Economy:  9.6L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  7.4L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Forward collision warning and pedestrian detection 
Additional Airbags: None
Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2014
Country of Origin:  United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating:


2018 Subaru Forester

 


What’s new
Improved child seat anchors, increased speed range on the lane keep assist feature and the availability of the Technology package on the base XT model are the sum total of changes to the about all that is new for the Forester for 2018. 

Performance
Subaru's current flat four spins freely but can get raucous when pushed but disappears into the background when cruising. Strong, flexible power with the 2.5L engine. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) that will be picked by most buyers is carefully calibrated to get the best out of the flat four. Though slightly incongruous in a biggish CUV, the Forester is available six-speed manual, which has an ultra-smooth, progressive clutch, acceptably crisp gearchange and a well-chosen sextet of gears. If the manual has a downside it is fuel consumption, which is considerably higher than a CVT-equipped Forester. Though lacking in feel, the Forester's steering is precise and is nicely weighted. The Forester exhibits controlled lean in quick cornering but grips well and rides with a sublime suppleness. The Forester's cabin is fronted by a dashboard stocked with big, crisply-marked gauges and straightforward controls, The front seats are comfortable when cloth clad but feel a bit flat and lack give on the leather-lined Limited models. The supportive rear seat combines with good rear legroom to welcome second-row occupants. Cabin design, materials and assembly are all very good. Cargo space is shallow below the window line and not nearly as commodious as the luggage lockers of the Honda CR-V or the Toyota RAV4. 
Comments
Engine choices include a 2.5L four that produces 170 horsepower as well as a 250 horsepower 2L turbo. Manual transmission, a rarity in this segment, is available. Properly equipped, maximum tow capacity for the Forester is 680 kg (1500 lbs.).

Pricing

The Convenience model, with a power driver's seat, alloy wheels and a rear luggage cover, is good value and will suit the needs of most buyers. The Touring trim upgrade, which includes numerous convenience features as well as the important lane departure and rear cross traffic monitors, is well worth taking. The range-topping Limited trim is exceptional value for 2018 and boasts leather seating, heated rear seat and steering wheel, navigation and an upgraded audio system. The 2L turbo engine is a $2200 option on the Touring and Limited trims. Priced at $1500, the Technology package feature the comprehensive Eyesight active safety system. Very good lease value and good resale value as well. 

Availability warning
Subarus have become very popular over the last few years, with Subaru unable to supply enough units, product shortages have become commonplace and transaction prices are high. In many cases buyers will have long waits for their new cars, especially if they want the Technology package. 

Reliability
Above average reliability predicted  for the first five years. Only partial information available on the CVT, which has been reliable thus far in other Subarus. Long-term Subaru engine issues such as head-gasket failures may not have been resolved on the current-generation engines. An extended powertrain warranty is recommended if you plan to keep your Forester beyond the five year/100,000 km powertrain warranty.

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2.5L-flat four (170 HP)*, 2L‑4 T (250 HP) 

Transmissions: 6M, CVT* 
Drive Layout: All-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  n/a
Highway Fuel Economy:  n/a
Active Safety Features: Eyesight system with lane departure and forward collision warnings including collision prevention
Additional Airbags: Driver's side knee airbag

Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut: 2014
Country of Origin: Japan

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


2017 Toyota RAV4

 


What’s new
Conventional RAV4: Toyota Safety Sense with dynamic cruise control, a pre-collision system with pedestrian protection, dynamic cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, is standard for 2017. The base model now includes the equipment previously part of the LE Upgrade package. Keyless Go is standard on the SE trim level. A new Platinum trim package is newly available on the the Limited range-topper for 2017. Hybrid: new LE+ base trim, the previous XLE trim is now an option package on the LE+ model. The sporty-themed SE trim is new for 2017 and the Technology package, previously an option on the Limited, is now standard. The Toyota Safety Sense system is standard on all hybrid models.

Performance
Tested prior to its recent update, the RAV4's smooth 2.5L four delivers strong, flexible performance allied with excellent fuel economy. The RAV4's six-speed automatic is very well adapted to the engine, upshifts smoothly, downshifts promptly and seldom seems to be in the wrong gear. The hybrid model works very well but the noise the gas engine makes when it comes on line when strong acceleration is asked for is a bit intrusive. Steering is precise, nicely weighted, but lacks road feel. With good bump absorption and secure handling, the RAV4's suspension has been very carefully developed. Strong brakes with good pedal feel. The cabin boasts original styling, clear gauges and simple, logical controls but strikes some people as being too trucky or industrial looking. The RAV4's cabin houses comfortable, supportive seats front and rear, which combines with good legroom for both rows of seats. The vinyl seats on the SE and Limited models are very attractive but did cause occupants to become a bit sweaty. The RAV4's cargo space is regularly shaped and deep below the window line. Strong air conditioning, good audio quality and the Bluetooth phone interface works well and is easy to hook up.

Comments
Most RAV4s will be powered by a 2.5L four with 176 horsepower. Power reaches the front wheels (or optionally all wheels), via a six-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel drive system has Auto, Lock and Sport modes. The Lock mode leaves the vehicle in all-wheel drive until 40 km/h, when it reverts to front-wheel drive. The hybrid model combines a 2.5L four and an electric motor. Power reaches the front wheels via a CVT, with the drive to the rear wheels being electric. Properly equipped, the gasoline only RAV4 can tow a maximum of 680 kg (1500 lbs.).

Pricing
Conventional RAV4: All-wheel drive, standard on the SE and Limited versions of the conventional RAV4. costs from $2150 (XLE) to $2265 (LE) more than a front-wheel drive variant of the same trim level. Upgrading from the LE to the XLE trim represents spectacular value. The SE trim is priced to reflect the value of its extra content precisely. The Limited model is good value if you like its equipment. Very good value leasing. Offered only with all-wheel drive (with electric motors turning the rear wheels), the hybrid is priced roughly $3600 more than a similarly equipped conventional RAV4.  

Reliability
Above average reliability predicted from proven mechanical units.

Specifications


Body Style: 4SW
Occupants: 2/3

Engines:
2.5L‑4 (176 HP), 2.5L-4 H (194 HP combined)

Transmissions: 6A

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

City Fuel Economy:  10.3L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  8L/100 km

Active Safety Features: Dynamic cruise control and a pre-collision system with pedestrian protection  with available blind spot, rear cross traffic and lane departure warnings.  


Additional Airbags: Drivers side knee airbag
Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,00

Current Generation Debut: 2013
Country of Origin: Conventional: Canada, Hybrid: Japan

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

 


 

 

What’s new
With the second-generation Tiguan waiting in the wings, the first-generation model is a place holder for 2017. The only news for this year is the Wolfsburg Edition and the disappearance of a manual transmission variant.

Performance
The Tiguan’s turbocharged 2L delivers sparkling acceleration, impressive flexibility and refinement, but requires premium fuel. The six-speed automatic, equipped with a Sport mode as well as a manumatic function, works well most of the time, but downshifts need more coaxing than they should. The Tiguan’s suspension, with a well-damped ride and secure handling in everyday driving, excels on bumpy winding roads, where it feels like a sports sedan. The cabin features big, clear instruments, logical controls, multi-adjustable supportive seats, ample space, and elegant fabrics and plastics. Good cabin airflow through the numerous dash vents. Powerful air conditioning and impressive sound systems. Narrow, but beautifully-finished cargo area. Good exterior paint and panel fit. Plastic lower-body cladding will resist road abrasions and scuffing. 

Comments
VW's ubiquitous turbocharged four is the exclusive power plant for the Tiguan. A six-speed automatic transmission is the sole choice for 2017. Front-wheel is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. Properly equipped, maximum towing capacity is 998 kg (2196 lbs).

Pricing
Front-wheel drive is only offered on the Trendline trim with no option to upgrade to all-wheel drive. Upgrading from the Trendline to the Wolfsburg includes all-wheel drive and enough additional equipment to justify its roughly $5000 price supplement. The price bump to move from the Wolfsburg to the Comfortline is a mystery as value is not in any way part of the equation. However, the top-spec Highline trim level is a bargain if you want the luxuries it brings with it. The Trendline Convenience and Comfortline Technology packages are excellent value but the Highline R-Line package is significantly overpriced. Very good value leasing.

Reliability
Average reliability based on partial information available since the 2009 launch of the Tiguan. High servicing costs, typical for Volkswagen, are to be expected. Complaints received regarding carbon deposits on the valves which have to be cleaned manually.

Specifications


Body Style: 4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2L-4 T (200 HP)

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

City Fuel Economy:  12L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  10L/100 km
Active Safety Features: None
Additional Airbags: None

Warranty: 4/80,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut: 2009
Country of Origin: Germany

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: M

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

 

NEW

What’s new
All-new second-generation Tiguan.  

Comments
After nine years on the market, Volkswagen finally unveiled a second-generation Tiguan at the Detroit show. Built on VW’s MQB architecture, the new Tiguan, is built on a 2791 mm (110 inch) wheelbase, which is more than 178 mm (7 inches) longer than its predecessor and 112 mm (4.4 inches) longer than the Tiguans that will be sold in other markets. Power stems from a 2L turbo four with 184 horsepower and a stout 221 lb-ft of torque, which reaches the wheels (front or all four) via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Instruments are located in a dashboard housing logical controls that will be familiar to Volkswagen owners. Attractive cabin components include soft-touch surfaces and luxury touches like flock lining for the door bins. The longer wheelbase results in a very roomy cabin with impressive legroom for second-row occupants. Volkswagen offers a third-row seat but it really is just a catalogue line item, as space is minimal. Cargo space is ample when in two row mode, and next to nil if the third seat is deployed to accept passengers.

Pricing
All-wheel drive, standard on the Comforline and Highline models, is a $2200 option on the base Trendline trim. The base model, with alloy wheels, Bluetooth phone interface and cruise control, is comprehensively equipped. The Trendline Convenience package, with a cargo cover, heated seats, satellite radio and dark tint glass, is equipped in a way to suit the needs of most buyers. Upgrading from the Trendline to Comfortline is exceptional value if you desire its feature. The range0-topping Highline features a number of luxury items, such as leather upholstery and L.E.D. headlamps, is aggressively priced for those who must have it all. Very good value leasing.  

Reliability
Not rated, all new model. Average reliability predicted for the first three or four years, with service costs increasing as the car ages.  

Specifications


Body Style: 4SW
Occupants: 2/3, 2/3/2
Engines:
2L-4 T (184 HP)

Transmissions: 8A 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy: 11.3L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  8.3L/100 km.
Active Safety Features: Available blind spot, rear cross traffic and lane departure warnings as well as adaptive cruise control and auto braking. 
Additional Airbags: None 

Warranty: 4/80,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut: 2018
Country of Origin: Mexico

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Rear: NR

NHTSA Rating:


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