Help me decide between a VW Golf Wagon and Subaru Forester
July 9, 2012 9:04 PM Subscribe
or VW Golf Wagon
posted by any portmanteau in a storm to travel & transportation (34 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Here's the current situation:
2 adults and 1 baby (morphing to 2 adults, 1 kid and 1 baby in the next year or so).
One of the adults works, but commutes by public transit/cycling. Will occasionally drive for work but not more than 3 times a month.
Current vehicle is a leased Honda Civic that is too small (or rather car seats and strollers are too big).
Total driving per year will be around 15,000 km / 10,000 miles on a mix of highway and city. The car will not go offroad, and while it does snow here the Civic seemed to handle things just fine on all-season tires.
Lease is coming up in September so it is time to decide what to do next.
The plan is to buy a car and use it for as long as possible. We want a vehicle that will last long enough to make buying worth it.
In addition to the Forester and Golf Wagon we've looked at and/or driven the Honda CR-V, Toyota Prius V, Venza and Rav4, Mazda 5 and CX5, VW Tiguan, and Mitsubishi Outlander.
Neither of us are car people. We just want something that will be reliable and be able to cart us and our things around. We're looking at the base models for either vehicle.
Everyone + one additional adult will go for outings between 2-4 times a month, so a bit more room in the back would be a benefit.
This is how they seem to stack up
Looks nicer (although we both like the boxiness of the Forester)
Better fuel efficiency
More space for people and cargo
Much better reputation for reliability
We would be happy with either car. But which one would we be happier with?