Should I go for the really, really new car smell?
September 22, 2012 12:05 AM Subscribe
I've always heard, "Don't buy a first-run car, wait until the model has been in production for a few years." But, I'm really interested in the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek. Would the fact that it's essentially a jacked-up Impreza offset that rule of thumb? Or should I stay far away from being one of the first US owners of this vehicle?
posted by weathergal to Travel & Transportation (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm heading into my third winter up here in North Dakota, and the time has come to let go of my 2002 Toyota Corolla, which doesn't have ABS, let alone any newfangled traction or stability control. So the Corolla is going to my brother and SIL who live further south while I'm starting to shop for a new vehicle. I'm looking mainly at AWD/4WD as I don't get snow days at work (in fact if there's a blizzard it's pretty vital that I get in) so being on the roads before the plows is a possibility.
I'm normally a used car type of person, but am finding that the 2 to 3 year old models of the cars I'm looking at (Subaru, but also Honda and Toyota) are holding their value really well and are not much cheaper than new. I've been intrigued by the Impreza's 2012 redesign which improved gas mileage, and have been researching and lurking on owner forums.
I went and test drove an Impreza the other day, and found out they are in high demand in my area. The 2012 models are pretty much impossible to get. One of the 2013 models on the lot was being held for a woman in Wisconsin who was planning on flying out to pick it up and then drive it home. Another was already sold, and the final one didn't have the features I wanted.
The guy at the dealership was showing me the listing of cars due to come onto the lots, and along with the Impreza, pulled up a Crosstrek that is due to arrive in October. It has the features and color I would be most interested in, and the extra ground clearance seems like a good idea even though there is a bit of a hit on mileage.
However, it is a brand new model, which makes me nervous. There are no owner reviews anywhere, no data on Fuelly. I have read the professional reviews, they seem favorable, although say it's underpowered. (Not sure how much that will matter to me since I've been driving a Corolla for so long.)
I have also been test driving other makes of cars (and rather liked the Nissan Juke, even though it's kinda fugly). However, the Subie cult seems to have taken root in my brain and I'm gravitating towards the Crosstrek, even though the newness scares me.
So tl;dr, is buying a brand new Subaru model a spectacularly bad idea? Has anyone bought the first run of a new car model and regretted it? Or loved it?