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Let her test drive all 3 brands and decide which one she likes. That is the only way. It's not a matter of price. She has to be happy with her ride at her age. As her son, you must spend the time with her though.
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Let her test drive all 3 brands and decide which one she likes. That is the only way. It's not a matter of price. She has to be happy with her ride at her age. As her son, you must spend the time with her though.
Yes and no... let me explain. Unfortunately this is exactly what I did back in 2013 when she test drove a Mazda CX5, a Toyota Rav4, a Mitsubishi Outlander and finally a Chevy Trax and everything was in favor of the Chevy Trax AWD at this time, but the reliability was a total disaster... not only a bit poor, but a TOTAL disaster when the car as been towed 10x in 4 years to be dead on the side of the road. So unfortunately she need to focus on which is the most reliable choice for an old lady that don't want to ever mess with any car's trouble. And of course, I'll spend all the time required with her! :-)

If she decide today to buy a Honda CRV or a Toyota RAV4, I would have no worries at all. But the Hyundai Tucson has several advantages on price, appearance, warranty (?) and more. On the other hand, it must be an intelligent choice for reliability especially for her. As for myself reliability is important also, but if I have a trouble with my car, I can rely on my wife and we also have a second vehicle, not my mother. Can we say today, without a doubt that the Hyundai Tucson offers the same reliability as a Honda CRV or Toyota RAV4? That's what I'm trying to find out. If we only consider the automobile almanacs of 2016 and 2017, they put the reliability of Hyundai to the same level as the Japanese, but a doubt remains in my mind because it was not always the case in the past with koreans.

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Have you considered the re-sale value?? Say after 3 - 5 years
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Go for the CRV, the 17 is a spectacular car. I know 5 people who have purchased one since the first of the year and they all rave about it. It may be equipped less for the same money but will be more reliable and will retain MUCH more of its value. I love the look of the Tucson and all the gadgets but I'm not convinced of the longevity with the DCT transmission in the upper trim levels. At 65 one should not have to worry about maintenance costs and reliability.

I was faced with the same dilemma after my dad died. My mom was driving an older Ford and I feared her being stranded on the side of the road (I was 300 miles away). We started looking at small compact sedans. I pretty much settled on a Toyota Corolla over the Civic. But when it came to taking her for a test drive she hated the Corolla. We bought the Civic and she drove it for 10 years (put all of 32k miles on it). When she gave up driving and we sold it we got 50% of the value back. Bottom line, get what she likes! Good luck!

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Unfortunately you are coming into a market at a time when all these vehicles are so technologically advanced that you can't ever estimate the failure of them or the problems you might encounter.

20 years ago, hands down, it would have been Toyota for most reliable. But with every single element of the cars being electronics and computers there's a lot more points of failure that could happen, and you just never know what might happen.

That said..... my mother had been a Hyundai driver for many years (20+ years, 4 cars). She liked the brand, I guess, and the cars were always affordable. She mainly had Elantras, though. Never had any breakdowns or major issues. Never had to try to get anything repaired under warranty but there also wasn't as much technology included in those cars.

My wife and I just recently bought a 17 Tucson SE, and I am crossing my fingers that we never have any major issues. I was concerned with the dual clutch transmissions of the other trims so that's why we got an SE. I would have preferred another trim level and options but the DCT complaints basically scared me off. Would there ever have been problems? Who knows.. but didn't want to find out.

Your question on Hyundai fighting warranty jobs is valid, depending on the problem they might try to deny the claim. But I would imagine that most manufacturers would as well. Especially in Canada where I understand you, as a consumer, possibly have less protections as a buyer than we do in the USA.

As for the trim levels available to you..... honestly, even without knowing your mom, I'd guess that she won't give a hoot about a sunroof and I'd be more concerned with issues with the sunroof than anything else, so I would say get the Premium trim. Also the leather is nice, if you want her to burn her chaps in the summer and freeze in winter. Unless she actually wants leather and knows what she'll experience with them, get cloth with the Premium trim.


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I wouldn't have any worries about reliability from the 2.0 with the 6 speed auto. She's only driving it 7.5k miles per year ends up being 75k miles in 10 years, which is still covered under warranty. I know several people that trade their hyundai's when their warranty runs out at 100k miles, and they never had any issues that left them stranded. It would have been nice if the Tucson had the same 2.4L engine the sportage has.
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I've had a 2017 Tucson Limited FWD with the "Ultimate" package for a couple of weeks now. So far I like it a lot. I was drawn to it for the safety features in the Ultimate version. Seats are great, front and back. Everything is well thought-out and feels high quality. The major driving, heating/cooling, lights etc controls are intuitive and simple. However the phone, radio, XM, navigation, phone connection, etc is quite complicated with menus and submenus to learn. It seems less confusing than the BMW X3 that I considered, but it will take some time to get used to all the settings. On the other hand, you could just drive the **** thing and forget all the fancy stuff, or learn it little by little. It's keeping my brain active, at least.
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Unfortunately you are coming into a market at a time when all these vehicles are so technologically advanced that you can't ever estimate the failure of them or the problems you might encounter.

20 years ago, hands down, it would have been Toyota for most reliable. But with every single element of the cars being electronics and computers there's a lot more points of failure that could happen, and you just never know what might happen.

That said..... my mother had been a Hyundai driver for many years (20+ years, 4 cars). She liked the brand, I guess, and the cars were always affordable. She mainly had Elantras, though. Never had any breakdowns or major issues. Never had to try to get anything repaired under warranty but there also wasn't as much technology included in those cars.

My wife and I just recently bought a 17 Tucson SE, and I am crossing my fingers that we never have any major issues. I was concerned with the dual clutch transmissions of the other trims so that's why we got an SE. I would have preferred another trim level and options but the DCT complaints basically scared me off. Would there ever have been problems? Who knows.. but didn't want to find out.

Your question on Hyundai fighting warranty jobs is valid, depending on the problem they might try to deny the claim. But I would imagine that most manufacturers would as well. Especially in Canada where I understand you, as a consumer, possibly have less protections as a buyer than we do in the USA.

As for the trim levels available to you..... honestly, even without knowing your mom, I'd guess that she won't give a hoot about a sunroof and I'd be more concerned with issues with the sunroof than anything else, so I would say get the Premium trim. Also the leather is nice, if you want her to burn her chaps in the summer and freeze in winter. Unless she actually wants leather and knows what she'll experience with them, get cloth with the Premium trim.


Good luck with your new car, whichever way you go!
I cannot speak to the reliability issue. But to the bolded part, I am in a similar boat. I am planning on leasing a vehicle late April and the Tucson is in my final 3 (with Sportage and CX-5 - leasing so the '17 CRV not really an option, try it out yourself, MF is way off right now), but am wary of the long term with the DCT. I tried the SE but it is a bit basic. However, just starting to arrive at dealers is a new trim, the SE Plus. The SE Plus is most easily described as an SE engine set-up with a 2.0L 6 speed regular automatic transmission with many of the features of a Limited. I am guessing to bring in folks like you and me.

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Personally, I'd prefer the engine in the sportage or the CX-5 over the base tucson engine. If the base tucson engine got over 30mpg with AWD, then it would be worth considering, but it doesn't. I'd rather have the larger engine with better fuel economy.
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Personally, I'd prefer the engine in the sportage or the CX-5 over the base tucson engine. If the base tucson engine got over 30mpg with AWD, then it would be worth considering, but it doesn't. I'd rather have the larger engine with better fuel economy.
Honestly, the Sportage is slightly #1 because of the more powerful engine & more features (either the middle trim EX with no pkgs or the base LX with Popular & Cool pkgs), but similarly well priced and super warranty. Its drawback is the same as the SE & SE Plus for Tucson - not great MPG. The CX-5 is second because it drives like a dream and the rumor of the 2017 is it drives even slightly better (not out yet), and better MPG. The CX-5's drawbacks are worse warranty and light on convenience features (though they are saying they will retrofit Apple/Android in the 2017's when they get it completely sorted out over the next year), also slightly higher priced. I just love the look of the Tucson, their ever increasing reliability, super warranty, and price. If I felt more confident about the DCT, I would already be trying to work a deal on a Sport (Limited just jumps out of my price range right now).

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