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Patience

We have a 2012 Subaru Outback (130,000 km). We are among the first on the waiting list for a Solterra. Retired, with a vehicle, we circulate mainly in town and we plan to resume a routine of occasional trips, for example in Maine. The most recent news does not look encouraging. We are reluctant to do without air conditioning or heating. Is this vehicle’s braking performance and safety/crash test performance known? We are looking for a very safe, comfortable, reliable and durable vehicle. Should we change or wait for future editions? If we get back on a waiting list for another vehicle, it could be long.

Anita

It might actually take a long time. Small precision, the problem encountered by the Solterra is not one of heating or air conditioning (true however that to preserve autonomy, it is necessary to know how to modulate the temperature of the cabin), but rather of fixing the wheels. This is why the marketing of the Solterra has been postponed and that of the Toyota (bZ4X), suspended. These two vehicles have not been recalled by Transport Canada. To answer another of your questions, no National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash test results have been released at the time of this writing. No road test was carried out either. Let’s summarize. Your current vehicle has only 130,000 km and still has many good years to offer. So a little patience.

Prevention


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The Hyundai Tucson

My 2018 Hyundai Tucson has 90,000 km on the odometer. So I still have 10,000 km of warranty left. Question: would it be advantageous to have a general inspection done, or just a few parts of the vehicle, before the end of the warranty? If yes, which organs? In four years, no major problems.

Jean-Clement T.

Why limit yourself to a few mechanical components? A regular inspection is essential to avoid unpleasant surprises and ideally with your dealer.

End of life


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The Kia Sorento

We have a 2015 Kia Sorento with 210,000 km (engine replaced under warranty at 140,000 km) as well as a 2015 Nissan Rogue with 190,000 km and a new transmission. One wonders if we take these two vehicles to their end of life or if we exchange one for an electric car, knowing that the weekly mileage for the Sorento is 1000 km and 500 km for the Rogue.

Chantal B.

Considering the waiting time to get your hands on a vehicle (electric or gasoline), the best solution is to accompany your two end-of-life vehicles as long as a major breakdown does not occur. In this regard, it is important to ensure the preventive maintenance of your vehicles. In the meantime, we suggest you fix your choice on your next electric vehicle.

The right grip


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The Genesis GV60

It’s hard to find it! We love the Volvo C40, the comfort and its simplicity compared to the Genesis GV60. But some advances at Genesis are appealing. Is the C40 a wise choice? If not, what other model should be considered? We don’t want Tesla.

Jean-Nicolas C.

The torture of the hesitant. The C40 appeared to us more as an exercise in style compared to the models (Volvo XC40 Recharge and Polestar 2) from which it derives. The GV60 is more functional, more modern and more avant-garde too. Never mind, the models derived from the GV60 (Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6) offer similar performance at a better price.



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