Given you are looking at 7 year old cars, I assume you are intending to drive till scrap. If it matters, Honda and Toyota will have some body value left for export to third world countries, Nissans and Mazdas not so. Too much gadgetry. Those latter two brands have traditionally poor resale value.
I would say go for a RAV4 long wheelbase model from Borneo Motors (usually marked "MR" in SGCarmart), not one of the short wheelbase ones from the PIs. The longer wheelbase makes it more stable at speed and you get more interior space. The 4WD model doesn't suffer much in terms of FC to the FWD model as the rear wheels don't get driven until the front gets slip, so the drag is reduced. But all four are in about the same category of thirst so no surprises there.
The sideways opening rear hatch is an annoyance; you have to remember not to park all the way in if you intend to access the hatch, especially if you park in MSCPs, but I can't think of anything else that stands out as a major drawback. And because it's a Toyota, its probably the cheapest of the lot to insure.
Wow thanks so much for your detailed and thoughtful advice! Never thought the sideway opening boot is of any concern, in fact I thought it was a pretty cool touch rather than the conventional method!
Yes if I'm getting the RAV4, I'm looking at the MR version with sunroof. Thanks again! (:
I cannot give which one is the best among of your shortlist, but I think you should take out CX-7 2.3 Turbo, my friend used to owne one couple years ago, feedback from him that the Turbo lag very obveriously, and horrible FC, problems never end, after one year, sold out,
If you want power and speed, Japanese Turbo car only Subaru is trustable,
BTW, I voted Murano, relaibility, comfortable and safety wise
Yes, I am also quite wary of the CX7 though I love how handsome it looks. Thank you for your kind inputs! (:
Murano scores better in most of the departments. THe only concern with Murano is FC. SInce you are paid for Petrol, just go for Murano.
Thank you for your advice. Do you have any idea how thirsty the Murano 2.5 really is?
U should consider Harrier 2362cc, though it may be out of your budget, it has long term gain,
Fc wise, pretty good and highly recommended are 9-9.3k/ per lit, avg 550-600mileage 6 days A-B
Harrier is such multipurpose car juz like any other SUV, pst importunity is the parts availability and every/s can service a Toya, part is very affordable and reliability. Things to look our for are any cracks on dash-board and usual leakage of fuel oil gasket. Best sent for Vicom test to ascertain any car pending purchasing.
It does not burn a hole in my pocket and saving was very handsome too. My friend CRV gave him problem, rust frond on his black colored side rear after polishing. High FC and top-up every 4 days.
Murano may be a better bet, it has bigger side bump, hence parking may be an issue.
I would love to get the Harrier if I can, nice interior and feels like a Lexus. But really over my small budget la, Harriers are too expensive! :(
Seems like most people favour the Murano, which came as a pleasant surprise for me as I thought the CRV would win hands down.
Can anybody advice the 2008 Murano's reliability? Would repairs be expensive?
Also, anybody can advice a Nissan stockist just in case? And lastly, the fuel economy of the Murano?
I have always loved big cars, and I believe I would love the Murano; especially its sexy rear!
Now I just need more convincing, any Murano owners here?
Thank you everyone for your kind advice and participation! (:
Edited by Luvalive, 15 December 2014 - 08:10 PM.