Best Minivan Replacemnet
December 31, 2018
Since my kids have grown-up, I had the need to replace my very reliable, comfortable Honda Odyssey with a more fun, family hauler SUV. Money was not a big concern, so I was shopping between 2017 Audi Q7, 2016 MB GL, 2016 Lexus GX, new Honda Pilot and new Toyota Highlander - ALL of them 7/8 seater. I know 3 of the cars are luxury but all of these cars are very close in price. Previously, I owned BMW X3, BMW 535xi and my latest BMW X5 which I sold last month and I am an enthusiastic driver. Even though I love BMW overall, the new BMW X7 was out of my reach at this point. I test drove all the cars and here is my honest opinion. Audi Q7 was great performance and fun to drive, but going in the 3rd row seat is cumbersome and my kids will not want to do it. Too many steps just to enter there - Audi do something about this? Can you not make it simpler? MB GL was nice with all features - but big, detached from road and dealer was not negotiating price. GX was a truck-like and didn't like the drive. After lot of research, videos and blogs - finally bought a brand-new 2018 Highlander AWD Limited. Absolutely love it!!! Great feature comfort, nice styling. I had dealer put running-boards and door moldings. It looks gorgeous! I would say looks are on par with my bimmer. Love the interior and the shelf is so useful. I have put 300 miles so far and it is comfortable. 3rd row access is fine and seating is comfortable. I am planning to keep the car for at least 5-6 years. I would highly recommend it to anyone!