Everything I’ve read and heard seems to suggest the Toyota 86 is a great sports car. Should I buy now or wait a while to see if any problems come to light?
Lino, email The 86 is a ripper. An instant classic. We do not think there will be any problems, at all. Even if you order now you are going to be facing a threemonth wait and if you delay more the delivery queue will only get longer. ONFOCUS I’ve been considering the UNCOMFY CAMRY? I bought a 2010 Toyota Camry and I find the ride to be extremely stiff, even with tyres at correct pressure. Compared to a Commodore the ride is so uncomfortable. Is that normal for the Camry to be like that? Is there anything I should look at to rectify it?
Joe, email Without knowing the exact model of Camry and the tyres, it is hard to be precise but the Camry generally might feel stiffer because the Commodore had sagged over the years. You could drop the tyre pressures to the lowest recommendation, or switch to a tyre with more compliance in the sidewall. Mazda2 Neo and a dealer is offering a price of $12,450 and $5000 for my trade-in, a 2007 Holden Barina three-door. But it may be just a little bit small, so I amconsidering the Mazda3. For my budget, that is a significant jump in price from the Mazda2. So when I compared prices, Ford seems to be offering some good deals on the Focus. What would you recommend the Mazda 3 or the Ford Focus? CX-5 THRIVES I need your help deciding between the Volkswagen Tiguan base model and the Mazda CX-5 base model, both manual. I amcoming from having the best car, a 2003 Mitsubishi Mirage, for nine years that has never had a problem. It’s been wonderful but it’s just too small. I like that the CX-5 has a reverse camera and is roomy but my husband is partial to European-made cars.
Kath Dolheguy, email This is an easy choice,
Gail, email The Mazda3 is not as good as it once was and the Focus is definitely good. But also take a look at a Corolla, winner of our recent four-car small-car comparison, as Toyota is also doing deals. because the Tiguan is an old, dated design and the Mazda is a new model. The Tiguan finished last in our recent fourway compact SUV comparison. SPORTAGE CHANCE I’m looking for a mid-size SUV. However, I need it to be able to comfortably tow 2000kg. Everywhere I look it seems all the cars are front-wheel drive even if part-time AWD. Can you point me in the direction of a car that might suit my needs in the $35k-$40K price range.
Matt Dixon, email The Kia Sportage should suit your needs and recently won our four-way compact SUV shootout. ML FOR MOI I amlooking at buying a new four-wheel drive and would like to know which is better, the Mercedes or Audi diesel 3.0-litre? Or is there another four-wheel drive that is superior in this price range, about $90,000?
Peter Foster, email Until recently theBMW X5 was the best of this bunch but the new ML from Benz is a top choice and also better value than the X5. For us, the Audi comes in third unless you really need the huge cabin of the Q7.
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