SO, WHAT ABOUT A “FAUX-WHEEL DRIVE”?
IF you don’t want to get off the beaten track but you still fancy the looks and comfort of one these three SUVs, you can save up to $10,000 by not opting for all-wheel drive and settling for a slightly smaller petrol engine.
Front-drive is available in the lower-grade Sportage SLi, powered by a 2.0-litre petrol rather than the 2.4, from $33,990 plus on-roads.
The CX-5 Maxx Sport FWD, with a 2.0-litre instead of the AWD’s 2.5, starts from $32,790 plus on-roads.
The RAV4’s GXL front-driver, also 2.0 instead of 2.5 AWD, is from $31,990 plus on-roads.