Midsizer short list
well as rear vents. The sevenspeed dual-clutch auto is totally up to date. Hi- tech driver assistance features are only on the range-topping Highlander 2.4 petrol and CVT drivetrain gives decent performance and economy. Its multimedia controls remain among the most difficult to master. Looks great inside and out. Totally reliable, solid, bigger than you think, goes really well with the 2.5 petrol though likes a drink. New styling looks OK, it rates well for emissions but the high-end safety kit comes at extra cost. You could splash out more for the upspec Cruiser (pictured).
If I was buying one, it would be hard to go past the CX-5.
I own a Mazda and it’s bulletproof and an excellent car. Biased … yes.
The Tucson would be right up there, too. You’ll pay more for models with dual-zone climate control but it will be worth it — try before you buy and you’ll appreciate why.
Excellent Japanesebuilt job with efficient SkyActiv tech to reduce thirst and emissions. The petrol 2.5 almost makes the torquey, more economical diesel redundant. Add $1200 for the worthwhile safety pack. Safe, strikingly good looking, with plenty of kit and excellent resale: the CX-5 is a short-lister.