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A lot of SUVs are avail­able for the pick­ing. Hav­ing choices is a good prob­lem, then.

At Top Gear, we have read­ers that span a very wide spec­trum. This month we have Steve Savel­lano, a den­tist by train­ing, but now an en­tre­pre­neur run­ning a duly li­censed over­seas em­ploy­ment agency. He finds jobs for Filipinos abroad, par­tic­u­larly in the hos­pi­tal­ity and leisure in­dus­try.

Steve is a real car guy—he’s very con­scious about the cars he buys for him and his fam­ily of four. He loves go­ing on long drives him­self, and is also an avid cy­clist, rack­ing up mileage on his road bike ev­ery other day with buddies. One of his fore­most con­sid­er­a­tions in buy­ing a car is run­ning cost: His cur­rent ride, the pre­vi­ous-model Toy­ota For­tuner con­sumes only P2,000 worth of fuel on a round trip to Ilo­cos and back to his home in Que­zon City. This is quite amaz­ing con­sid­er­ing they load their For­tuner to the hilt, roof rack and all, with lug­gage and fresh pro­duce from the boun­ti­ful prov­ince.

Dur­ing the week, Steve has a 20km daily com­mute from his home to the of­fice, with er­rands in be­tween. I men­tion to him to get a 4x4, but he tells me he never goes off-road, and he’s con­cerned that the added weight and com­plex­ity of a four-wheel driv­e­train will de­crease fuel ef­fi­ciency and in­crease long-term main­te­nance cost. Good point!

Apart from ef­fi­ciency, also im­por­tant are ease of use and a low cost of own­er­ship. Of course, the car has to be safe be­cause it’s for the en­tire fam­ily, but it should still be en­joy­able to drive.

‘Steve never goes off-road, and he’s con­cerned about the weight of a 4x4 driv­e­train’

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Botchi con­tem­plates be­ing a drive-through at­ten­dant at Jol­libee

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