THIS FAMILY MAN WHO IS AN AVID BIKER NEEDS A NO-NONSENSE AND RELIABLE RIDE
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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