I live in Victoria. After getting another flat this weekend trying to get to arrowsmith, I think I need to replace my 09 hyundai accent with an actual capable vehicle.
I am getting a bit into analysis paralysis with this. I will keep my Accent for running around town in, but would like to get a vehicle that's better at handling logging roads as well. This is an accesibility issue as my accent can't really handle too much on the island.
What are some suggestions? One of the issues I am having is fuel economy. On the one hand, it's a fairly long drive to strathcona, or really anywhere from vic, which makes getting an xterra pricey due to gas, but a lot of the logging roads aren't maintained and can provide difficult access for a crossover.
What should I start by looking at? I have heard good things about the Ford Escape. Of course the 4 runner is great but they are fairly over priced due to their popularity. Xterra is a tank that will get me anywhere, but 10L/100KM gives me pause. It would cost 70-80 bucks to get to and from strathcona.
Price isn't a really big issue. Obviously I don't want to spend 50K or anything like that, but 20-30K is no problem. Less than that would be even better.
Not really interested in trucks. I have no need for the bed.