Car shopping on a Sunday!

Last Sunday, hubby and I set out to visit different car showrooms. Our Nissan X-Trail had served us well for the last 9 years and we decided we had to sell it while it was still in good shape. A car depreciates at a rate of more or less 10% per year, so after 5 years it’s worth about only half of its purchase price. After 10 years, it has no more book value.

Subaru XV Philippines

That said, our vehicle is theoretically worth just 10% of its purchase price. If we waited for the car to break down before replacing it, we would have to spend who knows how much to get it into good working condition. So even if it was still okay we chose to part with it. We were able to get maybe 25% of the purchase price precisely because it was in excellent condition. The plan was to use the money from the sale as a down payment for the replacement car and then have the bank finance the remaining balance so we can pay via installment. I’m glad I’m not the sentimental type because I’ve had a lot of really nice experiences with this car.

Subaru XV Philippines

Prior to visiting the showrooms, we determined what exactly we needed:

  • We’re a family of four so of course our new car has to be able to seat 4-5 people comfortably.
  • My daughter is in gradeschool and she has a luggage-like Hawk Bag which she uses daily so there has to be enough trunk space to accommodate it.
  • Although I am perfectly capable of driving anything with wheels (I used to drive a surplus Mitsubishi Pajero and I can drive something as large as a Ford Expedition), I personally wanted something more compact because parking is such a pain… especially in school areas.
  • We wanted something fuel-efficient since gas prices are high. Our X-trail could do 5.5 to 6 km per liter. If possible, we wanted something with better fuel efficiency.
  • We wanted something that was higher than a regular sedan so we have more leeway in case of flash floods during the rainy season.
Subaru XV Philippines

In the end we narrowed it down to three vehicles: the Subaru Forester, the Subaru XV, and the Mazda CX-5. This is the Subaru XV.

Subaru XV Philippines

We read up a lot of reviews and it seemed to fit the bill. For complete information on the Subaru XV, log on to http://www.motorimage.net/PH/showroom/XV/MY12/?pg=introduction. We also looked at the Subaru Forester, which we felt was good value for money — plus we personally know a lot of Forester owners who are all very happy with it. My only complaint is the Forester is TOO big.

Subaru XV Philippines

The Subaru Forester and Subaru XV have pretty much the same interiors.

Subaru XV Philippines

Just our luck Subaru celebrates the Subaru Kansha Festival during the month of May. Lots of deals, freebies, and discounts on top of the norm during this time period. We took the XV out for a test drive. We were pretty satisfied with the ride and the performance. Since we’ve both driven the Forester we didn’t bother taking it out anymore.

Mazda CX-5 Philippines

Anyhow we went to the Mazda showroom afterwards. This is the Mazda CX-5. I don’t like the way the hood looks… I feel it has this wide toothless smile that’s just goofy.

Mazda CX-5 Philippines
Looks nice from the side though.
Mazda CX-5 Philippines

This actually wins over the XV in terms of trunk space. You can put maybe 2 balikbayan boxes at the back. Of course, it’s actually as big as a Forester so it’s not in the same league as the XV. We took it out for a test drive and wow, it feels luxurious when you’re riding it — it’s very quiet too. Driving it feels the same as driving the Ford Expedition because it’s very solid and well… heavy. For complete information on the Mazda CX-5, log on to http://www.mazda.ph/vehicles/mazda-cx-5/.

Mazda CX-5 Philippines
I think you can guess what we chose in the end, lol.

I hope our X-trail’s new owner takes good care of it. It still has a good many years of service left in it as we haven’t experienced any problems with it nor did it figure in any major accident… never been towed, never been flooded…


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