Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Ugg asks: We have a 2012 Tahoe with a 135K miles on it. Also several other vehicles. I believe in driving them until they drop. With proper maintenance and fix things when they break. I have gotten over 350,000 miles on several vehicles. We are thinking about getting rid of the Tahoe for a vehicle with fewer miles on it. Not a new one. I want to stay away from the ASS, driver assist, etc. Thinking that might be harder to do in a few years. We use the Tahoe primarily for visiting children (grandkids) in other states and traveling “up north to the cottage” ( Michigan), need tow capability. Any recommendations? Thanks. And keep up the fight.
My reply: I urge you to keep that Tahoe! 125,000 miles on a vehicle of that type (body-on-frame; relatively simple V8) is nothing. That vehicle should have at least another 100,000 miles of reliable service left. Consider, also, that now is a terrible time to sell/trade due to Corona Fever – the panic, not the virus. People are broke or terrified of becoming so and not spending money unless they have to. On the other hand, this does give a buyer an advantage, as I wrote about a week or so ago.
If you’d still prefer to replace the Tahoe, my top-shelf recommendation would be a Toyota LandCruiser or even a 4Runner (smaller, but otherwise similar). These are the Corolla/Camrys of SUVs – and that is high praise. What I mean is they are very conservatively engineered (no direct injection, for example) and known to be exceptionally rugged/durable vehicles that last for decades, usually asking for no more than the usual basic maintenance.
You didn’t mention how much tow capability you need. If it’s around 3,500 lbs. or so, you might consider a crossover like the also excellent Honda Pilot. Or even a Lexus RX (among the most blue chip vehicles on the road, ever).
Another, lower-miles/newer Tahoe might suit, too. Things like ASS and “assistance” canbe avoided if you keep to around 2015 or prior.
Keep us posted!
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