How to buy the best used car for your family
Buyers in Vancouver are getting a little more complicated these days with a new generation of vehicles being offered by some of the country’s most prominent car dealerships.
But the choices are starting to become more limited, as a number of models, such as the Toyota Ae86 and the Ford F-150, are starting at a discount, and many models aren’t really as good as they used to be.
“The Toyota is a great example,” said Scott McConaghy, vice-president of vehicle sales for Toyota in Vancouver.
“They’ve really gotten better, and I think it’s one of the best vehicles on the market right now.”
McConaghies Toyota F-100 pickup is priced at $40,000.
The Ae 86 is priced $21,000, while the F-550 is $21 and the Toyota Tacoma is priced from $20,000 to $24,000 depending on trim level.
A new generation with a better deal, McConahy said, is the Toyota Avalon.
This midsize SUV is offered at $23,000 for a new trim level, while a $34,995 Toyota Tacoma and $39,995 Avalon are available with a full trim.
The Toyota Avalon is available in four trim levels, ranging from $30,000 down to $23 and $25.
The Tacoma is $31,995 and the Avalon is $32,995.
McConagies Avalon, which has a top speed of 65 km/h and a combined range of 1,500 kilometres, is one of just four new models offered at the new dealerships, but McConagys also offers the Toyota Corolla SUV, which is $29,995 with all four trim level options.
The Toyota RAV4 SUV, with a top Speed of 85 km/hr and a range of 2,500 km, is also available for $29.995.
The Ford F150 pickup is available at $34 and $36.95 for a full-size SUV, and the F250 pickup is $38 and $41.95 with the full trim level of the vehicle.
The Tacoma pickup is also a $39.95 option for a standard SUV and is available with the $35,000 Tacoma Trailhawk and $42,000 F150.
The F150 is available for a base price of $41,000 with all three trim levels.
McConnell said the prices are based on a “cost-per-mile” model, which means the new models are priced at a percentage of the average fuel economy of their competitors.
That is different from the old-style pricing model, where the fuel economy was determined based on the actual miles driven, he said.
McConnaghies F150 gets an estimated rating of 13.5 km/l, while Toyota’s Tacoma gets a rating of 11.6 km/s.
The average fuel-economy of a midsize car in Canada is about 25.7 km/g, according to Statistics Canada.
McConfaghies Avalon gets an average rating of 12.5 mpg, while Honda’s F250 gets an 11.2 mpg rating.
Toyota’s F-450, which comes in a full or half trim level and comes with all of the standard equipment, is rated at an average of 20.5 per cent, according a report by Kelley Blue Book.
The EPA recommends driving a fuel-efficient vehicle at a range above 35 km/hour.
The average rating is the “value” or average price of a vehicle.
In other words, it is the average price at which a vehicle would cost in a comparable market.
The new models come with higher fuel economy ratings, but the new vehicles are less efficient than their competitors and can only go so far in a country where the average gas mileage per km traveled is less than the average for Canada.
A new Toyota Avalon would be better off driving a more fuel-guzzling Toyota Corollas, said John Doolin, president of Kelley Blue book.
The cost-per mile ratings for the newer vehicles are much higher than those for older models.
For example, the average cost per mile for a Ford F250 is $1,749, while it is $2,095 for the F150, according the Kelley Blue books report.
Avalon and F-250 vehicles have a combined fuel economy rating of 16.7 mpg and 13.8 mpg respectively.
The F-350, which can go up to 36 km/H in a city setting, gets an overall rating of 20 per cent.
The fuel economy is lower, at 23.9 mpg.
The A-Class sedan, which starts at $29k, is a slightly better value than the A-Line crossover SUV, said Jeff Johnson, president and chief sales and marketing officer for Ford.
The $30k sedan comes with a 20 per