Published on June 17th, 2021 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Can You Afford To Buy A Brand New Crossover This Year
Are you earning enough to own a new Corolla Cross?
Suddenly they are everywhere and the sales boom started with the Honda HR-V some 6 year ago. Yes, this ‘gamble’ that Honda Malaysia took some years ago has paid off handsomely and helped Honda Malaysia to get right on top of the non national car sales charts.
Today, there are a number of Crossovers on sale that rival the Honda HR-V and until the 2022 model HR-V arrives in Malaysia, the options are quite interesting.
Why A Crossover
Generally speaking, Crossovers have a slightly higher total cost of ownership over a hatchback (like a Honda Jazz or Toyota Yaris). This increased cost can be broken out into a number of sub-costs associated with owning a Crossover.
First, since Crossovers generally achieve slightly lower fuel economy than a hatchback, fuel costs tend to be slightly higher due to its taller stance (compared to a sedan) bigger and wider tyres and added weight (compared to hatchback) like with the Mazda CX3 and Toyota C-HR.
Second, Crossovers might require added amount of maintenance as compared to some cars (beefier suspension and bigger brakes when it comes with a 4×4 system like with the Subaru XV).
Third, most Crossovers use larger diameter and wider tires than sedans and so this tire cost is incurred is higher than that of a hatchback just like with the Honda Jazz vs the Honda HR-V.
With all these added are a small additional cost to pay when you want a stylish vehicle but after a few years many buyers may question whether the total cost of Crossover ownership is worth it.
For some, it simply may not be but they want that ‘cool’ image that comes with driving a Crossover.
Now Toyota has this interesting offer for Malaysians with their latest Crossover, the Corolla Cross. Just visit their EZ BELI website and there is enough information for you to own this new Crossover at RM998.00 a month. Yes. For under RM1k a month you will be driving a brand new Toyota Crossover.
Who buys mid segment SUVs or Crossover and what they like most and least about their vehicles.
In a recent survey by J.D. Power, more women than men purchased SUVs year on year. The survey further added that, according to Small Premium SUV (Crossover) owners, the three things that are most important to them are quality of workmanship and reliability (in a tie with 94 percent agreeing), responsive handling and acceleration (93 percent agree), and styling that stands out from the crowd (84 percent agree).
Owners report that their favorite things about Small Premium SUVs are (in descending order) the exterior styling, driving dynamics, interior design, seats, and engine/transmission. Owners indicate that their least favorite things about Small Premium SUVs are (in descending order) the visibility and safety, climate control system, infotainment system, storage and space, and fuel economy.
What About Secondhand
Well, the used car market in Malaysia is filled with used crossover options from all the brands and to suit all budgets. All you need to do is take some time to scan the used car classifieds to find the used crossover that suits your budget.