I know this has the potential to get into a FWD/AWD debate, let's leave that one on the table, I'll explain my reasoning. We have our 2014 Soul, 44k, it has treated us well but my wife wants something with more punch or potential. I really like the Soul, it honestly has the best automatic transmission I've ever driven in a car and is very decent to drive with good mileage and better looks then most of the boxes out there. We immediately thought of the turbo, if we like our car the upgrade will give us the power, higher kit, and sportier feel we both want. It's fine that it's FWD because it keeps the weight down, my only concern would be the DCT trans, I hope to get some kind of stage 1 flash tune which would hopefully tweak the transmission settings as well. We would be getting a new 2019 still available, we'll probably drive the third gen but neither of us are sold on the looks. The Turbo is noted as being a good driver though not a GTI, however it has big ****-off rally lights so that's something
We also considered the CX-5 and might still take a look at one, but have gravitated towards the Renegade since it's more utilitarian and much more available in our price range. On that note, we're shooting for less than $20k for sure, but there's nothing that great unless you're paying at least $16 to $17k. The car guy in me immediately wanted to get a Trailhawk, having the extra settings like rock, 4low, and hill-descent are cool, but this is for my wife and it's not really necessary for either of us, and I've read that the suspension isn't great. We're basically set on a new Limited (no extra settings, leather, turbo engine) but we're going driving today. Also:
Kia - 10yr/100k warranty
Jeep - 3yr36k
That's been on our minds as well, hard to ignore, need to see about an extended warranty.
What's everyone think? What would you get?