Expert advice | The automobile in question

Our collaborator answers questions from readers.

Coming soon ?

Q: When do you expect the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt to arrive in dealerships? – Claude B.

A: The first copies of the Bolt and Bolt EUV are currently hitting dealerships. A test bench dedicated to this model will be published in our pages in a few weeks.

Electrification in sight!

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Volkswagen ID.4

Q: We own a 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan with 118,000 km on the odometer. We are sensitive to the comfort and reasonable maintenance of our vehicle. My wife uses it for work and adds 30,000 km annually to the odometer. For 2022, we plan to make the jump to electric for environmental reasons. Should we consider an all-electric vehicle or a hybrid vehicle (for the tranquility of distances)? And what are your recommendations considering the famous quality / price ratio? – Michel V.

A: If you like your Tiguan, no doubt you will like Volkswagen ID.4. Its autonomy (some 400 km) is likely to calm your anxiety. You could also consider the future Nissan Ayria, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6 or the Chevrolet Bolt and Bolt EUV. You can also consider a plug-in hybrid (a Toyota RAV4 Prime, for example), but this is a transitional technology.

Little worry

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Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

Q: I have a 2019 Honda Clarity Touring with 30,000 km on the clock. Honda reportedly announced this week that it was stopping production in 2021. It’s a car that I really like for its comfort, range and low cost of ownership. My original intention was to keep this car for eight years, four years on lease and another four years after buyout ($ 15,000) at the end of the lease. Should I be worried about parts being out of stock for this eight year period? Does Honda have a good reputation for supporting its customers in stock of parts and service in such a case? Will the car lose a lot of value at the end of the eight years? – Jean-Pierre R.

A: There is no need to worry, Honda is a responsible manufacturer. It is possible that over time, certain gaskets (mainly aesthetic) will be more difficult to obtain, but for the mechanical part, there is nothing to worry about.

A swaying heart

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Porsche Cayenne

Q: I would like your comments on the Maserati Levante Gran Lusso versus the Porsche Cayenne Coupe. Particularly in terms of resale value and reliability after three or four years. – Roger

A: Two very capable and very distinctive SUVs that you have there. For exclusivity, the Maserati Levante is unmatched. On the other hand, to meet your criteria (resale value and reliability), the Porsche Cayenne is the best choice.

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