This is a view, leaving aside diesel for the moment, which I’ve long held, especially during my time in Oz when a larger car was pretty well de rigeur for the serious traveller.
Unlike the Soobie, the Chevy has a big V8 under its hood – 5.3 liters and 355 horsepower, which is more than twice the size of the Subaru’s engine and almost 100 hp stronger.
And yet, it hardly uses much more gas.
The EPA says 16 city, 23 highway – which amounts to a difference without much distinction of just 4 MPG in city driving and 3 MPG on the highway. I’ve driven several new Tahoes over the years and they also average about what what the Soobie averages.
In Oz, I was driving a Civic for the most part and it did go to all compass points of that land but it struggled – it is not a ‘loping’ car, it’s a small city buzzbox which does its designed job well. For a long trip, you want a Holden or Large Ford but preferably a Holden, called a jet on a jam tin.
And you want at a minimum, a medium capacity 6 cylinder. I found that many times when I towed the boat in and out of the water – the 6 barely did it, the 4 would never have. I’m not sure an 8 cylinder is necessary although I’ve driven them and they do shift but a big 6 is a nice machine.
Plus I’d not drive anything later than 2002/3 now, without all the later gunk and junk in it.