QUOTE(darude87 @ Jun 18 2021, 02:37 PM)
yea will only be on highway again after mco. currently leaning more towards sedan. But i am not ruling out suv entirely.
will be me and wife + 1 kid most of the time. And full of luggage will be the frequent situation.
my maintenance budget? i am not sure. true that i do not send my myvi to 3s, but i use decent full synth eo and a strict maintenance schedule on 10k interval for eo and 20k for transmission oil. If for my next car at seg c or seg d, i am prepared for a higher maintenance fees already.
the last i had a chat with vw owners, minor service for a passat at 15k interval for rm2k , i think its acceptable, so i am kind of expecting jp cars to be slightly cheaper or similar?
here is the quick and dirty.
SUV overall maintenance would be similar to sedan of similar segment except the tires going to cost more due to it's size.
If you're okay with sedan that is good as SUV is the trend now so many are trading-in sedan's for SUV.
Normal maintenance you don't need RM2k unless it is a japanese/korean brand going to 3s, or conti at specialist workshop (if 3s even higher).
Toyota Mark X is a good candidate, I've talked about it before you can scroll back. Driving dynamics is great too as it is FR.
It's twin would be the Lexus IS250, due to the badge it would be more expensive but interior fit and finish is better in certain aspects.
Camry is good too, but fit and finish even for the highest spec would be inferior to the Mark X. But non-hybrid models would be very cheap to maintain.
Mazda6 if a good option if you're worried about recon/import cars such as the Mark X and IS250, great interior, good driving dynamics but it is FF layout, no turbo and no hybrid but Skyactiv does give back good mileage but expect a heavy bill when major parts need to be change, else it is as cheap to maintain as a Camry.