When Unhaggle offers get hot, Conduire.ca examines the combined discounts, resale value and overall ratings to find you the best deal for your money in new vehicles. Here we take a look at the best cash, finance, and lease deals this month.
This week, we’re looking at the 2021 GMC Sierra pickup, 2021 Civic Sport sedan, and 2021 Lexus RX 350 SUV.
The GMC Sierra is rolled over in 2021 after a 2019 remake. Gone are the days of rubber mats and vinyl seats – the SLE offers a 10-way power heated driver’s seat and heated steering wheel as well as six months of OnStar and Teen Driver, which is a godsend for parents. The SLE also has an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The rear of the crew cab is spacious with a 60/40 split-folding bench seat that can accommodate three adults.
The featured 1500 SLE arrives with a crew cab and short box with GMC’s smart MultiPro tailgate. The six functions start with a conventional tailgate and include a load stopper, which effectively extends the length of the bed, the middle section folds down for easy access, it becomes a step to get into the bed and so versatility goes.
The Sierra needs the Driver Alert I Pack ($ 1,095) because it includes Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert as well as front and rear parking sensors.
The SLE comes with a 2.7L turbo-four engine that produces 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque at 1,500 rpm. It drives all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission and one-speed transfer case with 2WD High, 4WD Auto and 4WD High modes. The latter works with a Terrain mode to improve off-road traction. It also features an Eaton Locker differential that automatically locks when there is a 100rpm wheel speed difference.
The GMC Sierra SLE has a maximum towing capacity of 4,944 kg, a maximum payload of 991 kg and an average posted fuel economy of 12.3 L / 100 km.
The Sierra has a cushioned ride and, for a truck, good precision, feel and steering feedback. The caveat is that the rear leaf springs can make the Sierra feel like the rear is jumping when rough pavement is encountered in the middle of the turn.
The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4WD has a solid cash price before tax of $ 47,528 after applying the Unhaggle discount of $ 7,000.
The Honda Civic has owned the best-selling car in Canada for 23 consecutive years. The 2021 Civic Sport sedan arrives with few changes – the revamped 2022 model is ready to go. The Sport has a comfortable interior, sleek materials and a healthy standard equipment list that includes a heated eight-way power driver’s seat, a seven-inch infotainment screen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an electric sunroof.
The Sport arrives with forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane departure warning with hold assist, adaptive cruise control, high beam assist and Honda LaneWatch. The latter uses a camera on the right exterior mirror and displays the view on the central screen. It works for the right side, but not for the left. Blind spot monitoring is not offered.
The Civic Sport comes with a 2.0L four-cylinder that develops 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque via a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters and front wheels. The suit offers decent performance, with a run to 100 km / h in 8.6 seconds. Best of all, the combination works to deliver excellent fuel economy – a posted average of 7.4 L / 100 km.
Where the Civic puts its best tire forward is the balance between ride comfort and handling. It has a good quality of highway driving, but manages to cross a bend in an athletic manner. When pushed, the suspension controls body roll and the steering is well weighted and provides above-average feedback.
The 2021 Civic Sport is the best financial offer. With a pre-tax price of $ 26,800, it can be financed for 60 months at 0.99% for $ 536 per month including tax. No deposit required.
Lexus RX 350
After its restyling last year, the 2021 Lexus RX 350 remains unchanged. The cab is finished with top notch materials and has the fit / finish to match. It’s feature packed, too – the equipment list includes eight-way power heated / cooled leather front seats, a heated steering wheel, power sunroof, and an infotainment system anchored by an eight-inch touchscreen. It works with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 12-speaker sound system.
At the rear, there is enough space for two adults to relax in the heated exterior positions. However, the expressive exterior look comes at a cost – cargo capacity is tight compared to the competition. With the seats up, there is 453L of cargo space and 924L with them folded flat.
The RX 350 comes with the LSS + (Lexus Safety System +) 2.0 package. It features pre-collision with pedestrian and bicycle detection and automatic braking, radar cruise control and automatic high beams. Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert is also standard.
The RX 350 is equipped with a 3.5L V6 that produces 295 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. It drives an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters and all four wheels. Under normal conditions, the RX 350 drives the front wheels, however, the Active Torque system continually changes the torque distribution depending on grip and driving conditions.
The combination reaches 100 km / h in 7.7 seconds, a towing capacity of 1,588 kg and it does so while posting an average posted fuel economy of 10.8 L / 100 km.
While the keys to the RX 350 deliver a luxurious ride, body roll is minimal and the response to steering input is crisp. Driving mode selection improves acceleration and steering feel through three modes: Eco, Normal and Sport S. Normal is the preferred setting, as the other two are respectively too soft and too aggressive.
The rental contract is the 2021 RX 350 Premium. It can be leased for 48 months at 1.4% for $ 768 per month. There is no deposit and an annual allowance of 20,000 km.
Transport Canada lists three recalls for the GMC Sierra 1500. The first (# 2020-645) states, âOn some vehicles, the seat belts may have been installed with the wrong bolts. Dealers will replace bolts if necessary. The second (# 2020-624) reads: âOn certain trucks, the first row center seat seat belt brackets may not be properly secured to the seat frame. Dealers will reassemble the brackets correctly, if necessary. The third (# 2020-530) says, “Some vehicles were built with tires that may have been hardened too long.” Dealers will inspect tires and replace those bearing the DOT number and production mold number combinations identified by Continental.
No recalls are listed for the 2021 Honda Civic or Lexus RX 350.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the GMC 1500 Crew Cab good scores in all crash tests except the small passenger side shift test where it has a marginal rating. It has a higher rating for avoiding front collisions with optional equipment, but a low rating for headlight performance.
The Honda Civic sedan received good marks in all crash tests and a top mark for avoiding front collisions without optional equipment. It gets a bad mark for the performance of halogen headlights. The top Civic Touring is a Top Safety Pick thanks to the good rating it gets for its best LED headlights.
The Lexus RX 350 is a Top Safety Pick with good scores in all crash tests, a Superior for front collision prevention with no options and an Acceptable for headlight performance.
The projected resale value of these three vehicles in 2024, after averaging 20,000 km / year, is $ 40,550 for the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4WD, $ 15,900 for the 2021 Civic Sport CVT and $ 34 $ 650 for the Lexus RX 350.