I need to get a new family car soon. In an ideal world, I would get a mid-size AWD SUV as I believe it would be good for safety. However, I've been wondering if I should just prioritise one (i.e. AWD or SUV) and save the money.
I'm currently leaning towards the Forrester for AWD SUV, or Rav4 for 2WD SUV, or Impreza for AWD hatch.
For the sake of comparison, all the models below are entry level for their category. I know that each model has their own safety features (e.g. AEB, sensors, etc). But I feel those things don't help much when a big crash actually happens (think collision with a Mack or roadside barrier). I suppose I'm already answering my own question… but would still like to know what you guys think!
Honda CR-V Vi (7.6L/100km) ~ $28.3k
Toyota Rav4 GX auto (6.8L/100km) ~ $32k
Nissan X-Trail ST auto (7.9L/100km) ~ $34.7k
Mazda CX-5 Maxx auto (6.9L/100km) ~ $33k
Subaru 2.5i Forrester (7.4L/100km) ~ $34.7k
Nissan X-Trail ST 4WD (8.3L/100km) ~ $34.7k
Mazda CX-5 Maxx AWD (7.4L/100km) ~ $36k
Honda CR-V VTI-S AWD (6.3L/100km) ~ $36.5k
Toyota Rav4 GX Hybrid AWD (4.8L/100km) ~ $37.5k
AWD Hatch (for comparison)
Subaru Impreza 2.0i (7L/100km) ~ $23k
Got the prices and fuel consumption figures from this site (https://www.carshowroom.com.au/). Would love to know of a better source/reference if there is one.
EDIT: Question clarification - Would it be safer to drive my family in an AWD sedan/hatch or a 2WD mid-size SUV? (All other things equal, e.g. ANCAP ratings, active safety features, etc.)