BMW 328i xDrive Wagon vs. Toyota Avalon Hybrid vs. Chevrolet Volt

BMW 328i xDrive Wagon vs. Toyota Avalon Hybrid vs. Chevrolet Volt

Ask AutoGuide

Another week, another polar vortex descends from the north to pester America. What is this, winter? How come it’s so damn cold outside? But now you can beat the below-zero chills; let us invite you inside to warm the cockles of your heart with the temperate goodness of a helping hand.

Gavin is a 32-year-old bachelor that’s looking for some new transportation. We were going to suggest a sedan chair or perhaps even a rickshaw but he was pretty insistent on getting a car. Perhaps unreasonable fees associated with human-powered vehicles deterred him from one of these eco-friendly options. Additionally the seat-hauler’s union can be a bear to deal with.


G-man wants a stylish vehicle with good fuel economy, a navigation system and a bitchin’ stereo. Additionally, he’d like something with enough room for his keyboard and amplifier, apparently he’s a musician, or a hipster, or both; we just don’t know. To cover all of our bases we’ll recommend some products with cubbies to stash a tin of moustache wax as well as room for a fixie bike and some cases of Pabst Blue Ribbon. Apparently he’d also like a sunroof.

So far he’s considered an entry-level Chevrolet Impala with the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine as well as a Nissan Juke; two totally different products. Curiously the budget for this week’s Ask AutoGuide is a seemingly incongruous $45,000, which gives him a  plethora of interesting vehicles to choose from, though Subarus, Fiats and Suzukis are strictly off limits. Still, we’ve hand-picked an eclectic trio that will meet his needs and hopefully pique his interest.