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We live in a flat area but leasing another car this month hopefully and it will be living for the next year on a very hilly and snowy street. I recently encountered the hill for the first time and my relatively new highlander was making noises going up the hill. As soon as it was parked I had to put the parking brake on and was nervous walking behind it when it was parked facing uphill. Plus I (middle aged) was struggling walking up and down the hill because it was so steep.
Are there brands that I should avoid because their transmissions cannot take it? Looking at mid price AWD SUVs, Mazda CX5, Rogue AWD, Honda CRV, Altima AWD or Lexus UX250h or RAV4 AWD. Would consider other Japanese and Korean brands. Generally will not buy European cars. Considered Subaru but no deals in my area. I may buy the car at the end of the lease because the residuals are pretty good (I always say that but it never happens).
Will I be destroying the transmission in the first year? If I sound naive it is because I have always lived in a flat area. After a year or two the car will be returning to the flat area. If there is someplace that is better for this discussion, please point me.
Also if anyone has general tips on hill driving and loading and unloading while parked on a huge hill I would appreciate it