Need to cross a minivan with a Prius (or vice versa)
May 30, 2014 11:19 AM Subscribe
Just discovered that our next car purchase needs to happen this summer, so I've gotta get into research mode stat. Is there such a thing as a family car (ie kid transporter etc) with great city gas mileage? Special snowtires inside.
posted by sesquipedalia to Travel & Transportation (20 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
The kids will be going to the same school next year -- so starting this fall we will apparently need the ability to carry them plus a friend each, i.e. four six-year-olds (in booster seats), at the same time. For many families this translates to "minivan!" -- and maybe it ultimately will here too. But my wife and I have other essential criteria for our next mode of transport, so before we give up we would like to see if they all can possibly coexist.
1) Four wheel drive. We get a lot of snow and my wife is not comfortable driving in the winter without it. (Bonus for a tall undercarriage like that on the CR-V -- plowing is not always an immediate thing in our neighborhood.)
2) Great city gas mileage. We do about 90% city driving, usually 3-10 mile hops (smallish city). Routine trips never involve more than a couple of miles at a stretch on a highway. I quail at the idea of getting under 20 miles per gallon, especially during the day when there's just one of us in the car. I was really looking forward to something Prius-like as our next car until the 4-kids requirement made itself known. Any larger hybrids or EVs out there that can get at least 25mpg city or greater?
3) Reliability. From past posts here that translates to "Honda or Toyota" as I understand it.
4) Manageable cost. Previous cars have all cost in the $20k -$23k range; I'd like to stay below $27k if possible. No problem if that means used.
Right now we're envisioning a used Toyota Highlander hybrid as the best bet. Is that an option? Is it the only one? Any possibility of a Ford Escape or whatever the new Subaru hybrid is as a dark horseless carriage? (Or an Outback?)
Any thoughts? Thanks all.