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#1 Omega

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 03:53 PM

I like my Honda Element, but it's approaching end of life. I'd like to have some idea what to replace it with.

Things I'd like:
Utilitarian and flexible; I haul random bits of furniture or hardware more than a lot of people do.
Mileage; I only get 20 MPG now, I'd like to increase that if possible
A good electrical system; I want to add cameras all over my car, and essentially turn it into a Google Maps van
Low maintenance
Built in USA

Just from mileage, RAV4 and CR-V seem to be good contenders. Any suggestions?

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 08:12 PM

View PostOmega, on 11 March 2012 - 03:53 PM, said:

I like my Honda Element, but it's approaching end of life. I'd like to have some idea what to replace it with.

Things I'd like:
Utilitarian and flexible; I haul random bits of furniture or hardware more than a lot of people do.
Mileage; I only get 20 MPG now, I'd like to increase that if possible
A good electrical system; I want to add cameras all over my car, and essentially turn it into a Google Maps van
Low maintenance
Built in USA

Just from mileage, RAV4 and CR-V seem to be good contenders. Any suggestions?
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#3 Captain Jack

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 10:31 PM

Are you looking for a minivan, small SUV, or wagon?

Things that are similar in idea as the Element would be the Scion xB and xD. Scion isn't doing as well as it used to so it may not be around in the next five years.
The Nissan Cube is super ugly, but similar to the Element's design. Unfortunately, it looks like it will be discontinued if not already.

The Ford Focus 5 door is pretty versatile for a car. The Mazda 3 wagon is another car option.
http://www.ford.com/cars/focus/

The Ford Escape and Edge are good options. They both also get more than 20mpg but they are larger than an Element is.

The new Mazda CX-5 is the twin of the new Ford Escape:  http://www.mazdausa....eCode=CX5#/home
I hate KiA's but their Soul is kind of like an Element:
http://www.kia.com/#/soul/explore/

The Nissan Rogue is nice. Could use more horsepower, but it gets around pretty good: http://www.nissanusa.com/rogue

Toyota Matrix is still in production. I would go for a Matrix over any Scion (even though Scion is Toyota) any day: http://www.toyota.com/Matrix/

The CR-V has gotten pretty big. It should really have a V-6 given its size. Seems under-powered. The Rav4 is noisy and also underpowered. It's popular because it's a "Toyota". There aren't a whole lot of American options for some reason. I don't know if you are wanting to spring for a Chevy Equinox, for example, and I am not sure about the reliability of the Dodge Journey. Stay away from the Dodge Nitro and Jeep Compass. Far, far away. Same goes for the disontinued Dodge Caliber.

Do these examples interest you? Am I on the right track? I don't know the size or price range you have in mind, so this is all a best guess so far.
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#4 Omega

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 11:01 PM

A small SUV is probably the direction I'd go. You're definitely on the right track, and I certainly appreciate warnings! Price range, I'd like to spend $15k or under for a used one with under 50k miles on it.


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