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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-21-2005, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Help me pick a car out

I have a Nissan Pathfinder right now, and it just eats up so much fuel that I'm going crazy having to pay a $500 gasoline bill every month.

I want something like:
*Around 34mpg highway
*Capable of towing 1500lb without me fearing for my life, but I'll settle for 1000lb
*Enough interior room to hold a small generator, cooler, front/rear stands, canopy, couple of lawn chairs, couple of small tool boxes, and my riding gear.

Anyone have some recommendations? The only thing I can find that meets these specs is probably the Toyota Matrix and Ford Focus wagon. I'd go with a Corolla or Civic or something like that, but I don't think there is enough interior room in one of those to hold all my shit.

I know the Matrix is rated at 1500lb towing capacity, but would you really tow 1500lb with a car like that?

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-21-2005, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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Oh, and yes, I will be selling the Pathfinder when I get a different car so I don't have to pay 2 insurance bills otherwise it wouldn't make much sense.

I occassionally might need to tow a 6x12 closed trailer, but I figure the amount I'd save in gas each month would be worth the rental fee on a big truck when I need it like the one or two times a year.

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Toyota Tacoma, extended cab.

I think your towing requirement is pretty much going to keep you in a small truck or suv. Or minivan.
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Dont know about the gas milage or towing capacity, but what about one of those Scion cars like Rick and Hix have?

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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-21-2005, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Well, I might not need to tow 1000lb, pretty much all I'm towing right now is a open trailer (200lb) + a 400lb bike, so realistically more like 6-700lb regularly.

I'd like to get a closed 4x8 or 5x8 trailer, but I don't think I will be able to get away with towing a 1000lb trailer with a grocery getter.

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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-21-2005, 10:50 AM
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what about a full-sized sedan, like a camry-type??
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get a diesel truck
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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-21-2005, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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Maybe... I'll have to borrow one from someone and load everything I own in it and see if it'll hold. I kind of like the idea of a hatchback with fold down seats, it makes it easier to load up the rear stands I think, but I've gotten away with loading everything I've listed above in a 2 door coupe before, but it was not comfortable at all...

I haven't looked at Scion yet, maybe I'll take a look, but the damn thing only makes 100hp? hahahaha, well, I guess my choices above are barely pushing 125hp so...

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what about station wagon?
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honda element?
Toyota Rav4
Subaru Impreza wagon (non-wrx)
Chevrolet Equinox
The Mazda 3 hatchback

I don't know what the tow capacities of these cars are, but I do know they are considered to have good gas mileage and good cargo room

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yes, that reminds me! I know a lot of people who love their Ford Escapes.
Also, subarus can do the job as well. And are great in the winter.
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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-21-2005, 11:53 AM
 
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CRV Not quite 34mpg but close, bigger engine and more power than Civic. Tows 1500 but I imagine it will do it easier than a small car. Good luck getting mileage, storage and towing capacity w/34mpg.

BTW, my 03 Civic EX Cpe gets 32mpg with city and highway (mostly highway) and I drive pretty quick, 80mph range and use the a/c almost all the time. Its a good car, but not a heck of a lot of space to store stuff and probably is shitty for towing. If I load up my trunk with stuff, I'd estimate 500 pounds tops.. the rear end turns low-rider and the headlights point up into peoples windshields. It's basically a passenger only vehicle. I wouldn't get it if I intended on towing often. It can cruise along fine for just people, but even with the extra 300-500 pounds on board you can feel the difference, the sucking of power and how it has to wind the rpms up higher before shifting (auto).
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post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-21-2005, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah I figure it won't happen, just a matter of picking which one is more important to me, MPG or storage space... maybe I should just drive less and all my problems would be solved. I had a CRV before, that thing was great, just way down on power for it's size, but that's the tradeoff for mileage I suppose.

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Newer CRVs(03 on) have decent power. I think they went from a 2.0 4-cyl to the 2.4 4-cyl from the Accord. If you had an older one, you might want to check out the newer model.

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post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-21-2005, 02:36 PM
 
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Pick up an older diesel van, do a greasel conversion.

Then just get a Miata or something small and sporty for the daily grind, autoXes, and track days.
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