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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-12-2008, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Small SUV with full frame ?

I'd like to replace my older explorer sport and may just get a newer one
Gas mileage still isn't great on these either

What is available in the 98-2003 year range that is short /has a full frame / decent gas mileage /doesn't cost huge bucks.
Cannot be a pickup due to my Using Lakeshore drive a lot.

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pickup with topper?
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Try the Chevrolet Tracker or Suzuki Vitara twins. I believe they are quite small, still feature a separate body on frame construction, and 4wd models still have a Lo speed for 4wd. In the right year models, I think you can get a manual with 4 cylinder for better fuel economy. There is no automatic 4wd though, so technically you should only engage the 4Hi on the street when there is plenty of snow on the ground.

2002 Tracker 4wd hardtop with 2.0L and manual transmission is rated at 20-23 under the new fuel economy guidelines (used to be 22-25) on fueleconomy.gov. If you want really small, both I think were available as 2 door models that are real short.

All the other small SUVs are unibody construction, that I can think of real quick at least. Or you have to go a little bigger/heavier with the older Blazer/Jimmy, Explorer, etc.
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Try the Chevrolet Tracker or Suzuki Vitara twins. I believe they are quite small, still feature a separate body on frame construction, and 4wd models still have a Lo speed for 4wd. In the right year models, I think you can get a manual with 4 cylinder for better fuel economy. There is no automatic 4wd though, so technically you should only engage the 4Hi on the street when there is plenty of snow on the ground.

2002 Tracker 4wd hardtop with 2.0L and manual transmission is rated at 20-23 under the new fuel economy guidelines (used to be 22-25) on fueleconomy.gov. If you want really small, both I think were available as 2 door models that are real short.

All the other small SUVs are unibody construction, that I can think of real quick at least. Or you have to go a little bigger/heavier with the older Blazer/Jimmy, Explorer, etc.
Thanks for the info guys !

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No problem. If you are flexible on the full frame, you can stay small by looking into the RAV4, CR-V, Escape, Mariner, Liberty, Cherokee, Forester, X3, etc. I "think" each of those has a unibody.
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I use a mototote hitch carrier and tow a small enclosed trailer to I think a frame is a necessity.

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