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I am looking for opinions on a family hauler. We might be trading in so wondering if anyone has suggestions. Here is the criteria:

Must hold 5 passengers comfortably
good on gas (23+ MPG)
Not an full size SUV
some cargo space (baby on board)
Can be used.

Suggestions?
 

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After 70,000 miles, most of them Hockey trips, we still love our 2005 Freestyle. This is now called the Taurus X, and I think this is the last year for it, but you can probably still find them new on lots. Its great in snow and bad weather (we drove it in a blizzard in Cleveland last year without issue.) The only issue we have had so far was the driver side seat heater going out.

It can get 23 mpg, but not with me driving. :-D

 

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droopysbullitt said:
I am looking for opinions on a family hauler. We might be trading in so wondering if anyone has suggestions. Here is the criteria:

Must hold 5 passengers comfortably
good on gas (23+ MPG)
Not an full size SUV
some cargo space (baby on board)
Can be used.

Suggestions?
I would definitely check out the new Ford Flex.





It's definitely "full-size," but I'm betting you'd like it.
 

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Crossovers

If you are planning to go with new/recent, there is a good selection of "crossover" vehicles out there to choose from that would meet you criteria. Some of them have a decent towing capacity as well(up to around 3,500 lbs), so you could pull a boat or smaller trailer if required. A front-driver should be fine since you won't be encountering much of the white stuff in your neck-of-the-woods. Crossovers are built on a car platform, so handle, ride and get nearly the same fuel economy as a sedan.
 

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vanislebullitt said:
If you are planning to go with new/recent, there is a good selection of "crossover" vehicles out there to choose from that would meet you criteria. Some of them have a decent towing capacity as well(up to around 3,500 lbs), so you could pull a boat or smaller trailer if required. A front-driver should be fine since you won't be encountering much of the white stuff in your neck-of-the-woods. Crossovers are built on a car platform, so handle, ride and get nearly the same fuel economy as a sedan.
Would the Chrysler Pacifica fall into that category, Gary? They are SHARP!

 

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StvMcQueen said:
I would definitely check out the new Ford Flex.





It's definitely "full-size," but I'm betting you'd like it.

Good point.

I didn't think the flex was much bigger than the Taurus X, but its a more advanced vehicle, and its still being made (I assume Ford expects it to fill that crossover niche.)

Some people don't like the looks.. I think the black ones look cool though. :)
 

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We bought the Mazda Tribute with the 2.3L before the new 09s came out. Paid about half the price of of the Taurus X, and about 3/5s of the Flex price. Escapes are higher! Point is, you want a little utility and mpg you need to look at these. They aren't much larger than the HHR, but infinitely more reliable and handy imho. We get over 29 MPG on the highway at 80 mph. The newer E/M/T get fewer mpg than the 08s. Happy hunting!
 

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Yup! All good stuff, especially the Flex!

But if you want to go completely over the edge with a smaller 5-passenger vehicle, 25 mpg, 267 hp, 3500 lb, a real sport suspension ...... I know ...... I know........

Rav4

 

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Greg, I bought a Chevy HHR this summer. A good secondary vehicle to my Expedition. It might be just a bit smaller than you are looking for. I like it though and it gets about 26 mpg on average and as much as 33 - 34 on the highway.
 

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I have purchased three new Expeditions. 2000, 2003, and now have a 2006 Limited. I have never had a single major problem with them. However, an SUV was needed to tow a 25.5 ft Hallett. So if you don't have to tow, I would look at the Flex. Taurus X has been discontinued.
 

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BahgeeraBullitt said:
Surprised nobody's mentioned the Edge yet...
For some unknown reason the Edge doesn't seem to be going over too well. Dunno why... looks good to me.

 

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StvMcQueen said:
For some unknown reason the Edge doesn't seem to be going over too well. Dunno why... looks good to me.


The Edge is an attractive vehicle but is a little hard on fuel (16 city, 24 hwy) becuase of its weight. It is lower priced than the Flex, however, which is well up in the 30s.
 

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grn1639 said:
This little jewel should hold 5 comfortably.

What kind of mileage on that?? :)
 

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Tony Alonso said:
What kind of mileage on that?? :)
Give or take a quart, it's about one mile per gallon...:rolleyes: :lol:
 
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