March 21 Open Thread - Family Vehicles?
Welcome to the open thread. This is the place for all of the discussion that doesn't fit elsewhere.
We're slowly, but surely pondering upgrading some vehicles in my family. Currently a family of 3 with a 2001 Dodge Caravan with 230K (and on its 3rd transmission) and a 1996 Honda Civic also with 230K on it. Both vehicles have seen better days. I'm inclined to find a 3-4 year old Honda or Toyota for my wife, and barring catestrophic failure of the Van she'll get a new vehicle first. She definitely wants something bigger than the Civic (understandable, so do I!) but gas mileage is very important since she puts on at minimum 60 miles a day commuting to work, and probably another 150 throughout the rest of the week. We live in Minnesota so good in the winter is an important consideration. This vehicle won't tow, will never be off-road and won't ever be raced. Comfort & reliability will trump performance in this vehicle. What do you think should be on our list? I'm guessing we wouldn't go over $20K and would really like to be at about $15K.