I live in the Houston area and looking to replace a 2006 Honda Accord with something a little bigger now that I have three kids and we like to go camping/fishing/hunting or to whatever sporting…
I live in the Houston area and looking to replace a 2006 Honda Accord with something a little bigger now that I have three kids and we like to go camping/fishing/hunting or to whatever sporting activity they have on weekends. Most days, however, I’m commuting by myself 40 miles round trip to and from the office.
I need something to:
- Commute to the office
- Room for camping/fishing/hunting gear and 3-4 people (me and at least a couple of my pre-teenage kids) on the weekends
- I don’t need to pull a boat or trailer
- Budget is around $40k or less
- New or used is ok
- At least 20 mpg highway
- Looks good in the office garage and also at home at the campground, fishing area, etc.
I’m thinking either a pickup or SUV. I like the ruggedness, reliability and looks of a Toyota 4runner, but not the rough ride and poor MPG. I like the looks and ride of a Grand Cherokee, but it seems short on cargo space. The new Kia Telluride has plenty of space for people and gear (with third row seats flat), but there‘s a 3-5 month wait to order one. I’ve also considered full size and midsize pick up trucks (Ford F150, Ram1500, Chevy Colorado, Honda Ridgeline), although I like the protection from elements and theft that an SUV provides for cargo.
Is there a vehicle I’m overlooking? What would you get if you were me?