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Fuel efficient, seats 7, low maintenance, reliable, tow boat short distance, under $12K, under 125K miles

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Had a 2001 Toyota Sienna for 13 yrs, 253K miles, very few repairs, but need to replace. Need seating for 7 or more, fuel efficient, low maintenance costs, for under $12K. Will tow 17' boat less than 2 miles several times a year. Don't want 3rd row seating to be too tight - kids are teens now. Want a car that will last thru 200K - 225K miles without lots of maintenance. Have had good luck with Honda/Toyota in past. Considering Honda Odyssey or Pilot, Toyota Sienna or Highlander, Hyundai Santa Fe, Mazda CX-9, & Nissan Pathfinder. Interested in opinions on those make/models, which years to avoid, which years to pursue. Also interested if there are make/models I should consider??

Nice to have, but not required - fold away seats so we don't have to take them out of the vehicle to haul large things, seating for 5 plus 3 suitcases (27") [currently have to take a seat out of Sienna when travelling long distances or borrow car top carrier], DVD player, back up camera, navigation system, heated seats, roof top luggage rack, passenger windows that roll down

Priorities: Price or payments / Reliability & durability / Fuel economy / Warranty, maintenance cost / Towing

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Minivan / SUV

Car Needs: Daily commuter / Family transporter / Errands about town / Long trips / Towing or hauling

Primary Driver(s): New driver

Need minimum of 7 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 125000
Maximum age: 9 years

Maximum price: US $ 12000

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Response from mkaresh

11:57 am July 7, 2015

The third row and luggage space behind that row in a crossover are much tighter than in a minivan. So, if you aren't averse to buying another minivan, that's the way to go.

The Sienna and Odyssey are more reliable for a given model year, while you can get a newer Chrysler or Dodge for the same amount of money, so reliability can be a bit of a wash. But the last isn't as likely to go 225k miles.

The Sienna is the only one available with AWD, if this is a consideration. And the Sienna probably has the best chance of making it to 225k.


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Response from Member5633

8:28 pm July 22, 2015

I would agree to lean heavily towards a Sienna or Odyssey, with the Sienna pulling ahead simply for looks with an edge on the reliability side... The 2014+ Odyssey has nice lines to it, but is likely going to be outside of $12K.

Looks, Reliability, and features would steer me towards the Sienna if I was in the market for a minivan.


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