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Fuel-efficient family hauler, used to haul small trailers, some off roading would be nice

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Just looking for a vehicle to take my family camping, while hauling a trailer, maybe a pop-up trailer. Something with decent gas mileage, and can hold a family of 6. I have been looking at Chevy sliverados and Ford f150s. Added bonus would be something that would not break the bank if it were to breakdown, so reliablility would be nice

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Coupe

Car Needs: Family transporter

Need minimum of 6 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 100000
Maximum age: 10 years

Maximum price: US $ 12000

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Response from mwcten

10:13 pm May 17, 2015

I guess the question is, do you need a truck bed, and how heavy is the heaviest thing you're towing? If it's a 1,000 lb pop up, you can tow that with anything, say a Mazda 5, or basically any minivan. But if its heavier and/or you need the truck that limits your options some.


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Response from mkaresh

8:53 am May 19, 2015

A full-size pickup is about the last thing that comes to my mind when I think "good gas mileage." But then there aren't really any vehicles in your price range that can comfortably seat six, also fit their luggage, handle towing and light off-roading, and get good gas mileage. A large pickup might best do all of this as long as you can sell two people on sitting in the middle.

If not for the off-roading requirement I'd suggest a Toyota Sienna minivan with all-wheel-drive.

Given this requirement, maybe a Honda Pilot. It has more room for luggage than most semi-offroad-capable vehicles its size thanks to a deep well behind the third-row seat. I'm less sure the third-row will have enough space--depends on the size of your people. Fuel economy should be a few mpg better than with a large pickup. By "off roading," do you mean unpaved roads, or more than that? The Pilot should be okay for rough roads, but probably not for venturing where there is no road at all.


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