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Must carry two adult bikes inside

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We have looked extensively at the 2008=2011 Honda Element. It is the only vehicle that can securely carry two adult sized bicycles inside. We like the versatility and reliability of this vehicle but found that they fall into two ctagories: 1.) abused and neglected or 2.) over-priced relative to what industry sources such as KBB, Edmunds, etc. say they should cost. Any suggestions?

Priorities: Cargo capacity / Reliability & durability / Front seat support & comfort / Driving position & visibility / Insurance cost

Preferred Bodystyle(s): SUV

Car Needs: Errands about town / Long trips

Primary Driver(s): Senior driver

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 65000
Maximum age: 10 years

Maximum price: US $ 15500

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Response from mkaresh

9:12 am September 4, 2015

Perhaps a Ford Transit Connect? How much height do you need from cargo floor to ceiling? The Transit Connect has a couple inches less vertical space, but still considerably more than most SUVs (e.g. five more inches than a Ford Expedition). It also handles far better than the Element. The current generation is 2014 and up. The previous generation is taller, and so might have more space, but was far less refined. Conventional minivans have a similar amount of vertical space, but are larger and less sporty.

Do you also need all-wheel-drive?

If so, possibly a Nissan Xterra or Toyota FJ Cruiser. They're taller than most SUVs their size, and so might have more vertical cargo space (I haven't personally measured them).

Or, if you're okay with a full-size minivan, the Toyota Sienna.

I found this forum thread.

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