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Old 02-11-2015, 08:51 AM   #1
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Help me choose my next vehicle

My ridgeline has been the dedicated winter beater and dirt bike hauler for the last couple years. It's turning 300 soon and it's time for something new. I'm looking for ideas. I want to get away from a truck this time mainly because I want something I can sleep in the back. The ridgeline's back seat is not wide enough to stretch out. I'm thinking an SUV where the rear seats can fold flat. I used to have a 4runner which worked great for this, but I wasn't crazy about the 4x4 or the wheezy V6 gas guzzler. Main purpose of this vehicle would be dirt biking and snowboarding trips on the cheap. Enough room in the back for gear and to unroll a sleeping bag.

Must have:
-SUV
-Class 2 hitch, dirt bike will go on a hitch hauler
-Fold flat seats
-AWD

Would be nice:
-good fuel economy
-quiet highway cruiser

Don't really care about:
-body on frame
-4x4
-offroad ability beyond gravel roads
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Old 02-11-2015, 10:00 AM   #2
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Old 02-11-2015, 10:07 AM   #3
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Xterra or a FJ Cruiser? They're on the "real SUV" end of the SUV scale. I know there are a lot of Xterra enthusiasts out there. I think the website is clubxterra.org.

FJ Cruiser probably isn't big enough to sleep in, though. OT, I'm looking for a lightweight SUV just good enough for fishing holes and such. The Mitsubishi Montero has really high ratings.
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Old 02-11-2015, 12:31 PM   #4
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I'm really not interested in an old body on frame traditional SUV. 99.99% of my driving is on pavement or gravel. I think a 4x4 with a transfer case can't touch AWD for driving on snow and icy pavement. I want crumple zones, airbags and ABS. A landcruiser is the exact opposite of what I need. Same with an FJ or x-terra.
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Old 02-11-2015, 12:49 PM   #5
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I hate to say this but a minivan sounds like it would be perfect. And cheap.
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Old 02-11-2015, 12:55 PM   #6
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I'm really not interested in an old body on frame traditional SUV. 99.99% of my driving is on pavement or gravel. I think a 4x4 with a transfer case can't touch AWD for driving on snow and icy pavement. I want crumple zones, airbags and ABS. A landcruiser is the exact opposite of what I need.
Do you realy mean to say that TLC200 is lack all of this?

The TLC200 is the best SUV (non premium like RR or Cayen) I ever drive!
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Old 02-11-2015, 01:35 PM   #7
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Newer 4runner v6 isn't wheezy.
Fj cruiser is a rolling blind spot.
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Old 02-11-2015, 01:37 PM   #8
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Old 02-11-2015, 01:37 PM   #9
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I hate to say this but a minivan sounds like it would be perfect. And cheap.
Agreed, your requirements sound like you really don't want an SUV at all. Maybe a sport wagon.
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Old 02-11-2015, 01:43 PM   #10
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Honda Pilot?

I, regrettably, bought one. We decided we needed a better "kid" car, with a 3rd row. If you can get past being the only soccer dad surrounded by soccer moms driving a Pilot, its a great car/suv/truck. It rides nice. Does well in the snow. Seats fold down to fit a sheet of plywood. Haven't put a hitch on for a dirt bike yet, but planning on it for exactly the reasons you give.

Gas mileage sucks. Around 16-18, but it ticks all your boxes.
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Old 02-11-2015, 01:54 PM   #11
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I'm not entirely against a minivan but I'm not sure I could set 300lb on a hitch safely. Same goes for a station wagon. I don't have room for a trailer.

Pilot is pretty close to what I'm looking for but the ridgeline is basically the same powertrain, and gas mileage isn't great.

The reason I don't want another 4runner is cause of the old fashioned body on frame, 4x4 with an unimpressive V6. Since I'm not offroading all those are just compromises for onroad driving. I would much rather have a quiet stiff unibody, AWD, good handling and ride quality, etc.
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Old 02-11-2015, 01:55 PM   #12
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Most importantly, load range or tongue weight you can put on the hitch. Make sure it will do it.
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Old 02-11-2015, 01:59 PM   #13
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By your description it seems like you do not want a "bro dozer". How about a Subi Forester. I see this guy all over town with this set up.

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Old 02-11-2015, 03:31 PM   #14
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I vote minivan, but not 300 lbs although most are rated for 350lbs and 3500 towing.

Depending on the bike you may be able to fit it in the van. I had a drz400 in the back of my Montana, but had to take the front wheel off.

Double mattress will fit and close the rear lid.
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Old 02-11-2015, 10:23 PM   #15
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New versions of Toyota Highlander or Nissan Pathfinder?
Both much more car like now,both with mid 20's fuel economy
and fold down seats.

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