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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Striker View Post
    The slope of the rear roofline goes against what she's looking for, which is more of a box shaped back.
    Sounds like she wants a minivan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Striker View Post
    I Or it'll come down to which will take a bigger load in the rear.
    My advice, on your test drive stop at the HD (or closest highway rest stop) and see how much wood you can cram in.




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    Quote Originally Posted by AK47bp View Post
    My advice, on your test drive stop at the HD (or closest highway rest stop) and see how much wood you can cram in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toast2266 View Post
    Sounds like she wants a minivan.
    I tried to convince her that the sienna checked every box, but that fell on deaf ears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Striker View Post
    I think we celebrate the same movie catalogs.

    ďThe bathhouses of the 90ísĒ

    https://youtu.be/TlsgKlLkrUg


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    Quote Originally Posted by El Chupacabra View Post
    And AKB - so why not another Tundra or a Sequoia?
    To be honest, I'd be stoked to have either. But it'll ultimately be the wife's car (with frequently borrowing by me) and those two are too big and too expensive. The missus doesn't want a 4Runner either, which I'd personally love. That said, I'd like to replace my CR-V, which is a great if uninspiring mountain commuter vehicle for me, with something like a Cybertruck or e-truck in a half decade when they're available and maybe affordable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Striker View Post
    I tried to convince her that the sienna checked every box, but that fell on deaf ears.
    Deafness is a frequent side effect of driving subarus. Those things are noisy.

    (Our Sienna replaced a Crosstrek. I hated that fucking car. Still do, actually - I have to go home and fix shit on it so we can finally sell it).

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    Considering how many times Iíve pulled up to a backcountry trailhead off a very rough road and come upon a Prius sitting there, Iíd say ground clearance isnít the big deal most people make it out to be.

    Thereís always a fucking Prius.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon3 View Post
    Considering how many times Iíve pulled up to a backcountry trailhead off a very rough road and come upon a Prius sitting there, Iíd say ground clearance isnít the big deal most people make it out to be.

    Thereís always a fucking Prius.
    I feel like that a lot. I live in a place with tons of bro dozers and GOTOS vehicles, but when I get to actual trailheads, it's vans, Priuses, and - to be fair - a few 4runners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKbruin View Post
    To be honest, I'd be stoked to have either. But it'll ultimately be the wife's car (with frequently borrowing by me) and those two are too big and too expensive. The missus doesn't want a 4Runner either, which I'd personally love. That said, I'd like to replace my CR-V, which is a great if uninspiring mountain commuter vehicle for me, with something like a Cybertruck or e-truck in a half decade when they're available and maybe affordable.
    And she doesn't want to take over the CRV?

    Hmm. For your stated use, body on frame vehicle is probably a good idea. All those backroads TRs you post pics of involve a lot of dirt road use, and real frame vehicles do hold up better to pounding.

    Tacoma? I was looking into one for a friend, and the base SR, V6, crew cab , 4WD, has MSRP at about $33K. Add a shell on the back for holding kid gear and/or camp + ski gear.
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    if you have to resort to taking advice from the nitwits on this forum, then you're doomed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Chupacabra View Post
    And she doesn't want to take over the CRV?

    Hmm. For your stated use, body on frame vehicle is probably a good idea. All those backroads TRs you post pics of involve a lot of dirt road use, and real frame vehicles do hold up better to pounding.

    Tacoma? I was looking into one for a friend, and the base SR, V6, crew cab , 4WD, has MSRP at about $33K. Add a shell on the back for holding kid gear and/or camp + ski gear.
    You're really tempting me to be a bad husband. I agree with everything you've said and I've been tempted by everything you've suggested, but the missus is driving a 2008 Forester with 250k+ miles. It's had several bears inside it (with commensurate damage to its upholstery), its engine was replaced like 100k miles ago, and, worst of all, its had about 13 years of my kids fucking it up. I'm already kind of a dick for not getting her a new car sooner. Anyhow, she deserves a new car, so I gotta take one for the team here.

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    Tahoe black bears LOVE the smell of new leather upholstery.

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    Assuming the wife is on board, I'm thinking a Passport, but swapping out the stupid stock 20" wheels and low-profile tires with some 18" wheels (e.g., Ridgeline OEMs) and higher profile tires. From what I've read, that'll soften the ride a bit and raise the clearance a little, without affecting performance or its MPG too much. The change in tires may ultimately save money in the long term because 20" low-profile tires are expensive and easily prone to damage. Seems like a reasonable compromise. For everything else, I have friends with Toyotas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bodywhomper View Post
    Tahoe black bears LOVE the smell of new leather upholstery.
    They also love all the food scraps my kids littered our backseat with when the kids were younger. One could have fed a refuge family with all the organic matter found between the seat cushions alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKbruin View Post
    Assuming the wife is on board, I'm thinking a Passport, but swapping out the stupid stock 20" wheels and low-profile tires with some 18" wheels (e.g., Ridgeline OEMs) and higher profile tires. From what I've read, that'll soften the ride a bit and raise the clearance a little, without affecting performance or its MPG too much. The change in tires may ultimately save money in the long term because 20" low-profile tires are expensive and easily prone to damage. Seems like a reasonable compromise. For everything else, I have friends with Toyotas.
    Passport is a nice choice. Really big inside. IIRC supposedly same suspension as a Ridgeline, which is a little taller and a little firmer than the Pilot. Same SH-AWD torque vectoring AWD system on all three, which is a *really* nice AWD system.

    Do none of the Passport models come with 18" wheels? If not... be sure 18s will clear the brakes.

    As weird as it may sound, I always look at replacement tire costs when picking a vehicle. 20" tires are stupidly expensive.
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    Are your kids approaching driving age? That 2008 Forester might be worth holding onto for them. Unless it's totally just used up... in which case hand down the fairly new CRV and go shopping for yourself then!
    Quote Originally Posted by powder11 View Post
    if you have to resort to taking advice from the nitwits on this forum, then you're doomed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKbruin View Post
    Assuming the wife is on board, I'm thinking a Passport, but swapping out the stupid stock 20" wheels and low-profile tires with some 18" wheels (e.g., Ridgeline OEMs) and higher profile tires. From what I've read, that'll soften the ride a bit and raise the clearance a little, without affecting performance or its MPG too much. The change in tires may ultimately save money in the long term because 20" low-profile tires are expensive and easily prone to damage. Seems like a reasonable compromise. For everything else, I have friends with Toyotas.
    Wise. The wifey and the low profile get in fights with curbs a bunch, all of them look like this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Chupacabra View Post
    Are your kids approaching driving age? That 2008 Forester might be worth holding onto for them. Unless it's totally just used up... in which case hand down the fairly new CRV and go shopping for yourself then!
    Sadly, the Subaru is not long for this world. I like your thinking.

    Quote Originally Posted by AK47bp View Post
    Wise. The wifey and the low profile get in fights with curbs a bunch, all of them look like this.
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    Haha. No curbs where I live, but big rims and low-profile tires in a city requiring constant parallel parking like San Francisco would be a nightmare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Chupacabra View Post
    Do none of the Passport models come with 18" wheels? If not... be sure 18s will clear the brakes.

    As weird as it may sound, I always look at replacement tire costs when picking a vehicle. 20" tires are stupidly expensive.
    Yeah, 20s are really indicative of the target audience: mall shoppers.

    The 18s from the Ridgeline and Pilot fit, and have the same offset. There's some chatter on the internet that aftermarket 17s clear the brakes as well.

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    bigger tire costs mo money at tire time
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