I come from a family of jeeps and love camping, but my poor 3" lifted 2001 VW Jetta diesel at 250k miles is near the end of her life. Its the prefect size and i like the security of the trunk a sedan provides from thieves, and yes it an awesome camping vehicle and gets around 46 MPG (probably much less these days, as my turbo damaged).
Anyway im looking for a new car - sure I can borrow the family jeep, but was thinking more of the likes of another lifted sedan or worse case some hybrid or crossover (preferably something diesel so even with a tiny engine there is a good bit of power).
Lately have been looking at - Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV, Subaru crosstech, chevy equinox, but was hoping to get some other ideas. Sadly most of the newer VW diesels are much more difficult to lift. And im really trying to maximize my MPG , but also able to easily tackle some light/moderate off-roading. Ground clearance is important as my thick metal skidplate om my jetta looks like it came out of a war zone… perhaps there are some places that make kits for some of these sedans but I am having trouble finding any… Ideally id like 8" of ground clearance as i do a lot of primitive camping.
I would do a hybrid (engine[primary] + battery[secondary]) or one of those all electric range-extended cars with tiny engine to charge batteries (battery[primary] + engine[secondary]). Obviously i cant nor would i want to put 30" tires on a prius but im looking for some helpful suggestions that perhaps something im not seeing - the lowest gas millage that willing to accept is 33MPG at bare minimum (as thats pretty big step from my current 40+MPG). If anyone has any suggestions that would be great given the parameters listed above.
hope to have a good discussion
Summary looking for vehicle with :
a) 33+ mpg
b) ground clearance (at least 7-8+ inches)
c) 4 door
Bonus if it has:
- secure storage area
- power (diesel)
- fender space for larger tires
- awesome gas mileage