We need to decide whether to sell our 2006 Lexus 400H or 2005 Toyota Sienna XLE Limited. Lexus has 100K miles and gets ~24 MPG, Sienna has 105K miles and gets 17 MPG. Fuel conservation is important to us (our new car is a Nissan Leaf electric car). The wrinkles are – we have 3 kids who fit OK into the back of the Lexus but get pushy and grumbly about sitting right next to each other, plus the storage isn’t great for a mini-SUV due to the space the hybrid batteries take up. The Sienna MPG isn’t as good but I can haul around more kids and more stuff when needed. (For instance, I picked up four patio chaises the other day with no problems – never could have fit them in the Lexus.) That said, I don’t often have to haul around a bunch of kids or stuff, maybe 1-2X/month. Both vehicles are relatively OK maintenance-wise – they’ve both had timing belts replaced and 100K services done. Sienna needs new shocks soon, Lexus needs the brakes touched up, so about the same $$ there. Other option is to trade both vehicles in and get something new or slightly used that holds lots of kids/stuff and gets better MPG (is there such a vehicle??), but I’d rather not take on another car loan right now. We usually drive our cars until 200-250K miles. (Edited to add - clearly, I’m in favor of keeping the Sienna but my husband really wants to keep the Lexus due to MPG. Would love some objective opinions!)
Thanks for any input!