My better half and I, both retired, are in the talking stage of a winter road trip, starting here in west central Wisconsin to see some family in Oregon, Northern CA, Colorado, and some friends in TX. I’m thinking of purchasing a used (2013-2015) large 4X4 SUV (Tahoe, Expy, etc.) to give us plenty of interior space for luggage and possibly preparing meals out of the back when weather permits. I have not previously owned a big SUV, but my gut feel is that it would be fairly comfortable for long days of driving provided it has an upgraded interior package that allows for seat adjustments, for example. Yes, I know the fuel mileage stinks, but gas is currently pretty cheap, so that’s not a huge issue to me. I expect that with the model years I am considering, there will be at least 60K on the clock to start, maybe up to 100K, but I also know these trucks typically will last a good 200K if cared for, so that’s not a worry either.
When we are done with this trip, I’m pretty sure if we want to unload it, there won’t be much trouble selling if we don’t want to keep it for future outings - they are pretty popular in this part of the country.
I’d like to hear:
-Any advice based on personal experience with these SUVs, such as avoid this one or that one? (Consumer Reports can give me some guidance, but they are not fail-proof.)
-What about interior modifications that turn out to be very handy for storage or occasional meal prep? We’re not much into camping, especially in January!!, but if we can avoid restaurants at least once a day, so much the better.
-We also have never taken an extended road trip in our 43 years together, normally just fly into a city and rent a car for a couple of weeks’ exploring, or drive from point A to point B over a 2- or 3-day span, so any suggestions for this longer-term travel will be appreciated. Thanks.